STOP SMOKING SERVICES AT RICHFORD GATE MEDICAL PRACTICE
Tuesdays: 9am-12pm, 2:30pm-5pm
The surgery’s in-house stop smoking advisor can provide you with a combination of advice and support to help you stop smoking. The service is free and you are 4 times more likely to quit successfully.
How often will I need to see the stop smoking advisor?
The stop smoking course is a 6-week course so you will need to attend once a week for 6 weeks. You may attend for longer if you require more support after this time.
How long will each session with the advisor be?
Your first appointment should be a double session (i.e.40 minutes); remaining sessions will be the same length as your usual GP appointments.
What will happen during my first session?
Your advisor will ask you some questions about your smoking, your general health and your reasons for wanting to quit. They will inform you about the treatment programme and about a range of medications that can help you to stop smoking. They will also be able to inform you about nicotine addiction and address any concerns you may have about stopping smoking. You will be able to choose a Quit Date that suits you and they will help you prepare for that date. Your advisor will ask you to blow into a machine that measures your carbon monoxide levels and these will reduce once you have quit smoking.
Will I have to pay for medication?
There are 2 types of medication that can help people to stop smoking: Nicotine Replacement Therapy products and non-nicotine medications (Champix and Zyban).
- If you opt to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy then a prescription charge* will apply only for your first supply; after this you may receive up to 11 more weeks’ supply free of any charge.
- If you opt to use a non-nicotine medication, there will be up to 4 prescription charges* in total.
* applies only if you pay for prescriptions
What if I can’t make it to an appointment?
Please inform your advisor or the surgery as soon as possible. While you are most likely to be successful if you attend in person each week, it is also possible to schedule telephone appointments.
I’m going on holiday – should I start the service now?
As your advisor will need to monitor you throughout the first 6 weeks of your quit attempt, we ask that you start the service when you return from your holiday.