LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Due to the COVID 19 Virus, it has been recommended by the Government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country.

All face to face clinics will now transfer to telephone/ Quitline support. All patients new and existing will be offered this support.

Our team can still be contacted:

  • By telephone on 0151 374 2535/ 0800 061 421
  • By texting QUIT to 66777
  • By completing our referral form here.

Why quit smoking now?

It is still vitally important that we help smokers to quit because smoking harms the immune system and smokers are therefore less protected against infections like coronavirus. Smokers are therefore at greater risk of:
■ getting acute respiratory infections
■ infections lasting longer
■ infections being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke

Dr Nick Hopkinson, Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London and Chair of ASH explains the relationship between smoking and COVID-19 and the key messages for smokers in the video here.

Research in the New England Journal of Medicine from COVID-19 patients in China, shows that these impacts are being seen among smokers with COVID-19. Among the research cohort, smokers were about 1.5 times more likely to see their disease progress to the severe stage compared to non-smokers. You can view the full research here.

Can I still have my CO reading taken?

Carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring will need to be paused for the time being.

What about my stop smoking medications? 

We need to make sure our clients continue to receive stop smoking medications and we will need to be adaptable to make sure that this happens. For example: Posting medication or or sending letters of medication recommendation for GPs and community pharmacists. Your advisor will be providing further guidance on this process shortly, if you are running low on your stop smoking medications, please do contact the team on 0151 374 2535/ 0800 061 421.

I am pregnant and want to stop smoking, what can I do? 

Pregnant smokers may still be being seen as part of their antenatal care and care should be taken to minimise the infection risk. Please contact the team on 0151 374 2535/ 0800 061 421 to discuss this further.

Health Professionals

Please continue to refer patients through the website or by calling 0151 374 2535/ 0800 061 421