James aims for smoke-free Fylde Coast in new leadership role

James Dewhurst

James Dewhurst

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Inpatient Smokefree Service has expanded with the appointment of a new service lead, James Dewhurst.

James, who previously worked within the Trust’s Acute Stroke and Rehabilitation Unit as its data analyst, is now guiding and developing a team of specialist stop smoking practitioners.

This team works to identify inpatients who smoke and help make sure they receive the appropriate advice and support to help them quit, while making sure they are comfortable while in hospital.

James commented, “Having the opportunity to help patients to try and overcome their tobacco dependency is extremely rewarding.

“In my role I will get to play a part in working towards a smoke-free Fylde Coast, to really establish and embed the Inpatient Smokefree Service here at the Trust.

“As a result, we can help reduce the burden placed on the wider NHS by smoking-related illnesses and help some of the most disadvantaged people in the area overcome their dependency.

“This doesn’t just mean health benefits – people can expect to see some of their income freed up which is so important.”

The Smokefree Service team would like to encourage anyone who is quitting smoking to reach out to them over email at bfwh.smokingcessation@nhs.net

People can also learn more on the Trust’s website: https://www.bfwh.nhs.uk/our-services/stop-smoking-service/

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