A hospital team has been honoured for referring more than 50 patients to a stop smoking service within the space of a month.
The team on the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has won an award for their Outstanding Contribution to the Inpatient Tobacco Service.
Chris Lewis, Inpatient tobacco Specialist Advisor for the Trust, said: “The CCU team always makes the highest number of referrals to our service.
“The staff are fantastic on this unit. They go above and beyond to refer patients to us.
“For many patients on the unit, it is a time in their life when they realise it’s time to make a lifestyle change.
“Smoking can be a big factor in why people need treatment on the unit.”
The Inpatient Tobacco Specialist Service gives help to hospital patients who want to stop smoking.
Staff refer patients to the service for nicotine replacement therapy, advice and support.
The Inpatient Tobacco service recently had their 10,000th referral. They helped 66-year-old Terry Hughes from Blackpool to stop smoking.