For anyone looking to stop smoking you are four times more likely to quit if you engage with the stop smoking services.
The team are there to give you advice and information on the advantages of not smoking and how you can achieve your goal.
When you contact the stop smoking service you will be given options of different clinics and offered an appointment. Their role is to support you in your journey to stopping smoking and to discuss your choice of medication and behavioural support.
If so, we can help you find out everything you need to know to achieve your goal.
Smokers Clinics: Group sessions or 1:1?
In a group session:
- There is a high quit rate
- Others in your group will understand the pressures you are under
- They are fun
- The group dynamic has an ‘energy’ to it
- You can have your medication straight away
- There are generally between 6-8 people in a group with a maximum of 12.
- The group often engages in some friendly ‘competition’
Our group sessions are held at Lewisham Hospital and they run throughout the year. You are welcome to join the group at any time, just turn up on a Monday night at the Owen Centre, Lewisham Hospital from 6 pm. Click here for more information and a map to the venue.
In the 1:1 sessions
- You can see a specialist advisor who will give you more intensive support
- You can see an advisor in the community or a practice nurse at your GP surgery, or attend a drop in clinic.
- They are flexible in terms of timings
- You are prescribed your medication via a prescription from your GP or a voucher if you attend a community clinic
You can book an appointment at you GP’s or pop down to the local pharmacy or one of the following community clinics (you can just turn up to these clinics and see the advisor on the day):
Rushey Green Group Practice: Tuesday - 1 – 4 pm
Downham Health and Leisure Centre: Tuesday – 4 pm – 8 pm and Thursday – 10 am – 2.30 pm
Laurence House: Wednesday – 12 noon – 2.30 pm
Waldron Health Centre: Wednesday – 12 noon – 7.30 pm
Burnt Ash Surgery: Thursday – 3 – 5 pm
What treatment options are available?
More information will be available through your advisor but in brief the options are as follows.
There are two options of medications:
- Champix: a three months course of medication that partially blocks the nicotine receptors, reduces cravings and decreases the pleasure of smoking.
- Nicotine replacement therapy: There is a wide choice medication which can be used on their own or in combination. The advisor will go with you through their respective advantages and how to use them most effectively.
To get the most benefits from these medications, they should be used in combination with behavioural support from a trained advisor.
The Smokefree Lewisham website can be found by clicking on this link stop smoking services website which is packed with information including where to access support to help you become smokefree or you can also phone 0800 0820 388
If you live, work or study in Greenwich, you can get help to quit smoking from the Greenwich Stop Smoking website.