Posted on Friday 19 June 2015
Our smoke-free champions show their support
Guy's and St Thomas' is celebrating helping more than 1,000 people quit smoking as the Trust goes smoke-free today (Friday 19 June).
Patients and visitors can no longer smoke anywhere on hospital and community premises. Smoking e-cigarettes is also not permitted. Staff have not been allowed to smoke on Guy’s and St Thomas’ premises since January 2014.
Georgie Edwards, 59, from Walworth, quit her 20-a-day smoking habit with the help of a Guy's and St Thomas' stop smoking clinic at the Aylesbury Health Centre.
She says: "I'm having a knee replacement at the end of this year and I'm so glad I stopped smoking before the operation.
"I felt much better once I stopped smoking in August 2014. I couldn't have done it without the support of Doris Gaga who runs the clinic. She’s marvellous and calls me regularly to check how I'm getting on. Giving up smoking has been life-changing."
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Chief Executive Ron Kerr says: "We are asking everyone who uses our services or visits our hospitals or community buildings to play their part in helping us to create a healthier environment for everyone.
"We know that patients recover more quickly after surgery or illness if they do not smoke. Our Stop Smoking Service supports patients while they are in our care, if they need help to stop smoking."
If you want to quit contact Guy’s and St Thomas’ Stop Smoking Service on 020 7188 0995 or email email@example.com.