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Stubbing-out smoking in the Scottish Borders

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Smokers in the Borders are being urged to take the first step towards quitting their habit on No Smoking Day next week.

According to Ash Scotland, studies show that two-thirds of UK smokers want to quit, however nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke. The rate in the Borders is slightly higher than the UK average, with 22 per cent of adults smoking.

Stop smoking support in the Borders is provided by Quit4Good, a team of specialist stop smoking advisors and community pharmacists. They offer valuable support and encouragement to those wishing to stop smoking.

Quit4Good also provides advice and information on how to prepare to quit, the right nicotine replacement therapy, how to help beat cravings and how to improve quality of life.

For this year’s No Smoking Day - taking place on Wednesday 11 March - the theme is ‘proud to be a quitter'. In life we are told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

“We understand that some smokers do want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in the Borders to quit for good.

“With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their quit attempt and that is why our smoking cessation advisors will be in the Borders General Hospital foyer on Wednesday 11th March providing advice and information on the range of local services and resources available to help them give up smoking for good.”

– Dr Eric Baijal, Joint Director of Public Health, NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council

The Quit4Good stop smoking advisors can offer tailored advice to everyone who is looking to stop smoking. This advice is available in various locations in the Borders including Selkirk, Innerleithen, Galashiels, Jedburgh, Duns, Kelso, Eyemouth and Hawick.

If you would like support to stop smoking or would like more information on the NHS Borders Quit4Good Service contact 01835 825971 or email smokingcessation@borders.scot.nhs.uk.

Morecambe Bay Trust Hospital maternity report released today

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An independent report into maternity and neo-natal services at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust is due to be published today.

Dr Bill Kirkup's report of the investigation into mother and baby deaths at Furness General Hospital in Barrow will be published at midday.

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Hospital Trust: 'New hospital is something to celebrate'

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust which runs the West Cumberland Hospital say the £90 million redevelopment marks a new era in healthcare for West Cumbria and will be completed in five months.

Our clinical departments will move into the new hospital in spring 2015 and the modern facility offers many state-of-the-art services including seven operating theatres and an integrated emergency floor....the new hospital is something for the local community to celebrate and we look forward to providing high quality care in a modern environment.”

– Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Over 100 expected at Whitehaven hospital protest

Over 100 campaigners are marching through Whitehaven in protest at changes to the West Cumberland Hospital.

They're concerned services could be moved further away and have gathered over 6,500 signatures on their petition over the last month.

"People should be able to get the best treatment possible at the West Cumberland Hospital, rather than travelling to Carlisle or even Newcastle. Travelling that far could mean the difference between life and death."

– Siobhan Gearing, 26-year old campaigner

North Cumbria NHS Hospital Trust is drawing up its plans for the next 5 years. It needs to save £30 million and says current spending would leave a gap of another £20 million.

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