Bromley’s smokefree champions awarded for their efforts

smokefreeBromley’s smokefree champions awarded for their efforts

The annual Smokefree Bromley awards was held on Thursday 25th February 2016 following the success of last year’s event. 52 attendees packed in to the London Borough of Bromley’s Civic Centre Council Chamber.

Guest speakers included Dr Irem Patel, who said “tobacco dependence is the single most cost effective lifesaving intervention in the NHS”. Dr Patel was followed by Darush Attar-Zadeh, National Pharmacy Trainer and Public Health Speaker, who discussed the importance of “Making Every Contact Count” and gave our attendees some great advice and guidance when offering support to their smokers.

Sareena Gill, Smokefree Bromley Service Lead then followed. Sareena highlighted that while the smoking prevalence in Bromley is at its lowest in 6 years there are still over 44,500 smokers still in Bromley. The evening culminated in the presentation of the awards by Andrew Hardman, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Bromley Healthcare.

“Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to all providers who work hard to offer the stop smoking support to you clients and patients” said Sareena. “So far this year you have helped over 870 people successfully quit smoking. Hopefully we will be able to continue this great work and help more people quit next year.”

In Bromley there are now 36 GP surgeries and 44 pharmacies (of which 33 are able to dispense Champix) offering stop smoking services.

The full list of winners below:
Best Performing General Practice: Elm House & Cator Surgery
Best Performing Pharmacy: Gordon Davie Pharmacy
General Practice Runner Up Performance: Woodlands Practice
Pharmacy Runner Up Performance: Cray Hill Chemist
Best Performing GP Advisor: Julie Beasley (Broomwood Surgery)
Best Performing Pharmacy Advisor: Marie Skelton (Gordon Davie Pharmacy)
Best Performing Mobile Clinic Advisor: Daniel Paterson-Scott
Best Promotional Display: Woodlands Practice
Best Stoptober Performance: Elm House & Cator Surgery

Notes for editors:

1. About Bromley Healthcare
Bromley Healthcare was established in 2011 as an employee-owned social enterprise that ‘spun-out’ of the NHS. The organisation runs community health services in Bromley, Bexley, Croydon and Lewisham, providing a wide range of services to people of all ages. Services range from health visiting to district nursing, school nurses to specialist nurses, therapy services for adults and children, urgent care centres, services to help prevent hospital admissions and also facilitate early hospital discharge.

A leading provider for community health services Bromley Healthcare is a community interest company formed of over 850 people delivering high-quality NHS services, to people of all ages in the local community. The key to its success has been the emphasis it places on maximising best practice from both the private sector and the NHS.

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2. Smokefree Bromley
For any enquiries or GP’s and pharmacies who have staff interested in Level 2
Smoking Cessation please contact the Smokefree Bromley team on 01689 888003