Instant access to NRT on all wards

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Every  ward across the trust now has supplies of nicotine replacement therapy to offer inpatients instant access to smoking cessation support.

The move forms part of the trust’s pledge to become totally smokefree by March 2019.

James Cook Pharmacy

Clinical pharmacy teams have undergone training and are now promoting the prescribing and administering of NRT to staff on the wards.

The pharmacy team has also developed an easy to use NRT Decision Aid for staff to use with all smokers who are admitted to our hospitals to ensure everyone is offered appropriate smoking cessation support – ideally within 30 minutes of admission.

Nurses and midwives using the decision aid can prescribe, using the Trust PGD (patient group directive), the first dose of NRT as a once only medication on the drugs Kardex. Subsequent doses need to be prescribed by a doctor.

Lead pharmacist for education, training and patient safety, Laura Tweddle said: “The pharmacy department is thoroughly behind the Smokefree campaign.

“All wards are now stocked with supplies of NRT and the clinical pharmacy teams are leading the way in promoting the prescribing and administering of this for inpatients.

“Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are also encouraging patients to refer to community smoking cessation services at discharge, in addition to facilitating the provision of NRT to take home.”

Smokefree training will be rolled out across the Trust in September/October 2018.

We are looking for staff to sign up as smokefree champions for the trust. Interested? Contact michelle.collins@nhs.net