Smoking Cessation Support

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Alfred Health became a Totally Smokefree environment in May 2008 as a reflection of the organisation’s commitment to providing a safe, healthy and comfortable smoke free environment for all.  This initiative means that smoking is not permitted anywhere within the property boundaries of The Alfred, Caulfield Hospital or Sandringham Hospital.

A presentation to hospital can provide an incentive for patients to quit smoking. At Alfred Health, policies are in place to support patients to become non-smokers.

For all Alfred Health inpatients, pharmacists identify smoking status, assess nicotine dependency, and provide support and management of nicotine withdrawal and smoking cessation attempts. Brief intervention advice is available to all inpatients Those inpatients with complex dependency can be referred to the Intensive Smoking Cessation Service.

Nicotine replacement therapy may be initiated by pharmacists, in consultation with medical staff where clinically indicated.  Nicotine replacement therapy is available in transdermal patch, gum, mini lozenge and inhalator forms at no cost to the patients during their stay. For patients attempting long term smoking cessation, a time-limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy may be provided as a discharge medication.

An outpatient based Smoke Free Clinic commenced in October 2013.The Smoke Free Clinic provides outpatient specialist smoking cessation support for existing Alfred Health patients who experience nicotine dependency associated with complex co morbidities. Patients who attend the clinic receive intensive counselling support and have access to a range of pharmacotherapies to assist them to reduce and cease smoking. The clinic is only available for current patients of Alfred Health, and external referrals are not currently accepted.

GPs and other primary care providers remain active partners in the patient’s clinical management. The clinic is staffed by pharmacists with a clinical specialty in smoking cessation, and is held on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from the Specialist Consulting Clinics, Ground Floor, The Alfred Centre.

For any queries relating to the clinical management of nicotine dependency please email Emma Dean, Smoking Cessation Co-ordinator, e.dean@alfred.org.au

Smoking Cessation Support Resources for GPs

An extensive range of smoking cessation support options are available via Quit Victoria.

The Lung Health Promotion Centre has produced a list of designated community smoking cessation services in Victoria. This list is updated as new services become available.

Designed for health professionals, the Quit Learning Hub is free to use and provides current, interactive resources to help you best support patients to quit.

By using the Quit Learning Hub, you can:
• Access Quit Victoria's updated Smoking Cessation Essentials course, which comprises seven modules, including smoking behaviour, stages of change and the 5As framework.
• Gain your own printable certificate upon course completion.
• Revisit previous learning materials at your convenience.
• Save partially completed courses so that you can return and complete at a later point.
 
If you wish to make a comment or offer some feedback regarding Totally Smokefree, please Email: k.corben@alfred.org.au