Smoking cessation This service is a behavioural change ‘nudge’ service which supports patients to stop smoking. Developed by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, the service identifies smokers and refers them onto appropriate stop smoking support.

This service contacts patients and supports them to quit the habit.

Patients discharged from hospital are asked if they smoke and all smokers are uploaded onto the service. Patients are then sent a series of motivational support messages and are directed to appropriate stop smoking support. The messages are received over a six month period and at the end of the programme patients are asked if they have stopped smoking.

Patients are contacted via SMS meaning the service is easy to use for all. The service can be used by those with lower technical skills or those without the internet.

Benefits of the smoking cessation service
Increases referrals to stop smoking support

Increases the identification and referral of smokers onto appropriate stop smoking support

Removes manual processes

A fully automated process removes the need for nurses to contact patients manually

Easy to use for patients

Patients are contacted via SMS meaning the service is easy to use for all.

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