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Local nurses helping smokers quit

Local nurses helping smokers quit

Smokers in the Barossa Valley who are keen to kick the habit can now get personalised support from nurses at a local medical practice.

The six-month project at Nuriootpa Medical Centre is aimed at smokers who have developed a chronic disease as a result of their habit.

The use of nurse-led clinics to help patients manage chronic diseases expands the role of practice nurses as part of a solution to the rural medical workforce shortage, as well as providing more coordinated care for patients.

Nurses at the practice have used records to identify patients who are smokers and have a chronic disease and offered them support to quit smoking, including phone coaching and face-to-face consultations.

Practice nurse manager, Mrs Sally Collins said the participants would also be helped to manage chronic diseases associated with smoking, including heart conditions, asthma, lung diseases, diabetes and others.

“Almost every disease you can think of is exacerbated by cigarettes,” she said.

She said there were about five places left in the project and these were also open to people who were not existing patients of Nuriootpa Medical Centre, as well as people who had been affected by passive smoking.

For the full story, grab February 27 edition of The Leader.