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Welsh smoking cessation initiative rolled out

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An initiative in which nurses help patients quit smoking before surgery is being rolled out across Wales.

Launched by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust, the programme trains outpatient and vascular nurses how to offer advice to smokers, and how to refer them to a specialist behavioural support programme run by Stop Smoking Wales.

Research has shown that smoking can increase the risk of breathing problems, infections and delay wound healing following surgery.

Bev Dawkins, assistant head of nursing day surgery and pre-assessment services at the trust, said the programme ‘will help to ease pressure on NHS staff by reducing post-operative complications’.

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