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Smokers encouraged to quit during Stoptober campaign

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:00 by Parish Council

THE number of smokers in Hinckley & Bosworth has almost halved since the introduction of smoke-free legislation in the UK 10 years ago.

And next month, even more smokers in the Borough will be encouraged to give up cigarettes as the Borough Council lends its support to "Stoptober" - the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England.

The council has already arranged to hold stalls at the following locations to provide information, advice and support for those who are thinking of giving up: More »

2 October (10am-3pm) – Britannia Centre

5 October (9am-3pm) – Hinckley Health Centre

17 October (10am-2pm) - George Ward Centre

18 October (9am-3pm) - Hinckley Health Centre

There a lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help smokers choose what works for them. They can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help, including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook.

Visit: www.quitready.co.uk or www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober for more information.

Councillor Maureen Cook, the Borough's Health Champion, said: "The fall in the number of smokers so far is very good news for all the residents of the Borough who would have been affected - not only the smokers themselves but families, friends and colleagues.

"I would encourage all those who have yet to quit to take advantage of the help available during Stoptober so that we can all enjoy a cleaner, healthier Borough and look forward to the long term reduction in smoking-related illness."

  • Prior to the change in the law in 2007, 22.3 per cent of the adult population in the Borough smoked, but this figure has now fallen to 11.6 per cent, according to Public Health England. This means that around 8,000 Borough residents are no longer smoking and helps to show that the introduction of smoke-free legislation to protect people in public places from the harmful effects of smoking and second hand smoke has always been supported by the vast majority of the population - even smokers themselves.
  • The fall in the number of smokers has also seen a significant fall in the number of premature deaths caused by smoking. New figures from Public Health England show that the number of smokers aged 35 and over dying from heart disease in the East Midlands has fallen significantly from 41.6 per 100,000 population in 2007-09 to 31 in 2013-15; while deaths from stroke have fallen from 11.7 per 100,000 population in 2007-09 to 9.4 in 2013-15.
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Spooktacular Saturday planned for Hinckley town centre

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:59 by Parish Council

A FANG-TASTIC day out is being promised for those who visit haunted Hinckley's town centre during the run-up to hallowe'en.

On 'Spooktacular Saturday' (28 October) there will be prizes to be won for those wearing the best hallowe'en costumes as well as for those with the best carved pumpkins. There will also be a chance to take part in a pumpkin treasure hunt along Castle Street.

The event, which is being organised by the Borough Council, will also feature: More »

  • street performances from Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist 'Hoop Guy', who will be entertaining the crowds on stilts;
  • mysterious magic tricks by Mr Juggler;
  • scary face painting by Netties Faces;
  • themed balloon modelling with Thelma Levett;
  • pumpkin bowling outside the former Co-op building;
  • scary stories throughout the day by Tom the Tale Teller; and
  • a chance to vote for the best hallowe'en shop window display.

In addition there will be themed hallowe'en food and drink available with spooky cakes and cupcakes by The Bakewell Tart, hallowe'en-themed pancakes by Event Crepes and pumpkin lattes by The Ginger Barista.

All activities are free and will take place in Castle Street with the exception of Tom the Tale Teller's scary stories, which he will be telling in the Mead. » Less

Meet the new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) provider for Leicester, Leicesteshire and Rutland on Tuesday 26 September 2017

Meet the new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) provider for Leicester, Leicesteshire and Rutland on Tuesday 26 September 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:15 by Parish Council

Patients, local residents, carers, health and care staff and organisations in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been invited to meet the new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) provider on Tuesday 26 September 2017.

The event which runs from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the NSPCC National Training Centre, 3 Gilmour Close, LE4 1EZ, is an opportunity for local people to hear about the service and personally meet and chat to transport staff from the newly appointed provider, TASL, who take over providing the service locally at the beginning of October. More »

If you haven't yet registered we would love to see you at the event. I would be really grateful If you could also pass this invitation around your networks locally to promote the event.

This event marks the start of a new patient-centred service and is a great opportunity to hear how the service aims to meet the needs of local people and improve patient experience from the point of first contact when the booking is made, through to returning home. It is also a great opportunity to ask a range of questions about every aspect of the service including eligibility and how to book.

You can either book your place through the website or via telephone on 0300 404 2999 (ext. 6852).

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more about this service, please contact TASL by telephone 01522 308300, by e-mail info@thamesgroupuk.com or write to TASL, Landmark House East, Alpha Court, Kingsley Road, Lincoln, LN6 3TA. Please note these contacts are for general information only, not to make or change bookings.

For more information on the non-emergency patient transport service, visit https://www.westleicestershireccg.nhs.uk/transport » Less