HEALTH PROFILE 2105: Helping mums to quit smoking during pregnancy


As part of its drive to get people healthier, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust contracts services out to organisations such as the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHST).

One service which the LCHST provides is the Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking Service, which can help pregnant women to quit smoking.

According to the Public Health 2015 report for Boston, 21.9 per cent of women smoked at the time of delivery during 2013/14, compared to the national average of 12 per cent.

Emma Fletcher, Service Lead for the Phoenix NHS Stop Smoking Service said: “Smoking throughout pregnancy can cause complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

“Women who quit are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby, will reduce the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth and are less likely to experience morning sickness.

“Health partners in Lincolnshire work very closely together to ensure those who are ready to quit have all the support they need.

“This includes midwives offering routine carbon monoxide screening and supporting access to specialist stop smoking advisors.”

In general, Boston is worst but not significantly different to the national average in terms of smoking, with 30.8 per cent of adults aged 18 or over smoking compared to 18.4 per cent nationally.

To find out more about how to quit smoking in Lincolnshire, contact the Phoenix team on 0800 840 1533.