Newmarket surgery wins award for helping smokers kick the habit

Live Well Suffolk Stop Smoking Awards Night - Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich - 28/01/2016 - Photo by: Richard Blaxall ANL-160102-161822001
Live Well Suffolk Stop Smoking Awards Night - Portman Road Stadium, Ipswich - 28/01/2016 - Photo by: Richard Blaxall ANL-160102-161822001
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The efforts of a Newmarket GP surgery to help people quit smoking have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

The team from Orchard House Surgery, in Fred Archer Way, took top spot for ‘most quitters’ in the small GP category of the Stop Smoking Awards, hosted by Live Well Suffolk, after helping 256 local smokers to kick the habit.

Practice Manager Margaret West was at Ipswich Town Football Club to collect the award on behalf of the Orchard House team from Henry Tapp of Live Well Suffolk’s Stop Smoking Services.

Congratulating Orchard House, Mr Tapp said: “Helping so many local residents to improve their health by quitting smoking is something they should be very proud of”.

It was the third time in succession the practice had taken this title and, said Ms West, much of its success was due to health care assistant Nikki Baldwin and associate practitioner Tracy Grimster who tailor-make the 12-week one-to-one course to suit each individual patient.

“Our doctors also recognise the value of this work and its benefits to the health of our patients - in fact it is something the practice as a whole is committed to,” said Mr West.