Public Health practitioner resources

Stop smoking

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, some of which have immediate effects that compromise the body’s ability to heal and increase the risks associated with anaesthesia.

In addition to the general health risks associated with smoking, a patient who smokes is also at a much greater risk of anaesthetic complications and surgical site infections. We encourage practitioners to make direct referrals to Stop Smoking services which offer an effective intervention to enable patients to stop smoking.

Weight management

Obesity is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon).

In addition the psychological and social consequences of obesity can be negative. Hampshire has developed a primary care pathway for managing overweight and obesity from universal Services at Tier 1 to specialist bariatric Services in Tier 4. The current Tier 2 Weight Management Service (Slimming on Referral) was launched in 2008.

Drugs and alcohol

Excess alcohol consumption is the third highest risk factor for avoidable ill health in England (after smoking and obesity). In Hampshire around one in five adults drink more alcohol than the safe recommended levels.

Training and support for those working with children, young people and families
Health checks

NHS Health Checks are for eligible 40-74 year olds to prevent or spot the early signs of serious cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and stroke. The NHS Health Check assesses circulatory and vascular health and the risk of getting such diseases.

Tailored advice is then provided to improve or maintain health to enjoy life for longer. There is a range of Hampshire guidance and resources available to aid your delivery of the programme.

Guidance
Clinical System MIQUEST guidance
Letters and promotional materials
Performance