THE number of pharmacies in Lothian offering nicotine replacement therapy is to more than double following early successes with the initiative to make it easier for people to stop smoking.
The stop smoking support will now be available through an additional 53 pharmacies, following the success of the first phase launched in late December involving 40 pharmacy outlets.
The new scheme sees local pharmacies offering up to 12 weeks of one-to-one stop smoking support, with nicotine replacement therapy on prescription directly from the pharmacist if desired, meaning that clients do not need to visit their GP for a prescription for these therapies.
Fiona Moore, NHS Lothian smoking cessation co-ordinator, said: “NHS Lothian wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get support to stop smoking.”
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