'How hospital ban helped me to quit'
A Dundonald man has revealed how his health has improved thanks to the blanket ban on smoking in hospital grounds.
Dave McCready smoked for 55 years - since he was 11 years old - but has now given up on his 12th attempt. He suffers from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) and was admitted to the Ulster Hospital this time last year.
"The doctor told me plainly that if I didn't give up smoking I would die. It was a huge help that I couldn't go outside to smoke. The nurses on the ward were tremendously supportive and called in the smoking cessation team. They provided nicotine replacement therapy and checked on me daily.
" It's working for me. I am not coughing so much and my breathing is easier. The mobile respiratory team had been visiting me every week for the past year-and-a-half, but they haven't had to come for six weeks now."
Shirley McClelland, lead for the smoking cessation team, said: "David already knew the benefits of quitting and all he really needed was some encouragement and advice."