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Latest figures reveal 11% of Crawley adults are smokers

The figures come ahead of Stoptober, a 28-day stop smoking challenge starting in October.



New figures released by West Sussex County Council indicate that around 11% of adults in Crawley still smoke.

The number (from the Office for National Statistics) comes ahead of the nationwide Stoptober campaign which will encourage local residents to stub out smoking for good.

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The figures reveal that an estimated 16.3% of Crawley men are smokers compared with 5.7% of women.

Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England which begins on October 1, has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date. It’s the biggest mass quit attempt in the country, and is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay permanently smokefree.

Estimates suggest that 12.8% of adults in West Sussex still smoke – the lowest level on record – which means the 11% figure for Crawley is slightly better than the county as a whole. However manual workers are twice as likely to smoke than the population as a whole. Some areas of the county have higher smoking rates: an estimated 17.5% of adults in Mid Sussex smoke, while in Horsham this is just 9%.

Find the figure for your area below:

Across the UK, 15.1% of people aged 18 years and above still smoke, 17% of men and 13.3% of women.

West Sussex Stop smoking services offer tailored advice on how best to quit using a variety of methods, including e-cigarettes. Research has shown that those who get expert support from local stop smoking services are up to four times as likely to quit for good than those who try to quit unaided. In 2016/17 more than 50% of those accessing the successfully quit, the highest quit rate in the last 4 years.

Those who have been successful in kicking the habit are more likely to have used a combination of quit methods.

This year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.

Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, a Facebook messenger service that sends helpful updates, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.

“Our message to residents is please don’t delay any longer and take that first step to improving your long-term health for you, and your family.

“One way to kick-start your quit attempt would be to book an appointment with a stop smoking advisor today  A full list of venues offering stop smoking support is available on the West Sussex Wellbeing website.

“Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smoke free.”

If you’re looking for support to stop smoking, contact your local stop smoking service which you can find at

For more information on the Stoptober campaign, to download the app or access the online resources, visit

Health & Wellbeing

Crawley woman among winning nurses at hospital awards

When the Queen Victoria Hospital asked its patients (past and present) to nominate staff they felt went the extra mile for them during their treatment or appointments, they were overwhelmed with the response.



Pictured: Breast reconstruction nurse specialists Rebecca and Pam pictured receiving their award from Jo Thomas, Director of Nursing and Quality at Queen Victoria Hospital

The ask was for the hospital’s annual patient experience award, which this year generated over 50 nominations. Among the winners were Pam Golton from East Grinstead and Rebecca Spencer from Crawley – breast reconstruction nurse specialists at the hospital.

The duo received an amazing eight nominations from patients who commended Pam and Rebecca’s support during their reconstruction journey following breast cancer Queen Victoria Hospital is a leading centre for reconstructive breast surgery in the South East, performed either at the same time as a mastectomy or after all treatment has been completed. Pam and Rebecca are on hand to help patients throughout their journey and for however long their treatment takes.

Comments from the nominations included:

“All through my journey they have been amazing, going beyond the care and support I have ever experienced in any other NHS trust. They made me realise that I was normal and treated me as a friend.”


“they are kind, caring, good listeners, totally dedicated, professional and give you good honest advice and reassurance if you are worried about anything. Above all they just want to ensure you’re ok. I can honestly say I am so lucky to have been referred to QVH and been given Pam and Rebecca as my breast reconstruction nurse specialists. I really don’t know how I would have coped without them.”

Their win was announced on the night of the annual QVH Staff Awards by a special film one of their patients, Linda, helped create, explaining in her own words why she was driven to nominate the duo. You can watch it now on YouTube:

Commenting on their award Pam said:

“I was really thrilled to find out I had been nominated for an award and it was even more special to find out we had won. Rebecca and I are very much a team and it is lovely to be recognised for what in essence is “just doing our job”, but what a job! Helping ladies navigate what could potentially be the most emotional time of their lives is a privilege and one that we both take very seriously. Having recognition in this way encourages us to continue to strive to improve our practice and continue to make a difference to those we care for”.

Rebecca continued:

“I was so delighted we won the outstanding patient experience award, what a wonderful surprise. It is lovely to hear how we have made a difference to the lives of patients, and humbling to see how much we are appreciated. Patients are the focus of everything we do and it is so lovely to be recognised. To hear that I have helped women through a really difficult time in their lives is really rewarding and it makes me feel very proud.”

Jo Thomas, Director of Nursing and Quality at Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) explains why the awards are so important:

“We hope that every member of staff makes the experience of our patients a positive one. But we know some of our staff are extra special. Pam and Rebecca are both very deserving winners and we’d like to congratulate them both and all of our staff who were nominated – it’s a real testament to the positive impact our staff make when patients take the time to contact us.”

Queen Victoria Hospital would like to thank everyone who took time to nominate members of staff for the award and would encourage patients to continue passing on their feedback through its Patient Advice and Liaison service (PALS) by email at, or its Facebook and Twitter channels.

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