After smoking 10 cigarettes a day for over 50 years I found myself on the cardiac unit at Macclesfield hospital having had a heart attack.

Catriona came to see me on the ward to discuss trying to stop smoking.

My mind had been made up that I would try to stop even though deep down I had my reservations as I had enjoyed my cigarettes.

After going through the options available I went home with nicotine patches and gum and Catriona phoned me regularly to keep supporting me through the early days.

Twelve months on I am still smoke free and feel so much better for it. Thankyou, Mrs M.

Catriona, Secondary Care Practitioner says ‘it was great to speak to and support Freda as she was always so positive and upbeat and I am really pleased she has managed to quit smoking’.