Help is at hand to improve your health

NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for new donors to come forward.
NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for new donors to come forward.

Help is at hand for people in the Scarborough area who are making it their resolution to improve their health.

Smokers wanting to quit will have a wider range of support available in the New Year, through the Smokefreelife North Yorkshire service.

The New You specialist stop smoking service currently provided by Harrogate Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will transfer to Solutions4Health on January 1.

The new service will be called Smokefreelife North Yorkshire, and can be contacted via 0800 2465215 or 01609 663023. There is also a website – www.smokefreelifeNorthYorkshire.co.uk – with more information.

Innovative healthcare provider Solutions 4 Health has also been commissioned by North Yorkshire County Council to offer smokers a diverse range of support to quit smoking.

Meanwhile, Dry January – the national campaign to get people to take control of their health and cut down on the amount of alcohol they consume – is being backed by the county council.

Dry January encourages people who drink alcohol regularly to give it up for 31 days.

Having a break from alcohol for a month can benefit people by improving sleep quality, and reducing stress – because alcohol is a depressant. It’s also a good way to lose weight.

And with less than three per cent of people aged 17-70 giving blood in the last year, NHS Blood and Transplant is after some first-time donors to replace those who can’t donate any more, and to ensure it has the right mix of blood groups to meet patient needs.

Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s easy to sign up and book your first appointment using our website and mobile apps.”

There is a blood donor session on today (Thursday) at Westborough Methodist Church from 10am to 1pm.

Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323 to book.