Patients and staff being helped to reduce smoking at Jeesal Park, Cawston, near Aylsham

PUBLISHED: 12:21 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:21 21 February 2017

Melanie Macrow, Smokefree adviser, and Victoria Astley at Cawston Park. Picture: Jeesal Cawston Park

Melanie Macrow, Smokefree adviser, and Victoria Astley at Cawston Park. Picture: Jeesal Cawston Park


Patients and staff are being taught how to quit smoking at a residential hospital for people with learning disabilities.

The initiative at Jeesal Park, Cawston is run by Smokefree Norfolk and supported by the Market Surgery in Aylsham.

Regular monthly clinics have been held and these have developed into training days to enable staff to become level two smoking cessation advisers. Staff are now working with Smokefree Norfolk to create a strategy to help patients and staff give up or reduce their smoking.

Specialist nurse Victoria Astley, who has been working with Max Curly, an activities co-ordinator at Jeesal Park, said: “We want to be able to give patients and staff support and to educate them into stopping smoking for the good of their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“We believe it is important to improve patients’ quality of life and improve their development whilst they are at the Jeesal Park Hospital.”

Other news

46 minutes ago

He has captured some of the most magnificent pictures of Norfolk from above.


Two Norfolk women woke up to blisters, aches and pains on Sunday morning after they took on an extremely unusual fundraising challenge – walking 26-miles on three legs.

Yesterday, 16:41

Four Norfolk students are preparing for an adventure on the other side of the world where they will undertake humanitarian work.

Yesterday, 14:05

Concerns that a fatal disease in dogs could have been found for the first time in Norfolk, appear to be unfounded according to a number of vets.

Most Read

Yesterday, 11:30

It was a day that will never be forgotten in Fakenham.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:52

An 86-year-old man was left with life-changing injuries after he was trapped in a bath with scalding water pouring in.

Read more
North Norfolk District Council
Fri, 15:09

Tourism and hospitality businesses in Norfolk are braced for an influx of visitors and a bumper weekend.

Read more
United Kingdom
Thu, 17:26

The One Show was being filmed in Fakenham on Thursday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:41

A voluntary group in Fakenham has celebrated the work of two up and coming photographers, as part of their goal of showcasing local talent.

Read more
Richard Crook

Local Weather



max temp: 21°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter