Coronavirus Hotline: 508.765.8191 (intended for questions or concerns related to COVID-19 only)
Our staff is available from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, where callers may speak with clinical experts for answers to questions.
The U.S. Surgeon General has stated, “Smoking cessation represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.” With the cigarette tax in Massachusetts increased by $1 a pack and the excise tax on many other tobacco products increased as well, quitting is good opportunity to not only improve your health, but to improve your bottom line.
When you quit for good, your health improves immediately, regardless of your age or health status. In addition, family members health is also greatly improved. A child living in a smoke-free environment is less likely to develop asthma, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, lower respiratory tract infections or die from sudden infant death syndrome. Decreased exposure to secondhand smoke also leads to a lower risk of heart disease and lung cancer for the nonsmoking adults in the family. Remember, health benefits begin as soon as 20 minutes after quitting.
Many free resources are available to help you quit and many health insurance plans cover FDA-approved medicines and counseling for quitting:
Massachusetts Smokers Helpline
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) offers FREE information on quitting tobacco for all Massachusetts residents. Free telephone-based tobacco treatment counseling and services are available in English and Spanish, with translation for other languages. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the TTY line (1-800-833-1477).
MTCP provides physicians and other health care professionals with the QuitWorks program, which allows them to refer their patients to free telephone counseling through the Massachusetts Smokers Helpline. QuitWorks was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in collaboration with all major health plans in Massachusetts.
MassHealth and Commonwealth Care Quit Smoking Benefits
All FDA-approved quit-smoking medicines are covered, including:
Nicotine patches and nicotine gum
Bupropion (Zyban and Wellbutrin SR)
MassHealth Customer Service: 1-800-841-2900
Commonwealth Care Member Service Center: 1-877-623-6765
Do you have an upcoming appointment? CALL FIRST
If you have an upcoming appointment at any Harrington HealthCare System facility and have the following symptoms, fever, or cough, please call your doctor prior to arriving to your appointment.
Our top priority is to protect you, our patients, communities, and healthcare workers.
Current Visitor Policy
For the health and safety of our patients and employees, the following policy is in effect as of Monday, March 30
There will be NO visitors allowed in any inpatient or outpatient services (this includes the Emergency Department, Harrington Physician Services offices, and all other Harrington HealthCare Facilities)
Please note that the Main Lobby at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge will be closed at 7pm. All patients who need to enter the hospital after that time should come in through the ED.
The implementation of this policy is in an effort to limit the spread of potential illnesses that could be harmful to you, our patients, community, and staff. Thank you for your cooperation.
TELEHEALTH Appointments Now Available
To protect your health during the COVID-19 pandemic, certain appointments may now be conducted via TELEHEALTH, a service that allows you to see your doctor from home via a phone call or via a video conference call using your smartphone or computer.
If you are interested in scheduling a TELEHEALTH appointment, please let our office know when you call to make your appointment. We will do our best to accommodate your request if TELEHEALTH is appropriate for the type of care you need.