"Leighton Hospital feels like 'smoker central'"

About: Leighton Hospital

(as a relative),

Good care (although dreadful timekeeping) at Leighton Hospital. But the place is smoker central.

Main reception involves running the gauntlet of smokers (including patients on drips and in gowns! ), and the Eye Care waiting area was stunk out because someone was smoking outside under an open window.

I cannot imagine what possesses people to stand outside the cancer centre smoking. The bus shelter was also reeking.

It took some doing to find out that the site is apparently smoke-free. Big signs outside maternity and some offices, but nowhere else seems to have the privilege of fresh air. Lots of uniformed staff waving fags around too.

I suggest you make the location of the smoking shelters clear and put up much larger and ruder 'do NOT smoke anywhere else' signs.

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Response from Leighton Hospital

Smoking on Trust premises is a challenge and the Health and Safety Committee regularly discuss this topic and look at what more can be done to improve the situation. The Trust Policy is that smoking is not permitted in any of Trust premises or close to them ( which includes entrances). All staff are encouraged to challenge persons found smoking in non-permitted areas on Trust sites (the only permitted areas for visitors and staff are the designated smoking shelters on the Leighton Hospital site). The Trust has no smoking signs displayed across the Trust sites and has a small leaflet which gets handed out by staff to those found smoking in non-designated areas ( this displays the map of the Leighton site and the location of the three shelters which are on the perimeter of the site). There is a dedicated ‘Stop Smoking Adviser’ on site who supports inpatients during their stay with a range of Nicotine Replacement Therapies made available to them and staff who want to quit. The Trust reviews its policy on smoking on an annual basis (compared to the standard three yearly reviews on other policies) as it recognises that the issue remains challenging and the Trust will continue to work hard to try to request compliance from visitors to the site. Wendy Astle-Rowe, Health and Safety Lead

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