"I cannot use the communal areas without passively smoking"

About: Cambian - Oaks Hospital

(as the patient),

I am a non-smoker and an inpatient.

I feel am discriminated against because I cannot use the communal areas without passively smoking.

Consequently I am obliged to spend long periods of time in my room alone.

I deeply resent having to passively smoke whilst resident in a hospital, however the hospital is much more committed to enabling patients to smoke than they are to promoting healthy lifestyles and protecting me from the negative impact of smoke. The nurses station even advertises a price list posted for tobacco products which patient can purchase.

I have asked to see a copy of the hospitals smoking policy on at least four occasions. It has not been forthcoming. I suspect that the hospital is NOT complying with the appropriate legislation. Indeed I know it is not and observe breaches on a daily basis.

It appears I am going to have to take legal action to get anywhere with this situation.

Meanwhile I feel that I continue to be actively discriminated against because I do not wish to breathe in tobacco.

NICE guideline from 2013 recommend completely smoke free hospitals, and Public Health England recently stated they want all mental health hospitals to be smoke free - citing that "smoking can increase depression and anxiety and reduce the effectiveness of medication by up to 50%" yet if I want to even sit in the television room I have to breathe in second hand smoke. And breathing second hand smoke impacts MY mental health extremely negatively.

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