"smoking outside day surgery"

About: Hairmyres Hospital

(as the patient),

I was recently in for a procedure at hairmyers day surgery the staff were brilliant all day looking after me but on going home I was outside waiting for my lift right at entrance to day surgery when four females came out started smoking right at my left side then a couple came out started smoking at my right side. i was in a wheel chair and could not move until someone came for me. why is this allowed I had just recovered from a chest infection I thought it was policy to not smoke on nhs grounds no one seemed to care. What could be improved? Someone policing the door.

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Response from Susan Friel, Chief of Nursing Services, Hairmyres Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear falkirk,

Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us. I’m delighted to hear you were well looked after in Day Surgery and I hope you are recovering well following your procedure.

I’m sorry to read of your experience whilst waiting for your transport at the hospital entrance. Enforcing the No smoking policy remains a challenge for us. We have put numerous things in place to try and address this and we are trying to spread the message which you can read about in a blog we published previously: https://www.patientopinion.org.uk/blogposts/372/smoke-free-grounds

Unfortunately we do not have enough staff to police all of the entrances all of the time. It is everyone’s responsibility to challenge people smoking on hospital grounds and we hope that our continued efforts and public awareness campaigns will help us achieve smoke free grounds



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