"Cigarette ends in hospital grounds"
About: Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary Dumfries DG1 4AP
Posted by Sturie (as ),
On approaching the hospital from the path leading from the Bankend Road to the main reception area today, I come across some metal stands next to the path with literally dozens and dozens of used cigarette butts stashed. The first one to the end of the Alexandra Unit was the worst, and looked more like 100 (I didn't count, but lets just say more then few dozen). This was the very first thing I really took any notice of on my approach, until I seen more of these also filled with cigarette butts towards the front of the hospital...........then I seen all the signs specifically stating that Hospital Grounds are a NO Smoking Zone.
I think the cigarette ends are disgusting and an absolute disgrace. My view is that this portrays a shocking advert for our NHS, especially horrible to see directly outside the Alexandra Unit. I have tried ringing the number reception gave me to make a complaint but no answer on that number so far. I will try again tomorrow, but I think somebody needs to address the issue quickly, as it portrays a shocking visual image and all the wrong signals.
Delighted as I was at the service and treatment I received once inside, I really was truly disgusted before I'd even reached the front door. If the resources are not there to patrol this area, the metal things where the butts are stashed should be cleaned regularly and some measures taken to discourage those doing it. Everything about my hospital visit, was otherwise positive, but either there is an awful lot of smokers disobeying the rules, or the butts haven't been removed for weeks or months. Can someone arrange for it to cleaned asap please.