"My right to have smoke free room"

About: Charing Cross Hospital

I had to call an ambulance because I was finding it hard to breathe. I had a lobectomy then a pneumonectomy (removal of lung) due to lung cancer caused by smoking, in July 2014. My husband died of lung cancer January 2014.

I was in a 2 bed room and was horrified when another patient went into the bed next to me and immediately asked if they could go down for a cigarette.

Whilst they went I asked the nurse if I could be moved because of their smoking.

They came back smelling of smoke. I again asked if I could be moved to be told there was nowhere to move me. I decided because of that to go home.

Where are my rights to a smoke free room within a hospital?

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Response from Charing Cross Hospital

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is concerned about your posting on NHS Choices and wishes to apologise to you for your experience in our A&E Department at Charing Cross Hospital.

We would really like to speak to you and be able to look into this further.

In the meantime I have forwarded your posting to the service managers for Accident & Emergency.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can be contacted on either 0203 313 0088 or email pals@imperial.nhs.uk

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