"I wrote back in December about ..."

About: Royal Blackburn Hospital

(as the patient),

What I liked

I wrote back in December about the number of people , including opatients in their "bed clothes" smoking just outside the main entrance and in particular around the parking pay machines. I was an outpatient on Monday (19 May) and nothing has changed. Signs are not enough it needs a physical presence to deter the smokers.

In these days of heightened awareness of hygiene issues why do you permit patients to wander arond the hospital wearing their bedclothes and allow them outside to smoke

What could be improved

Move the pay machines to an area that is not so "cosy" for visitors and patients to smoke. The area used at the moment can be viewed from the Reception so why are they not contacting security?

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Response from Royal Blackburn Hospital

The Trust has tried to enforce a smoking ban outside the Main entrance and other areas within the Trust grounds. This has not proven to be very successful therefore to ensure smokers do not stand at the main entrance omitting second hand smoke the Trust are looking at the reintroduction of smoking shelters.

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