"It's not a smoke free site"
About: University Hospital Of North Durham University Hospital Of North Durham Durham DH1 5TW
I understand that in theory Durham Hospital is a 'smoke free' site. However this is certainly not the case. I take my young daughter to very regular appointments at the hospital and almost without fail we have to walk through the smell and fumes of people smoking right outside the main entrance. In all our visits I have never seen anyone being asked to stop smoking. Whilst there is certainly a huge poster on the hospital wall declaring it to be a smoke free site this is not targeted enough at the people who come in and out through the main entrance. There needs to be large signs at eye level and people need to be challenged when they break the rules. At the moment it is an unpleasant experience coming in and out of the building and I certainly would not want to go to that area to get some fresh air, as it certainly wouldn't be fresh.