"Patients/staff/visitors smoking on the Hull Royal site"

About: Hull Royal Infirmary

(as the patient),

I have been visiting the Hull Royal site regularly over the past few months, mostly to the Women's and Children's hospital but also to the main tower block.

Every time I have attended my appointments I see staff (uniformed), and people I gather are patients and visitors, smoking outside the front doors of the above buildings as well as other places across the site despite the numerous signage stating it is a no smoking trust.

I'm a pregnant woman and I also suffer with my breathing to which I need an inhaler, I am not a smoker myself and I hate having to walk through a cloud of smoke to get to the services I require. It is highly unfair to me, my unborn child and other patients/staff/visitors who are being made to passive smoke because of the ignorance of a few.

I understand people have the right to make their own life choices, but that should not take the choice out of the hands of others.

I have also emailed PALS regarding this issue.

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Response from Hull Royal Infirmary

Thank you for placing your posting on the NHS Choices website. We are sorry to read of your recent experience and we will ensure that the staff concerned are made aware. If you would like to become more involved in decisions about local healthcare, we are recruiting members. By becoming a member you receive our quarterly newsletter, find out more about your local NHS and help us improve local services. You can also attend our ‘medicine for members’ sessions and respond to questionnaires. You don’t need any special skills or experience to become a member; you just need an interest in local health services. There is no commitment, you can get involved as much or as little as you choose. For more information please either email foundation.trust@hey.nhs.uk or telephone the Corporate Affairs office on telephone number (01482) 675165. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us with your views on local NHS services. Kind regards, Patient Experience Department Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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