About: Pinderfields General Hospital

This review is purely about the entrance of the hospital. As hospitals go, my experience has been good. However, on every occasion I have been to an antenatal appointment here, there have been a plethora of people stood in the entrance smoking where there are signs clearly saying it was prohibited. No member of staff seemed to be enforcing it. I was sat inside waiting for my transport, the smoke was coming inside the building & I almost had an asthma attack. Even members of staff were outside smoking instead of in the designated area. Something needs to be done. New parents (no one in fact) shouldn't have to walk through a cloud of smoke to go home. In a matter of weeks I will be back at the hospital having my baby & I don't want the first bit of "fresh air" he inhales to be smoke filled. I'm sure plenty of new parents feel the same way too.

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Response from Pinderfields General Hospital

We acknowledge that this is an issue, and for this reason the Trust has installed a smoking shelter away from the main entrance. Our security staff have also been asked to challenge people who choose to ignore the signs and smoke in the vicinity of the entrance.

However, as current legislation only prohibits smoking in enclosed areas, we have no legal powers of enforcement, and are reliant on the support and cooperation of the public to a significant degree.

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