I am not receiving treatment myself..."
About: South Tyneside District Hospital South Tyneside District Hospital South Shields NE34 0PL
What could be improved
I am not receiving treatment myself although this is my local hospital. I have been visiting a close relative for the last week and am appalled at the unclean state of the hospital environment. The grounds are disgraceful. Dog filth is on every walkway between McAnaney Avenue and the Main Entrance and there is litter, including empty drinks cans everywhere. Directly outside the Main Entrance there are discarded cigarette boxes and cigarette ends making a complete mockery of the no smoking policy. The smell of smoke inside the doorway is disgusting. Why have a policy that you clearly have no intention of enforcing ? Outside environment is more difficult to keep clean than inside - however failure to do so will result in filth being brought into the hospital premises on the footwear of staff and visitors.
Finally, at the bottom of the staircase leading to Wards 1 and 2 there is a very large cobweb, clearly an indication that internal cleanliness is not as it should be. There is little point in visitors using alcohol gels on arrival on the wards if the dirt is already there.