"Smoking near hospital entrances"

About: Crosshouse Hospital

(as a service user),

Disgusted that people continue to smoke near entrances/exits at hospital.

Cigarette butts littering ground at doors. Have to hold my breath every time. Yuch! Not very good for health promotion.

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Response from Craig White, Assistant Director, Nurse Directorate, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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Thank you for your feedback. I have asked colleagues who have been working to address these concerns to provide a summary of their work. I will publish this here as soon as I receive this.

Best wishes

Craig White

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Response from Craig White, Assistant Director, Nurse Directorate, NHS Ayrshire and Arran We are preparing to make a change

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I have now had responses to your helpful feedback from colleagues in our Directorate of Information and Clinical Support Services and Directorate of Public Health.

We have taken steps to ensure that cigarette bins / containers are regularly emptied and similarly, will be regularly cleaning out areas of shrubbery and other garden areas, where cigarette ends are thrown by smokers.

We are looking at the possibilities of upgrading the front door entrances at University Hospital Ayr and University Hospital Crosshouse. This will include looking at the option of relocating the smoking shelters. All of this work will support the move to all NHS Scotland premises being smoke free by March 2015.

Thank you for taking the time to use Patient Opinion. More information on the range of approaches being taken to implement our Fresh Air Policy can be found at: http://www.nhsaaa.net/services-index/f-fresh-air-shire.aspx

Best wishes

Craig White

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Response from Kate MacDonald, Business Coordinator & Office Manager (interim), Nurse Directorate, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Ayrshire and Arran We are preparing to make a change

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Dear Safety

I am delighted to be able to post an further update on your original posting from 10 months ago.

Update from Elaine Young, Senior Manager, Public Health Department, NHS Ayrshire and Arran (NHSAA):

During November and December 2013 we undertook an extensive engagement exercise with staff and the public on how we move to smoke free grounds within NHS Ayrshire & Arran – not “if” we move to SFG (as this is a Scottish Government directive), but “how” we might implement this action locally.

This engagement exercise involved engagement booklets, press releases, use of social media, staff surveys, attending staff meetings and forums and we received approx 1000 views. This information has now been themed and will be considered by NHSAA’s Corporate Management Team in February 2014. Following on from this the smoke-free grounds policy and implementation plan will be developed with a view to NHSAA having smoke-free grounds by March 2015.

Kind regards.

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