Smokers flout the ban at the Royal Bolton Hospital
July 19, 2010 by Lyndon
Twelve months ago, the Royal Bolton Hospital was declared a no smoking zone with posters and banners displayed around the hospital to announce the ban around the building. However, poster and banner printing companies in Bolton will probably be disappointed to learn that their materials have not been entirely successful at the hospital.
A year ago, hospital chiefs introduced the ban on smoking by patients, visitors or staff across the whole of the hospital which, although not legally enforceable except right outside the main entrance, was felt to be important to introduce due to health concerns. The hospital chiefs hoped the ban would promote a healthier lifestyle amongst Bolton and its residents.
However a visit to the hospital twelve months on shows that the ban is still being ignored by some and smokers can still be found on the premises. Hospital chiefs are undeterred and insist that they are committed to the health of the town and will continue to try to impose the ban, despite smokers demanding their smoking shelters that were removed when the ban came in last year to be re-installed on the premises. Patients who smoke also complained that they cannot really move off the grounds so questioned where they were supposed to go to have a cigarette. The hospital states that patients are warned prior to their appointments and operations that the area is smoke free and that continuing with education and reminders around the area through the use of poster printing will reap rewards and be a step in the right direction.