Blackburn health chief backs hospital smoking ban

This Is Lancashire: Dominic Harrison Dominic Harrison

A health chief has backed new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), which advises all NHS hospitals to ban smoking on their premises.

NICE has also told hospitals to ensure staff offer more help to patients to quit.

Royal Blackburn Hospital has already removed smoking shelters, but said the new guidance would be ‘difficult to enforce’.

Dominic Harrison, director of public health at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Smoking is a major health concern in the borough and a major cause for people coming into Royal Blackburn Hospital in the first place.

“Hospital staff on all levels need to feel empowered to help enforce this guidance.

“We also know treatment is much more effective for people who don't smoke and members of the public want to be able to feel they can enter our hospital without having to walk through people smoking.”

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2:07pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Happy-Dude says...

Maybe the solution is to but a shelter further away, ive walked past on the shadsworth side of old bank lane and there is an opening just before you get to the end of that part of the road, maybe sort something out for there which is well away from the doors. At the end of the day patients goto to the hospital to be treated and don't appreciate walking though clouds of smoke at the door, on the other hand I believe you cant just ban completely as you are taking people's rights away, if people want to smoke then I have no problem with this but it is an hospital so you have to have a "meet half way" policy that would suit everyone.
Maybe the solution is to but a shelter further away, ive walked past on the shadsworth side of old bank lane and there is an opening just before you get to the end of that part of the road, maybe sort something out for there which is well away from the doors. At the end of the day patients goto to the hospital to be treated and don't appreciate walking though clouds of smoke at the door, on the other hand I believe you cant just ban completely as you are taking people's rights away, if people want to smoke then I have no problem with this but it is an hospital so you have to have a "meet half way" policy that would suit everyone. Happy-Dude

10:06pm Wed 4 Dec 13

chas says...

Dominic Harrison can back anything he likes but NHS hospitals cannot ban smoking in its grounds because smoking is not illegal in open public places.
Dominic Harrison can back anything he likes but NHS hospitals cannot ban smoking in its grounds because smoking is not illegal in open public places. chas

12:40pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Cllr R.Smith says...

Perhaps they should sort waiting times out first in A&E rather than focusing on a smoking ban. Shows where the managements priorities are!

It won't actually work, when I was at Blackburn last, there were patients walking over 2 miles to a shop to get some cigarettes (drip in hand). What are they going to do, throw patients who have been admitted off hospital grounds for smoking?? Think Blackburn will be facing some very big legal bills if they start doing that.
Perhaps they should sort waiting times out first in A&E rather than focusing on a smoking ban. Shows where the managements priorities are! It won't actually work, when I was at Blackburn last, there were patients walking over 2 miles to a shop to get some cigarettes (drip in hand). What are they going to do, throw patients who have been admitted off hospital grounds for smoking?? Think Blackburn will be facing some very big legal bills if they start doing that. Cllr R.Smith

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