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Right Arrow Trust again asks for co-operation with smoking policy
27 August 2009 at 11:37
Once again, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is asking patients and visitors to co-operate with its request that they do not smoke on its premises. Since the Trust declared it was going Smokefree in January 2006, most people who smoke have abided by the request to not to do so in the buildings or grounds of both Ormskirk and Southport hospitals. However, there are a small number of people, both patients and visitors who insist on smoking in the grounds, mainly outside the entrances.

Sir Ron Watson, Chairman of the Trust said, "I am looking for full co-operation from both visitors and patients to ensure that the whole site is smoke free and not littered with used cigarette butts. We do understand it is difficult for people to give up smoking and we can offer help with this, but it is nevertheless a problem as smoke drifts into the building through open windows disturbing those inside, sometimes even other patients."

If people would like help with stopping smoking they can contact the local Stop Smoking team on 0300 100 1000.

Pictured is Sir Ron Watson by one of the no smoking signs at Southport hospital.