New signs promote smoking ban at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

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New signs have been unveiled at Chesterfield Royal Hospital to promote the smoking ban in force across the site.

The signs, which were designed by Staveley-based company Alldread Burgess, highlight the effects of second-hand smoke on patients and visitors of all ages.

Dr David Pickworth, one of the Royal's non-executive directors who has led on the no-smoking campaign, and April Saunders, the physical health and wellbeing lead for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Picture submitted.

Dr David Pickworth, one of the Royal's non-executive directors who has led on the no-smoking campaign, and April Saunders, the physical health and wellbeing lead for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Picture submitted.

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A Royal spokesman said: "Coming to hospital can be a stressful and anxious time for patients and visitors, who may be hearing bad news or facing a difficult time.

"In these situations if you smoke, you reach for a cigarette - and we understand that.

"But we remain committed to becoming a smoke-free site and to at least ensure that smokers are not impacting on others at main entrances, in public courtyards or bus shelters.

"These spaces are for everyone and through this new signage we're reminding people to respect others using our hospital.

Dr David Pickworth, one of the Royal's non-executive directors who has led on the no-smoking campaign, and April Saunders, the physical health and wellbeing lead for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Picture submitted.

Dr David Pickworth, one of the Royal's non-executive directors who has led on the no-smoking campaign, and April Saunders, the physical health and wellbeing lead for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Picture submitted.

"We want to protect newborn babies and our other young patients from the effects of passive smoking, not to mention our staff and really poorly patients who might be coming in for chemotherapy, respiratory illness and other severe conditions.

"We hope the messages and images on the signs will make smokers think twice about lighting up and that they will either wait until later or at least move away from the public areas of our site.

"And of course for anyone who wants to give up we can offer a link to local services that can help."

The pictures were chosen by staff, patients and visitors.

One of the new signs at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Picture submitted.

One of the new signs at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Picture submitted.