Bosses consider smoking ban on entire Chesterfield Royal Hospital site

An aerial view of the sprawling Chesterfield Royal Hospital site.
An aerial view of the sprawling Chesterfield Royal Hospital site.

Bosses at Chesterfield Royal are considering banning smoking on the entire hospital site.

Currently, people are prohibited from lighting up in the hospital’s buildings – and now chiefs have launched a consultation on plans to ban smoking on the whole site, including car parks, courtyards and green spaces.

Patients, visitors and staff are being urged to take part in a short online survey before managers make a decision.

A Chesterfield Royal Hospital spokesman said: “We know the NHS spends around £2.7billion a year treating smoking-related health problems. We all know that smoking harms and kills. We also know that people smoke on site at Chesterfield Royal Hospital every single day.

“We have a responsibility to make the hospital grounds safe and healthier for all, so we are reviewing our no-smoking policy. We want to find out what people think. Is the fact that people smoke here part and parcel of being a public building? Or should we be setting a better example?

“We’re asking our patients, visitors and staff to have their say. Their responses will help us to decide what our new smoking policy should be.”

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