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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