No butts- smok­ing banned at Oban hos­pi­tal

The Oban Times - - News -

CIG­A­RETTE butts at the door of Oban’s Lorn and Is­lands hos­pi­tal are un­sightly and puff­ing at the front door needs to be stopped, said one visi­tor to the hos­pi­tal last week.

NHS High­land said it pro­moted a healthy en­vi­ron­ment and regularly cleaned up the area - but apol­o­gised if it was a mess.

Hos­pi­tal visi­tor Katie Boyd of Oban told the Oban Times: ‘ I have just been to the hos­pi­tal this morn­ing and at­tempted to en­ter by the side door, which I think was locked.

‘ I was ab­so­lutely dis­gusted to see all the fag ends sit­ting in a cor­ner be­side that door.

‘I spoke to a mem­ber of staff in­side and said I was ut­terly dis­gusted to see them.

‘I com­mented that I saw the nurses and staff right at the end of the hos­pi­tal grounds, fac­ing the bus stop on Glen­gal­lan Road, hav­ing their cig­a­rette.

‘ They have to obey the rules on smok­ing so why is noth­ing be­ing done to stop pa­tients and this dis­gust­ing habit right at the door of the hos­pi­tal.

‘ They are not even be­ing swept up but then I would imag­ine the clean­ers are not re­spon­si­ble for that.’

A spokesman for NHS High­land said: ‘ We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment for pa­tients, visi­tors and staff and we have a no- smok­ing pol­icy for the hos­pi­tal and its grounds. The vast ma­jor­ity of the public com­ply with this pol­icy and if any­one is ob­served smok­ing they will be re­minded of the pol­icy by our staff.

‘ The main en­trance is also cleaned regularly as part of the clean­ing sched­ule for the hos­pi­tal and any rub­bish will be col­lected and dis­posed of and we can only apol­o­gise if that has not hap­pened on this oc­ca­sion.’

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Lorn and Is­lands hos­pi­tal is a no-smok­ing zone - but one visi­tor

feels the rules are not be­ing en­forced

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