If this preliminary bid to ban smoking on hospital grounds is successful, it’s a move that could be rolled out nationwide. The hope is that it will stop smokers from blocking entrances and remove temptation for those patients staying on the wards.
Currently smoking is banned both in places of work and outdoors in enclosed spaces.
The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is now looking to introduce a council by-law to crack down even further. According to the proposed law, those who are found smoking risk going to court and being fined.
The initiative has been led by patients after several complaints, especially in regards to smoking around the maternity unit. One new mother commented that the first breath of ‘fresh’ air her baby took was full of tobacco smoke.
“It’s potentially a massive step forward and is the right thing to do.” Says Professor John Britton, from the University of Nottingham.