Monday, 3 March 2008

Under the Carpet

Do you find that, despite the smoking ban, you still walk into work amidst a deep smog of cigarette smoke? Recent research shows that the smoking ban on NHS sites is being broken on a daily basis. Those of us who work on NHS sites are no doubt more than aware that the ban is being broken day in, day out, but what can we do about it? The last time I spoke to a patient outside the hospital doors about his smoking, I nearly took a beating!

You would think this research would lead to some sort of directive or the implementation of stronger enforcement, but no. Rather;

"The government said it did not accept the findings and had no evidence to show regulations were being broken."

Hmmm... :)


Rebecca said...

We have the same problem outside our schooldoors and some of the smokers are nursing and teacher students.....!!!! I think it´s only fair that I will have the say if I want my lungs to be filled with smoke....And it´s not possible when you must pass this group of stinkbombs to get too youre class!

Staff Nurse M said...

I recall when I went to the Hospital I trained at last year for a night shift finding a patient near the doors. They were doubled over, dressed in a dressing gown and hospital gown, on an IV drip, and coughing perfusly.

They were smoking a cigarette. Right outside one of the main entrances, with at least two patients smoking while sat in hospital chairs.

The problem is, most of us would imagine getting attacked/verbally abused should we go over and say something. Given the attitude of the NHS, management would simply state that it would not be part of our job and should have altered security.

While we are on the subject, has anyone else noticed that when you go to a pub, all the smokers congregate near the doors so you have to more or less barge through them to get in/out?

Elizabeth said...

I read in Zest magazine last year that the levels of toxins around pub doorways etc. are dangerously high because smokers all congregate in one area. Nice!

Chris said...


promise this patient does not smoke!

Pop over to my blog and don't forget to say hello!

A subject you possibly haven't encountered very much or had much training in as most don't !!! Would love your comments and please say hello!

Good luck with the rest of your training and this is from a rebellious non smoking patient who was a paediatric nurse until I met a PEG!

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Pathway Analysis said...

Really its not easy to stop smoking.

Nurse and Hospital Stories said...

"The government said it did not accept the findings and had no evidence to show regulations were being broken."

Really? Are they some kind of deaf or blind? lol. :)

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