Public health bosses promise to help Royal Bolton Hospital with smoking problem
PUBLIC health chiefs have promised to help the Royal Bolton Hospital tackle problems of on-site smoking.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust says it is looking at new preventative measures to stop smokers gathering by the main entrances after selling off one of the controversial shelters.
The trust has said it will team up with Bolton Council’s public health officers to come up with a new strategy – a move which has been welcomed by council chiefs.
Cllr Sufrana Bashir Ismail, cabinet member for public health said: “I was pleased with the decision by the trust board to listen to our concerns and not reinstall the smoking shelters.
“Staff from the public health team at the council have been proactive in discussing the issue of smoking cessation and on-site smoking with hospital staff. We will be making a joint announcement on the detail of the partnership work which will take place with patients, staff and members of the public.
“I maintain my view that enforcement of the trust’s current no smoking policy, combined with advice and support on quitting smoking, will make a difference.”
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — which runs the Royal Bolton Hospital — made a dramatic U-turn when it decided not to build smoking shelters in June this year.
Bosses had held a public vote on whether to build three shelters in a bid to stop people smoking at entrances to the hospitals.
The poll showed 1,629 people voting in favour of the shelters and 1,580 people against.
One of the three shelters which had been sited outside the hospital for use by patients and staff has been sold off at its original price – about £1,200 – to an anonymous buyer.
Uses could be found for the other two which could be moved to cover the pay and display machines in the hospital car parks, if planning permission is granted by the council.
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