Scotland’s busiest children’s hospital today (Thursday 4th July) rolled out the most ambitious ever zero tolerance to smoking on hospital grounds campaign.
Smoking outside the Royal Hospital for Sick Chidlren at Yorkhill in Glasgow remains a stubborn problem and continues to be one of the most complained about issues from visitors, staff and most importantly from the young patients themselves.
Dermot Murphy, Paediatric Oncologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, said: “I give my full backing to this ambitious campaign and I am calling on smokers to take notice and stop flouting our strict no smoking policy.
“Smoking outside our hospitals is not just unpleasant but the second hand smoke moves through windows, air ducts and lift shafts to contaminate our wards. Patients who are already sick should not have to suffer this and we also know that second hand smoke makes people with breathing problems more unwell.”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has been rolling out rebranded hospital entrances at 11 sites with bright red obtrusive ground hatchings and giant posters creating bold no smoking zones supported by wardens to patrol the grounds reinforcing the zero tolerance message.
The RHSC is the latest hospital to have its entrance rebranded however this time the entrances have been redesigned using no smoking signage designed by young patients.
Striking designs from three patients, who were all fed up with having to run the gauntlet of plumes of smoke when entering the hospital, were selected and reproduced to form giant vinyl door coverings and posters creating no smoking zones which are hard to ignore.
Reece Newlands, 13 from Cumbernauld, created one of the three winning designs. Reece, who suffers from Crohn’s Disease has spent many months at the hospital undergoing multiple operations and receiving treatment, said: “When you’re unwell and feeling really down the last thing you want is someone inflicting their smoke on you. We’re already sick, that’s why we’re in or visiting hospital, breathing in someone else’s smoke just makes us feel even more unwell.”
The other two designs were created by Ben Wardrop, 13, from Stewarton in Ayrshire and Falak Iqbal, 13, from Glasgow.
Some of the slogans from their artworks include: “We don’t want your smoke – do you want our illnesses?” “Because of your smoke we suffer and choke.” “Please don’t smoke at the entrance. We are trying to get well. Don’t you think we have suffered enough? Because we do!”
The bold campaign to put a stop to the scourge of second hand smoke on our hospital grounds has been widely welcomed by doctors, nurses, patients, visitors and ASH Scotland.
Since the campaign’s launch staff have already reported a marked reduction in the number of smokers on our sites, particularly at hospital entrances.
As part the campaign we have also teamed up with Glasgow City Council who are also sending Community Enforcement Officers to monitor our hospital sites for people littering the grounds with cigarette ends.
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]
Notes to Editors
The first 11 sites to be rebranded as part of phase one of the campaign are: Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Inverclyde Royal hospital, Vale of Leven Hospital, Gartnavel General Hospital, Western Infirmary, Southern General Hospital, New Stobhill Hospital, New Victoria Hospital, Victoria Infirmary and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Images of Reece, Mr Murphy, the rebranded entrance and the wardens on patrol are available from the press office.
Pictured: Reece Newlands and Dermot Murphy, Paediatric Oncologist, outside the rebranded Royal Hospital for Sick Children’s entrance.