Smokers ignoring warnings at Larbert’s Forth Valley Royal Hospital

NHS Forth Valley is to recruit an officer to crack down on smoking outside its hospitals. PICTURE: Michael Gillen (130688E)
NHS Forth Valley is to recruit an officer to crack down on smoking outside its hospitals. PICTURE: Michael Gillen (130688E)
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NHS Forth Valley is looking for a smoking control officer to stop people having a puff at hospital entrances.

A survey carried out following complaints from staff and visitors found people are 
ignoring instructions not to smoke outside Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

NHS Forth Valley installed a speaker and alarm system at the entrance to deter smokers from lighting up, but it hasn’t worked forcing them to re-think the strategy. The new control officer will also cover Falkirk Community Hospital.

A spokeswoman said: “A survey carried out by the health promotion team found that respondents wanted to see a firmer stance being taken against people who smoke outside our hospitals.

“Five smoke detectors have been installed at entrances across the Forth Valley Royal Hospital site after signs asking people not to smoke were largely ignored. It is also hoped that the introduction of a control officer will mean more people being signposted to our smoking cessation services.”