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Larbert hospital steps up the fight to curb smokers

Gregor will help crack down on smoking outside the hospital's grounds

Gregor will help crack down on smoking outside the hospital's grounds

 

NHS Forth Valley has hired a ‘tobacco control officer’ after complaints about people smoking in the grounds of the flagship hospital in Larbert.

Health bosses questioned almost 500 staff, patients and visitors and discovered almost all of them were fed up with smokers puffing away at the main entrance and at the doors of the children’s unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

People were also annoyed by the ground being littered with cigarette butts.

Now, Gregor McFarlane (pictured) has been appointed to make sure smokers who light up in the grounds of the hospital stub it out.

Mr McFarlane will also use the opportunity to direct people to local smoking cessation groups.

The position has been created to support a bid by the Scottish Government to make hospital grounds smoke free by 2015.

Shirley Hamilton, NHS Forth Valley’s senior health promotion officer, said: “Our survey revealed most people felt hospitals are places where health is expected to improve and lighting up outside wards or hospital entrances is simply not acceptable. It is also important that we protect the next generation from starting to smoke and give them the best start in life.”

 

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