New mums and maternity staff at The James Cook University Hospital have been urging smokers to rethink their habits.
The group from the hospital’s family and birth (FAB) forum have been campaigning to highlight the impact that smoking at the women and children’s entrance has on staff and patients.
Campaigners have used a variety of ways to engage smokers from leaflets and professional advice for those wanting to quit to eye catching posters designed by youngsters on the children’s wards.
While smoking is prohibited throughout the hospital site, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has an on-going problem with getting smokers to comply with the smoke-free rules outside of the hospital’s buildings and regularly receives complaints from patients and staff regarding people smoking near entrance ways.
Clinical matron Lynne Young said their message is one of support rather than pressure: “As part of our action plan on reducing smoking we are urging patients and visitors to help us keep our hospital entrances smoke free.
“We want to be compassionate but we want to keep the environment clean and safe for the majority of staff and patients who don’t smoke.
“New mums often say it is unpleasant that the first experience of the outside world for their babies is a group of smokers.
“We don’t want to harass people but we want them to know there is support available if they want help to quit.”