Don’t smoke outside QA entrances from trust

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PATIENTS and visitors to Queen Alexandra Hospital are being reminded not to smoke outside the building’s entrances.

Today is national No Smoking Day and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT), which runs QA, is asking people to use one of the two smoking shelters should they wish to smoke.

Peter Mellor, director of corporate affairs and business development for PHT, said: ‘There are two smoking shelters on the QA hospital site, but a number of patients and visitors are ignoring them and continuing to smoke outside of the two main entrances.

‘The trust houses a “smoke free” committee that meets twice a year to discuss matters such as this and will always try to persuade those who choose to smoke outside of the hospital’s two main entrances to think about the effect their smoking might have on others, and move to the smoking shelter should they have to smoke.’

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