Just as not everyone manages to give up smoking at the first attempt, so it is with the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
But from Friday (2 September) the Royal Sussex, in Eastern Road, is going smoke-free again.
Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “We have attempted to go smoke-free before but it is fair to say it didn’t work and not least because we were inconsistent in applying the policy.
“As a compromise we tried introducing smoking shelters but I think most would agree these have not worked either as our grounds look like an ashtray.
“All or nothing has to be the way forward, so all it is, and this time we mean it.
“This absolutely applies to staff, and to the relatives and visitors of those in our care, under any and all circumstances.
“It also applies, other than in exceptional circumstances, to patients though of course discretion will be needed.”
Signs and bins are being put up by every entrance to the Royal Sussex – and around the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath, which is also run by the trust. Banners are promised at both hospitals to reinforce the message.
Any member of the public trying to defy the ban can expect – as a last resort – to be escorted from the premises by security staff.
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