SMOKERS are still causing a stink for visitors to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
They have been spotted smoking at the hospital’s main entrance which patients and visitors have to walk through.
That is despite signs around the hospital site warning people that it is against the law to smoke on the hospital grounds.
Eighty-year-old Thomas Somerville is a regular visitor to the hospital.
He says that every time he goes up to the hospital there are people smoking in the foyer and outside the main entrance.
Mr Somerville, of Crosland Moor, said: “I notice it most times when I go there and I think it’s terrible.
“I think they ought to fine them.
“I used to smoke myself in my 20s – 60 a day – but I gave up.
“These people could try and give up or at least not do it there.
“It’s ignorant of them and not very healthy for other people for them to be smoking there.”
Mr Somerville said he complained to a receptionist but was told there was nothing staff or security could do about it.
Another visitor added that on every day over the past 10 days he has seen people smoking in the main entrance.
Signs around the hospital say: “You are in a no smoking hospital. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the grounds or buildings.”
Another sign says: “No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises.”
But some smokers have been ignoring the signs.
Yesterday our photographer captured several smokers in the area, one standing right next to a ‘No Smoking’ sign.
A spokeswoman for HRI said: “The new smoking policy was introduced two years ago and the majority of people have supported the trust in its bid to make the hospital and grounds smoke-free for everyone’s benefit.
“There are fewer smokers at the entrances than before and we thank everyone who has supported us.
“Our staff continue to work hard to ensure that the smoke-free policy is implemented, however, we recognise it is an ongoing issue and one which we are constantly reviewing.”