The song “smokers outside the hospital doors” by the Editors features the line:
“The saddest thing that I’d ever seen were smokers outside the hospital doors”.
Well it’s a sight that they will no longer be able to see in the Cardiff and Vale area.
From today the University Health Board is banning smoking at the entrances to all its buildings, including hospitals.
For patients like Barbara Maggs, whom I met atLlandoughHospital, it’s a welcome move. Barbara has lung cancer, and she told me that when she walks past people who are smoking she finds it hard to breathe.
And the majority of other people I spoke to at the hospital agreed that it was a good policy – even some people who smoke.
But the argument from others was that it was affecting their human rights. Being in hospital as a patient or a visitor can be extremely stressful, and that’s exactly the time smokers need a cigarette most.
At the moment they can still smoke on hospital premises, just not in the doorways. But from November the ban will be extended so that smoking will be disallowed anywhere onCardiffand Vale NHS premises.
It maybe a controversial idea, but it’s one that’s no doubt endorsed by that pop group.