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On Saturday morning I was travelling past our local hospital, I was appalled to see a lady in a white operating gown, open at the back and not leaving much to the imagination walking up and down the footpath pushing a drip and smoking.
On our way back (hubby and myself) I was shocked to see two white operating gown clad patients smoking at the same spot as the woman earlier.
I was left wondering how the hospital allows this? What would be the outcome if these patients fell, had an episode ..whatever..who would be at fault and what claims would be made.
There is the fact also that this looked really terrible and down graded the hospital in my eyes.
I have also seen nurses ect smoking at the bus stop and on the footpath out side the entrance as the hospital enforces the no smoking policy in side and in certain places around.
I have no solutions/ideas on this problem apart from not taking up smoking in the first place.
I am not sure if these patients were pre-op, post-op, ward patients or what? But I am sure that smoking is deadly and I can only imagine what it is doing to a person who is not well at present.


Posted by cherz, 3rd April 2016


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  • Yes it’s unbelievable the patients you see outside of hospitals having a cigarette

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  • Yep. When I had Bub last year, there were patients in purple gowns outside at the bus stop, which is directly across from a school… Absolutely disgusting. I’m a reformed smoker, and I think it’s a sickening habit! I’ve even seen a patient on oxygen out there, tank in one hand, cancer-stick in the other! It boggles the mind. Utterly ridiculous. Our local MP tried to stop it, and got voted out, ffs. Crazy!

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  • I have seen the same thing and it is a sad sight. Smoking is addictive and the benefits of giving it up are proven. There is so much education about the harmful impact on smoking and passive smoking. It surprises me that people do smoke, but more needs to be done to combat it, policies about not smoking around health facilities need to be enforced.

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  • Thanks for all your replies/ comments moms.
    Maybe in future years smoking will not be so wide spread.

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  • Smokers are often stupid and selfish and inconsiderate when it comes to their habit.

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  • If a person is going through a stressful situation and is a smoker then yes they will want a cigarette!

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  • I agree that smoking is so incredibly addictive and hospitals are so very stressful. It is so hard to judge others in these situations. I suppose you could voice your concerns through the proper channels at the Hospital, Local Government and with the State and Federal Health Ministers.


    • Letters to government do work, worth the effort.

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  • I’ve never smoked in my all life and I don’t see the pleasure in it. But so many people do. My mother in law smoked for more than 30 years. When she started to cough regularly, she went to the doctor to see what she could do about it. The doctor told her to stop smoking. She couldn’t! She went on smoking while coughing. Where can the pleasure in that be? After a month or so luckily she had enough of it. She stopped smoking and she stopped coughing.
    Seeing people smoking (or drinking) while they are ill, it’s really incomprehensible to me.

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  • Many years ago my father had to stay a week in hospital due to a blood disorder and was told not to smoke . At the time when I rang him when he was much better he told me he was having a smoke nearby . I said to him , you were told not to smoke due to your condition and he said , they told him he was not allowed to smoke in bed but it was ok outside the corridors ! . The moral of the story is they will lie to your face if they are addicted to anything .

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  • All the hospitals can do is to try to extend the areas smoking is banned in around the hospitals, but this would only push the smoking patients further away from the hospitals down the street still wearing the gowns… I know in most cases they do request that you havent smoked in so long before a operation etc.. There really isnt much more they can do… People are in charge of their own actions..

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  • Unfortunately smoking is extremely addictive and what you describe seeing these pre or post op patients in hospital gowns is the perfect example of what an hold smoking has. I think all hospitals should use patches and try to band patients from smoking but smoking is not illigal so their but breaking any law.

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