A STAFFORD father is fuming because he says staff from St George’s Hospital are smoking and discarding the cigarette ends where children play.
The resident, who didn’t want to be named, complained to the hospital after his two-year-old son had picked up used cigarette ends on several occasions.
He said the situation was becoming a health hazard and was making the area around the hospital unsightly.
The St George’s Park resident said he had met managers from the hospital and the situation had improved for a while but the recently-implemented smoke-free policy there had contributed to the problem.
Health chiefs say they are monitoring the situation and working with residents.
The resident said: “For about three to four months now I and other residents have had problems with workers from St George’s Hospital thinking it appropriate to walk off the site of the hospital and smoke in close proximity to residents of
St George’s Park. “The litter being left by the staff, and on some occasions patients, has become unsightly and in my opinion a health hazard.”
He added: “I have recently had a meeting with senior management from the hospital which did work for a short period of time.
“The fact that the hospital has become a smoke-free site does not mean the neighbours of the hospital have to suffer.”
Dr Neil Brimblecombe, director of nursing/chief operating officer, said: “South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare has made a commitment to be smoke-free to make our premises a healthy place to visit, stay or work.
“This is a significant cultural change and we are working with staff and service users both to promote smoking cessation and to support them to manage their smoking.
“We are keen to be good neighbours and our senior staff are monitoring the situation.
"We will continue to engage with (the resident) and take his concerns very seriously.”