"Smoking in hospital grounds"
About: Royal Perth Hospital / Adult Mental Health Ward 2K Royal Perth Hospital Adult Mental Health Ward 2K Perth 6000
Posted by Where to now (as ),
,A family member was admitted to the Mental Health Unit at Royal Perth Hospital, the garden area off their entertainment relax room had smoke free signs everywhere and big policy signs about RPH being a smoke free environment.
The garden area inside the hospital grounds was covered in cigarette butts and there were ashtrays on the outdoor settings. When we complained about the smoking on the grounds, staff said it's all too hard and the patients don't listen. I was absolutely shocked at the state of this area in the Mental health unit and the lack of compliance by a government department. I'm quite sure a private facility would be fined by the health department if they allowed this behaviour in their smoke free zones. I understand that smokers require somewhere to smoke, so make an area for them don't just ignore the issue and then the none smokers have nowhere to go and relax and try to calm their minds. This was a huge issue for my relative who was admitted for mental health issues and did not go anywhere to assisting their road to wellness. Very disappointing hopefully it can be looked at and an area set aside for the smokers.