Cigarette butts & other rubbish have accumulated outside the new Emergency Department at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor just days after Phase One of the redevelopment was completed.
Work began to redevelop the Emergency Department to increase capacity and improve the environment for patients and staff last year. Phase One of the work consists of a new, more spacious waiting room with amenities and a new user friendly reception, three triage rooms and a new ambulance bay and entrance, which opened last week.
Staff at the Emergency Department, who have been working in difficult and cramped conditions while the work has been taking place, were thrilled to finally start using the first part of the new build, but they have now been left upset and feel the new work has been spoiled by the mess. Staff were also shocked to find a used commode liner had been left outside the department.
Patients, staff and relatives are now required by law to leave the hospital grounds if they want to smoke, after smoking in school grounds, public playgrounds, and hospital grounds was banned by the Welsh Assembly Government in May 2017 under The Public Health (Wales) Bill. Despite the new ruling people are often seen smoking outside the main hospital building and in the grounds.
People have been voicing their opinions on Twitter about the problem, one person commented: “What a shame. People have no respect these days”
While another person said : ”It’s a selfish addiction. total contempt for where they come to for help. Litter wardens should be issuing fines. If it’s happening with parking at the hospital then why not?”
A smoker in the bus stop at Ysbyty Gwynedd recently