My wife was released from Victoria General Hospital on Sunday. As she walked outside for the first time in more than a week, her first breath of "fresh air" was filled with cigarette smoke.
VGH has signs plastered all over its exterior telling patients, staff and visitors not to smoke. It's quite the ironic backdrop to the many who flout the signs' admonition.
During my wife's stay, I visited the hospital often; not a single day passed where I did not walk through a cloud of vile smoke at least once. Why is VIHA not enforcing its own rules prohibiting smoking on hospital property? Hospitals contain the sickest of our population, yet they are exposed to a well established list of toxins and carcinogens that make up second-hand smoke right outside the doors.
Surely security and other staff could make it a part of their rounds to ensure smoking is not taking place on hospital grounds.
My baby girl will be coming out of the neo-natal intensive care unit in a few weeks. Will her first breath outside be laced with this filth?
Adrian Rockwell Victoria
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