Smoking shelters being installed at Royal United Hospital in Bath

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Three smoking shelters are being installed at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath to stop people lighting up outside the hospital's entrances.

One shelter will be outside a maternity unit, another by the main entrance and a third by an entrance on Coffin Lane.

The hospital became a smoke-free site in November 2006 but claims it has "proven impossible to maintain".

Howard Jones, from the RUH, said: "We have decided to try them to see if it will make a difference."

He added: "We are not prepared to accept patients, visitors, and staff having to walk through smoke to enter or leave our hospital. Smoking shelters are a pragmatic response and we have decided to try them."

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