Hospitals deter smokers with public address system
Hospitals in Durham have introduced public address systems to deter people flouting smoking bans in their grounds.
Darlington and Durham Hospitals Trust said patients and visitors were ignoring no smoking signs including at Darlington Memorial.
A spokeswoman said patients arriving at its hospitals often had to walk through smoke which was "unacceptable".
Anyone wanting to light up has to go to the gates of the hospital grounds, officials said.
The trust spokeswoman said: "Patients and visitors, including new born babies and those arriving via ambulance, often have to pass through cigarette smoke at our hospital entrances, which is totally unacceptable."