Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Councillor Patricia Logue has urged visitors to Altnagelvin Hospital to adhere to the no smoking there.
She was speaking after new signage was erected at entrances to the hospital and information adverts on the cost and dangers of smoking have been placed at various locations within the hospital.
Councillor Patricia Logue said
“I welcome this initiative by Altnagelvin Hospital to highlight the dangers of smoking and would ask people to adhere to the no smoking policy which was introduced in 2015.
Sadly you will still see groups of people smoking at the entrances of the hospital and this is something we must work on to reduce this practice.
Smoking is responsible for many illnesses including cancer and heart disease so anything that is done to encourage people to stop has to be welcomed.
People attending medical facilities should no longer be exposed to passive smoking we need a smoke free environment for patients, staff and visitors alike.