TALKING signs warning people that smoking is banned have been installed at Halton General.
Smokers outside the hospital will receive a verbal warning every few minutes from the signs, which are designed to remind visitors, patients, and staff, not to smoke in the grounds.
Talking signs have been installed at key areas such as main entrances and outside departments where smoking is still a problem.
Smoking has been banned throughout the hospital site since the smoking ban in 2008.
Smoking bins are also being replaced and signs are being put up to remove contradictory information that it is still permitted to smoke outside the buildings.
The talking signs idea was adopted from technology used for reminding people to wash their hands.