Hospital guards wearing cameras

Published on Monday, 15 December 2008 18:57
Written by Richard Taylor

Security staff at a Devon hospital are to wear shoulder-mounted cameras in an attempt to reduce the number of assaults on staff.

Plymouth Hospitals Trust, which runs the city's Derriford Hospital, claims it is the first health trust in the world to use the technology.

The devices will be switched on when guards attend an incident.

Last year figures showed a relatively low number of assaults on staff at the hospital, 29 cases per 1,000 employees.

But Viv Gale, the trust's security advisor, said there was no room for complacency.

He said: "The safety of our staff is of paramount importance to us and we will not tolerate our staff being abused, verbally or physically, by patients or visitors and we will seek prosecutions if necessary.

"The cameras will play a significant role in this, as the evidence we gather from an incident can be used to take the offender or offenders to court.

"We should never be complacent, one incident is still one too many."

The mini cameras are similar to those already worn by a number of police officers and fire fighters.

The hospital security guards will wear the cameras on their shoulders using a specially-designed vest. 

Source: BBC

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