Hospital police shortlisted for top award

Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Royal Blackburn Hospital.
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A pilot scheme which saw police stationed at an East Lancashire hospital has been shortlisted for an award after it dramatically reduced the number of assaults.

Since the officers were installed at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in April last year, hospital chiefs said there has been a decrease in the number of attacks reported in the emergency department.

The scheme has been shortlisted for the Health Business Awards in the security category which recognises hospitals that have made significant steps towards a safer environment for patients and workers through the implementation of a security policy which incorporates the latest advancements in CCTV, access control and other monitoring technologies.

Mr Jed Morris, security and governance manager for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are extremely pleased to be shortlisted for this award. We have worked extremely hard to improve security in our hospitals.

“Our security officers have been equipped with personal camera devices in a new initiative implemented earlier this year that helps to protect patients and staff from acts of aggression and we also have a close partnership with the Lancashire Constabulary.”