Health and Community Services Complaints Commission Report on Investigation of Royal Darwin Hospital Security Arrangements for the protection of Children and Infants Paediatric Ward 5B Volume 1
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34. when the General Manager and Mr Nelson had been copied into the requests by the HCSCC prior to the visit of 21st November 2007. It is also inexplicable and unsatisfactory for DHCS (DHF) to be saying that the CNC, who has the operational responsibility for the day to day security of Ward 5B during her shifts, is not an appropriate person to give information about how security is maintained on the ward. The DI wrote I understand that you (Mr Nelson) would arrange for responses to the questions I (DI) have sent No response had been received by 7 January 2008. The DI sent a reminder email to Mr Richard Nelson (cc Dr Len Notaras) seeking a response. I subsequently sent notice to Dr Len Notaras on 8 January 2008 that a formal Notice to Produce would need to be issued as the informal approach resulted in no apparent attempt to provide a response. HCSCC Q5: If the document Security and Access to Paediatric Units at Royal Darwin Hospital effective December 2006, is current Royal Darwin Hospital Policy, please detail how this Policy meets Australian Standard AS4485 (Security for Health Care Facilities)? RDH response: The Security and Access to Paediatric Units at Royal Darwin Hospital Policy is one of a number of RDH / DHCS (DHF) Acute Care policies, procedures and actions taken that address requirements of AS4485, Section 13 Newborn and Paediatric Security, as referenced on the above Policy. Policy inclusions (a) Patient Identification all patients at RDH are required to wear ID bracelets in accordance with RDH Patient Identification Bracelets Policy (integrated into RDH / Hospital Network Policy manual) Attachment 1115. HCSCC Comment: Attachment RDH Patient Identification Bracelets Policy (attachment 11) was not attached to the RDH response. In July 2008 the RDH Hospital Network Policy Manual index16 was sent to the HCSCC. The index does not contain any reference to a policy regarding Patient Identification Bracelets. Regardless the requirement to wear ID bracelets is documented in the Australian Standards. (b) Staff / Visitor Identification RDH Security & Access to Paediatric Units at RDH Policy cross referenced to NT Acute Care Staff Identification Guidelines, in addition to Visitors to the Hospital Policy also in RDH / Hospital Network Policy Manual. Custodial Care Form completed on admission Attachment 12. HCSCC Comment: Attachment 12 is the DHCS (DHF) Acute Care Division Staff Identification Guidelines and does not cover visitor 15 16 Volume 2 - RDH attachment 21.
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