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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48. poor. This observation is supported by comments made in the Lingard Review. Mr Bates subsequently amended his statement to stating that the doors are always checked during the evening lockdown and again during shifts as time permits. No evidence has been produced to corroborate that checks have been occurring since 23rd January 2008. As time permits could mean once a year or never. As no records could be produced of it ever being done management needs to improve its administration in this regard. The Lingard Review also identified that at present the Security Manager is not able to manage efficiencies and develop documentation/programmes required because of a lack of staff and the need to continually provide service as a backup officer. It is recommended that: random door checks and patrols of Paediatric wards are conducted throughout the night, documented and reported. checks are conducted at least monthly on the doors to check for any defects a log of such checks and the results are produced to RDH management and accessible to other (eg Police) when required. on a random basis, security sends a dummy visitor, unannounced and in plain clothes to the Ward and see if staff challenge the visitor; record the incident and notify security. HCSCC Q11: Do the records include the result of any test and/or the method of testing or evaluation? RDH response: No. HCSCC Q12: How are safety and/or security policies and procedures distributed and brought to the attention of paediatric staff and employees required to work in the Paediatric area? RDH Response: Distribution of Policy is through the Clinical Nurse Manager of the unit. There are Policy and Guideline manuals kept on each ward. The usual mechanisms available for informing staff are: Ward meetings. Communication Book. Notice Boards. Safety and security is brought to the attention of staff through: RDH orientation. Unit Orientation.