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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63. Paediatric Ward 5B for the purpose of post event identification. Station. Implement mechanism for keeping video for the recommended standard time eg 24 hours. Short Term: RDH commission a contemporary and knowledgeable source to implement an electronic security system similar to those operating in other secure environments eg Childrens Hospital Brisbane, Sydney. Within 3 months That RDH considers the other areas where infants and children reside and are reviewed as per recommendation 1. Participate in review of security needs and installation of contemporary security system in the following areas: Special Care Nursery. Isolation Paediatric Unit. Maternity Unit. Birth Centre General Manager Within 3 months HCSCC Comment continued: It is not known why these meetings appear to have ceased. No information has been provided to negate that these meetings have continued past 2006. The Security Manager appointed mid 2006 and hospital based Constable appointed 2008 are not aware of any meetings that discuss security issues. No records were produced to inform HCSCC about whether or not the General Manager initiated a review in accordance with the last recommendation. The review by Lingard in 2007 occurred but he was not asked to specifically consider the special needs of the Paediatric Ward and astonishingly he was not told of the rape of the infant that occurred in March 2006. I can only speculate about why that highly relevant information was withheld. HCSCC Q26: What information is communicated to staff within the paediatric ward/s after meetings which discuss security issues and improvements in the Paediatric Ward? How is this information communicated to staff? RDH response: No meetings specific to this subject are held. (Refer question 25). The general mechanisms available for communication are: Ward meetings. Communication Book, Notice Boards. Safety and security is brought to the attention of staff through: RDH Orientation Unit Orientation HCSCC Comment: It is apparent that the current system of communication is totally inadequate to train, inform or alert staff. Recommendation 1.1.7 of the Lingard Review 2007 states The security service should consider developing a security awareness in-service
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