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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



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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69. HCSCC Comment: The CNCs comment is supported by the 2006 emails between Robin Michael General Manager RDH and Allan McEwan RDH Manager of Operations. In an email dated the 13th November 200633 Allan McEwan writes CCTV for Wards 5B, 7B and SCN. Last week Graeme, Neil, Phil and I met with the company providing the swipe cards etc inc. door controllers for wards 5B and 7B and SCN to work out the minimum requirements for the CCTV per the ACHS AC60 report. It will provide one camera outside each ward to capture comings and goings (does not include a monitor at the nurses station to see anyone standing around outside before they let someone in as it was going to add several thousand more to the overall price money well spent in my mind and one or several within each ward to see anyone deviating into a bed bay they will be recordable for any investigations and Robin the plan from what PaulB and others have told me incl the surveyors, is to have CCTV as evidence should there be another issue like occurred in 5B. I understand that the collection of evidence in 5B would have been easier should CCTV had been installed. It is for this reason solely that the internal cameras would be fitted. The outside camera I referred before is for evidence should someone remove a child. Unless we are to provide a monitor at the nurses station which was not part of the recent quote, there is no benefit for the nurses. and the security quote provided to Allan McEwan dated the 13th November 2006. This quote states under your requirements the cost of two dome cameras in each corridor (total number 4) and one dome camera to be positioned outside the ward 5B entrance to supervise entry point and hall to elevators. Whilst this quote is not a recommendation for installation outside each room it is a recommendation to install cameras in the Wards corridors. Mr Phil Bates (Security Manager) also states that he has been sourcing quotes for installation of CCTV cameras and recording facilities. The Action Plan submitted to this investigation states That RDH install a video surveillance system to record all persons who enter and/or exit the Paediatric Ward 5B for the purpose of post event identification within 3 months. Immediate action Install video surveillance camera at the entry point to unit; place monitor screen at Nurses Station; Implement mechanism for keeping video for the recommended standard time eg 24 hours. Whilst an intercom system was installed the issue of recording persons entering the ward was not implemented. The date of the Action Plan is not evident but it was most likely before the end of 2006. The November 2007 Lingard Review also noted the need for CCTV recording capability I understand that the Operations Manager, Mr Allan McEwan, formed an in-house working party to progress the recommendations from the security report of 2002 however many hardware items remain outstanding due to lack of capital funding. Allan informs me that he distributed the report to highest levels with the Health 33 Volume 2 .

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