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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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82. enquired about in questions 1 to 45 and any document relevant to security within the Paediatric Ward. The notice is attached as HCSCC (number) under sanction of a criminal penalty I must apply the presumption of innocence maxim and conclude that there are no records of whether a meeting occurred or what was discussed, with Paul at the MGG. HCSCC Q45: What pamphlets/brochures regarding security are available to parents/guardians/visitors in the Paediatric Ward/s? RDH response: Information for parents and escorts is provided within the ward. Attachment 9. CNC response: Point L (page 24) - Parents are not provided with informative pamphlets advising them of security within the ward. HCSCC Comment: Attachment 9 is the Incident Review Action Plan. Attachment 14 is the Information for Parents and Escorts (Production date: February 2003). This pamphlet contains the following security information for parents/escorts: The safety and security of your child while a patient on this ward is of primary concern. Providing a safe environment for your child can be achieved if we work together. The Division of Maternal and Child Health at Royal Darwin Hospital has developed security measures giving a special focus to the safety of your child. The ward will be closed between 9.30pm and 7.45am. During this time, entry to the ward will be though the main ward door (closest to visitor lifts). Please use the intercom provided to alert staff of your entry. Doors to the ward and fire escape have been alarmed. If you are boarding with your child you will be given an identification bracelet. We ask your help to: Complete the custodial care form. Ask staff to replace your childs identity bracelet if it is lost or you cannot read it. Check that staff caring for your child are wearing an identification badge. Tell your nurse when you take your child out of the ward. And in turn the nurses will ensure: Staff working on the ward are clearly identified. Your child is correctly identified with a bracelet. Staff are familiar with the Royal Darwin Hospital security policies and alarm systems. Staff know parents and escorts. ACHS Periodic Review dated 13.10.2006 advised The patient information pamphlet and the admission interview are being reworded to reflect the changes to the ward access. No verification of the ACHS statement was given to the HCSCC. If the ACHS surveyors were correctly informed by RDH staff about the rewriting of the pamphlet I would have expected RDH to mention that fact in answer to Question 5(d). I recommend that whether or not the statement by ACHS is correct that RDH give top priority to updating and reissuing the pamphlet. I note that in answering this question there was no response to how visitors are informed of the expected/compulsory requirements relating to them. I recommend that any pamphlet cover visitors and are given to visitors and made known by signs so as to avoid offence as well as to implement proper security

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