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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Police move into QMC emergency department to tackle assaults on hospital staff

“Everyone deserves to be able to do their jobs without the fear of violence."

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Nottinghamshire Police is working closely with Nottingham University Hospitals to tackle assaults on emergency workers.

As part of this commitment, a new working space has been created in the Emergency Department at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

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The desk in the Emergency Department’s reception will be available for the use of any local officers, including those from the surrounding counties.

It will provide a place for officers to work when they attend the hospital as part of their investigations and daily duties.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Riz Khan said: “As police officers we well understand the dangers that other emergency workers can face while serving the public.

“Everyone deserves to be able to do their jobs without the fear of violence. I hope the increased presence will be reassuring and remind the small minority of people who are abusive that it is never ok to be violent or aggressive towards hospital staff.”

Paul Barber, Security Lead at Nottingham University Hospitals, said: “We are committed to providing a safe and effective hospital environment for all our staff and those who work alongside us.

“This new police desk is a positive and welcomed addition to our Emergency Department at the QMC where medical emergency workers are at greater risk of exposure to violent and aggressive behaviour.

“I look forward to working even more closely with our local and regional police authorities in support of this new initiative.”

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