Healthcare Trust invests in new technology to enhance patient safety, privacy and dignity

The recently installed security and safety screening device provides a non-intrusive reliable system that can effectively detect lighters, small blades, needles and mobile phones.

Healthcare Trust invests in new technology to enhance patient safety, privacy and dignity

One mental health ward in Cornwall using the device has seen a significant reduction in these items being brought onto the ward.
The equipment reduces the need for physical contact enabling patient privacy and dignity to be upheld.

The searching of patients for items that might cause harm is a necessary part of mental health practice. In England this activity is regulated by law; both the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Until now, there has been no real solution that addresses the unique needs of searching patients on mental health wards which did not require physical contact. To provide a system that can effectively detect contraband, whilst reducing the need for physical contact to improve patient experience, privacy and dignity, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) has purchased a ferromagnetic detection device.

The Proscreen200™ is a zone 360 full body scanner which is activated by walking past. It is currently located within the Bowman Ward at Bodmin Community Hospital and has been evaluated to see if the system should be rolled out across all Trust sites.

Between December 2017 and May 2018, across all CFT sites 113 items linked to smoking, including lighters and matches were removed from the possession of patients.

The use of the equipment is working successfully as a deterrent as zero items were recorded for Bowman Ward, demonstrating the full body scanner is proving to be very effective.

“I believe the presence of the scanner acts as a prevention measure to ensure that patients think twice about bringing any metallic items onto the ward. Patients and staff feel safer knowing that the Trust has invested in state-of-the-art technology to support a safer environment for all” commented Darren Nye, Ward Manager of Bowman.

During an eight week review of the body scanner, patients on Bowman Ward reported that they felt safer; more comfortable being searched; found searching less intrusive and felt that by using the scanner, staff had taken the necessary steps to ensure patient safety.

Tracey Rogers, Head of Security at the CFT said, “I am delighted that this innovative security device has seamlessly been applied within a therapeutic environment and is supporting the wellbeing of our patients, staff and visitors.”

Based on the Proscreen200™’s success and the Trust’s findings, CFT are now looking to install body-scanners at Longreach House in Redruth and two additional scanners at Bodmin Hospital.