Security staff at hospitals to trial body-worn cameras

Security staff at Wales's biggest hospital are trialing the use of body-worn CCTV cameras. Five devices are being used at the University Hospital of Wales.

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Security staff at Wales' biggest hospital are now wearing CCTV cameras to try to cut down on violence against staff and patients.

Cardiff and Vale University Health board says there are between 2,500 and 3,000 assaults on its staff each year.

Between April and December last year there were 543 recorded incidents of verbal or physical abuse in the Hywel Dda Health Board.

In the Cwm Taf University Health Board there were 282 incidents.

Security staff at hospitals to trial body-worn cameras

Security staff at Wales's biggest hospital are trialing the use of body-worn CCTV cameras.

The cameras have been introduced to reduce the likelihood of violent assaults against staff. Credit: ITV Wales News

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board reports between 2,500 to 3,000 assaults on its staff each year, with nearly half considered intentional.

25% of incidents against NHS staff across Wales happen at Cardiff and Vale UHB.

"If someone is being abusive or violent, we notify them about the camera and once they know its filming them they back down. It's an excellent deterrent to protect our staff. Unfortunately sometimes this doesn't always work and we have used the footage to convict individuals."

– David James, Security Team leader
Five devices are being used at the University Hospital of Wales. Credit: ITV Wales News

The cameras have been commissioned to reduce the likelihood of violent assaults against staff.

Five devices are being used at the University Hospital of Wales with six more currently on order for use across other health board site.

"Recently, we had an incident happen on a Friday night where two nurses were assaulted. The Police became involved and thanks to the fast track system, the defendants appeared court the following Monday and received an eighteen month custodial sentence. Violence towards our staff will not be tolerated."

– Carl Ball, UHB Case Manager

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