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Working together to keep patients, visitors and staff safe over the festive period

17 Dec 2019 10:57:22
UECC and Police 2019

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are working alongside South Yorkshire Police over the holiday period to keep staff and members of the public safe by increasing the number of security and police teams working at Rotherham Hospital’s Urgent and Emergency Care Centre on key dates.

As the number of people celebrating at parties and on nights out increases, so do the number of assaults on emergency workers, with thousands of NHS staff members assaulted each year.

Louise Barnett, Chief Executive at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Nobody should have to face abuse of any kind when they are at work, especially when their job is to protect and care for people. Everyone should be able to enjoy themselves at this time of year, so we’re urging people to drink responsibly and only use emergency services, including the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre, when you have to.

“This Christmas and New Year, working closely with South Yorkshire Police, we are reaffirming our commitment to keeping our workforce, patients and visitors safe and welcome your support in helping us to achieve this.”

Ian Proffitt, Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector, said: “We are really pleased to support the security team and medical staff at Rotherham Hospital over the Christmas period. By putting dedicated police officers into the hospital on key dates we aim to resolve any issues swiftly as they arise. We want to help ensure that the hard working staff at the hospital are able to provide the best possible care for the people of Rotherham, and we feel that this close work with the security team is the best way to achieve this.”

In November 2018, the introduction of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act came into effect and doubled the maximum custodial sentence from six months to one year for anyone who assaults emergency workers.