Security at Lismore Base Hospital will be ramped up from Monday 24 December following a campaign by workers at Lismore Base Hospital to improve security at the hospital.
Health Services Union (HSU) NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes today said the Northern NSW Local Hospital District (NNSWLHD) had agreed to increase security staffing levels.
The news security measures will include:
· 24/7 coverage of Health and Security Assistants and Security Guards in the Mental Health unit. Previously there was no coverage for day shift
· Two Hospital Security Guards on general duty 24/7. Previously there was only one Security Guard available 24/7
· Two Health and Security Assistants on duty 24/7 in the Emergency Department. Previously there were two Health and Security Assistants on morning and afternoon shift, and only one for night shift.
The measures are being introduced on a temporary basis and will be subject to a review in early 2019.
Mr Hayes said the increased security presence would benefit both hospital workers and patients.
‘There have been a number of very concerning incidents at Lismore Base Hospital this year.
‘It is essential to have security staff on hand 24/7 to respond to emergency situations, and to ensure that other workers are not exposed to unnecessary risks.
‘Hospital workers were determined to get a result on this issue, and their concerted campaign has forced the NNSWLHD to take security seriously.’