Hi-tech security for city hospice

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St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield has become the latest organisation to make use of technology to protect lone workers, developed by Dinington-based Connexion2.

The Hospice is using Connexion2’s award-winning Identicom alarm system, which links directly to a security centre and other services, for its team of specialist nurses who support patients in their own homes throughout Sheffield.

Lead nurse Debbie Saunby said: “Our community nurses travel alone all over the city caring for patients, which can involve them facing the challenges of both remote rural areas and inner city neighbourhoods.

“We were concerned about our nurses travelling alone and not being able to raise a response should a difficult situation arise. Identicom was demonstrated to us and it was really a ‘no brainer.’

“Feedback from the team has been excellent. They have found it easy to use and they like the fact that it provides them with extra security.”

The Identicom device looks like a normal name badge, but incorporates mobile communications technology that allows staff to leave a short voice message with a security centre if they are in a risky situation, or raise a full scale alarm if they feel threatened.

The badge not only transmits a signal which identifies the worker’s location, but also allows security to listen in and record what is happening.