James Brokenshire has given his support to ‘Hospital Watch’, a new scheme at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup, designed to prevent crime in and around the hospital estate. Working with the Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association, the scheme supports nurses, doctors and other staff, as well as patients, to recognise and report suspicious behaviour. James joined the Mayor of Bexley as well as representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and the Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association, at a special launch event at Queen Mary’s, Sidcup.
Bexley remains one of London’s safest boroughs thanks to the work of local police and with the support of organisations like the Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association. The new Hospital Watch scheme aims to make working and visiting the hospital even safer and to help establish a community with the safety and security of patients, staff and their property at heart. Staff, patients and visitors will be asked to keep a look out for anyone acting suspiciously, anti-social behaviour or a crime taking place and to report it, with this information then shared with hospital staff and the police for crime prevention purposes.
In addition to attending the launch, James was also given a tour of the ongoing developments at the Queen Mary’s site including the Cancer Centre, due to open later this year and the new Kidney Unit, due to welcome its first patients next Spring.
Commenting at the launch, James said:
“I warmly welcome the launch of Hospital Watch at Queen Mary’s as an innovative, new crime prevention scheme. Hospital Watch is about making what is already a very safe hospital even safer and about building a sense of community that compliments the caring atmosphere that already exists at Queen Mary’s. Building on the success of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes, I am sure that this new initiative will add to the sense of security and support that patients, staff and visitors experience when they visit the hospital.”
“More widely, it is good to see developments at the hospital continuing apace and I look forward to further visits to Queen Mary’s over the coming months to see the Cancer and Kidney Centres receiving patients for the first time.”