Health staff to take safe steps

2015-12-01 06:00
Healthcare staff and representatives of security structures at the recent security awareness day at the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre based at Lentegeur Hospital.

Healthcare staff and representatives of security structures at the recent security awareness day at the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre based at Lentegeur Hospital.

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With the festive season fast approaching, Cape Town residents are urged not to let their guard down, but to be even more vigilant during the holiday period.

In order to create safe and secure environments at public facilities, crime prevention strategies have been implemented, but these rely on the overall security awareness of community members, says Oscar Samuels, site manager at Mpilisweni Consortium.

The company, together with security and risk management company Helios, hosted an informative security awareness day for staff members of Lentegeur Hospital and the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre (WCRC) on Thursday.Important to keep to processes

“Employee engagement and awareness is necessary in order to achieve and maintain a high standard of security. Realising this, we have taken an active step to engage with the staff members of the Lentegeur Hospital site, in order to inform them about the facility’s security processes and procedures and why it is important to adhere to them,” says Samuels.

Partners in safetyThe public-private partnership between the provincial health department and Mpilisweni Consortium was the first of its kind for the department. This 12-year contract is currently in its ninth year. The company is responsible for equipment, facilities management and associated services at the WCRC and Lentegeur Hospital.

More than 200 staff members participated in a security awareness walk, an additional initiative which comprised a 5km route around the hospital premises. Refreshments and spot prizes were given to participants.

Staff of Helios were joined by members of the police and Community Police Forum, who provided holiday and community safety tips. Staff members were also given the opportunity to ask safety-related questions of the various presenters.

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