Locals lead fight against crime in Sidcup with ‘Hospital Watch’

PUBLISHED: 10:08 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:08 24 October 2016

James Brokenshire at the launch of Hospital Watch, aiming to protect staff and patients at Queen Mary's Hospital

James Brokenshire at the launch of Hospital Watch, aiming to protect staff and patients at Queen Mary's Hospital


The scheme was launched earlier this month

A crime prevention team was launched recently in a bid to create a safer space around Queen Mary’s Hospital.

Dubbed ‘Hospital Watch’, the new scheme in Sidcup supports hospital staff and patients to recognise and report suspicious behaviour.

Any reports will then be passed on to officers and other staff at the hospital.

Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association has partnered up with the likes of Met Police and Oxleas NHS Trust to provide the safety scheme.

Despite being one of London’s safest boroughs, recorded crime rose by three per cent in Bexley last year.

Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire joined the mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen at a launch event earlier this month.

Mr Brokenshire commented: “This crime prevention scheme is about making what is already a very safe hospital, even safer and about building a sense of community which compliments the caring atmosphere that already exists at Queen Mary’s.

“I’m sure this new initiative will add to to the sense of security and support that patients, staff and visitors experience when they visit the hospital.”

Whilst visiting the hospital, the Tory MP had a chance to see the developing facilities.

A landmark cancer centre set to provide accessible cancer care to local people is set to open later this year and a new kidney unit is due to welcome its first patients in the spring.

Mr Brokenshire added: “It’s 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.”

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