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Services are secure at the NGS Macmillan Unit

Patients visiting the Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s new NGS Macmillan Unit are in safe hands in more ways than one.

The new unit, which has brought much of the Trust’s cancer outpatient services together under one roof, has been awarded Secured By Design status, meaning that it has been built with a number of measures in place to ensure a crime free area.

The award is a police initiative to encourage the building industry to factor in crime prevention to reduce the impact and fear of crime and create a safer environment.

“Design out Crime”

The Trusts Local Security Management Specialist Ged Holland said: “The idea is to design out crime by trying to make sure the environment and surroundings are as secure as possible.

“We’ve done this at the NGS Macmillan Unit through employing simple design aspects such as approved lock systems, CCTV, additional external lighting, access control and a number of other police approved measures.”

The unit took around 18 months to build, opening for the first time to patients in June 2017. Services that have been built into the unit include Haematology, Oncology, Acute Oncology Service, Chemotherapy, selected Medical Day Case activity, Palliative Care and Respiratory Clinics. The unit now has 21 treatment chairs, two treatment beds and three treatment rooms for chemotherapy patients compared to the eight chairs in the old Cavendish Suite which more than triples the capacity for treatment.

Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary Gary Knighton, said: “On behalf of the Constabulary I’m pleased to present the National Police Chief Councils ‘Secured by Design’ award to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation for their new MacMillan Cancer Care Building.

“A secure, sustainable building”

“The award recognises structural excellence, appropriate security provision and sound management practices, achieved using a collaborative approach between the Police, the Trust’s security management team, project architect and contractor, to build a secure, sustainable building, which provides a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.”

Secured by Design is the official Police security initiative for the UK. Since its inception in 1989 it has focused on the design and security for new & refurbished homes, commercial premises and car parks as well as the acknowledging of quality security products and crime prevention projects. Secured by Design combines the principles of designing out crime with effective security standards.