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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 December, 2003, 15:38 GMT
Security guards stay at hospital
Security guards will become a permanent feature in the accident and emergency department at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

The decision follows a pilot scheme which has seen violence towards staff dramatically cut.

The hospital trust employed a private security firm on a trial basis.

Hospital staff in the department had faced an increasing number of acts of violence and aggression.

They said the move had been a success in terms of cutting the number of incidents and the severity of such attacks.

Hospital managers have decided to employ their own team of six specially-trained security guards providing round the clock cover at the Princes Road department and the Haywood walk-in centre.


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