Why we carry out searches at Ridgeway
It is necessary for staff to carry out searches of patients and the environment during your time at Ridgeway. Searching is carried out to maintain a safe environment and to preserve the integrity of the site for patients, staff and visitors.
What to expect during your stay/visit in Ridgeway
Certain items are prohibited within the service. Searches are carried out to make sure that items that pose a risk are not taken into or used in the unit.
Personal property allowed in the service is determined by the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) on an individual basis, determined by individual risk. All patients will have an individualised risk assessment to determine if any searching is required or in what circumstances may necessary.
When a search is carried out, you will be asked to go a specified area where you will be given the opportunity to declare any items. The procedure will be then explained to you and the search carried out.
More information about which items are prohibited can be obtained from Ridgeway Reception, please contact them on 01642 837400.
Who will carry out searches?
Some ward-based staff and the security team carry out searches and are trained to do so. There will be at least two members of staff present during any procedure and the person carrying out the search will be the same gender as the patient.
Dignity and privacy
Staff will ask for your consent prior to any search of your room or property. If consent is not given and staff have reasonable cause to suspect prohibited items are within the area, a search can still be conducted, and you will be asked if you want to be present.
Are the staff trained to do this?
Staff receive training to carry out searches.
Your views are very important to us
We would also like to hear your comments about the service we provide – what we do well and what we could do better?
If you wish to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact the security lead for Ridgeway on 01642 837482.
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