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Patients 'feel threatened' at Brighton A&E

Patients 'feel threatened' at Brighton A&E

Bosses at a UK hospital are hoping that investing in security systems will help patients feel safer when they need to spend time on the premises.

A national survey of A&E patients carried out by the Care Quality Commission has found that the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust scored the lowest of any Trust for people feeling threatened by other patients and visitors while in A&E.

Although the actual number of incidents is low, there is a high threat of physical or verbal abuse among patients, reports the Argus.

A trust spokesman said: "We keep the level of security provision across our sites under review and by directly employing our own security staff we are able to anticipate the level of support clinical areas require."

He added that the high security presence is just one of a number of measures that have already been introduced prior to the results of the research.

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