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Leeds trust steps up security for staff and visitors

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The most advanced security system in the NHS is now helping to safeguard nurses in the UK’s largest trust.

A state-of-the-art security control room was officially opened this week at St James’s University Hospital, part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The £3.5m facility monitors a network of intruder alarms and 700 security cameras located at the trust’s six sites.

Trust head of security Peter Foy said: ‘This is the largest and most ambitious facility anywhere in the NHS. We want to make sure everyone who uses our hospitals feel as safe as possible both day and night.’

‘We face a huge logistical issue in terms of the size and geographical layout of our various sites and this is the best possible solution for ensuring we keep on top of any incidents,’ he added.

The control room was opened by Sir Norman Bettison, chief constable of West Yorkshire Police.

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