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Community nurses welcome deal on lone worker alarms


The Department of Health has officially announced the roll-out of 30,000 personal security alarms for community nurses.

Last month Nursing Times reported that a deal to procure the alarms was imminent. The contract has now been signed with a company called Reliance for its i750 identicom device, with roll-out of the alarms expected to begin as soon as this week.

The contract fulfils a pledge first made by ministers fours years ago. The proposal of alarms for lone workers was originally put forward by former health secretary John Reid in March 2005 – and reiterated in September 2007 by current health secretary Alan Johnson.

Anne Duffy, chief executive of the Community and District Nurses Association, said: ‘This is the best news for district nurses. We have campaigned for the safety of nurse for some time, Alan Johnson has delivered his pledge to us and we thank him. We have a duty of care for the nurses who care for all of us.’


Readers' comments (4)

  • it is about time but there are still concerns about working alone in rural areas both during the day and at many areas of practice there is no one to monitor your whereabouts out of hours.

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  • A new safety device has been recently released in the markets, called buddi. This is primarily a find me service that can also be used as a safety device. The unique miniaturized GPS (Global positioning system) tracking and GPS personal locator is equipped with two buttons on either side of the unit. If the buddi wearer finds himself or herself in trouble or in an emergency situation, the wearer can alert the customer response by simply pressing the two buttons. When the wearer presses the two buttons on either side of the unit, the GPS personal locator will establish its location and send the coordinates to the buddi customer response as an alert. Immediately a customer response advisor will be notified and will access the database to find the emergency contacts to be contacted and will make the telephone calls to those named contacts in order to resolve the emergency situation

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  • i think that the alarms are good to have however i dont think it is suitable for them to have a traking device on it all the time its like you are watchin the nurses every move when its not needed.

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  • who will hear it.

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