Security staff looking after West Norfolk patients will wear body cams from October 2.
They are being brought in at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a bid to cut the number of antisocial incidents.
The cameras will only be activated when the person wearing them feels they will help, and they will also let people know the machines are recording.
Each member of staff with one has been specially trained and will only record footage when they think a person is being, or is about to be, violent and abusive.
Paul Brooks, the hospital’s Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “We have implemented the use of body cameras following feedback from our staff. We hope these body cameras will make everyone at the Trust feel safer – whether that’s our staff, patients, or visitors. Importantly they will not be recording all colleagues, patients and conversations unless you are told in advance.”
Paul Blaber, Portering and Security Supervisor, added: “Starting to use body cameras protects me, as well as other members of staff, and of course patients and visitors when we are trying to help someone that may be acting aggressively. I know from experience that body cameras can de-escalate how an event can unfold and diffuses situations faster than if we weren’t using them.”