Locked doors policy

Document category: Trust wide policy

Document date: March 1, 2022

Although it is recognised that the security and safety of in-patients should be managed through the provision of adequate staffing levels and good supervision, there are occasions where open wards need to be locked to protect service users, staff or the visiting public.  Additionally, in some areas, where informal service users are at risk if they wander out of a ward, they are prevented from doing so by the deployment of various door mechanisms.  This policy provides the procedures and protocols for locking doors to open wards and the use of other devices.  However, it excludes circumstances in which doors are locked for general security purposes e.g. during the night.

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