Safe Place scheme launched

15 January 2016

The innovative Safe Place scheme was recently launched at both West Middlesex Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals.

The innovative Safe Place scheme was recently launched at both West Middlesex Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals.

The Trust is working with local Community Support Officers from the Metropolitan Police to support the safe place scheme, which helps vulnerable people who have some form of independent living, by identifying premises (for example shops, banks and hospitals) as somewhere in which to display the ‘Safe Place’ sticker.

These places are for those who have been given an ‘I need help’ card and who may feel vulnerable, threatened or lost. A Safe Place is somewhere they can go to for help if this ever happens to them.

Lead Nurse for Learning Disabilities and Transition Kathryn Mangold said: “A vulnerable person could be elderly, or have a physical or learning disability. Dedicated staff at each hospital would then keep an eye on the vulnerable person until the nominated person or police arrive or arrange for support.”

Vulnerable people can register and get a Safe Place member card by emailing Miriam.parker2@met.pnn.police.uk or calling 020 7161 9165 (please note it is not essential to have a card, but it an emergency contact number may be helpful)