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Royal Surrey introduces baby tags

Royal Surrey introduces baby tags

Published by Josh Kerr at 6:09am 26th May 2018. (Updated at 3:20pm 29th May 2018)

The maternity unit at the Royal Surrey County Hospital has launched a new baby tagging initiative to improve its security.

It is part of a range of measures that have seen the department rated as outstanding in the latest report by the Care Quality Commission.

The tags goes around the baby's ankle and means the baby is being monitored at all times. If anyone tries to remove the tag or take a baby through a protected exit without parental consent and staff awareness, alarms will sound and the doors are prevented from opening.

Jacqui Tingle, Deputy Director of Midwifery at Royal Surrey, Said: "It's quite rare in this county for a baby to be taken out of a maternity unit but it has happened, gladly not in this area."

"It can track where the baby is in the department, so I could go and look at my system and see exactly where all of the babies are.

Among the first to receive a tag was Ida-May and mum Charlotte said knowing her child had a tag gave her piece of mind when her baby had gone for special treatment.

She added: "It's a scary time and you don't know what's going on and you're normally under the influence quite strong drugs as well and just to know she can't go much further.

"It's almost a no-brainer, because you start to think after the event 'well why isn't something that everyone does anyway?'

"If we've got the technology to find our iPhones and where our cars are parked, why can't we find where the babies are?"

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