New Cotswolds hospital receives crime award
GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S newest hospital has been recognised for working to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
The North Cotswold Hospital in Moreton-in-Marsh was officially opened yesterday by Princess Michael of Kent, and has been awarded with a Secured by Design Award.
The accolade is awarded by the Association of Chief Police Officers and recognises public buildings that have been designed and built with a specific view to reducing crime.
Gloucestershire crime prevention officer Paul Francis said he believed the measures put in place in the new hospital would make a significant difference to crime.
“The security measures at the hospital are quite discreet and most users of the hospital would be unaware of the award unless they read the certificate in the foyer of the hospital,” he said.
“The award has certainly gone to a worthy winner – the building, layout and car parking have all been built with security in mind.
“This will help to ensure that the hospital is a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors and staff.”
Gloucestershire NHS chairman Ruth FitzJohn said she was delighted the hospital had received the award.