Health chief promises to probe incident

A HOSPITAL trust executive responded to security concerns raised during yesterday’s meeting – and insisted robust measures were in place at the site.

Peter Tindall, associate director of strategic planning at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said he was not aware of the incidents raised by councillors until yesterday’s meeting but pledged to investigate them.

And he said policies were in place so that staff could raise the alarm with any concerns at any time of the day or night.

Mr Tindall added that moving the remaining services at the Holdforth Road site closer together within the building would improve security.

Responding to the incidents, he told councillors: “There is robust security so people can’t get access to areas that aren’t regularly supervised.

“During the night there is restricted access. I’m concerned about what’s been said of people gaining unauthorised access to the site and I will certainly follow that up.”

Outside the meeting, Mr Tindall added: “We are very mindful of the security of our staff.

“That is why we are trying to make sure all services are co-located.

“By bringing things together within the tower block, the better the security will be.

“We lock down areas not being used so people can’t get in to them without us knowing.

“We also have a 24 hour policy for people to flag up and raise any issues which will be appropriately responded to by our on-call support team.”