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Access Control In Healthcare

Access Control In Healthcare

We often think of access control being used in financial buildings or government offices, but access control is being used to help many industries all over the world. This week let’s have look at the many uses of access control in Healthcare.

Access Control In Hospitals

This is the most obvious place that you would imagine would make the best use of access control.

Healthcare buildings require a slightly more advanced type of access control compared to other industries. Most other industries may require only a few access control functions, main door, back door and the I.T server room.

But busy medical facilities will need much more access control. Medical supplies will need to be protected from unauthorised personnel.

Some medical equipment will also need to be kept in a secure area and certain rooms and labs would have restricted access.
The more advanced access control systems can also be programmed to activate at certain periods. For example, the areas where doctors and nurses are changing shifts.

With access control moving away from entering codes in door panels to more mobile means of entry such as key fobs, it also means that staff get access to what they need much quicker. Which in an emergency could make a lot of difference.

Access Control In Care Homes

You may not have thought that access control in care homes would be particularly strict, especially not when compared to hospitals.
But in many ways, it should actually be stricter.

As care homes have residential patients, even more care has to be taken to make sure that they don’t wander into the wrong area, get additional medical supplies or gain access to staff rooms and facilities.

Care homes are also likely to have video monitoring, we are sure you have all seen or heard of cases where patients have been mistreated.

So, video monitoring is often used in conjunction with access control systems, to try and ensure patient safety at all times.

the image shows patients waiting in a doctors surgery for blog on access control

Access Control In GP Surgeries

If you have ever been lucky enough to get an appointment at your local doctor’s surgery, you will know just how busy and chaotic they can be.

With people coming in and out of external and internal doors all day long. Often only manned by one or sometimes two admin staff or receptionists.

Having an access control system installed takes away some of the worry and stress of members of the general public gaining access to areas they shouldn’t be in, whether inadvertently or deliberately.

We have all been to new surgery before and when they display tells us which doctor to see, we wander off down a corridor hoping to find the right room before the surgery closes.

It would be all too easy to find yourself in the wrong room, one that may contain medical equipment or confidential medical records.

By using an access control system, the doctors, nurses and admin staff don’t have to carry around huge sets of keys and remember to lock and unlock several doors all day.

Which in turn should mean they can carry on providing medical support without also taking on the role of caretaker.

You may have noticed that in some doctors surgeries you don’t even have to talk a member of staff when you enter the building.

You sign in through a computer screen, usually through entering your date of birth, post code and the name of the Doctor you have an appointment with.

This is a prime example of an access control system that is used by patients and not just staff.

By not having to queue up to tell the surgery why you are there (and let’s face it, queueing up is the last thing anybody wants to do when they are ill) it makes arriving at the doctors surgery a less stressful experience for both the patients and the medical staff.

The Future Of Access Control In Healthcare

You may have seen in the news, stories about biometric access and facial recognition technology.

Well, they are also starting to use these types of access control within the healthcare sector.

If you would like to learn more about biometric access control then there is an excellent article by ItProPortal here on how can biometrics benefit the healthcare industry?

There is also an interesting read by TechTarget on how the use of facial recognition in healthcare improves hospital security, here.

Get In Touch

If you would like to ask any questions about access control in healthcare or would like to talk about the access control services, we provide here at Mayfair Security then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our team will always be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can telephone us on 01757 244445, or via our online contact form here.

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