Brentwood supplied Queens with 60 high-tech two way radios plus boosting equipment, which supercharged the transmissions throughout the expansive site. These sophisticated radios enable staff to work more efficiently and also raise the health and safety factor. For instance, they can help porters to meet essential deadlines whilst moving patients around the hospital, by liaising effortlessly with senior staff. And if an emergency occurs while security members are on night duty, they can summon help from colleagues in a matter of seconds.
We also installed a Capacity Plus system at the site. This software-based solution allows the management to meet the growing communication needs of the hospital at minimum expense. But more than that, it saves callers precious time by automatically finding them a free channel during periods of high demand.
Brentwood sent their highly qualified engineers to carry out thorough radio tests and trials at the hospital. They discovered that handheld, digital radios DP3401 (non-display) and DP3601 (display) made by Motorola were the best choice. Especially as they were GPS enabled, which could allow management to track the movements of staff in real time to improve worker security. To ensure a strong signal is received anywhere on-site, they installed three DR3000 repeaters with associated antenna systems. These Motorola repeaters and their clusters of aerials were positioned for maximum effect. We also housed the repeater units in secure cabinets to lend them extra protection.
These digital radios have more functionality, plus advanced safety features which are essential for active workers. The radios are also durable, dependable and water resistant.
The tri-colour indicator provides staff with clear, visible, operational feedback. This makes the radio especially easy to use while on the move. The DP3601 has a basic keypad and a two-line display. This means users can send and receive texts whenever voice is difficult or impossible. The bright display shows menu-driven icons and data as well as the received messages.
Both these radios have an ‘Emergency’ button to alert colleagues of a problem if the need arises. The large textured ‘Push-to-Talk’ button provides a tactile response and is easily accessed (even when wearing gloves). What’s more, digital radios offer prolonged battery life – operating 40 per cent longer between charges, compared with analogue.
To monitor the safety status of the staff, the radios offer ‘Lone Worker’ and ‘Man Down’ features. These features can protect the security team while on their rounds; or health workers who may be at risk. When an alarm is evoked, the victim’s radio instantly alerts colleagues. If other personnel fail to respond straightaway, the emergency is automatically diverted to predetermined phone numbers.
The Lone Worker facility will alert colleagues if a member of staff is in potential danger. This feature requires the user (at risk) to respond to periodic bleeps from their two-way radio. Other workers then know that their colleague is OK. Whenever a lone worker does not react to one of the prompts, their radio instantly generates an alarm.
Man Down automatically dispatches a panic alarm when lone workers are injured, or fall unconscious. Their digital radio initiates a distress signal when it senses an abnormal vertical tilt, or lack of motion. It broadcasts the emergency to central control as well as other workers so that immediate action can be taken.
With GPS-enabled DP3401 and DP3601, the main office is able to monitor the position of individual workers on-screen, using accurate real-time location data transmitted by the radios.
By drastically improving the communications across this extensive complex, Brentwood’s two-way digital radio system helps the staff of this caring hospital to work more efficiently, and to feel a lot more secure.
If your hospital staff require the latest two-way radios to enhance their performance and safety at a large site – please give us a call on 01245 403520 to discuss your needs.