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The Poplar Adolescent Unit Uses Radios Supplied By Brentwood

Brentwood recently supplied two-way radios to the ‘Poplar Adolescent Unit’. This brand new in-patient facility is part of the award-winning Rochford Hospital in Essex.

Poplar’s team of highly qualified mental health professionals provide top quality assessments, treatments, educational resources and short-term rehabilitation for young people between 11 and 17 years.

The facilities for the patients include 15 en-suite bedrooms, and exclusive use of an enclosed garden. The patients also have supervised access to the hospital gym, craft rooms, mature gardens and local community facilities.

Poplar approached Brentwood to provide their nurses with the ability to communicate with each other, anywhere on the site, using reliable handheld radios. Their aim was to improve the safety of the nurses, and ensure each young person felt cared for, secure and protected.

After conducting trials across the whole site, Brentwood concluded that the digital radio (Motorola DP2400) was the ideal choice for this situation. Its advanced technology (with enhanced audio quality) would allow the nurses to communicate inside the building, as well as outside in the extensive grounds.

The DP2400s are robust and easy-to-use Motorola two way radios and guarantee 100 percent coverage over a wide area. The intuitive audio adjusts the radio volume automatically to compensate for the background noise present. This feature means nurses do not have to adjust the volume to avoid missing calls in loud environments, or disturb others when moving into quiet places. The long-life batteries also extend radio operation throughout long shifts, avoiding the hassle of re-charging.

Dealing with the well-being of adolescents is a growing problem. Recent UK figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that 10 percent of 5 to 16 year olds have a diagnosed mental health disorder. Digital radio technology tailored to the needs of health workers can really help address this problem. Better communication helps staff to feel safer and function more efficiently, thereby improving the care and security of their patients.

If your health organisation requires two-way radios to improve your communication over any large complex – please give us a call on 01245 403520 to discuss your needs

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