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Tight security at polyclinic


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SECURITY IS NOW tight at Barbados’ most visited polyclinic, after it reopened to the public yesterday following a one-week shutdown.

And while it meant long lines and delays in getting into the facility, staff and patients welcomed the new measures at the Winston Scott Polyclinic in Jemmotts Lane, St Michael.

The beefed-up security stemmed from recent incidents which left nurses traumatised and in tears. One involved a patient chasing another with a chair, and the other a patient brandishing a knife, which prompted a work stoppage last Wednesday.

Patients and visitors are now being scanned by security officials using hand-held metal detectors.

But there is still cleaning up going on, as the polyclinic was only able to reach about a 70 per cent capacity yesterday, a senior nurse told the NATION. (DB)


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