Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) has opened a new police office at its St George’s Park Hospital in Morpeth.
The unit will continue the excellent work that has been done by PC Anthony Pattison and the clinical teams at St George’s Park and Northgate Hospital, also in Morpeth.
Having Anthony on site is another step to strengthening the partnership NTW has with Northumbria Police and ensuring the best outcome for victims of crime.Claire Andre, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust clinical police liaison lead
Anthony, as he is known to service users and staff, offers caring and compassionate support to those who are victims of crime, follows cases through the criminal justice system and provides general crime prevention advice.
He is a member of the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team and also an LGBT liaison officer for the force.
NTW clinical police liaison lead Claire Andre said: “Having Anthony on site is another step to strengthening the partnership NTW has with Northumbria Police, enhancing each other’s knowledge, working closely day to day and ensuring the best outcome for victims of crime.
“Anthony has already made a positive impression on service users who appreciate the help he has offered them during their time with us.
“Working closely with Northumbria Police can also act as a crime deterrent to those who come to the hospital site with the intention of targeting vulnerable people.”
The trust has historically worked with Northumbria Police and created an office base for a police liaison officer at NTW’s site at St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth, Newcastle.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird, said: “I welcome this new office, which will enhance the already excellent partnership working between police and NHS staff.
“Having an officer based on site is clearly beneficial, as they are on hand to give police information quickly and face-to-face to staff, but also support and give advice to service users.
“PC Anthony Pattison’s presence at the hospital has already been greatly received and can only improve by being based in this new office.”
The announcement comes in the same week that Northumbria Police confirmed the town’s neighbourhood officers will move into a unit in the Sanderson Arcade shopping centre this summer and the existing police station will close.