Hospi­tal pa­trol could be just what doc­tor or­dered

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

Hello and wel­come to this week’s edi­tion of the East Kil­bride News. From On the Beat to On the Wards. That is the jour­ney for some po­lice of­fi­cers in La­nark­shire.

A Po­lice Scot­land-led pi­lot scheme is op­er­at­ing at Univer­sity Hospi­tal Wishaw where two ded­i­cated com­mu­nity of­fi­cers are based. The project is now be­ing ex­tended to Univer­sity Hospi­tal Mon­k­lands in Air­drie.

At present, Univer­sity Hospi­tal Hairmyres is not in­cluded but the re­sults of the stud­ies in North La­nark­shire will be mon­i­tored closely – if the pres­ence of of­fi­cers helps re­duce trou­ble and the num­ber of miss­ing per­sons there, why not roll out the scheme to East Kil­bride?

Not only would ex­tra re­as­sur­ance be pro­vided to pa­tients and our hard­work­ing med­i­cal staff, there is the po­ten­tial for dis­or­der to be quickly nipped in the bud if there are a cou­ple of cops in plain sight.

In many ways, this scheme could be just what the doc­tor or­dered.

You can read more about it on pages 4 and 5 of to­day’s pa­per with East Kil­bride po­lice in­spec­tor Ai­dan Hig­gins giv­ing his view.

Else­where in the pa­per, you could treat your­self to a shop­ping spree if you win our £50 EK, East Kil­bride gift card com­pe­ti­tion. For de­tails on how to en­ter, check out page 16.

And for those of you who en­joy eat­ing out, why not en­ter our Di Mag­gio’s East Kil­bride com­pe­ti­tion with a £50 gift voucher up for grabs.

Fi­nally, on be­half of the team at the News, we were very sad to learn of the pass­ing of cam­paigner Graeme Mack­lin.

He was a stal­wart of the com­mu­nity and fea­tured in these pages reg­u­larly. Our con­do­lences go to his fam­ily and friends at this dif­fi­cult time. Colin Pater­son

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