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Private Healthcare Security Services

Private healthcare organisations are frequently targeted by organised criminals and opportunist intruders, who know that high-value equipment, computers, devices, machinery, medications and tools are stored within clinics, hospitals, visitor centres and treatment facilities – often unguarded or monitored overnight.

Clearway regularly consults with healthcare providers, commercial businesses, fee-charging consultants and privately owned enterprises who need to manage variable and changing risks, such as those summarised below.


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intelligent healthcare security

We offer:

  • Bespoke Access Controls: Implementing bespoke access control systems in car parks, entry points, and building lobbies, we ensure only approved and verified individuals gain access to your premises. Our solutions include cameras that scan security fobs, lanyards, vehicle registrations, and visitor biometrics, providing robust security tailored to your private healthcare facility.
  • Physical Security Guarding: Our uniformed, qualified security guards act as a clear deterrent against crime and aggressive behaviour. They are trained to de-escalate tense situations and investigate suspicious activity, providing a proactive security presence that helps maintain a safe and secure environment in your private healthcare setting.
  • AI-Enabled Security Monitoring: Using smart cameras with advanced data analysis capabilities, our AI-Enabled Security Monitoring system operates 24/7 to detect and alert on unusual activities. These discreet cameras can identify anomalies such as extended vehicle parking, suspicious behaviour near sensitive areas, and unauthorised individuals through facial detection and body heat signatures, ensuring continuous and effective surveillance.
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Key Security Considerations for Private Healthcare Organisations

  • Private hospitals, dentists, consultants, physiotherapy clinics, counsellors, and specialists face myriad security concerns, from targeted thefts of restricted-access drugs and medications and robberies of equipment and devices to antisocial behaviour or unauthorised entry.
  • Patients and service users with a public profile may increase security risks, particularly when privacy and confidentiality are paramount.
  • Although statistics are limited, across the healthcare industry, a large proportion of incidents involving verbal or physical violence against medical staff occur in outpatient clinics, many of which may offer dual public service and private appointments.
  • Managers of private healthcare centres can address all potential security issues by implementing a robust security strategy with physical, technological and preventative security measures to protect assets, staff and patients.

What Do We Protect Against?

The nature of private medical facilities, many of which provide elective and cosmetic treatments, means these centres rarely have the always-on physical guarding more prevalent in emergency departments, exacerbating their security risks.

The first step in determining the best approach to security in a private healthcare setting is to analyse the nature of all risks, the likelihood they will occur, and the severity of any possible incident.

This same risk assessment process applies to all private sector providers, from dental practices to cosmetic treatment centres, psychologists and therapists to private hospitals and specialists.

While there are perceptions that antisocial, violent and criminal behaviour primarily impacts public sector and open-access facilities, data shows that just under 35% of instances of aggression occur in outpatient clients, with 7.4% of physical assaults impacting secretaries or receptionists, and 49.6% of conflicts arising due to non-compliance with procedures.

It is also important to recognise that staff and representatives working within the private healthcare sector may also need to introduce enhanced security controls to protect the privacy of high-profile patients while delivering the sense of safety and reassurance that paying clients expect.

Robberies and Thefts of Equipment and Medications:

Criminals are keenly aware that devices, computer equipment, and prescription drugs are stored on-site at any private healthcare centre. Controlled substances, laptops, scanners, machines, and medical devices are often targeted, costing a significant amount in insurance premiums, replacements, reputational damage, and the need to cancel or reschedule procedures or appointments. 

Opportunist Break-Ins:

Many medical facilities have an on-site pharmacy or prescription counter or a clientele with a high net worth. This environment can be exposed to chance break-ins where patient possessions, wallets and bags, medications, and prescription documentation are accessible or visible through windows or entry points.

Unwanted Behaviour and Aggression:

The vast majority of patients are respectful, private clinics and outpatient centres may be vulnerable to aggression, violence, and antisocial behaviour, particularly where the main doors remain accessible during opening hours or when reception staff are responsible for turning away walk-in patients due to limited capacity.

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Security Services Relevant Within the Private Healthcare Sector

The security solutions below are often used within a range of private healthcare settings. They are designed to prevent unwanted behaviour, deter criminal activity, protect staff and patients, and create robust, end-to-end controls over facility access rights.

  • Bespoke Access Controls: Access controls can be used within car parks, entry points, building lobbies, or as part of your reception security protocol. Cameras can scan security fobs and lanyards or identify vehicle registrations and visitor biometrics to ensure that only approved, verified vehicles and individuals are granted access to your premise or site.
  • Physical Security Guarding: Uniformed, qualified security guards are a clear deterrent against all types of crime or aggressive behaviour. They can de-escalate tense situations or investigate signs of suspicious behaviour before they turn into an emergency situation or a live security threat.
  • Customised Alarm Systems: Reliable, always-on alarms are a key aspect of healthcare security. Placing pre-emptive alarms around locked storage bays, staff-only zones, primary entry points, windows, and fire escapes ensures any attempt to trespass is identified and the appropriate responders notified.
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Private Healthcare Security Continued

  • AI-Enabled Security Monitoring: Smart cameras function 24/7 and use a dynamic range of data points to trigger alerts or alarms when anything untoward is detected. These cameras are discreet and non-invasive but can spot variations from the norm, such as vehicles parked for longer than usual and suspicious activity close to doors, staff areas or patient waiting rooms. They can even pick up body heat signatures or use facial detection technology to scan for the presence of prohibited or unauthorised individuals.
  • Ongoing CCTV Surveillance: Most medical centres in the private sector close overnight, during holiday periods and over weekends, leaving valuables and medications unprotected for extended hours. Clearway’s Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) operates 365 days a year, staffed by trained responders who can manage and verify alerts transmitted by alarms, CCTV systems, panic alarms, perimeter intrusion detection devices and environmental alarm systems such as fire and smoke alarms.
  • Security for Vacant Premises: Healthcare centres that are vacant for even short periods of time have increased risks, whether because vandals and arsonists see an empty property as a prime opportunity to cause damage or because squatters and fly-tippers take advantage of the size of a vacant commercial premise. Specialist vacant property security can include wireless alarms and surveillance, regular patrols and physical barriers such as steel security doors.
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Why Choose Clearway for Private Healthcare Security Services?

As a leading provider of security solutions for higher-risk sites, we work with clients throughout the healthcare sector, including those exposed to elevated risks due to the nature of the services they provide or who stock significant amounts of cash, controlled substances, and medical equipment on site.

Our specialist security consultants have years of expertise and provide tailored, independent advice to ensure you make informed decisions about the right security resolutions to minimise your risk profile and remain within budget.

Contact our security experts now to discuss your security requirements and get a quote from us.

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