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18 May 2015
 May 18, 2015
Assaults on doctors rise

Medics express concern over violence against doctors

Recent evidence demonstrates that violence against doctors has become a growing international concern.

President of the WMA (World Medical Association) Dr Xavier Deau comments: ‘We are hearing about increasing violence against doctors, ranging from verbal to physical attacks and even kidnapping and murder. Everyone has the right to work in a safe environment.’

‘Violence against doctors is particularly mindless as it impacts on the entire healthcare system including the care of patients.’ An incident of violence towards a doctor is likely to interrupt patient care for the remainder of the doctor’s working day, possibly longer.

It was called upon by the WMA three years ago to encourage healthcare institutions to develop zero tolerance policies towards workplace violence, something that has become ‘even more urgent today’, according to Dr Deau.

A similar policy towards workplace violence was adopted by the NHS in 1999. In recent years however, there have been notable increases in the number of recorded assaults on NHS staff. 2012 saw an increase of 9% in

1 May 2015
 May 1, 2015
safety and health expo

SKYGUARD TO UNVEIL NEW VERSION OF THE MYSOS ALARM AT 2015 SAFETY & HEALTH EXPO

Skyguard will be unveiling a brand new version of its exclusive ‘MySOS’ personal safety alarm at the 2015 Safety and Health Expo, held at London’s Excel between 16th to 18th June.

The MySOS which already includes GSM, GPS and Man-down technologies, has been further enhanced by Skyguard with a number of new features in an updated key-fob sized design. Fully certified to BS 8484, the British Standard for Lone Worker Devices, the new MySOS will offer increased functionality whilst still retaining the title of Europe’s smallest personal safety alarm.

Marketing Director, Will Murray said, “We are really excited to launch the new version of our award-winning MySOS, at this year’s Safety and Health Expo.

“The original MySOS has been proven in use, delivering effective help to tens of thousands

4 April 2015
 April 4, 2015
Send for Help Group

SEND FOR HELP GROUP ACQUIRES BLUECHIP TECHNOLOGIES TO BECOME EUROPE’S LARGEST LONE WORKER PROTECTION PROVIDER

The Send For Help Group has acquired Bluechip Technologies Ltd (trading as Guardian24), which makes the group the largest lone worker protection provider in Europe. Combined with its existing subsidiary Skyguard, the Group has a subscriber base totalling over 100,000 users across a diverse range of Public and Private sector vertical markets.

Formed in 2010, The Send For Help Group was setup as the investment vehicle of technology entrepreneur Jan Murray, to enable the acquisition of Skyguard Ltd. Jan has an established track record in emerging hi-tech industries, having launched the PC World superstores chain and Internet Technology Group, which was the largest sale of an independent ISP in the UK.

The deal has enabled the Group to take advantage of a number of synergies; Guardian24’s subscribers will be migrated to Skyguard’s state of the art Incident Management Centre in Surrey, for alarm management and emergency response. The purpose-built facility, is manned 24/7 by Skyguard’s highly trained Controllers and

1 December 2014
 December 1, 2014
Safety at Christmas

30 Tips to Keep Safe this Christmas

Christmas is a time to relax and have fun but it can also be very busy and stressful. You may be out and about more than usual – for that essential Christmas shopping and to festive parties and other social events – and the last thing you need is to become a victim of crime.

To help avoid this, consider some of the following advice courtesy of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust:

Christmas Shopping

Don’t get loaded down with too many bags. Try to keep one hand free.
Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you, eg. Tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
Agree a meeting point with older children in case you get separated.
Be careful where you park your car

1 December 2014
 December 1, 2014
Skyguard are security excellence awards winner

SKYGUARD SCOOP LONE WORKER HONOURS AT SECURITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Skyguard have been recognised for their continued outstanding contribution to Lone Worker protection at the recent IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2014, beating some tough competition in the ‘Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology’ category. Presented at the prestigious Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London attended by over 1,000 Security industry experts, Director Will Murray received the award on behalf of the company.

Now in their sixteenth year, the Security Excellence Awards are widely recognised as the ‘Oscars’ for both the security & fire business sectors. The awards highlight the very best people, projects and processes the UK’s security sector has to offer.

The high calibre Judging Panel – including representatives from all areas of security & fire, the world of academia and the policing sector determined that Skyguard’s deployment of personal safety devices and 24 hour Incident Management to Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust surpassed all other entries.

Skyguard provide over 700 MySOS personal safety alarms to

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