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New born babies safe at Sutton Coldfield's Good Hope hospital
New born babies at Sutton Coldfields Good Hope Hospital are being electronically tagged.

The ankle tags are an additional security measure which allows each baby born to be monitored through a hi-tech system.

If there is an attempt to move a baby from the ward, or the tag is cut or tampered with, an alarm is triggered and the maternity unit locks down. Sensors on the ceiling of the unit are also linked to the hospital's security control room.

The tags, which Good Hope hospital in Sutton Coldfield says offer the 'very latest in baby tagging technology', are attached as soon as medical checks on newborns are completed. Midwives then enter the baby's details into a central computer.

An average of 3,700 babies are born at Suttons Good Hope every year. Information about the new system is given to every expectant mother on arrival.

A hospital spokesperson said: "The safety of our babies is paramount and the tag strap system compliments the existing security measures we have in place.

"It has proven to be a simple, yet effective means of ensuring all of our babies remain safe.

"New mums and families benefiting from this additional control measure have been really positive with their feedback."

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Posted On:  18 December, 2010
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