Hospital staff are being equipped with body worn cameras in a bid to crack down on abusive behaviour towards NHS workers.

Security personnel at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn will be wearing the devices from Monday.

They aim to reduce antisocial behaviour at the 500-bed QEH, which has seen 163 reported incidents this year.

It follows a similar trial at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The devices will only be activated when the person wearing them decides they are in a situation where they would help.

The wearer will announce to everyone in the vicinity that their camera is being turned on before they begin recording.

Staff who will wear the body cameras have been specially trained and will only record when they believe an individual is being, or about to be, violent or abusive.

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Paul Brooks, the hospital''s director of estates and facilities, said: “We have implemented the use of body cameras following feedback from our staff.

"We hope these body cameras will make everyone at the trust feel safer – whether that’s our staff, patients, or visitors. They will not be recording all colleagues, patients and conversations unless you are told in advance."

Paul Blaber, the portering and security supervisor at the QEH, said: "Starting to use body cameras protects me, as well as other members of staff, and of course patients and visitors when we are trying to help someone that may be acting aggressively.

"I know from experience that body cameras can de-escalate how an event can unfold and diffuse situations faster than if we weren’t using them."

Cameras are becoming an increasingly common sight, with ambulance crews, police officers, parking wardens and supermarket staff wearing them as a deterrent and to capture footage of incidents.