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Safety and Security

Safety and Security

At DCH, your safety and security is a top priority. In an effort to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and all who visit, we have metal detectors at our emergency department (ED) entrances at DCH Regional Medical Center and Northport Medical Center.

What you need to know

Metal detectors are a common practice in health care and other settings. They detect items that may compromise the safety of those in the hospital. This is just one of several safety measures DCH has taken to ensure a positive experience for our patients, their loved ones and our staff members.

Who is required to go through the metal detectors?

Any individual going through the ED entrance is required to walk through the metal detectors. They will be active 24/7. Anyone previously screened who leaves the ED must be re-screened before returning.

I have an implanted medical device in my body or medical equipment that I need to carry with me at all times. Can I pass through these detectors?

It is safe for all individuals to pass through the detectors, including those with pacemakers, implants of any kind and women who are pregnant.

I use a wheelchair. Will I still be required to go through the metal detectors?

Patients and visitors who may have difficulty moving through the metal detector, such as those in wheelchairs, on stretchers or in medical restraints, will be screened with a handheld device.

What personal items are not allowed inside the hospital?

DCH is a weapon-free zone. Per our policies, any personal item that is considered a weapon is not allowed on our campuses or inside our hospitals. This includes any handgun, long gun, any type or style of knife, sharp tools, razors, pepper spray, ammunition for firearms or any object that DCH’s security and staff members feel presents a threat.

What happens if I accidentally bring a prohibited item with me to the hospital?

You will be given an opportunity to return items to your vehicle that the hospital prohibits. If you do not have a vehicle on-site, our security officers will hold the item in the security office and return it to you upon discharge from the hospital. Unlawful possession of drugs or other materials on the premises is prohibited.


If you have further questions about these metal detectors or our safety policies, please contact DCH’s security manager at 205-343-7320.