Bed watching

Bed Watching Services

Many NHS Trusts and private health care providers rely on firms like Marpol Security to provide bed watching services. This is normally reserved for potentially violent patients undergoing medical treatment. We provide a safe and reliable solution to ensure the safety and well being of your patients and medical staff alike.


As one of the UK’s leading security specialists, we have much to offer our healthcare clients in terms of bed watching solutions. Here is what you can expect from us:

Professional bed watching staff

Each member of our bed watching team has years of experience in the field of mental health as well as professional security. They treat your patients with dignity and respect, always being conscious of their particular requirements. Our crew is there to support your medical team in the event of an emergency and to assist them any way they can.

Patient transport escorts

Our bed watching service is not limited to a patient’s hospital ward. Our security personnel can also assist your paramedics and ambulance staff with transporting a violent patient to or from hospital. They can help with restraining the patient, whilst taking due care of their physical safety and can also assist with calming them down.

Ward security

Once your patient is on the ward, our bed watching team will stay with them. They keep a careful eye on your patient throughout their shift, looking for signs of discomfort or distress that might indicate the onset of a violent episode. If you have more than one patient on a ward requiring bed watch services, our officers are happy to patrol between them.

A round-the-clock bed watching solution

We understand that patients requiring a bed watch service might expect an extended stay in the hospital and we are prepared for that. Our bed watch teams operate in shifts, for as long as you need us there. These shifts will overlap by a few minutes, so that each officer can provide their replacement with an update on the patient’s condition. At no time will your patient be left unattended.

SIA-licensed security professionals

All our bed watching staff are fully-licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA). This is your assurance of having a trained security professional on-site for any incidences involving a violent patient. Our officers have extensive experience working in the field of mental health and have been trained to diffuse potentially violent situations. They have also received full restraint training for instances where the patient poses a physical threat to themselves or others. Each member of our bed watching team has been CRB-checked and can be relied upon to act with due care and discretion.

24/7 bed watch services

At Marpol Security, we understand that emergency medical care rarely happens at a convenient time. Health care providers may require a bed watch solution at any time of the day or night. This is why we provide a round-the-clock bed watch service for our customers and their patients across the UK. Our central control room can dispatch highly-trained and fully-licensed security professionals to your patient’s ward whenever you need them.

A nationwide bed watch solution

We have bed watch personnel stationed across the country. Wherever you or your patient are based throughout the UK, we have fully-trained security officers in your area, ready to assist you.



For a dependable bed watch service across the UK, contact Marpol Security today. Call us on 0808 562 7765 or 0161 737 9991 for a free consultation, or email us at