A SECURITY guard, who talked down a mentally ill patient threatening to jump off Solihull Hospital roof, has had his bravery recognised.
When Irfan Khalid heard reports of someone on the building’s roof one evening last spring, the last thing he had expected to find was a female patient threatening to end her life.
“I was shocked and nervous but I didn’t want to let on,” said the 28-year-old.
“I reacted instantly to the situation at the time; my thoughts were just to keep myself and the young lady on the roof calm, so I didn’t panic her.
“I was just talking with her trying to reassure her and seeing if there was anything I could do to help her.”Thanks to his quick-thinking, the security guard was able to keep the patient from jumping until the police arrived. They managed to negotiate with her to bring her off the top of the premises within an hour.
But Irfan added he didn’t like to think of what could have happened if he hadn’t been there. “Her whole intention of getting on the roof was to jump, and I think she might have done it if no-one had been there.
“It’s not a situation I want to deal with ever again but working in a hospital environment, you don’t know what you’ll be dealing with.”
Irfan, who has worked at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust for six years, was honoured at the Trust’s annual Staff Recognition Awards last week, which honoured 15 clinical and non-clinical employees who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Security manager Gilbert Allen, who nominated the life-saver said: “I’m really proud of Irfan.
“Thanks to his and other members of the team’s efforts, the patient was successfully saved from going through with this, which ultimately saved this person’s life.”