A Black Country hospital has introduced an electronic tagging system as part of a package of new security measures to protect babies in its maternity unit.
All infants, except the most seriously ill babies, born at New Cross Hospital, in Wolverhampton, will wear the high-tech devices which track their movements. The tags will trigger alarms if a newborn is taken out of an authorised area or if the tag is tampered with.
The baby's location will be immediately pinpointed on the system, alerting a 24-hour rapid response team, which is based at the hospital.
A similar initiative was introduced at another Black Country hospital after a twin baby girl was snatched from Wordsley Hospital in Stourbridge in 2002.
Two-day-old Elizabeth Rice was snatched by Kelly Louise Oldnall, of Pensnett, Dudley, on May 6, 2002, but was reunited with her parents eight hours later.
An external review of the hospital's security resulted in new CCTV and tagging systems being installed.
Sandra Reading, head of nursing and midwifery for Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, said their new system will ensure the highest level of protection to newborns.