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Warn us of violent patients - Limpopo health

2011-12-11 17:11

Tzaneen - The stabbing of a Limpopo nurse has again highlighted security risks at hospitals.

Members of the public have now been urged to warn hospital staff when admitting mentally ill or short-tempered relatives.

"When people bring their people to health facilities, they must be kind enough to say what we should look at; whether [the patients] are mentally stable or violent," said provincial health and social development department spokesperson Joe Maila.

Maila said the nurse was stabbed with a pair of scissors at Letaba Hospital outside Tzaneen during an altercation with a patient on Wednesday night.

He said the nurse, who was stabbed repeatedly in the chest was responding well to treatment and would be discharged soon.

"We are thankful that the security guards acted swiftly and saved her from [further harm]," said Maila.

He said it was unbelievable that the incident took place within a hospital, but stressed that security guards could not be held accountable for the incident.