Northdale: Alarm after woman attacks nurse

2011-09-05 00:00

THE Health Department admitted last week that a patient suffering from acute psychosis attacked a sister in charge at Northdale Hospital.

There was chaos in Ward B on Wednesday as the patient attacked the sister in charge and destroyed the barred gate of the seclusion room that she was kept in.

This incident left patients and staff in the ward stunned and scared for their lives.

The violent patient was brought under control only by the efforts of 12 security guards.

A source who did not want to be named told The Witness that this was a life-threatening incident and the department should make more secure arrangements for psychotic patients.

“They should be sent straight to mental institutions and be observed there.

“They should not be kept with other patients because they will behave in a strange way that puts a strain on other patients. They put our lives in danger as patients and staff.”

The source said the hospital management do not seem to be taking the issue seriously when it urgently needs to be addressed.

Department spokesperson Chris Maxon said the patient was admitted more than a week ago with acute psychosis.

Describing the incident, he said the patient left the ward and the sister in charge followed.

“The sister managed to convince the patient to come back to the ward and when they got to the ward the patient assaulted the sister …

“Other patients were not attacked and none signed RHT [refusal of hospital treatment] due to this incident,” said Maxon.

He confirmed that the woman destroyed the gate.

He said that according to official policy psychiatric patients are kept in ordinary medical wards for 72 hours for observation. Counselling will be organised for ward staff, he added.

Psychotic patient’s rampage

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