Patient attacks nurse at Mandeville hospital, again… colleagues stage sit-in protest
Damion Mitchell, Editor – Radio & Online
Upset nurses at the Mandeville Regional Hospital are staging a sit-in this morning to raise awareness about what they say is mounting concern for their safety.
It follows Tuesday’s attack on a nurse at the facility.
A member of the medical staff reported that the nurse received multiple injuries after she was attacked from behind by the patient, floored, flogged and bitten in full view of people at the Accident and Emergency Unit.
It’s reported that the female attacker rushed the nurse because she had denied her request to have a visitor outside of the stipulated visiting hours.
The nurse is said to have denied the request because she had just allowed the patient another visitor whose stay extended beyond the cut-off point.
But the patient, who is alleged to have previously attacked a doctor at the Percy Junor Hospital in Spaldings, became irate and engaged the nurse in a quarrel before becoming physical.
It’s reported that the nurse had to be separated from the patient by other patients and a security officer.
The Mandeville Police have arrested the attacker.
The hospital’s management could not be immediately contacted to comment on the matter.
This is the second major incident in a matter of months at the Mandeville Hospital.
In July, a male patient was shot dead after he attacked a nurse on the surgical ward, pulled an orthopaedic pin from his fractured leg and proceeded to stab another patient.
A policeman who was on the ward guarding a prisoner intervened and shot the attacker after he refused to drop the implement and was proceeding to stab the patient again.
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