Most hospi­tal as­saults by the el­derly

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

MOST phys­i­cal as­saults on hospi­tal staff are not car­ried out by drunken youths, but by el­derly, con­fused pa­tients, ac­cord­ing to hospi­tal trust boss Stu­art Bain.

Mr Bain, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the East Kent Hos­pi­tals Uni­ver­sity Foun­da­tion Trust, said the num­ber of as­saults was be­low av­er­age for an acute trust, but more sanc­tions had been taken against of­fend­ers than most.

The num­ber of re­ported as­saults has gone down.

Ac­cord­ing to NHS se­cu­rity man­age­ment, in 2008-09, 88 as­saults were re­ported. Mr Bain said this was a sig­nif­i­cant drop from 110 the pre­vi­ous year.

“We are pre­pared to sup­port pros­e­cu­tions,” he said. “A per­pe­tra­tor was re­cently jailed af­ter an in­ci­dent in Mar­gate, and we have for­mally ex­cluded two pa­tients for an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

“Our spe­cial­ist Lisa Sher­ratt works closely with the po­lice to de­ter and pun­ish vi­o­lence in our hos­pi­tals.”

En­cour­ag­ing staff to re­port any in­ci­dents, he said he hoped the action taken would demon­strate that the trust would sup­port them.

“The ma­jor­ity of phys­i­cal as­saults are car­ried out by el­derly, con­fused pa­tients, mainly those suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia,” he added.

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