Pa­tient vi­o­lence on­go­ing

The Southland Times - - National News -

An of­fi­cial meet­ing to dis­cuss vi­o­lence at Christchurch’s main mental health fa­cil­ity was held yesterday, hours af­ter a pa­tient punched a se­cu­rity guard there. Po­lice were called to Hill­mor­ton Hos­pi­tal about 9.40am yesterday. The guard, who was punched in the face, was taken to Christchurch Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Stuff un­der­stands the man in­ter­vened in an al­ter­ca­tion, de­scribed by sources as a ‘‘brawl’’, at the Hill­mor­ton cam­pus. Vi­o­lence has been an on­go­ing is­sue at the hos­pi­tal. ACC fig­ures show mental health staff made nearly 200 claims for as­sault-re­lated in­juries in the past three years. In two re­cent in­ci­dents within the space of a week, a nurse suf­fered se­ri­ous burns af­ter a pa­tient threw boil­ing wa­ter over her and an­other nurse was stabbed. Health and safety reg­u­la­tor Work­Safe has said it will in­ves­ti­gate.

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