Shoalhaven News

Shoalhaven Health to support injured nurse


Shoalhaven Hospital is providing ongoing support to a staff member who was injured while at work on Tuesday 3 May.

An emergency department nurse sustained chest wounds after a patient allegedly attacked her with a knife in the Shoalhaven Hospital Emergency Department.

Shoalhaven Hospital General Manager Craig Hamer said, "The staff member received immediate treatment and the matter was reported to police.

"As the incident remains an ongoing police matter, the hospital is unable to comment further," he said.

Mr Hamer said, "Any security incident involving violence or threats to staff, patients or visitors is also subject to an
internal investigation, and staff are also provided with support and access to counselling if required."

The Shoalhaven Hospital manager said "There is never an excuse for violence in our facilities and we are committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff."

Mr Hamer said, "Shoalhaven Hospital has a range of measures in place to ensure the safest possible environment for our staff, patients and visitors."

  • ¬†Providing Violence Prevention Management training for all staff who are required to
    manage and respond to incidents
  • ¬†Personal duress alarms for staff
  • Post-incident reviews and de-briefing with staff including access to Employee Assistance
  • Mandatory training for staff
  • 24hr surveillance across the site which is monitored by security staff.

Image: Peter Andrea 

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