Port Pirie Hospital Have Experienced Another Incident of Violence

July 3, 2023 1:15 pm in by

Staff at the Port Pirie Hospital have experienced another incident of violence in less than a week since the last.

A woman in her 70s with dementia punched one nurse in the stomach and one in the torso, following a separate incident involving a patient a patient assaulting 3 doctors and 2 nurses in mid-June.

The Yorke and Northern Local Health Network has offered support to the staff and pledged to implement security measures across hospitals and aged care sites.

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However, there are calls from the union and the Shadow Minister for Regional Health to immediately hire restraint-trained security guards at the hospital.

The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation is conducting a safety inspection and emphasizes the need for 24/7 security.

They point to the success of Whyalla and Port Augusta hospital, who have introduced a 24/7 security presence and have seen a reduction in violence and aggression.