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Whyalla And Port Augusta Hospitals Boosting 24/7 Security

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Following the recent reports of up to 22 nurse assaults at the Whyalla Hospital over just a month, staff safety at hospitals in the Upper Spencer Gulf is set to be boosted with the announcement of new 24/7 on-site security protection services.

The incidents which all occurred earlier this year included nurses being bitten, punched and strangled.

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation have been pushing for additional security measures at Port Augusta and Whyalla hospitals since exposing the spate of violent attacks.

ANMF Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Dabars, said the news was a "huge win for the safety of our members and patients''.

"We congratulate our members at Whyalla and Port Augusta hospitals who have worked tirelessly to bring about action on safety. Your vigilance and dedication is to be applauded.

"Everyone has the right to a safe working environment but unfortunately this is not the case for nurses and health care staff throughout the state.

"Given the unpredictable and volatile nature of many people presenting to our hospital system, often afflicted by drugs, alcohol or psychosis, the threat to staff and other patients is ever-present,'' she said.

The wider community will be updated about the on-site security services once details are finalised.

Photo: By Spencer Gulf Broadcasters