Patient sent back to Hillmorton after stabbing nurse

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Newstalk ZB ,
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Christchurch,
Publish Date
Monday, 3 December 2018, 5:09p.m.
The incident is the latest to take place at the mental health unit. (Photo / File)
The incident is the latest to take place at the mental health unit. (Photo / File)

A patient accused of stabbing a nurse has been sent back to Hillmorton Hospital.

The 42 year old is charged with intent to injure, after stabbing a nurse in the leg at Hillmorton Hospital’s mental health unit yesterday.

It’s believed the nurse was injured with surgical scissors.

Judge Tom Gilbert granted the man interim name suppression and has remanded him back to the facility for 14 days for a psychiatric report.

He will appear in court again next month.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation is calling for urgent changes in safety.

NZNO's John Miller says the Canterbury DHB needs to get serious in enforcing zero-tolerance to violence in the workplace - if regular nurses assaults are to stop.

He says it's unacceptable anyone feels scared going to work - in fear of being stabbed, burned, beaten, punched or strangled.

The incident comes a week after another nurse had boiling water poured over her at the same facility.

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