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Thursday 21 August 2014

Hospital staff member stabbed to death

Published 10/07/2014 | 13:44

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A member of staff check instruments at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Hampshire.
Police are investigating the stabbing incident.

Police are continuing to investigate after a member of staff at a hospital was stabbed to death at work.

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The woman, who has not been named, was attacked at the inpatient unit of Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucester at around 7.30am yesterday.

She was attended to by fellow clinicians before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, where she died from her injuries an hour later.

A man in his 60s, who was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday, remains in custody and continues to be questioned by police.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, senior investigating officer at Gloucestershire Police, said: "Formal identification has not yet taken place.

"As such we are unable to release the victim's name, photos, or tributes at this time.

"We are staying in close touch with the family, who have requested that their privacy is respected."

A force spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm the role of the staff member, but it was understood the woman was not a nurse.

She was also unable to confirm whether the man in custody was a patient at the unit.

A spokesman for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust said: "A tragic incident took place at one of our inpatient units in Gloucester yesterday morning.

"During the incident, a colleague was stabbed and after being attended by fellow clinicians, was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

"It is with deep sadness that we confirm that our colleague died a short time later.

"Our thoughts remain with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

"The full facts of this sad incident are still being established and therefore it is inappropriate for us to comment further at this time."

The 2gether website said Wotton Lawn Hospital was an 88 bed acute mental health hospital near the centre of Gloucester which provided inpatient services for the county of Gloucestershire.

The hospital has four admission wards, a nurse led psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) and a low secure unit (LSU).

It said service users were supported by a variety of healthcare workers including nurses, doctors, psychologists, art therapists, physiotherapists, occupational and sports exercise therapists.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "The events in Gloucestershire are devastating and our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the staff member involved."

People have paid tribute to the NHS worker on social media.

Tania Daniels wrote on Facebook: "I'm in shock. My thoughts are with your family. RIP lovely lady. I'll remember the times you came to my house years ago we had some good laughs and chinwags."

Anastasia Stacie Shields wrote: "She was an amazing lady. It's a real tragedy."

Kerry Louise Daniels wrote: "RIP Hun always in my thoughts. Fly high and shine bright."

Abigail Harris wrote: "RIP my darling angel! Such a lovely lady who will be seriously missed by all the family."

Hayley Robertson wrote: "Awful to happen to a member of the NHS, so sad. Heard all the sirens on the way to work this morning. Can't believe this has happened right outside where I work - such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family."

Michelle Sansom added: "Such sad news. RIP poor lady, my thoughts and prayers go to your family and friends and all the staff as well."

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