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Sunday 19 January 2020

Nurse suffers serious neck injury 
in A&E assault

Cancer patients are being forced back to work early
Cancer patients are being forced back to work early

Olivia Kelleher

A NURSE at a busy hospital will have to take several months off work after incurring a serious neck injury during an assault in the emergency department.

It is understood the nurse was on duty at the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) in Cork at the end of July when a young woman was brought in to the emergency department.

The women was being taken to the toilet when she attacked the nurse.

The nurse sustained a serious neck injury and was treated by colleagues in the emergency department, while gardai were called. It is anticipated she will be out of work for six months.

Last January a psychiatric nurse at St Michael's unit in the hospital was left deeply traumatised. The nurse was thrown on the floor and kicked in the face by a patient.

At the time a spokesperson for the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said the attack was symptomatic of the increasing levels of violence faced by psychiatric nurses.

A survey last year by the 'Medical Independent' revealed that 1,551 violent assaults were reported by hospital, ambulance, garda and fire brigade staff between 2006 and the end of 2011.

Irish Independent

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