September 26, 2013

 Violent Attack on Nurse - Health Board Fined

SHP Online follows the story of a worker who was attacked while making a home visit to a patient with mental health issues. Lothain Health Board, also known as NHS Lothian, was fined a total of £32,000 for a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The community psychiatric nurse, was visiting a 58-year-old female patient who had been suffering from psychiatric illness for more than 30 years when the attack happened. Haddington Sherriff Court heard on 11 September, that during the incident the nurse was forced to the floor, threatened and had her hair pulled so violently that several clumps were pulled out.

Although the nurse's role involved visiting patients in the East Lothian area who were receiving community treatment for mental or psychiatric illnesses, the HSE investigation found that at the time of the incident there were no risk assessments in place for community health team workers dealing with client violence of aggression, or for lone working in clients' homes.