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Man arrested after fatal stabbing of hospital worker

A member of staff at a mental health hospital in Gloucester has died after being stabbed at work.

The female victim, who has not been named, died yesterday morning after the incident at the inpatient unit of Wotton Lawn Hospital run by the 2gther NHS Foundation Trust.

“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the staff member involved”

Jeremy Hunt

Gloucestershire Police said a man in his 60s had been arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held in custody.

Wotton Lawn is an 88-bed acute mental health hospital with four wards, a nurse-led psychiatric unit and low secure unit.

A spokeswoman for the trust said she could not confirm the role of the staff member at this time, but it has been reported by the local press that she was a “care assistant”.

The victim was attacked at about 7.30am and was attended by colleagues before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she died from her injuries about an hour later.

2gether Foundation Trust

Wotton Lawn Hospital

“A tragic event took place at one of our inpatient units in Gloucester yesterday morning,” said a statement released by the trust.

“During the incident a colleague was stabbed and after being attended by fellow clinicians was taken to Gloucester Royal Hospital.

“It is with deep sadness that we confirm our colleague died a short time later. Our thoughts remain with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time,” the trust said.

“The full facts of this incident are still being established and therefore it is inappropriate for us to comment further at this time,” the statement added.

People have paid tribute to the NHS worker, described as “a lovely lady” by friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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.”

Readers' comments (9)

  • '2gether NHS foundation trust'. Does that mean people who used to be cared for by the NHS in an NHS hospital were moved to a unit owned by private provider who is more interest in the profit than the care of the staff or residents.
    These private providers 1st interest is profit not care. Would this poor lady still be alive if she was worked in an NHS hospital/unit

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  • I was stabbed (luckily it was a spoon) by a resident on a dementia unit that was evolving into a challenging behaviour unit. The CPNs, manager and owners knew that the person had been sectioned for attempting to strangle a HCA at another home. They knew before admission, I didnt know until later when his wife told me

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  • I am so sorry to hear about a colleague died stabbed at work. I think staff safety at work must be ensured as well patients safety, especially when working in mental health environment. I am thinking about her family and I hope they will be able to cope with this unfortunate event.

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  • Sorry but this is why I would never work in Psychiatry ever again-way too dangerous and don't get me started on pay

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  • 2gether NHs trust is a NHS Trust , not a private provider as stated in previous entry. It is not perfect, but the training and support staff get to help manage difficult and acutely unwell patients is excellent. This is not the time to try and score political points. It is a time to reflect on the loss our colleague, a mother and grandmother, and the realisation we work with and in high risk environments.

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  • To our Nursing Colleagues and other staff in the institution, we are sorrry for your loss and pray with you during this challanging time. Continue yto give the best care you can as you are among tge special group that God has endowed with the ability to work in an area with persons needing special care. Be encouraged Nurses and others carers are with you.
    Wilamae T. Hamilton Stuart, Bahamas

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  • With increasing pressure to meet targets, reducing staffing ratios and declining morale it is to the credit of the the staff who work across the board in health care - but particularly in higher risk units, that there aren't more tragedies like this happening!!

    My thoughts go out to our fallen colleague and her family.

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  • Could this tragic, tragic incident have anything to do with unacceptable staffing levels and mix.

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  • Sadly I think these incidents are on the increase.We hear about people being released and cared for in the community who quickly go on to kill or wound members of the public.What a tragic and sad occurrence that this has happened in the work place.
    Devastating.

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