Chief exec pays tribute to 'warm and caring' HCA after stabbing
A member of staff at a mental health hospital in Gloucester who died after being stabbed at work has been named as Sharon Wall.
The healthcare assistant died yesterday morning after the incident at the inpatient unit of Wotton Lawn Hospital run by the 2gther NHS Foundation Trust.
“Everyone who knew her speaks about her warmth, caring nature and good sense of humour”
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.
An initial trust statement issued this morning said the victim was attacked at about 7.30am on Wednesday and was attended by colleagues before being taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital where she died from her injuries about an hour later.
The trust issued a further statement at around 7.20pm this evening, in which chief executive and registered nurse Shaun Clee paid tribute to the victim.
He also identified her as Ms Wall and confirmed that she was employed as an HCA.
He said: “We are all deeply shocked by the tragic incident that occurred on one of our inpatient wards yesterday morning.
“The extremely sad event, which resulted in the death of a highly compassionate and dedicated colleague, has had a profound impact on everyone working in our trust,” he said.
“Sharon Wall was a well-respected healthcare assistant and everyone who knew her speaks about her warmth, caring nature and good sense of humour. She will be deeply missed by colleagues and the service users she supported,” said Mr Clee.
“We are still in the early stages of the investigation and continue to assist Gloucestershire Police in their work. Above all, our thoughts remain with Sharon’s friends and family,” he added.
“On behalf of colleagues across our trust, I extend our most sincere and deepest sympathies.”
People have paid tribute to Ms Wall, 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.”