Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Psychopathic patient launched ferocious attack on SEVEN nurses - after handcuff warnings 'overruled'

A psychopathic patient was able to launch a ferocious attack which left SEVEN nurses badly injured - after a doctor allegedy overruled handcuff advice.

Staff at maximum security Ashworth Hospital reacted with fury after the man punched, choked, kicked, bit and wiped an infected wound into the mouth of NHS workers .

The ECHO revealed how only weeks earlier the patient, who has a criminal record for serious violence, used a broken CD to attempt to take a female nurse hostage .

A whistleblower told the ECHO: "The really sad thing is we don't seem to be learning. It's got to the point when you don't know if you're going to be coming home from work, or in the same condition."

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said "all the staff involved in this incident have been cared for and supported."

The ECHO has learned:

Staff say they feel vulnerable and not listened to
The same doctor is alleged to have previously overruled a warning about a violent patient who later hurled boiling water at a nursing assistant
The patient same has injured 12 staff in two weeks

Advice 'overruled'

The attack, in the early hours of Thursday (October 11), came as staff were escorting the man back to Ashworth from Aintree Hospital - where he had been taken for emergency treatment to self-inflicted bite wounds.

But a source claimed a doctor working at the psychiatric hospital, in Maghull, "overruled advice" from an experienced duty manager that the man would need to have both hands cuffed together for the trip.

Instead, the doctor ordered the man be single cuffed, meaning one armed was chained to a nurse leaving the other free to launch the brutal assault.

An incident report, leaked to the ECHO, said the man had been agitated during the hospital appointment, but had appeared to calm down as it came time to leave.
General view of Ashworth high-security Hospital, in Maghull Liverpool

The report said: "When transport arrived (the patient) agreed to work with staff and walk to the van.

"As they were in transit to the vehicle he took the opportunity, whilst still single handcuffed, to punch (nurse A) three times in quick succession to the side of the head causing a concussion which was later diagnosed at A&E.

"Staff intervened but (patient) then managed to put a choke hold on (nurse 1) and dropped his full body weight on his neck.

"Staff quickly responded to the new threat and managed to release (patient's) arm from (nurse A's) neck. As his arm was released he purposefully attempted to put his infected wound in (nurse A's) mouth by dragging it across his face.

"This was evidenced by blood around (nurse A's) cheeks and mouth on their return."

Sustained, violent and serious assault

The report detailed how the out-of-control patient spat in one nursing assistant's face and mouth, head-butted another nurse and repeatedly bit the already injured nurse so hard it broke the skin.

One nurse seriously injured his back as the patient kicked out at a door and caused his escorts to fall to the floor.

The report said: "Staff managed to move (patient) to the vehicle and into it with great difficulty.