An incident at the Grenada Psychiatric Hospital in Mt Gay which left one nurse hospitalised and an Orderly to be placed on sick leave because of a busted lip has resulted in the Ministry of Health beefing up security measures at the institution.
THE NEW TODAY understands that last Tuesday a patient at the Mental hospital became violent and began throwing furniture around resulting in two employees getting injured.
The issue was addressed by Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele at Tuesday’s weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing held at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens.
The minister disclosed that the nurse in question spent two nights at the St. George’s General hospital for observation but suffered “no broken bones or so” from the attack on her.
“The Orderly in on sick leave because he had a busted lip I think from the individual…”, he said.
According to Minister Steele, the incident forced government to bring in private security to help with the operations of the Mental home.
“…We have also engaged a private individual who trains those private security companies to give training to our Orderlies and Nurses on how to physically restrain individuals because we are dealing with in some instances violent patients…”, he said.
“In the interim while we also give the Caregivers, the training to maintain a certain level of physical restraint should a patient become violent … our job is to make sure that we try as best as possible to mitigate those risks and deal with that”, he added.
Over the years there have been a few isolated incidents of violence at the Mt. Gay Mental home.