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Violent patients must stay at home

PUBLISHED: 23:34 07 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:30 03 March 2010

VIOLENT patients are set to be given a red card and banned from Ipswich Hospital for a year.

The new move to refuse to treat patients except in an emergency, comes after staff have suffered patients shouting, swearing, sexual or racial abuse, reeling drunk and drug dealing, damaging property and threatening them.

By Tracey Sparling

VIOLENT patients are set to be given a red card and banned from Ipswich Hospital for a year.

The new move to refuse to treat patients except in an emergency, comes after staff have suffered patients shouting, swearing, sexual or racial abuse, reeling drunk and drug dealing, damaging property and threatening them.

A remarkable one in four members of staff think they have been subjected to harassment or bullying by patients/visitors during the past year, according to a survey.

The new policy, to be discussed at tomorrow's hospital board meeting, shows violent and abusive behaviour will not be allowed, in line with the Government's zero tolerance initiative.

It says that if all attempts to resolve the situation prove fruitless, senior staff can issue the formal warning of a yellow card, and if the problem continues, a manager can issue a red card.

This will mean the patient is excluded from the hospital, and arrangements will be made to treat them elsewhere.

The policy adds: "In the event of an excluded individual presenting at the hospital's A&E department for emergency treatment, that individual will be treated and stabilised with, if necessary, security staff in attendance.

"If admission is unavoidable security staff will, if necessary, remain in attendance. Any patient behaving unlawfully will be reported to the police. The hospital will seek maximum penalties available. The trust will prosecute perpetrators of crime on, or against, trust property, assets or staff."


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