Kingston Hospital data reveals assaults, falls and needle incidents

Kingston Hospital data reveals assaults, falls and needle incidents

Kingston Hospital data reveals assaults, falls and needle incidents

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

Kingston Hospital staff suffered accidents and abuse from patients 356 times last year.

Between April 2013 and March this year, 113 instances of abuse by patients were logged - including 53 physical assaults.

There was also one instance of staff-on-patient assault reported, and one of staff-on-staff.

A hospital spokeswoman said both these incidents were "very minor", and were dealt with internally without police involvement.

Incidents involving sharp instruments like needles rose from 85 to 98, prompting a renewed safety drive and extra guidance for workers.

Staff slipped, tripped or fell 40 times, according to the hospital's 2013-14 health and safety report.

A third of the falls occurred on wards.

The report also said 784 security incidents were logged, including 36 thefts and 134 missing people.

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