Man is arrested after two hospital staff are injured in Newry

Two members of staff have been attacked at a hospital in Newry.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 2:24 pm

Police said the incident took place at about 5.40am on Saturday at Daisy Hill hospital.

A 57-year old man has been arrested.

The PSNI said a nurse suffered a cut to her neck/chin area and a health care assistant sustained a puncture wound to his side.

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Southern Trust said the two staff members were taken to the emergency department for assessment and treatment following the attack.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

In a tweet, the Southern Trust said: “We can confirm that 2 members of staff were injured in an incident in Daisy Hill this am. Both were taken to the ED for assessment +treatment.

“Thankfully neither has sustained life-threatening injuries as result of this distressing incident. 1 staff remains in ED as precaution.”

Health Minister Robin Swann described the incident as “appalling and distressing”.

He wished the two staff members who were injured a “full and quick recovery”.

The man remains in custody.

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