Montreal General Hospital has implemented 24/7 security in the emergency and psychiatric ward after a nurse was strangled by a patient last Saturday morning.
Richard Fahey, director of human resources at McGill University Health Centre, told Daily Hive that the incident happened at the hospital’s psychiatric ward.
“Code white was launched by hospital personnel. We have provided all the medical and psychiatric support needed for both the nurse and attendant, who were slightly injured,” said Fahey.
The patient left the hospital early Saturday morning and is in custody.
According to Fahey, there is always full-time security in the main emergency room but there only part-time security in the psychiatric ward.
Following Saturday’s violent incident, there is now 24/7 security in both wards.
“We are doing a thorough investigation as to what took place and we are conducting a full debriefing on how to improve security for both staff and patients,” said Fahey.
Full-time security will be on duty in the psychiatric ward until further notice.