Patient charged in hospital attack that left nurse with broken jaw

Sep 26 2019, 11:43 am

After a nurse was attacked while on shift at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Tuesday morning, police announced on Thursday that a patient has now been charged in connection with the case.

According to Abbotsford Police, officers were called to the hospital just after 7 am, for reports that a nurse had been assaulted.

Upon arrival, it was determined that the nurse had been attacked by a patient, causing extensive and serious injuries to her head and face.

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A representative form the BC Nurses Union (BCNU) said the patient/perpetrator, allegedly used an exercise weight as an improvised weapon, and “ambushed the nurse leaving her with a broken jaw, fractured cheek bone, damaged teeth, as well as other serious facial and head injuries.”

Now, police have arrested 62-year-old male patient, Neale Heath, in connection with the incident and charged him with aggravated assault.

“I’m deeply troubled by this latest gruesome and excessively violent attack on one of our nurses,” said BCNU president Christine Sorensen.

Police said Heath remains held in custody and the AbbyPD Major Crime Investigators will continue to investigate.

In the meantime, police are asking anyone, whi may have infoomation about the incident to call 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd).

Those who would like to report a tip anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave a tip online.