WIGAN hospital chiefs have said they have a zero tolerance approach to violence and aggression after a patient was convicted of assaulting one of their security guards.
The man has been found guilty of assault following the attack on a staff member on a ward at Wigan Infirmary earlier this year.
The assailant, whom Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has chosen not to identify, was given a 12-month community order to complete 150 hours’ unpaid work, was ordered to pay £85 in court costs, a £60 victims surcharge and £50 in compensation to his victim following a hearing at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.
The trust today said it was committed to reducing incidents of violent, aggressive and threatening behaviour towards its patients and staff.
A spokesman said: “This type of behaviour will not be tolerated and direct action will be taken to protect our staff, patients and visitors.
“To support our zero tolerance towards violence and aggression, we work closely with NHS Protect and Greater Manchester Police. This enables us to establish a safe and secure environment in which we can protect our patients and staff from violence, harassment and abuse.
“Police assistance will always be requested when violent incidents occur. WWL actively support patients, visitors and staff that wish to bring prosecutions against offenders responsible for acts of violence and aggression.
“A recent case of assault on a patient by a security guard, who was employed by a third party, was heard at Wigan Magistrates’ Court in October. This resulted in the accused being found guilty of assaulting a patient.
“Members of staff were called upon to attend the Magistrates court as witnesses to the assault. This was an extremely anxious and stressful time for everyone involved. During the cross-examination all witnesses behaved professionally, giving credible and full accounts of the incident.”