Man tasered by police after medical staff were injured in a serious assault at the minor injuries unit in Cirencester Hospital
A TASER stun gun had to be used to subdue a man who allegedly assaulted staff at Cirencester Hospital.
Gloucestershire Police were called to the minor injuries unit at the hospital at around 9am on Sunday, August 4 after three members of staff were assaulted by a 30-year-old man.
It is believed that medical staff at the hospital had been kicked, punched, verbally abused and threatened by the male who had entered the hospital looking for anti-depressant drug Tamazepam.
Police opted to use a Taser gun, which fires around 50,000 volts into an assailant resulting in neromuscular incapacitation, on the man after officers believed his aggressiveness could be a threat to members of the public.
The man was arrested on suspicion of affray, assault, ABH and two counts of common assault and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
He has since been bailed until Friday, August 23. A worker at Cirencester Hospital, who did not want to be named, told the Standard that there are fears about safety amongst members of staff following the incident.
Susan Field, director of adult services at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said: “We take any assaults on our staff very seriously.
“We also try to ensure that our hospitals and community staff and sites are safe and secure at all times, and our security team works closely with the police where appropriate to ensure that staff and patient safety is always our top priority.”
Police officers who attended the incident noted in their report that the nursing staff at the hospital showed great courage and resilience during the ordeal.
Jane Evans, matron at Cirencester Hospital, also praised the nursing team.
She said: “Our staff work incredibly hard to support the people they care for. We do everything we can to ensure that they do so in a safe environment.
“In this situation our staff responded with great courage and professionalism.”
Anyone with information to the incident should contact Gloucestershire Police by calling 101.
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