Attack with scissors at an Australian hospital

Horrible incident at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Saturday evening: an elderly patient , 75-year-old woman, was stabbed in the face and three nurses were wounded after a woman stole a pair of scissors and attacked them.

Previously, the 29-year-old woman treated in the hospital became "agitated" and began hitting the wall of her room. When the attack occurred, two nurses who attempted to intervened sustained cuts to their arms. Hospital security, doctors and nurses managed to restrain and sedate the woman before police arrived. None of the injuries were life threatening. The injured nurses were treated at the hospital and have been able to go home.


The woman who attacked people is currently under police guard in hospital. A Sydney Local Health District spokeswoman said violence in the city's hospitals would not tolerated. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has demanded the incident be investigated saying the attack was a “terrible situation”. The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said she was relieved to hear the victims were recovering. Health minister, Brad Hazzard, had already recently launched a major investigation into the security at hospitals.