An NHS hospital was today put into lockdown amid claims that a nurse had been stabbed in its grounds by a patient being treated for an addiction.
Patients and staff at Ailsa Hospital in North Ayrshire, Scotland, were told to stay in their rooms, while a police helicopter circulated overhead.
The nurse was attacked in the grounds of the hospital near Ayr just after 10am, and was taken for medical treatment.
Patients and staff at Ailsa Hospital (pictured today) in North Ayrshire, Scotland, were told to stay in their rooms, while a police helicopter circulated overhead
Officers were today hunting for the culprit and no one was allowed out of the site.
The nurse was said to be in a critical condition – and the suspect was allegedly a patient in the addictions unit, reported local station Radio Tay.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the nurse’s injuries were not life threatening, adding: ‘I was receiving reports about this incident just as I came into the chamber.
‘Our understanding is that injuries sustained by a nurse are not life-threatening injuries and that police are fully involved in this incident.’
Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, she added: ‘Obviously, the safety of staff an patients is of the utmost importance.’
Officers were today hunting for the culprit and no one was allowed out of the hospital site
The stabbing took place in the grounds of the Ailsa Hospital, which houses wards for patients with mental health and addiction problems.
The grand building backs on to the larger University Hospital Ayr, which houses A&E services in the town around 35 miles south of Glasgow.
A Police Scotland spokesman said enquiries were ongoing, adding: ‘Police received a report (at 10.05am) that a woman had been attacked in the grounds of the hospital.
‘Emergency services are in attendance and local officers are being supported by a police helicopter and are currently conducting a search of the area.’
A hospital source said: ‘We got a message saying the hospital is in lockdown and not to leave our rooms as there’s been a stabbing. The helicopter is out overhead. It doesn’t seem real.’
Ailsa Hospital, which is on the same site as University Hospital Ayr, was put on lockdown today
Billy McClean, associate director for the health board, added: ‘NHS Ayrshire and Arran is aware of an incident in the grounds of Ailsa Hospital this morning.
‘We are assisting Police Scotland with their investigations, and to ensure the safety of staff, patients and visitors.’
A hospital spokesman added: ‘Staff should be aware that University Hospital Ayr is not on lockdown.
‘However, Ailsa Hospital is still on lockdown and no members of staff, patients or visitors will be able to leave the site until advised.’