Friday, May 25, 2012

James Nash House Mental health facility goes into lockdown, Australia

Staff at the secure mental health facility James Nash House have placed the building into lockdown as part of a dispute with the centre's management.

The Nursing and Midwifery Federation says the action has been prompted by a recent rise in violent incidents against staff at the facility at Oakden in Adelaide's north-east.

Federation spokesman Rob Bonner says there have been at least three assaults on staff at the facility in the past few weeks, with the most recent occurring yesterday.

He says a student nurse is yet to return to the centre, which currently houses 40 patients, after she was attacked several weeks ago.

Mr Bonner says nurses are in extra danger because a duress alarm that allows them to alert other staff if they are in danger has broken.

He says nurses have asked for the alarm system to be upgraded since November.

"It either hasn't worked at all or it's sent off signals sending the supporting staff to the wrong rooms or wrong wings of the hospital, so it's been quite faulty and as a result the staff have been left without support and help. Read More