Review underway to stop assaults at mental health unit



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A health and safety review is underway on a high-needs mental health unit at Hillmorton Hospital after staff have been bitten, hit, and injured while restraining patients.

The review comes as the Canterbury District Health Board is planning an extension to the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit to make it safer.

Mental health services general manager Toni Gutschlag said since January, there had been 11 ACC workplace injury claims for staff working in the unit – one of which resulted in 61 days off work.

“We are extremely concerned about the number of people being injured at work and the injuries they are sustaining.”

Ms Gutschlag said it prompted a health and safety review of the unit, which began last…