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Mental unit patients at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus will now be scanned by metal detector wands before they even enter the building, as part of the institution new security measures.
won eliminate something from happening in the future but it will greatly reduce the risk, hospital CEO and president David Musyj said on Friday.
a visitor leaves the unit for the simple task of getting themselves a coffee, when they return, they will have to go through this process again, Musyj said.
you start creating exceptions, things will happen,
unfortunately. And it would be very difficult to track the exceptions. mental unit security detail has been further bolstered to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Musyj said these measures are a response to the stabbing incident that occurred on hospital grounds on Aug. 19.
A 17 year old male patient of the mental health unit wielded a knife and attacked a 26 year old female patient in a hallway on the main floor of the Ouellette Campus.
The teenage male was returning to the mental health unit on a pass. He remains in police custody and has been charged with aggravated assault.
Musyj said the 26 year old female who was also a patient of the mental health unit is recovering well from her injury. She is no longer attending the mental health unit.
measures) are for everyone safety, Musyj said. is subject to these rules, and there are zero exceptions. estimated the cost of the additional personnel and procedures at $75,000 per year.
According to Musyj, Windsor Regional Hospital is the only hospital in the province to have this level of security for its mental unit, other than forensic psychiatric units meant for the criminally disturbed.