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Knife injury and knife crime in hospitals

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Dear NHS Hospital Trust,

I am making a Freedom of Information request for the following information:

Can you specify how many patients under the age of 18 have been treated for knife injuries in your Trust since 2013. Can you give a break down by age and sex.

Over the same period can you tell me how many staff while at work in Trust hospitals have been threatened with a knife or similar sharp object, or attacked by people using knives or similar sharp object.

How many staff or visitors (ie not patients) to Trust hospitals have required treatment following an attack in a hospital.

How many times have police been called to hospitals in the trust area to deal with incidents involving violent behaviour of patients or hospital visitors in each year from 2013 to present?

Yours faithfully,

Andy Buckwell

FOI, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Thank you for contacting the Freedom of Information (FOI).

 

We will ensure that you receive a response as soon as possible.

 

Kind regards,

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

FOI team

 

FOI, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Dear Andy,

I acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, and you can expect the Trust’s response on or by 11/04/2019.

Yours sincerely,

IG/FOI Coordinator

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Kempston Rd | Bedford | MK42 9DJ

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FOI, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Dear Andy,

 

I write in response to your request under the Freedom of Information (FOI)
Act. 

 

Please see the Trust’s replies below.

 

 

1.       Can you specify how many patients under the age of 18 have been
treated for knife injuries in your Trust since 2013. Can you give a break
down by age and sex.

 

 

Grand
Age Male Female Total
Under
12 1   1
12-13   1 1
14-15 2 1 3
16-17 12 3 15
Grand
Total 15 5 20

 

2.       Over the same period can you tell me how many staff while at work
in Trust hospitals have been threatened with a knife or similar sharp
object, or attacked by people using knives or similar sharp object.

 

Answer: 0 (zero). 

 

3.       How many staff or visitors (i.e. not patients) to Trust hospitals
have required treatment following an attack in a hospital.

 

Answer: 183 incidents in this time period (since 01/01/2013)  have been
recorded as low harm (minimal harm requiring extra observation or minor
treatment) or higher.

 

4.       How many times have police been called to hospitals in the trust
area to deal with incidents involving violent  behaviour of patients or
hospital visitors in each year from 2013 to present?

 

Answer: The police are recorded as having attended a violence and
aggression safety incident reported since 01/01/2013 42 times, with the
following breakdown by reported year:

 

Police
attendance
since
01-01-2013
  Total
2013 4
2014 4
2015 7
2016 7
2017 5
2018 13
2019 2
Total 42

 

 

 

 

 

This information is provided for your personal use and is the property of
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and subject to any existing Intellectual
Property and Database Rights.  Any commercial application or use of this
information may be subject to the provisions of the Re-use of Public
Sector Information Regulations 2015 (RPSI).  This means that if you wish
to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes for any reason
you must ask the Trust for permission to do so.

 

I hope that this information is of help to you but if you are not
satisfied with the Trust’s response, or want to complain about the way in
which your request has been handled, you are entitled to request an
internal review.  To do so, please contact Data Protection Officer and
Information Governance Manager [1][email address]
and should your complaint not be upheld you have the right to appeal
against the decision by contacting the Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow SK9 5AF.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

IG/FOI Coordinator

 

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

Kempston Rd | Bedford | MK42 9DJ

 

 

 

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