Media release 23 March 2019 | Counties Manukau Health is appealing to the local community for help following an unprovoked attack on two staff members earlier today.
CM Chief Executive Margie Apa is appalled by the assaults which happened at 7.05am this morning.
“Two Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff – a registered nurse and healthcare assistant - were attacked near the Middlemore Western car park entrance, opposite the Middlemore train station as they were finishing their shift at the hospital,” says Ms Apa.
“The attackers were hiding behind a wall and I understand knocked one staff member down from behind, and broke the collar bone of the other staff member. The attackers then ran from the scene.”
The identity of the attackers was obscured from cameras at the time due to fog. Counties Manukau security staff are working through other avenues to obtain more security camera footage. Middlemore has had increased security at its carpark sites since May last year, with a further increase in security staff in December. The attack occurred as the staff were changing shifts.
“These were two members of staff who had come off night shift. ICU, the department where they work, is an important service that provides the most intensive care for patients who are the most vulnerable,” adds Ms Apa.
“We are appalled and devastated that any of our staff, all of whom dedicate their professional careers to saving lives, have to experience this kind of unprovoked violence.
“We are asking our community and in particular, those who live in and around the Middlemore train station area, to come forward if you have any information that can help us identify the offenders.
“In the meantime, Counties Manukau Health has again increased our security presence at the early morning shift changes, in addition to the afternoon and night shifts.”
Anyone with information should call Middlemore Security on 021 242 5473 or by calling the Police.
Issued by: CM Health Communications
Media Line: 09 250 9857 Email: Communications@middlemore.co.nz