THE North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) says it is investigating an incident that occurred at the Arouca Health Centre on Monday afternoon, where a doctor was allegedly assaulted by an irate patient.
According to reports, the doctor was on duty at the Arouca Health Centre providing care to a patient affected by acute conjunctivitis (red eye) when around 6:30pm a female patient from the public waiting area, barged into the consultation room and assaulted the doctor with an umbrella and her fists.
The doctor made a hasty retreat as the patient was constrained by the security personnel assigned to the facility. So far the Authority has not been able to determine a motive for the actions by the patient.
According to the NCRHA, a report was made to the Arouca Police Station by the doctor and police officers are investigating.
Statements have been taken from patients who were present during the incident as well as other medical staff who were on duty at the time.
The NCRHA said it wanted to compliment the security team for their quick response to prevent serious injury from occurring to our valued staff.
“ At no point did the physician or any other staff retaliate to the patient physically or otherwise”, the NCRHA stated.