WINNIPEG - Seven Oaks Hospital says they’ve suspended visitation following a serious assault on a staff member yesterday.
The Winnipeg Police Service says officers responded to a report of the assault on Wednesday afternoon at around 2:30. The hospital worker was reportedly assaulted in the Leila Ave. atrium area, and police say the victim was taken for treatment in unstable condition.
“Our staff and leadership are devastated by this incident,” Winnipeg Regional Health Authority officials said in a statement. “Our leadership is humbled by the extraordinary courage, compassion, and selflessness of so many staff members that was on display at Seven Oaks today as this event unfolded and as we all continue to make the safety and care of our patients our top priority despite these tragic circumstances.”
Doors to the hospital’s Leila Ave. entrance are now locked, and administrators say entrance to the facility is now off-limits to visitors at least until this afternoon, except for in end-of-life situations. Officials say the hospital’s usual entrance and its urgent care department remain open and operational for incoming patients.
The WRHA says it has increased security at Seven Oaks to ensure the safety of patients and staff.