Oct 29, 2008 News
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) says that following the suicide of Antonio Smith, who stabbed himself in the neck, the hospital may have to review the policy regarding eating utensils, even if they are to be used for justifiable reasons, as was the case in this situation.
As it is now, the hospital prohibits persons from entering the compound with dangerous weapons, but people’s possessions are generally not searched unless they will be admitted to the psychiatric wards.
The hospital’s version of the incident states that Smith used a knife, which he took out of a bag owned by the patient occupying the bed next to him, to inflict the wound.
The owner of the knife had used it earlier in the evening to peel oranges, and had replaced it in his bag before going to sleep.
The knife was later discovered in Smith’s bed, following the incident which occurred early Monday morning. Smith was discovered lying on his bed, by a nurse on duty at around 02:35 hrs, with a wound to the right side of his neck.
Contrary to an initial report that the man was rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital, the man was seen on the ward by doctors on duty, but succumbed while being treated on the ward.
The hospital said that it has taken responsibility for not notifying the patient’s family of his demise in a timely manner, but noted that its efforts to do so were hindered by the lack of relevant information, such as a contact number for family members, and owing to the fact that the address provided when he was admitted (135 King Edward Street, Albouystown) was incorrect.
“The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation extends its condolences to the family of Antonio Smith.”
He was previously diagnosed as having non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer.
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