5 staff members assaulted at Tralee General Hospital.

5 members of staff have been assaulted at Tralee General Hospital since the start of 2004 while 4 reports of verbal abuse have been lodged. The physical asaults on staff include 3 counts on security staff, one on a member of the ambulance service and 1 assault on a nurse. The Southern Health Board has launched an initiave to combat an increase in the assaults called hospital watch.The scheme is similar to the neighbourhood watch scheme where personnell at tralee general will liase with the guardai and contact on security issues is carried out with the crime prevention garda. According to the Southern Health Board liason has developed substantially with the A&E and the new maternity unit.