2020-12-23

Hospital goes into temporary lockdown after staff told man was stabbed

by KEITH CORCORAN

Bridgewater's hospital went into lockdown after a 23-year-old local man showed up claiming to have a stab wound to his wrist.

South Shore Regional Hospital restricted access December 15 around 1:40 p.m., which hospital policy defines as imposing limits to, or preventing entry or exit from the building or aspects inside, "for the purpose of identifying weapons or other objects that pose a threat."

In this case, the measure was in place to protect patient, staff and visitor safety, Brendan Elliott, a spokesman for the Nova Scotia Health Authority told LighthouseNOW in an email. But it didn't prevent patients from being seen or allowed into the Glen Allan Drive facility.

Hospital staff notified the Bridgewater Police Service about the man, noting the lockdown measures which resulted. The lockdown lasted under an hour.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officials are examining the circumstances, such as what led to the alleged incident involving the injured Bridgewater man, who'd consumed alcohol prior to the hospital visit and was uncooperative with police.

The man, who sustained a left wrist wound, wouldn't speak to officers, Danny MacPhee, Bridgewater's deputy police chief, told LighthouseNOW.

The injured man was brought in by a parent who wasn't present when the injury occurred. It was the parent who said her son was stabbed, MacPhee said, but there are problems with the story.

"There's no evidence to support that someone was attacked with a knife anywhere in town," the senior officer said.

The preliminary investigation led police to examine video surveillance available to them showing various parts of town, as well as to patrol the two main bridges and make checks at Bridgewater's two liquor stores.

Authorities determined there was no threat to public safety. No suspects were being sought, and no weapon was recovered.

Police attended the man's Phoenix Street home where officers found a broken window and a trail of blood but no one around with injuries.

No charges are being contemplated, MacPhee said, and the matter is subject to further checks.

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