Hospital placed on lockdown following staff stabbing

Police say the incident is potentially linked with three others in the area, which culminated in a serious road traffic collision nearby. 

James McKay
5 February 2021
Crosshouse,North,Ayrshire,,29,December,2019,,University,Hospital,Crosshouse,Road

The identify of the victim and the seriousness of their injuries is still not yet known.

A nurse is believed to be the victim of a stabbing which happened at a hospital in Scotland yesterday evening.

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Yesterday evening University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock declared a serious incident and was placed into lockdown by Police following the stabbing of a member of staff.

Police say the incident is potentially linked with three others in the area, which culminated in a serious road traffic collision nearby.

The identify of the victim and the seriousness of their injuries is still not yet known.

In a statement, Crawford McGuffie, medical director at NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said: “Following the police incident earlier this evening, University Hospital Crosshouse was put under lockdown.

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“Police Scotland have confirmed the risk to patients, staff and visitors to the hospital is minimal, and so this lockdown has been lifted.

“There remains a large police presence on the grounds of the hospital.

“We would like to reassure anyone coming to the hospital, in particular to any patients or staff coming on shift, that Police Scotland have confirmed it is safe to do so.

“However, if you are worried, please speak to the onsite Police Scotland officers.

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“As this is a Police Scotland incident, we are unable to comment any further at this time.”

Police have confirmed the events are not being treated as a suspected terrorist incident.

Officers added on Twitter: “Police Scotland is currently dealing with 3 potentially linked incidents in the Kilmarnock area.

“The first occurred around 7.45pm outside Crosshouse Hospital, the second around 20 minutes later on Portland Street, and the third, a serious road crash, on the A76, around 8.30pm.

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