Patients in stab threat; ESCAPE BID: Nurse held hostage at psychiatric clinic.
Byline: By Andy Shipley
TWO dangerous psychiatric patients tried to break out of a secure city mental health clinic - attacking staff and trying to take one hostage.
The attempted escape happened at the Reaside Clinic, Great Park, Rubery, when the two patients are believed to have grabbed a female nurse and threatened to stab her with a pen unless they were allowed out.
A source close to the clinic told the Birmingham Mail The Birmingham Mail is a tabloid newspaper based in Birmingham, UK but distributed around Birmingham, The Black Country, Solihull, Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire. : "It all lasted about 20 minutes and was really scary. The nurse was unhurt but really shaken."
Reaside Clinic is a medium secure facility which houses patients with acute mental health problems, many of whom have been convicted of serious criminal offences, including murder and rape.
It was the second escape drama involving a centre run by Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust in the last two months.
In September, mentally ill mum Lamina LAMINA - A concurrent object-oriented language.
["Experiments with a Knowledge-based System on a Multiprocessor", Third Intl Conf Supercomputing Proc, 1988]. Walker fled from the Ardenleigh Centre in Erdington after being allowed out to get medical treatment at City Hospital. She was later found in London by relatives.
Walker, formerly known as Mirlene Stewart, was committed to a psychiatric hospital psychiatric hospital
A hospital for the care and treatment of patients affected with acute or chronic mental illness. Also called mental hospital. for an unlimited period in September 2003 after admitting the manslaughter of her son Jordan Reid on the grounds of diminished responsibility diminished responsibility
or diminished capacity
In law, doctrine that absolves an accused person of part of the liability for his criminal act if he suffers from such abnormality of mind as to substantially impair his responsibility in committing or being a .
The depressed mum drowned Jordan in the sea off Saundersfoot, Wales, after her pleas to health and social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales for help were ignored.
Colleagues of the Reaside nurse managed to free her and restrain the two patients during the escape bid ten days ago but were attacked in the process.
A spokesman for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust said: "Staff prevented an attempt by two male patients to leave the clinic without authorisation.
"Our security procedures and the vigilance and quick-thinking of staff together ensured the men, who appeared to have planned this, were quickly stopped.
"Special praise must also go to the staff who, despite threats, restrained the two men inside the clinic. While doing so, one member of staff was kicked but did not receive any significant injury. Both patients are now in secure accommodation.
"The incident has been reported to the Home Office in line with Trust procedures
SECURE... Reaside Clinic in Rubery houses mental health patients