Joanne Kelly, a 47-year-old nurse, was stabbed outside an entrance to A&E and was rushed to theatre for an emergency surgery on her wounds. According to a witness, security guards detained the attacker quickly, as armed police swooped on the scene. Ms Kelly’s niece told The Sun that her aunt was “doing OK” and that she was in a “good condition in hospital”.
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, which runs the hospital where the incident took place, wrote on Facebook: “There has been a police incident at New Cross Hospital.
“Police were on site and we increased security presence. There was no disruption to services.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We arrested a man after a staff member was stabbed at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, just before 11am yesterday.
“Fortunately, the woman’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
“A 21-year-old man was detained on suspicion of wounding. Anyone with information is asked to contact us.”
The news comes after a limited visiting pilot scheme at the hospital was paused earlier this month because of a rise in Covid admissions.
The incident took place only 12 days after a man from Wolverhampton was jailed for stabbing two paramedics.
Martyn Smith, 53, attacked Deena Evans, 40, and Michael Hipgrave, 52, with two 18in kitchen knives while they were attending to treat him.