Seven hospital patients attacked as they slept by man using 'improvised weapon'

Seven people have been injured at an east London hospital after an attack by another patient using an improvised weapon.

Five patients, one woman and three men, are believed to have been asleep when they were attacked on the general medical ward.

One woman in her late 60s has been left with head injuries and was seriously ill as a result of the attack which happened at Newham General Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Newham General Hospital where seven people were injured by another patient

Newham General Hospital where seven people were injured by another patient

In total five patients and two female workers at the Plaistow hospital were injured after being attacked by another patient at 00.40am.

Three men and the two members of staff suffered minor injuries while restraining the man.

The hospital has said an investigation is underway and police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of a public order offence.

A spokeswoman for Newham University Hospital NHS Trust confirmed that neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the incident.

She said: 'Newham University Hospital NHS Trust always places patients and their safety at the centre of our decision making.

'Senior management were on site to manage this incident and are working alongside the Metropolitan Police today to help them with their ongoing inquiries.

'The trust will be making no further comments at the current time.'

It is believed the man who carried out the attack had mental health problems and the Metropolitan Police were investigating the incident.

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