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Psychiatrist attacked at Cherry Hospital

Posted June 24, 2011 3:45 p.m. EDT

— A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that a patient at a state-run psychiatric hospital assaulted a psychiatrist.

Mark Van Sciver said the incident happened June 8 at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro and that the victim, who was struck in the head, was treated at a local hospital and released.

He would not elaborate further but said the psychiatrist wasn't wearing a body alarm, a device hospital workers are supposed to wear in case they need help.

The doctor said that the attack happened so quickly that the alarm would not have helped, Van Sciver said.

Staff members at the hospital have expressed concerns to The News & Observer of Raleigh about there not being enough alarms that work for all employees.

The paper reported that hospital officials say there is no shortage of alarms at the facility.