Violent hospital patients banned from town's pubs and clubs

An emergency department in Lancashire is the first in England to become part of a pub security scheme which bars drinkers who are abusive or violent.

Anyone who is abusive or violent to NHS staff at the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, which is part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,  could find themselves banned from scores of licensed premises in the town and surrounding villages.

Tina Lawrenson, acting modern matron at the hospital’s emergency department, said: ‘This is a great idea. Abusive and violent behaviour against NHS staff has become more commonplace. The trust already has a series of measures in place to deal with the problem but being banned from pubs and clubs should act as a further deterrent as it has a profound effect on their lifestyle.’

The move follows the government crackdown on binge drinking announced in this week’s Queen’s Speech.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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