There were more than 400 assaults on nurses in the Scottish Border in 2018.

Figures released by NHS Borders show there were 172 attacks on NHS staff at Borders General Hospital and around 162 in mental health units.

The majority of the incidents involved physical aggression by patients while 13 were regarded as improper sexual behaviour.

On seven occasions, weapons were involved in the attacks and three people had to be physically restrained.

There were 172 attacks on NHS staff at Borders General Hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Assaults recorded:

  • Dental Nurse 1

  • Doctor 3

  • Domestic/Porter 5

  • Nurse/Midwife 416

  • Nursery Nurse 1

  • Other 1

  • Security Staff 10

  • Senior Charge Nurse/Charge Nurse 8

  • Staff Grade 1

  • Supervisor 1

  • Unqualified Nurse/Midwife 33

Nicky Berry Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Acute Services says NHS Borders is working to investigate each incident. She said: "Those figures are shocking. NHS Borders staff should be able to perform their duties without any fear of violent, aggression or abusive acts.

"We have a zero tolerance with NHS Borders and we will investigate every incident and support our staff appropriately."

  • If you would like to read more about dealing with violence and aggression in the workplace in the NHS, there is more information on the NHS Employers website.