‘She could have died’
Gisborne Hospital has confirmed an investigation is under way after a woman jumped from a first storey window in the medical ward, then dragged herself to the emergency department for treatment.
It is about a four-metre drop.
The incident is reported to have happened some time between 11.30pm on Monday night and 3am on Tuesday morning.
The woman was flown to Waikato Hospital yesterday with back injuries and a broken ankle.
The woman's partner spoke to a reporter at Stuff.co.nz but was not named.
Her partner told Stuff they would be making a formal complaint to Hauora Tairawhiti district health board.
“It's going to take me a long time to get the image of my partner in the dark, standing on the ledge, scared and alone and having to jump to get away.
“I thought she would be under observation . . . it could have been avoided, it should have been avoided.”
Her partner told Stuff they believed the woman, who was on steroid medication, was in a confused state and trying to escape.
“She could have died,” her partner said.
“They (the hospital) should be dotting their i's and crossing their t's at every point and turn, and checking regularly on patients . . . my partner's been let down.”
Her partner believed hospital staff knew she was in an erratic state and the door to her room should have been left open.
Hauora Tairawhiti clinical care manager Kate Mather said an investigation was under way.
“We will be responding to the family with the results of our investigation and actions.”