A hospital patient is in intensive care after barricading himself in a treatment room and reportedly slashing his own throat.
Police were called to the incident at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields at 9.30pm on Wednesday.
The 57-year-old man had locked himself in a treatment room, which officers had to force their way into.
It’s believed the patient slit his own throat and he is now receiving further treatment – with his condition being described as stable.
The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as a matter of procedure.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “At 9.30pm on Wednesday, December 2, police were called to South Tyneside Hospital after a patient barricaded himself into a treatment room.
“Officers attended and, concerned for his safety, forced entry into the room. The patient, a 57-year-old man, was injured as a result of self-harming and received further treatment. His condition is currently described as stable.
“Due to the possibility police may have been in attendance at the time the man self-harmed, the incident has been referred to the IPCC. This is a matter of course in any incident resulting in death or serious injury following police contact.”
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s chief operating officer Michelle Arrowsmith said: “We can confirm that, as a result of an incident on one of the wards at South Tyneside District Hospital, one of our patients is now in intensive care, where his condition is stable.”