THE death of a patient in a Woonona nursing home is under investigation by Wollongong Police.
Shortly before 7pm on Tuesday, police were called to a high-dependency dementia ward at the Illawarra Retirement Trust (IRT), Woonona following reports of an assault between two patients.
On arrival police were notified that a 90-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was unable to be revived.
The second man, aged 77, is a resident of the high-dependency ward due to his dementia.
A crime scene was established, and inquiries are underway. Police are working with the facilities manager and local health organisations.
Family members were in attendance and assisted police with their inquiries.
In a statement, the IRT said it became aware of an incident which it believe involved two residents in the dementia support unit of the Woonona aged care centre in which a resident had died.
“In accordance with our standard procedure we notified family of the two residents involved and all relevant authorities including NSW Police,” the spokesperson said.
“Investigations by police continue today and until they are complete we are not in a position to share any further details.
“Meanwhile the focus of our thoughts and care continues to be with our residents, their families and our staff.”
A report will be prepared for the coroner.