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Prison guard stabbed in back at Silverwater prison

A prison guard has been stabbed in the back in a "brutal attack" at the Silverwater Correctional Facility.

Emergency services were called to the prison just after 8am, following reports of a stabbing. Four ambulance crews, including a specialist medical team, were dispatched.

Upon arrival, they treated a woman for stab wounds to her back. The incident occurred in the mental health section of the prison.

A prison guard has been taken to Westmead hospital after she was stabbed in the back by an inmate. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

The woman was taken to Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance Duty Operations Manager Inspector Kevin McSweeney said the job had been intense.

“It was a brutal attack," he said.“Paramedics worked to stabilise the patient before getting her to hospital where she is expected to undergo further assessment and surgery.”

“Stabbings, particularly like this, are taken very seriously – we can treat the wound as we see it, but it’s the damage you can’t see that becomes the concern.”

NSW Corrective Services has been contacted for comment.

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