Windsor Regional Hospital has launched new security procedures.

CEO David Musyj says the enhanced security is because of the stabbing of patient at the Ouellette Campus last month.

Hospital security staff members will conduct a metal detector "wanding" procedure at hospital's mental health unit, for patients and visitors.

"Having metal detectors of any type especially, the wand, is unique, but we felt it was something important to put into place," says Musyj.

The move is considered the first of its kind in Ontario.

The extra security precautions will cost the hospital $50,000 to $75,000 extra annually.

It stems from an incident two weeks ago when officials allege a 17-year-old patient returning from a day pass entered the building, and in a hospital hallway, stabbed a 26-year-old woman in the neck.

As part of the security enhancement, there will also be 24/7 security both outside and inside the hospital.

The accused was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the attack. The woman who was stabbed has recovered but is no longer at Windsor Regional Hospital.