An incident took place today at Launceston General Hospital where two correctional officers escorting a male prisoner were assaulted.

The two correctional officers did not sustain any serious injuries and were able to remain on duty.

The Tasmania Prison Service takes these incidents very seriously, and while the full circumstances are yet to be investigated, initial reports are that the prisoner may have had an adverse reaction to medication before assaulting the guards.

Nick Evans, Director of Corrective Services