Nurse’s hospital attack blood scare

Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Blackpool Magistrates Court.
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BLOOD shot into a nurse’s mouth when a patient ripped a cannula out of the back of his own hand as he attacked two hospital staff.

Steven Ward hit a staff nurse in the mouth cutting his lip and kicked a male health care assistant in the shoulder.

Ward, 45, of King George Avenue, North Shore, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault.

He was sentenced to 17 weeks imprisonment by Blackpool magistrates.

Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said Ward was brought by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on February 20 at 2.45am.

He appeared unresponsive, but then opened his eyes and as two staff tended to him he began swearing and lashing out viciously.

Ward ripped a needle and tube out of his hand and a staff nurse got Ward’s blood in his mouth.

Ward also hit the staff nurse in the mouth and spat twice at him before kicking out at a health care assistant narrowly missing his face but catching him on the shoulder. Police then arrested Ward who had to be restrained after he started headbutting the walls of the holding cell.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Ward had absolutely no recollection of the incident at the hospital.

He had previously been watching football at a friend’s house and had drunk a significant amount of whisky.

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