Two Patients Attack WMAS Ambulance Staff Who Came to Their Aid

Two Men have been arrested after assaulting WMAS ambulance staff who came to their aid in two separate incidents in Staffordshire.

The WMAS paramedic injured last night
The WMAS paramedic injured last night

A paramedic suffered a fractured hand and a technician received a facial injury after a man being treated in an ambulance became aggressive and wanted to leave the vehicle.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) had been called to Clayton Road, Newcastle under Lyme following reports of a fight. Staff were treating a man for head injuries.

A WMAS spokesman said: “In an attempt to get off the ambulance, the man caused injuries to our paramedic and the ambulance technician.

“The man was arrested by police at the scene.”

In a separate incident last night, another ambulance crew responded to a man suffering breathing problems at an address in Lichfield.

As they transported the man to Burton Hospital, he became agitated in the back of the ambulance and assaulted a technician, causing facial injuries. The man was later arrested by police at hospital.

WMAS Trust’s general manager for Staffordshire Nick Henry said: “It is hugely disappointing that yet again our staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, have once again become patients themselves.

“The trust operates a zero tolerance policy against violence towards our staff and we will be doing everything in our power to help police prosecute these individuals.”

A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman confirmed that two men had been arrested as a result of the two separate incidents.

She said: “Two males were arrested last night in connection with two separate assaults on ambulance staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“Officers were called at 8.47pm on Wednesday night to a fight on Clayton Road in Newcastle. A male suffered a head injury during the incident and an ambulance was requested.

“While treating the man in the ambulance, a paramedic and a technician were injured and a 23 year old male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault

“A further call was received from the ambulance service just before midnight requesting assistance as a male patient suffering from breathing problems had become agitated in the ambulance and had assaulted a technician.

“A 56-year-old male was arrested at the Queens Hospital on suspicion of assault.

“Inquiries into these two incidents are on-going and both males remain in custody for questioning.”

Source: Staffordshire Newsletter