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Harrogate woman in court facing charge of assault against casualty sister

Charlotte Hannah Ward was in Harrogate Magistrates Court on 22 October 2015 facing a charge of assault against a casualty ward sister.

Charlotte Hannah Ward is aged 24 and from Pannal Ash Drive in Harrogate, she pleaded guilty to the offences.

The court heard that on 27 July 2015, Ms Ward had consumed around 1.5 bottles of wine and had taken a decision to travel to Manchester by taxi.

Whilst travelling on the Leeds Road in Harrogate, Ms Ward had become unwell and began to vomit. The taxi driver called for an ambulance, who quickly arrived. Ambulance crews administered ant-nausea drugs and transferred her to Harrogate District Hospital Accident and Emergency.

While at the hospital Ms Ward became disruptive and began shouting, swearing and fell off a trolley a number of times. She was advised several times about her behaviour and the police were then called.

Ms Ward left the cubicle she was in and started to walk up and down past other cubicles, pulling the curtains open.
She then ran at the double door to the unit, in what was an apparent attempt to injure herself. It was during this time that a ward sister was pulled to the ground and sustained a lower back injury, an injury that she is currently off work with.

Ms Ward acknowledged that she had drunk a large quantity of alcohol during the evening and that was the main factor affecting her behaviour, but she believed that the anti-nausea drugs was also a contributory factor. She said she recalls falling over but can not recall shouting and did not intend to deliberately strike the ward sister.

Ms Ward is under an existing community order from a section 39 assault in 2015, with part of that order being treatment for binge drinking, something that she acknowledged was a problem.

The Magistrates deferred sentencing until 11 February 2016 as they wanted Ms Ward to continue the current  alcohol treatment, but warned her that as that time the question of compensation to the victim would also be looked at.


Rob Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said:

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is determined to tackle all forms of anti-social behaviour; in particular those individuals who abuse and assault our staff, or allow others to do so.

If a member of staff reports a physical assault, they are made aware that it is their right to report the matter to the police and, if they choose to do so, the Trust fully supports them in this.

Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring that staff receive support and guidance that may be needed should incidents occur.

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