Hospital corridor

Six injured after car ploughs through hospital entrance

SIX people have been injured after a car smashed through the entrance of a hospital in Perth’s north.

The vehicle, driven by a woman aged in her 80s, ploughed 20 metres through a discharge lounge at the front of the Joondalup Health Campus just after midday local time.

Six people were injured, including the driver, a staff member and four patients who were waiting to go home.

All six were treated in the hospital’s emergency department, three of whom were in a serious condition.

The crash site has been cordoned off and the hospital was operating as usual on Thursday afternoon.

NSW Police

Boy accused of leading NSW Police on wild pursuit in stolen BMW

A TEENAGE boy has been arrested and charged after allegedly leading police on a wild chase in a stolen BMW.

The dramatic scenes unfolded in Liverpool, in Sydney’s south-west on Thursday morning.

Police say they tried intercepting the stolen BMW on Elizabeth Drive around 9.30am, but the driver failed to stop.

Officers pursued the vehicle through several back streets before it came wedged between a fence and a pole.

The 17-year-old male driver was arrested at the scene and taken to Liverpool Police Station for processing.

A search of the stolen BMW also allegedly uncovered a stash of suspected stolen property.

The boy has since been charged with a long list of offences, including police pursuit (Skye’s Law), dangerous driving and two counts of having stolen goods in custody.

He has been refused bail and will appear before a Children’s Court tomorrow.

Caring paramedics fulfil dying patient’s wish to see the beach one last time

A PHOTO of a compassionate Queensland paramedic fulfilling the wish of a palliative care patient who wanted to see the beach one last time has gone viral online.

Queensland paramedics Graeme Cooper and Danielle Kellan were transporting the woman to a palliative care unit in Hervey Bay, 280km north of Brisbane, when she told them how much she wished she could see the ocean again.

So, instead of going straight to the hospital, Mr Cooper and Ms Kellan took a small detour to the beach.

Officer in charge of Hervey Bay Helen Donaldson posted a heartwarming photo of the trip to Facebook from where it has since gone viral.

The touching image, which shows Mr Cooper standing beside the woman’s propped-up stretcher overlooking the ocean, has garnered more than 24,000 reactions and 7,000 shares since it was uploaded on Thursday morning.

PHOTO: Supplied/Queensland Ambulance

“She just wished she could be at the beach again,” the post reads.

“Above and beyond, the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity – tears were shed and the patient felt very happy.

“Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills – sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!

“Great work Hervey Bay team. Danielle and Graeme, the Service is very proud of you.”

Mr Cooper said they ended up taking the woman to the beach twice and the photo was taken on the second trip.

“It was basically going to be her last journey…where she was basically going to pass away,” Mr Cooper said.

“She was saying how she moved to Hervey Bay with her husband on the spur of the moment and they’ve been here ever since.

After propping the woman up on her stretcher so that she could see the ocean, Mr Cooper said he used a spare vomit bag to scoop up some of the salt water and bring it to her.

“I thought the next best thing is I can get some ocean and bring it to her,” he said.

“She was just ecstatic…she actually tasted the salt water.

“She said to Danielle, she’s content now and that is everything is as it should be.”

“If you’re sensitive to your surroundings and what’s going on and you can seize a small window of opportunity, take it. It’s just very humbling to have these experiences.”


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Man accused of drugging and raping woman he took home after night out

A MAN who fled overseas after allegedly spiking a woman’s drink and violently raping her semi-conscious body after a night out in Sydney seven years ago has been arrested and charged after returning to Australia.

The now 31-year-old man is accused of taking the then 20-year-old woman back to his Wolli Creek home after a night out in Sydney’s CBD in November 2010.

While at his home, the man allegedly drugged the woman and violently sexually assaulted her before putting her in his car and dumping her semi-conscious body back at her Sussex Street home.

The woman’s roommate later took her to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where she was examined.

Police said the woman remembers going back to the man’s house, but nothing further.

Detectives were notified and commenced investigations, however, it was revealed that the man had fled the country.

Following a protracted investigation, the man was found to have recently returned to Australia and was arrested by detectives in Eastwood around 10pm on Wednesday.

He was taken to Ryde Police Station where he was overnight charged with sexual intercourse without consent and use intoxicating substance to commit serious indictable offence.

The man was granted conditional bail to attend Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, December 13.

Man found with critical head injuries after falling from eighth floor balcony

A MAN is fighting for life in hospital after falling from an eighth-floor balcony in Sydney’s south overnight.

The man in his 20s reportedly fell from a unit complex on Potter Street in Waterloo around 12.15am on Thursday.

Emergency services raced to the scene and found the man on the ground with life-threatening head injuries.

He was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Police established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation is urged to come forward.

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