A man who allegedly blocked the entrance of a NSW hospital, preventing an ambulance with an urgently ill patient from getting in, has been charged after he also allegedly broke the leg of a paramedic in a horrific attack yesterday.
The 34-year-old man has been charged with a string of offences over the incident, including reckless grievous bodily harm, obstruct or hinder ambulance officer by act of violence and offensive conduct and is due to face Wollongong Local Court next month.
He’s accused of presenting to Wollongong Hospital for treatment of a stomach complaint around 12.00pm on Thursday, however due to his demeanor towards staff, he was asked to leave the hospital by security.
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Police said a short time later, the man returned home and called Triple-0 requesting an ambulance.
He was treated by paramedics before being taken to Wollongong hospital for treatment.
While at the hospital, the man again allegedly became aggressive and abusive towards staff who were trying to treat him and was escorted from the hospital by four security officers.
“A short time later, the man allegedly stood in front of the hospital driveway on Darling Street, blocking access to the hospital for two other ambulance vehicles, which were trying to get into the hospital,” NSW police said.
“A male paramedic from the second ambulance officer spoke with the man and attempted to move him away from the driveway, to allow the ambulance into the hospital grounds, as they had a patient onboard in need of urgent medical attention.
“It will be alleged in court the man refused to move or cooperate with the ambulance officers’ demands, and then grabbed hold of the ambulance officer and wrestled him to the ground.
“The man then threw the paramedic over his leg and fell on top of him.”
The paramedic, a 57-year-old man with 33 years of experience as an Ambulance officer, suffered two fractures to his lower left leg and a dislocated kneecap.
His alleged attacker was arrested a short time later at a nearby intersection and taken to the local police station where he was charged.
The man, from Mangerton, was given strict bail conditions and will appear before Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 6 July.