A MAN who spat at two receptionists working at Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s A&E department has been jailed for four months.
louisbird.jpgPontypridd Magistrates’ Court imposed the prison sentence on Andrew Lewis, 45, (pictured, left) from Cymmer Road in Porth, on Friday, after he admitted the offences and a further charge of spitting at a police custody officer.
The prosecution is the latest to be brought against violent and abusive patients and visitors to hospitals run by Cwm Taf Health Board.
Other recent prosecutions include:
Louis Bird, 18, of the Waterton Hotel, in Tonyrefail, was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for assaulting three members of staff at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, including pushing and assaulting two members of staff as he fled from the mental health unit in June and grabbing a nurse by the throat.
He admitted the offences and was also made the subject of a supervision order and ordered to pay the three victims £50 each.
emmaanthony.jpgEmma Louise Anthony (pictured, right), 37, from Pentre, was fined £37 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 after admitting a public order offence. She became abusive towards staff and refused to leave the Emergency Care Centre at Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil, on August 23.
Dave Lewis, Cwm Taf Health Board’s violence and aggression case manager, said: “These three successful recent prosecutions once again demonstrate that we will take action against people who are verbally or physically abusive against our staff.
“Our staff come to work to help people who are hurt and sick; not to be shouted, sworn, spat at or even attacked. We will not tolerate such behaviour.”
In response to violence or abuse against staff, in 2012-13, Cwm Taf Health Board:
Made 79 anti-social behaviour referrals to Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil Community Safety Partnerships
Placed 102 warning markers on patients’ electronic records to warn staff about the potential risk of abuse or violence from the patient The patients also received letters informing them about this and advising them any further incidents would be reported to the police
Sent 28 code of conduct letters to perpetrators of unacceptable behaviour towards NHS staff advising them their behaviour was unacceptable and any further incidents would be reported to the police
Prosecuted 25 people for abusive or violent behaviour towards staff.
A new memorandum of understanding between the four police services in Wales, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Wales was agreed in February 2013, which sets out the responsibilities of each of the partners when dealing with violent or aggressive incidents relating to NHS staff. Its focus is on those incidents which need to be addressed by the criminal justice system.