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Paramedic bitten and punched in head by patient they were trying to help

A paramedic was bitten on the arm and punched on the head when they tried to help a patient in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident happened around 3.30am when an ambulance crew was called to treat a male patient at Ballybogey Road, Co Antrim.

The man had a head injury but he lashed out while he was being treated in the back of the ambulance, pulling equipment and dressings from their storage points, injuring the paramedic in the process.

He was eventually subdued and was taken to Causeway Hospital for treatment.

The injured paramedic was also assessed at the hospital's Emergency Department and later  'stood down' from the rest of the shift.

But an Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said that that the incident  left the Ballycastle area dependent on neighbouring stations to provide cover.

John McPolin added: "This is the latest in a series of attacks on ambulance staff and the Trust again calls for strongest possible action to be taken against anyone found guilty of assaulting ambulance crews."

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