Paramedic punched and bitten by patient
An emergency ambulance paramedic was punched in the head and bitten while trying to administer to a patient yesterday morning - meaning a town was left with no emergency cover.
It happened as the crew was trying to help a patient to whom they had been called to treat at 3.30am at Ballybogey Road in Ballycastle.
The man had a head injury and the crew treated him before he lashed out in the back of the ambulance, pulling equipment and dressings from their storage points.
While trying to restrain the patient, a paramedic received a punch to the head and was bitten on the arm.
He was eventually subdued and taken to Coleraine's Causeway Hospital for treatment.
The paramedic was also assessed and was "stood down" for the remainder of the shift, leaving the Ballycastle area dependent upon neighbouring stations to provide cover.