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Woman arrested after trying to headbutt Royal Victoria Hospital staff

The Royal Victoria Hospital (Paul Faith/PA)
The Royal Victoria Hospital (Paul Faith/PA)

A 24-year-old woman has been issued a community resolution notice after attempting to headbutt a member of staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning.

The woman was arrested following the incident but later accepted the notice.

A PSNI spokesperson said the woman assaulted a member of staff at the hospital.

Let me make this clear, we do not and will not tolerate any sort of verbal abuse or physical attacks on hospital staff under any circumstances," the spokesperson wrote on the PSNI West Belfast Facebook page.

"This behaviour is totally unacceptable and there is never any excuse for it, especially where alcohol and drugs are concerned.

"Hospitals are extremely busy places and the staff do an absolutely amazing job looking after people from all walks of life who are sick or injured and who need their help."

The spokesperson urged people to treat hospital staff with dignity and respect.

"Hospitals are extremely busy places and the staff do an absolutely amazing job looking after people from all walks of life who are sick or injured and who need their help. We fully understand their frustrations in that they do not come to work to be verbally or physically abused while trying to care for others during very long, busy and often stressful shifts," the spokesperson said.

"We have a great relationship with our colleagues at the RVH and tonight we were glad to be on hand to assist them and to make an arrest following this incident.

"Hospital staff do an outstanding job in providing a service 24/7 and we hope you join with us in fully supporting them whilst they go about their work and ensuring they are treated with decency and respect at all times."

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