An abusive member of the public has been found guilty of using threatening, homophobic and abusive language towards a member of hospital staff.
The culprit was given an 180 hour community order, £100 court costs and ordered to pay £100 compensation at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court after being reported by a member of staff from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust declined to provide anymore information on the name of the yob, for fear it would lead to the identification of the nurse.
The staff member, who doesn’t want to be named, said: “Sadly abuse at some level has become part of the day to day job in the NHS and is taken as the norm.
“This however is clearly not acceptable, and it was the Trust that highlighted this to me. It wouldn’t be accepted in any other work environment and when at work trying to help people, we should not be made to feel threatened as I was.
“Some of the most valuable parts of the process I found were the support in person at court - with discussions beforehand to calm my nerves and help me understand the court process and what would be expected of me.
“We all know that people are under pressure and stress when a patient or relative in hospital and consideration is rightly given to this, but threats and acts of personal violence should not be tolerated in a workplace.”
The Trust’s Local Security Management Specialist Dan Willis said : “This sends a very clear message to those who think they can treat our staff without respect and dignity when they visit one of our hospital sites that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour and will seek to prosecute in every case.”