Paramedics across Lancashire will be “more nervous” on call-outs following an alleged baseball bat attack on a trainee in Leyland last week.
An ambulance chief revealed crews answering 999 emergencies are bound to be cautious after seeing one of their colleagues hospitalised with a fractured skull.
“It will definitely make them more nervous and hesitant in future about approaching situations to help people,” said Derek Cartwright, director of operations at North West Ambulance. “It is an horrific thing to happen and it is bound to cause a lot of disquiet amongst other staff. They (crews) are very concerned. Our staff go into some very frightening or uncomfortable environments. This will raise the whole issue of paramedics walking into these situations.”
Mr Cartwright saw the injured trainee in hospital just hours after the attack. He is planning to visit him at home this week, along with the female crew member who bravely fought off the attacker and then rushed her badly-injured colleague to hospital. They are expected to be off work for some time with the Ambulance Service offering both staff members counselling.
“We have offered them a lot of support,” said Mr Cartwright. “The female paramedic was tremendous protecting her partner. We are extremely proud of both of them. When I saw the injured lad in hospital it was horrendous. He’s back home now and doing well and we are all relieved about that. Hopefully he can get back to work with his colleagues soon, but it will be up to him, at his pace. We are doing everything we can to support them both.”