Paramedic assaulted; man charged

A man will appear in court next month following the alleged assault of a paramedic in Newcastle yesterday.

About 1.20pm (Monday 22 April 2019), NSW Ambulance paramedics attended a call for assistance from a male patient at a unit on Bull Street, Mayfield.

Two paramedics arrived and assessed a 32-year-old man resulting in the patient being transported to Calvary Hospital, Waratah.

One paramedic was driving the ambulance, the other, a female, was in the back with the patient when he became abusive toward her.

As the driver pulled over on route to the hospital to assist, the patient punched the paramedic in the ribs knocking her over in the back of the ambulance.

She managed to get to her feet and opened the door of the ambulance and get out, the patient following behind her continuing his verbal abuse before walking away.

Both paramedics reported the matter to police from Newcastle City Police District who attended the Bull Street residence that afternoon and arrested the man.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with obstruct or hinder ambulance officer by act of violence.

He was given conditional bail and is due to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 16 May 2019.