Lone female paramedic assaulted while on duty
A paramedic who had a noxious substance* thrown in her face while answering a 999 call has called her attackers cowards.
The 32-year-old lone female paramedic – who was on her way to a man with chest pain – was flagged down at 1.30am on Sunday (16 July) morning on Ferry Lane, Tottenham Hale by three men who appeared to be in distress.
She stopped to ask the men if they were ok. As she did so, they pulled up bandanas to cover their faces.
She said: “It was horrible. I didn’t know what was going to happen to me.
“It all happened very quickly – one of them threw liquid out of a plastic bottle at me. The window was only open a few inches but the liquid went on my face, neck and chest.
“He was wearing latex gloves, so my first thought was, is this acid?”
The liquid was not acid but did cause irritation and the paramedic was taken to hospital but later discharged.
She said: “It was terrifying. This was so cowardly. It is my job to help people. I was on my way to help a patient and I stopped because I am caring and I thought they needed my help.
“They have taken away my trust.
“What they’ve done is horrific in so many ways. It was premeditated and it delayed a patient getting treatment. It took a paramedic off the road that night.
“And yet if one my attackers were hurt, I would still treat them because that is the job.”
Peter Rhodes Assistant Director of Operations said: “I am appalled by this attack on our paramedic who stopped to help these men who she believed were in trouble, but instead they assaulted her in a premeditated attack, not only harming her but delaying treatment to a potentially critically ill patient.
“We have reported this incident to the police and will do everything in our power to make sure those responsible are identified and convicted for this senseless attack.”
All frontline ambulance crews in London are being reminded of the need to be cautious when flagged down by anyone requesting help or assistance.
Peter added: “While this type of situation is thankfully very rare, we are reminding medics they should be mindful of the potential risk and be cautious in similar situations.
“Naturally we are doing everything we can to support the paramedic who is understandably distressed by this incident. We encourage our staff to report violent incidents and do everything we can to give our crews a sense of safety at work”
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Notes to editors
- *A noxious substance is one which is potentially harmful and injurious to health or physical-wellbeing.
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