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Drunk patient threw box of vomit at NHS nurse after losing partner to Covid

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A patient who lost their partner to coronavirus threw a box filled with vomit at a nurse following a drinking binge.

Sarah Ogilvy abused staff in hospital while she was undergoing treatment within the accident and emergency department at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Ogilvy's partner had passed away from Covid-19 the day before the incident happened, the city's sheriff court heard.

The accused's name was given as Matthew Clark on the charge but she identified as Sarah Ogilvy, reports the Daily Record.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting, obstructing or hindering medical workers and shouting, swearing and behaving in an aggressive manner at the infirmary.

Ogilvy admitted throwing the box containing vomit at a nurse as she attempted to provide her with medical assistance on March 9.

She was rushed to the A&E department via ambulance after being found "lying on the pavement after falling in a state of intoxication', fiscal depute Miriam Clark said.

She added that Ogilvy called an NHS worker a "cow" and "b****" then fell out of a wheelchair due to intoxication and had to be helped onto a trolley.

The court heard how the defendant vomited on the floor of the hospital despite being provided with a bowl.

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Ms Clark said Ogilvy also told the nurse to "f*** off" and threw the box of vomit and missing her.

The box hit a cubicle curtain and in which had to be cleaned up.

The A&E ward was "incredibly busy" and Ogilvy's actions added to the staff's stretched workload, the fiscal depute said.

Graeme Runcie, defence agent, said the defendant had been in a relationship for a number of years and his client's partner fell ill and died from coronavirus the day before the incident.

The loss caused "significant angst to Miss Ogilvy" who began drinking, Mr Runcie told the court.

The solicitor added that Ogilvy had "precious little" memory of the incident.

Sheriff Adrian Cottam told Ogilvy: “It was a horrible thing to do.”

He ordered Ogilvy, from the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh, to pay £200 in compensation.

  • NHS
  • Coronavirus
  • Crime
  • Courts

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