Rampton patient bit nurse

Mansfield Magistrates Court.
Mansfield Magistrates Court.

A patient at Rampton hospital has been fined for biting a nurse and drawing blood.

Cara Walls, 25, admitted assaulting nursing assistant Paula Bedford on August 4 on the hospital’s ruby ward.

David Miles, prosecuting, said: “Ms Walls had been wearing a restriction belt because there were concerns about self-harming but they had been taken off. She asked for medication but was refused and she tried to get into the medication room.

“The nurse and other members of staff tried to restrain her and she became violent. Nurse Bedford took hold of Ms Walls’ head and that is when Ms Walls bit through a plastic glove and injured her.”

Nurse Bedford described the pain as ‘excruciating’.

Ms Walls was admitted to Rampton in January 2010 after being diagnosed with a personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Neil Topham, defending, said: “She has three previous convictions, the last one was committed in August 2013, prior to one in January 2011.

“On the day in question she had a dip in her mental health. She had been a victim of bullying and she began to self-harm. She doesn’t remember exactly what happened but accepts that she bit a nurse.”

Since the offence, the court heard that Ms Walls’ mental health had improved and she had been moved from a segregation unit to an open ward.

Magistrates ordered her to pay £300 compensation to the nurse and a criminal court charge of £150.