Two St John Ambulance paramedics have allegedly been assaulted, with blood spat at them, while treating a patient in Tennant Creek.
A 33-year-old female paramedic was allegedly punched from behind and a 28-year-old male paramedic was punched in the temple at 5 am Tuesday morning.5:00 in the morning today.
Both were sent to Tennant Creek hospital for treatment and biological disease testing and will be off work for an unspecified amount of time.
“This type of incident has to stop,” said St John NT Ambulance Services Director Andrew Thomas. “Territorians now have two valuable paramedics taken off-line because they have been physically assaulted. I urge the public to respect our paramedics and let us get on with our job.”
A 17-year-old female was immediately arrested and charged with the assault, police said. She was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault on an emergency worker.
She is scheduled to appear in the Tennant Creek Youth Justice Court at a later date.
Last month, Commissioner Jamie Chalker also condemned conduct that involved reports of rocks being thrown at St John Ambulance workers and at a taxi.