An abusive member of the public has been found guilty of using threatening, homophobic and abusive language towards a member of staff from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.
The case went to Lancaster Magistrates court where the member of public received 180 hour community order, £100 court cost and £100 compensation.
The member of staff said: “Sadly abuse at some level has become part of the day to day job in the NHS and is taken as the norm.
“This however is clearly not acceptable.”
“It wouldn’t be accepted in any other work environment and when at work trying to help people, we should not be made to feel threatened as I was.
“We all know that people are under pressure and stress when a patient or relative in hospital and consideration is rightly given to this, but threats and acts of personal violence should not be tolerated in a workplace. “
Local Security Management Specialist Dan Willis said : “This sends a very clear message to those who think they can treat our staff without respect and dignity when they visit one of our hospital sites that we will not tolerate this behaviour.”