Police in Newry have issued an apology to staff and patients at Daisy Hill Hospital after six officers were needed to restraining an abusive patient.
They apologised profusely to patients who had to listen to the fracas and whose treatment was delayed.
And they also praised the doctors and nurses who treated the man, despite his violent behaviour.
“I would like to apologise to the staff & patients of Daisy Hill A&E for the disruption caused last night,” a PSNI officer wrote on the PSNI Newry and Mourne Facebook site on Thursday.
“We attended a domestic type call where the offender was placed under arrest but fought, was sprayed with CS spray and still managed to make off from the crew.”
Officers were called to the area and found the suspect shortly afterwards, close to the original incident.
“He was detained and had suffered a cut to his hand after punching through a window.”
Police then took him to hospital for treatment, before taking him into custody.
“Whilst in A&E, held by two officers and surrounded by a further four he decided to have another go - despite being in handcuffs! So he was placed onto the floor and his legs strapped.
“Despite his abusive language and struggling, the magnificent doctor and nurses treated the man, patched him up and we were able to take him on to custody.”
He was processed for his conduct by police on Thursday morning.
“To the patients in the waiting room, apologies that you were forced to listen to the man in question and watch his carrying on. To the patients whose treatment was put back as a result of this thank you for your ‘patience’ , and to the staff – thank you wholeheartedly for your efforts! You don’t get paid enough!”