A THUG who battered an NHS worker and called a nurse a "sl*g" after being told there was no orange juice in A&E has been jailed.
Daniel Shelvin has also been banned from five of Greater Manchester's hospitals for five years, unless he needs life saving treatment or has an urgent appointment.
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The 27-year-old launched an attack after turning up at Salford Royal Hospital following a drug overdose, the Manchester Evening News reports.
He had been to A&E five times in the previous two weeks before the incident on Sunday, March 29 at 1.45pm.
On the day of the attack, he was in the waiting room when he asked a nurse for some orange juice.
She showed him where a water cooler was.
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But Shelvin suddenly punched an NHS worker, an advanced nurse practitioner in his 50s.
The victim suffered a shattered cheekbone in the attack.
When Shelvin was spoken to by a senior nurse, he told her: "Shut the f*** up, you little slag."
The defendant has been sentenced to two years behind bars after admitting assault at Manchester Crown Court.
The court heard Shelvin has admitted "significant degree of remorse", and was suffering acute mental health problems at the time.
Sentencing, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC told Shelvin: "Your behaviour on the day in question was absolutely disgraceful.
"All of this at a time when the NHS is under increasing pressure because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
"NHS staff have enough to deal with at the moment, without having to put up with this sort of behaviour and be assaulted."
A restraining order was imposed for five years, which means that Shelvin, of no fixed address, is banned from visiting Salford Royal Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, the Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital.
It comes amid a spate of shocking attacks on the hero frontline workers who go to work every day to battle the coronavirus.
In unrelated incidents, NHS worker Sama Shali, 33, was spat at in the face twice by a man as she walked home after a ten-hour shift.
Sama, who works in medicine management at The Christie Hospital in Manchester, was walking to a nearby tram station when she was targeted.
And we reported that hero NHS nurse Sofia Shearman was left "shaking like a leaf" after a lockdown-flouting neighbour spat onto her car and verbally abused her.
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