A judge gave a woman a 10-year extended prison sentence after she slashed Leeds A&E staff with a blade during an unprovoked spree of assaults.
Louise Revson, 23, wounded a St James’s Hospital doctor and porter with the weapon and “lunged” at a nurse who had treated her.
Sentencing Revson at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Robin Mairs told her: “This was utterly needless. You attacked the very people who were there to help you.”
Prosecutor Stephen Littlewood said that at 6am on July 24 last year an ambulance was sent to Revson’s house after she took an overdose. Paramedics confiscated a razor blade they found her with, but before she got into the ambulance she went back to the house and re-armed herself, the court heard.
Following treatment in the Gledhow Wing, she inflicted a gash on the right forearm of porter Richard Kelly, which required nine stitches. Mr Littlewood said she then assaulted another porter, Steven Winstanley. Nurse Rosie Boult went to the family area near a resuscitation room after learning that Revson was armed.
The nurse then thought that Revson has scratched her right arm using her finger nails, but when she looked down saw “what was in fact a Stanley knife,” said Mr Littlewood.
Revson then had a “manic and crazy look” before laughing and walking away, the court heard. She slashed resuscitation registrar Martyn Kennedy’s forearm arm, causing a 1.5cm gash to his forearm which required six stitches.
Barrister John Boumphrey, mitigating, said Revson pleaded guilty to the offences as early as she could and came from a troubled background.
Revson had consumed drink and drugs before the assaults and Mr Boumphrey said that she could not remember carrying them out.
The barrister also said that Revson “has some form of problem with NHS workers”.
The court heard that she has eight previous convictions from 14 offences, including one for assaulting another nurse.
Judge Mairs imprisoned Revson, of Old Farm Parade, West Park, for six years and eight months with an extended period of four years.