A hospital patient who became violent and abusive when she wasn’t allowed to see a white doctor has been hit with a suspended prison sentence.

Shamza Rangzaib lashed out at three members of staff at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital leaving one with a black eye after she was punched in the face.

The 37-year-old kicked off in the hospital on June 7, 2022, despite her husband’s efforts to restrain her during the row in the hospital, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Philip Morley, prosecuting, said she called one member of staff a ‘white b******’ when she tried to intervene before throwing a packet of medical wipes at her.

“She is asked to leave, she continues to be aggressive and kicks out and hits her while she is shouting ‘I’m going to kill her’,” he said.

“She is being held back by her husband but she gets free and she strikes the woman before swinging at her again. There were no injuries caused.

“A second member of staff comes round after she hears a disturbance and the defendant calls her a ‘white b******’ and punches her in the face and leaves her with a black eye.”

Mr Morley says Rangzaib’s last assault happened as she walked past reception and pushed over a computer monitor hitting the man behind the desk.

Rangzaib, of Newstead Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to one charge of racial aggravated assault and three charges of assaulting an emergency worker after she attacked the staff.

Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said: “It has been hard to find a reason for her lack of control during the incident. Perhaps, it was the strain of her medical appointment.”

Judge Jonathan Carroll sentenced Rangzaib to 18 weeks in custody suspended for 18 months.

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He said: “The NHS is an organisation which prides itself on being an integral part of the community. People work for it from wide range of creeds, beliefs, and races.

“It is a fundamental building block of our society and everybody who works in it, from senior consultants to auxiliary staff, all deserve to be treated with respect.

“On June 7, 2022, we failed to do that.”

The woman was also ordered to attend 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.