13 Jan 2020

Paramedic knocked out by intruder while on duty at St John's Warkworth Station

4:54 pm on 13 January 2020

A female ambulance officer was kicked unconscious by an intruder while on duty at Warkworth Station last night.

St John's new purpose-built rural ambulance, which it says is more 'nimble'.

St John's ambulance. (File image). Photo: St John / Supplied

St John said the woman, who was working as a paramedic alone, disturbed an intruder when she went back to the station after treating a patient just before midnight.

She was able to signal for St John and police support before becoming unconscious.

The paramedic was taken to North Shore Hospital in a moderate condition and was discharged today.

St John director of operations Norma Lane said it was a "despicable and unacceptable act".

"[The paramedic] has endured an horrific ordeal while on duty to help others. We are supporting our officer and her colleagues while working with police," Lane said.

"We are grateful for the quick response and action of our police colleagues."

Police are investigating and emergency ambulances have been moved out of Warkworth while the investigation is under way.

St John said it took the safety of officers very seriously and had measures in place to ensure their security and well-being.

St John said the Double Crewing Project - to end single crewed emergency ambulance responses - was scheduled to roll out in the next month at Warkworth Station.