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Man charged after nurse spat on at Cairns Hospital

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A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a nurse at the Cairns Hospital.

It's alleged the 59-year-old was abusive towards paramedics on his way to the emergency department.

He's accused of spitting on a nurse as he left prior to being treated and also threatened a nurse outside as he walked away.

Officers located the man outside the hospital and arrested him.

He was charged with one count each of serious assault and common assault and will re-appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on August 9.