A woman who attacked, abused and plagued hospital staff on as many as 30 occasions has been barred from Bradford Royal Infirmary for five years.

Rukhsana Rahman kicked a hospital doctor and waved a kitchen knife at an ambulance crew among a catalogue of incidents, Bradford Crown Court was told. On one occasion she even told hospital staff she had an atom bomb up her skirt.

Jailing Rahman, 29, for 13 months, Judge Roger Scott branded her “a terrible nuisance” to the hospital and warned that those who assault NHS workers would be locked up. He also issued an Anti-social Behaviour Order against her which bans her from the hospital and its grounds for five years unless she arrives in an ambulance or a police vehicle. Rahman, of Turner Place, Great Horton, Bradford, kicked a doctor in the hospital’s accident and emergency department on October 27 last year.

Prosecutor Paul Nicholson told the court that when interviewed by police she had said she offered the doctor sex and he was “up for that”.

On bail for that offence, Rahman kicked a woman on the New Pudsey to Leeds train on April 8. She was led through Leeds Railway Station in handcuffs in the rush hour, shouting and swearing.

Again bailed, Rahman called an ambulance from a telephone box at 9pm on May 9. She said she was a 13-year-old girl who had taken an overdose.

When paramedics arrived at Horton Grange Road, Rahman was wielding an 8in kitchen knife, Mr Nicholson said.

She waved the weapon at passing drivers and banged it on the ambulance window while shouting abuse at the crew.

Arrested at the scene, she told police: “It is a murder weapon”.

Rahman pleaded guilty to assault and possessing an offensive weapon.

She had previous court convictions for assaulting police, battery and disorderly behaviour.

A psychiatrist has concluded she is not seriously mentally ill.

Sentencing her, Judge Scott told Rahman if she breached the ASBO she could expect to be locked up for years rather than weeks.

“Wherever you go, you are disruptive and aggressive and you assault people,” Judge Scott said.

“Bradford Royal Infirmary needs protecting from you, all its staff and all its patients, now and in the future.”

In mitigation Rahman’s barrister, Giles Bridge, said she had spent 71 days in custody and had found the experience very difficult.

After the case, PC Sam Buckley, of the Anti-social Behaviour Team, said: “We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in a hospital or towards members of the NHS, or the public.

“We worked in partnership with staff at the Bradford Royal Infirmary to obtain this five year Anti-social Behaviour Order (ASBO).”

A spokesman for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital said: “Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust takes all cases of anti-social behaviour very seriously and this case highlights our zero-tolerance policy against violence and aggression towards staff.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of this case and hope that it will act as a deterrent in the future.”

Four years ago the Telegraph & Argus, backed by Bradford Hospitals Trust and Airedale NHS Trust, which runs Airedale General Hospital at Steeton, ran a campaign called End the Abuse to highlight the scale of the problem of attacks on medical staff.