A SOUTHAMPTON woman deliberately flicked blood at an NHS doctor and hurled racist abuse at a nurse, a court heard.

Kerry Lilly threatened staff at Southampton General Hospital, saying “you’re all going to get coronavirus”.

Prosecution barrister, Jonathan Underhill said the 38-year-old was “flicking her arms towards staff, no doubt, she was doing that in an attempt to cover staff in blood.”

The doctor who was treating Lilly, left the ward to clean blood from her face.

She returned to try and help her only to be met with abuse.

Mr Underhill told that Lilly, of Commercial Road, then attempted to leave the hospital.

But when she was approached by a nurse because she was bleeding, she said: “Who are you to stop me? You’re a foreigner taking our money.”

In a victim personal statement read out in court, the doctor said: “I have been left feeling upset, angry and scared.

“I did not deserve to be subjected to this behaviour.”

Appearing before Southampton Crown Court, Lilly was charged with assault by beating of an emergency worker and using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress, which was racially aggravated.

She pleaded guilty to the offences which happened on June 2 last year.

Lilly had been in hospital and claimed to be the victim of domestic violence.

However, Mr Underhill said the attacks were aggravated by the fact she was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Defending, Ms Keeley Harvey said her client was appalled and shocked by her behaviour.

Lilly, who has problems with anxiety and struggles with going out, has since “taken a very hard look at herself”.

Judge Peter Henry said the doctor was somebody who has devoted her life to helping others, and, that the NHS at that point was under particular pressure.

He added: “What you did has been described as utterly disgraceful.”

She was jailed for six months.