A man has been charged with assaulting a nurse at Waikato Hospital.

Hamilton man Martin Reid made a brief appearance in the Hamilton District Court today facing one charge of assaulting a woman on January 9.

The Herald understands the charge relates to an incident involving a nurse in Waikato Hospital's emergency department.

The 57-year-old was remanded on bail for an extended period to allow a report to be done under the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act 2003 as he receives treatment in the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre.

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Conditions of his bail include not to contact the complainant or threaten or use violence against any person.

He will reappear in court at the end of March.

A Waikato DHB spokesperson said they couldn't comment on this specific case.

However, the spokesperson said their staff worked hard every day and worked "sometimes within challenging situations".

"We want a safe environment where people are respected and respectful.

"We encourage our staff to escalate any assault and ensure the police are aware and charges laid where appropriate.

"We also have a strong emphasis on pastoral care – following up with staff, providing and offering debriefing and any support that is needed."