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Man missing from hospital

Clifford Heard missing from hospital Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for help from members of the public to trace a man who left Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford before being discharged.

Clifford Heard, 81, from Swiss Avenue in Chelmsford, had been being treated at the hospital since Thursday, May 9, but left at around 4.45pm yesterday (Friday), before being formally discharged and having a final medical exam.

Police are releasing a CCTV image of Mr Heard taken at Broomfield Hospital in the hope someone will be able to tell officers where he now is.

Mr Heard is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, of slight build, with shoulder length thinning mousey coloured hair.

He was last seen wearing a blue jumper and black trousers. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Chelmsford police station on 101.

Broomfield Hospital failing to meet standards

Broomfield Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A health watchdog says Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford must make urgent improvements to protect patients' safety and welfare.

A snap inspection by the Care Quality Commission in February found the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust was not meeting standards.

Records were not being kept properly and some medicines were not safely stored. The trust says it's disappointed in the findings. It points out that no patients were harmed.