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Man missing from hospital

Paul Doherty Credit: Essex Police

Essex police are warning people not to approach a man who's been missing from a hospital near Basildon. 49 year old Paul Doherty was allowed out of the Runwell Hospital at Wickford on day leave on Sunday but didn't return.

Police are concerned as he needs regular medication which he doesn't have with him, they say he may become violent

Missing man found

CCTV of Clifford Heard leaving hospital Credit: Essex Police

An eighty one year old man who went missing from hospital in Chelmsford has been found safe and well.

Clifford Heard left Broomfield Hospital on Friday without being formerly discharged and the police appealed for the public's help in finding him.


Hospitals in the East 'ran out of beds', says report

Three of the region's hospitals were so full last month they had virtually no beds available.

According to a new report, the average occupancy rate for hospitals across the country was 95 per cent.

In January, Ipswich hospital did not have a single bed available for 21 days. At the James Paget in Great Yarmouth there were no beds available for 18 days and at Northampton hospital they were at full capacity for 13 days.

Hospital pet scheme

Experts say contact with pets can be beneficial to some patients Credit: Press Association

Pet owners in Norfolk and Suffolk are being asked to volunteer to take their dogs and cats into hospitals to visit patients in mental health wards.

Experts say contact with an animal can be beneficial, can alleviate depression and give patients something to look forward to.

Hospital admits health and safety breaches

Basildon University Hospital Credit: PA Archive

Basildon Hospital bosses have admitted a series of health and safety breaches which led to the death of two people from Legionnaires Disease.

The hospital was accused of making 'inappropriate' cost cutting measures in chemically treating the hospital's water systems at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today. The case will go to Chelmsford Crown Court in March for sentencing.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust could face fines of up to £100,000.

Concern growing for missing patient

Police searching for a patient who's gone missing from Clacton Hospital say they're growing increasingly concerned for his safety. 66 year old David Royle had been in hospital for two months and was on a home visit when he disappeared.

He was last seen on Friday in the Boley Drive area of the town. Officers say there's been no sign of him since despite an extensive search, and are asking the public to help them find him.

Mr Royle is described as white with shoulder length brown hair. He was wearing a blazer and a flat cap.


Hospital to face prosecution

Basildon University Hospital will face prosecution after being told it failed to protect patients from legionnaires' disease.

The Health and Safety Executive says the hospital failed to ensure the safety of its patients and visitors for nearly six years between February 2004 and December 2010.

The disease is caught by breathing in small droplets of contaminated water.

Motorcyclist's hospital ride

Andy McGowan prepares for his 1000 mile ride Credit: Colchester General Hospital

A motorcyclist is preparing to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for the critical care unit at Colchester General Hospital.

Andy McGowan will begin his journey from outside the hospital’s Main Entrance at 10am on Saturday (23rd June).

He hopes to raise £1000 and was inspired to take on the challenge after his wife, Sarah, received treatment at the hospital.

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