UPDATE: Douglas has been found safe and well
Police are appealing for information to help find a man reported missing in Margate.
Douglas Joyce was last seen in the Ramsgate Road area of the town at around 11.40pm on Thursday 21 April after walking out of QEQM Hospital.
The 72-year-old is described as white, around six feet, two inches tall and of muscular build. He suffers with dementia.
He is believed to have been wearing dark blue jeans, a tartan long-sleeved shirt, a black jumper and a grey fleece when last seen.
Anyone who has seen Mr Joyce, or knows of his whereabouts, is urged to call police on 101, quoting 22-0198.
How on earth was a man with dementia allowed to walk out of a hospital unchallenged at almost midnight?
Lack of staff-it only takes moments. If it had happened in the daytime he probably would have been spotted & taken back to the ward.
Having been in hospital overnight there are practically zero staff & they are either on the phone, dishing out meds, or responding to the incessant button pushers & shouters. Wouldn’t imagine it would be too hard for somebody to leave-even if they saw them they would probably think they were off for a toilet break or going to fix a drink.
It would be helpful if we had a picture
I took the picture after (as police request) after I updated to say he had been found