Patient from Baldock Manor mental health unit found by police in London after two days missing

PUBLISHED: 08:29 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 08:29 03 November 2016

The Baldock Manor mental health unit had a patient go missing for two days over the weekend  with police finding him in London.

The Baldock Manor mental health unit had a patient go missing for two days over the weekend  with police finding him in London.

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The Baldock Manor mental health unit had a patient go missing for two days over the weekend - with police finding him in London.

A spokesman for Baldock Manor said it was not a secure hospital but a rehabilitation hospital.A spokesman for Baldock Manor said it was not a secure hospital but a rehabilitation hospital.

The patient – described by police as a man aged in his 40s – was reported missing by Manor staff at 4.20pm on Saturday.

Officers found him in the capital at 2.20pm on Monday, and he returned to the manor the same day.

A spokesman for Baldock Manor operators Nouvita Ltd said: “Baldock Manor is not a secure hospital, it is a rehabilitation hospital.

“Staff follow robust guidelines and contact police when patients do not return to the hospital at agreed times. Due to matters of patient confidentiality, we are unable to comment further.”

A former employee told the Comet the man in question had gone missing from the manor several times before.

And police figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act in May confirm that such incidents are far from unique.

During 2015 officers recorded 16 cases of missing and found persons that involved Baldock Manor and necessitated police attendance or intervention.

The 2016 tally up to the end of May was seven – the Comet has made a further FOI request to obtain the latest figures.

Nouvita Ltd declined to comment on the figures.

A concerned neighbour, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the Comet: “These figures show that Baldock Manor are unable to manage the challenges presented by their patients without impacting on the local community.

“Every time a police officer attends Baldock Manor – which we all accept is part of our community – those scarce police resources are taken away from serving other parts of the local community. This is quite apart from the significant disruption some of these incidents have had on the quality of life of nearby residents.”

Baldock Manor last month received a damning Care Quality Commission report, based on visits in November 2015. The results of a CQC follow-up in May have yet to be published.

Read the CQC report by searching for ‘Baldock Manor’ at cqc.org.uk.

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