Queen Mary Hospital announced that a 52-year-old female patient was missing today (16th).
The female patient was escorted by the hospital's non-emergency ambulance back to the residence. The staff took the patient to the entrance of the residence building. However, the hospital received a call from the patient's family in the evening, stating that the patient did not return home and the family was calling the police.
The 52-year-old female patient was discharged today and was escorted back to her home by a non-emergency ambulance at Queen Mary Hospital. The staff took the patient to the entrance of the home building and left.
However, the hospital received a call from the patient’s family in the evening, stating that the patient had not yet returned home and the family was calling the police for help.
The hospital stated that it attaches great importance to the incident and will fully cooperate with the police investigation and maintain close contact with the patient's family. It will also review the non-emergency ambulance's arrangements for escorting the patient and the communication with the family.
The patient was about 1.65 meters tall, of medium build, short black hair, and was wearing a dark shirt when he left the hospital.
The hospital urges members of the public to call the Western District Police Station immediately if they find the patient concerned.
Designated categories of people for non-emergency ambulance transportation services
In response to questions from Legislative Council Members this Wednesday (15th), the Hospital Authority mentioned that the "non-emergency ambulance transport service" targets patients who cannot use other means of transportation due to mobility or mental or sensory impairments, including bedridden patients, Wheelchair patients (there is no elevator facility in the residence), the elderly who live alone and have limited mobility and need to use walking aids, the patients who have mental or sensory (such as vision) impairments and are not transported by relatives or friends when they are discharged from the hospital, etc.
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