Missing patient found safe after police search
POLICE have found a man who sparked a missing person alert when he walked out of a hospital without being discharged by a doctor.
Officers on the ground and the South Wales Police helicopter had been involved in the search for the man on Thursday.
There were concerns for his welfare.
But the search was called off later that night when the man was found safe and well.
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It is understood the man left Swansea's Morriston Hospital after going outside to have a cigarette.
An Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board spokeswoman said because the man left Morriston Hospital before he was discharged by a doctor they told both security and the police.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: "The man missing from the Morriston area on Thursday was found safe and well that night."
An Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board spokeswoman added: "We can confirm a patient left one of our hospitals of their own free will on Wednesday.
"Because the patient left before being discharged by a doctor we informed security and the police. "This is completely normal as it is important to locate the patient and carry out a welfare check."