Author: Fiona Mendes / Editor: Yasmin Sultan / Codes: MHC1, MHC2, MHC3, MHC4, MHC5, MHC8, MHP1, MHP2, MHP4, MHP5, SaP2, SLO1, SLO7, XC3Published: 22/12/2021

A patient that you have assessed has suicidal thoughts and intent.  You find that they do not have mental capacity.

Whilst awaiting assessment from the mental health team, they abscond from your Emergency Department (ED).

You check the waiting room where another patient informs you that your patient was last seen walking towards the bus stop near the main hospital entrance and smoking a cigarette.

Your patient does not answer their mobile phone when you call. The security team have checked the hospital perimeters and are monitoring the hospital surveillance cameras.