Woman, 90, in hospital after 'escaping' from care home

Tolverth House in Longrock
Image caption Coastguards found the 90-year-old woman on Sunday morning after a three hour search in the Penzance area

A vulnerable 90-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after going missing from a care home in Cornwall.

Coastguards found the woman, who has dementia, on Sunday morning after a three-hour search of the Penzance area.

Lyn Hughes, manager of Tolverth House in Longrock, said "all procedures were followed" and the woman "escaped through a fire exit".

The care home has been rated as requiring improvement in its safety by the Care Quality Commission.

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Ms Hughes said: "The patient escaped through a fire exit which had recently been fitted with new locks. All procedures were followed.

"She was checked every hour [by law residents must be checked every two hours] and once staff realised she was missing the authorities were alerted."

Penzance, St Ives and Lands End coastguard rescue teams joined the police and the Penlee RNLI lifeboats and a coastguard rescue helicopter in searching several miles of coast.

Andy Cattrell, senior coastal operations officer, said: "We and the police were very concerned. She was 90 years of age, a vulnerable patient of a local care home. With someone that age, she needed finding."

Image caption Andy Cattrell, senior coastal operations officer, said rescuers were "very concerned" and the elderly lady "needed finding".

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