15 Feb 2024

Missing mental health patient returns to Hillmorton Hospital

7:11 pm on 15 February 2024
Kieran Doody.

Kieran Doody. Photo: Supplied / NZ police

Police say a mental health patient who went missing from Christchurch's Hillmorton Hospital has been found.

They said 38-year-old Kieran Doody had returned to the hospital.

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha - Canterbury interim operations director Jo Gibbs said hospital staff alerted police as soon as they realised he had escaped.

"This patient was on escorted ground leave around Hillmorton [on Thursday] ... when he left the site," she said.

"As is always the case when something unexpected happens with a patient in our care we will be reviewing the circumstances of this event."