Concern grows for patient missing without insulin from hospital

Vulnerable Tracy Simpson has been missing for nearly 24 hours
Vulnerable Tracy Simpson has been missing for nearly 24 hours
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FRANTIC family are in a race against time to find a vulnerable diabetic patient who vanished from a Capital hospital.

Tracy Simpson, 42, was last seen at Astley Ainsley in Grange Loan, Newington, between 6pm and 6.30pm yesterday (Thurs).

Police are “gravely concerned” as Tracy, from Bonnyrigg, has now missed two insulin injections she has to help manage her condition and has no medication with her.

“We’re frightened and scared - it’s very emotional,” Tracy’s dad, James, 63, told the Evening News.

Tracy’s brother and sister, James and Donna, are helping efforts to find here while police have drafted in the force helicopter and dogs to bolster the search.

“She might have tried to come home to Bonnyrigg but she had no money on her and can’t walk that distance,” said retired soldier James.

“We need all the help we can get. Donna’s driving around Bonnyrigg looking for her while I’m waiting by the phone and then we’re swapping.

“Tracy doesn’t know Edinburgh at all - which is a concern.”

James last saw Tracy at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon and she seemed in good spirits.

“We talked about what she’s had for a meal and what she’d been doing over the last couple of days.

“She was fine and just her bubbly self. She wanted to go home, like anyone in hospital, but there was nothing untoward.

“She was looking forward to going out on Wednesday, One of the care nurses was taking her into Morningside for a cup of tea.”

Police officers are going door-to-door in a bid to find Tracy, while dog teams have scoured the Astley Ainsley grounds.

Tracy is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall with a slim build, long brownish red hair that is likely to be tied back.

She was wearing a bright pink hooded top, black jacket, navy jeans and light-coloured Nike trainers.

Tracy also has a rash at the corners of her mouth and may have dressings on both wrists.

She takes an insulin injection each morning, afternoon and two at night for type one diabetes.

Inspector Norman Towler from Howdenhall police station said: “It’s now been potentially over 12 hours since Tracy took her medication and that gives us great cause for concern for her health.

“We are eager to trace her as soon as possible to ensure she is alright and anyone who believes they have seen her since Thursday evening, or who has information that can assist with our ongoing inquiries, should contact police immediately.

“Tracy is not believed to have much money with her so will either be travelling on foot, or utilising public transport.

“She has links to the Bonnyrigg area and may look to head there, so we will be conducting search activity in this area as well as within the city.

“If Tracy sees or hears this appeal, I would urge her to get in touch with family, friends, or with police, to let us know she is safe.”

Anyone with information can contact Howdenhall Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 3357 of the 18th January.