A vulnerable patient has been injured by a hit-and-run driver in the grounds of a psychiatric hospital.

The male victim is believed to have told police that the female motorist got out the vehicle to check his injuries before leaving the scene.

He was being escorted by a nurse who was also knocked to the ground but escaped uninjured.

The incident happened outside Leverndale Hospital in Glasgow’s Crookston last Sunday.

The 55-year-old patient was transferred to the city’s Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Police have scanned hospital CCTV footage in an effort to trace the driver who was described as wearing rollers in her hair and a blue top, a hospital source said.

The insider added: ”The nurse was taking the psychiatric patient for an evening stroll to get some fresh air.

“She was leading him by the arm when the car appeared from nowhere and the patient was knocked over.

“The nurse remembers seeing a woman in hair rollers and what looked like a blue nurse’s uniform.

“At the time she was more concerned for the patient’s welfare and was struggling to get up off the ground.

“She also remembers the woman saying something like ‘you’re OK then,’ before getting back in her car and driving off.

“Thankfully neither of the two were seriously injured.”

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Leverndale Hospital opened in 1964.

The facility provides an acute adult inpatient service and specialises in treating elderly mental health patients.

It is situated yards from a housing estate and is managed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Police have spent the past week scanning CCTV in the hospital for clues to the driver’s identity.

However, it’s understood that some of the CCTV in the grounds may not have been working at the time.

Police said: “We were called to reports about 7.20pm on Sunday, December 15, 2019, of a man being struck by a car near Leverndale Hospital.

“A 55-year-old sustained a minor injury. Inquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

An NHSGGC spokesperson said: ”We are aware of the incident which has been reported to Police Scotland.”

Earlier this month, the Scottish Government launched an appeal for information on the whereabouts of a Leverndale outpatient who had killed a man in a fight in 1988.

Steven Wilson could not be contacted by his case workers who were forced to raise the alarm.