Manhunt for prisoner who escaped from NSW hospital

A manhunt is underway after an inmate wearing prison greens escaped from a hospital on NSW's mid-north coast.

Matthew Furner, 28, was being treated under guard by Corrective Services NSW officers when he absconded from Port Macquarie Base Hospital before 8am on Sunday.

One of the guards fired a warning shot at the man during the escape, police have been told.

A large-scale search for Furner includes local police, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the dog unit and PolAir.

Matthew Furner, 28, was being treated at Port Macquarie Base Hospital when he escaped. Source: NSW Police/Google Maps

He was last seen running west from the Oxley Highway near Lake Road in Port Macquarie.

Police are urging members of the community to avoid the area and not to approach Furner if they see him.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a slim build and a shaved head with a rattail.

The 28-year-old was last seen wearing a green prison T-shirt and tracksuit pants.

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