POLICE are searching for a man who tried to snatch a woman's bag before pushing her to the ground at Manning Hospital this morning
Senior officers say the would-be thief hid behind a fire hydrant and approached a 52-year-old Mt George woman when she went to move her car in the hospital car park just before 4am.
It was then the man tried to snatch her handbag out of her hands, but the woman resisted.
Police said the man pushed the woman in the back, causing her to fall to the ground before he fled.
General duties crews arrived on scene and canvassed the area for any sign of the man.
He's described as being in his late teens or early 20s, of Aboriginal appearance and was wearing no shoes with dark trackpants, a denim-coloured hoodie and his head and face were covered.
Speaking to Fairfax Digital this morning, Inspector Tony Power of Manning-Great Lakes police said detectives were continuing their inquiries today.
"It's an unusual event at the hospital, I don't think we've had any (of this type) in or around the hospital for some time, I would suggest it's opportunistic," Inspector Power said. "Obviously we treat any robbery as serious, particularly when someone is injured.
"Every effort is being made by investigators to track down the perpetrator."
Inspector Power said Manning Hospital was already included in the nightly police patrol taskings of the area.
He said it's possible there are community members who know who the man involed in the incident was and he urged them to come forward to police with information.
He said police would be reviewing past incidents to determine if they are linked.
Anyone with information should contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.