Drugs Unattended At Welsh Hospitals

16 October 2014, 17:09

Spot checks have found drugs at some Welsh hospitals aren't being locked away properly.

Investigators looked at 20 hospitals and - in some cases - found drugs left unattended.

However, on the whole, they found the standard of care given was good.

Wales Health Minister called for the spotchecks after concerns were raised about care at Princess of Wales, Bridgend and the Neath Port Talbot Hospital.

There issues over basic things - like patients having enough water to drink and being able to get to the toilet.

The All Wales report has found no systemic failings in relation to those issues.

Wales' Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "I think the report gives us a real sense of reassurance because it was so thoroughly done and it  was signed off by some of the most senior people in Wales and England.

"We really can take confidence from it - that those shocking failures that were highlighted in the 'Trusted to Care' report were not typical of how patients are looked after in the Welsh NHS."

A special group has been set up to look at how to support nurses better after concerns were raised over the handling of medicines.

It's after investigators found drugs fridges weren't locked and medicines has been left unattended on trolleys.

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