Hospital spot checks combat poor elderly care

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Negligence of care being investigated

Spot checks are due to be carried out across hospitals in Wales, after the Trusted to Care report investigated the death of an OAP patient.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has ordered this second review into the care of elderly people, looking at all major hospitals across Wales, after the death of Lilian Williams, 82 years old.

The report was originally commissioned back in October, after Mrs Williams’ family raised concerns over her care at Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot hospitals.

Left alone

The Trusted to Care report made stark reading, as it claimed that older patients were left to soil their beds, and dementia sufferers were left unattended and without due attention. The report also unveiled “poor professional behaviour” and “a sense of hopelessness” in the care of frail and elderly patients.

ABMU Health Board Chairman, Professor Andrew Davies told BBC News “As a health board we expect the highest professional standards and behaviours and will not tolerate poor care. This report was very uncomfortable to read but we are determined to emerge as a health board where all our hospitals provide excellent, patient-centred, care.”