Yvonne Mainwaring
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Patient's daughter: 'They've got to monitor the staff'

Improvements are needed to make sure medicines are safely administered on hospital wards caring for elderly patients, according to a report.

Investigators carried out spot checks at 20 hospitals across Wales prompted by criticisms of elderly patient care.

They found there were aspects of management of medicines that needed to be improved "in the vast majority" of the 70 wards inspected.

They also looked at continence care, hydration and night-time sedation.

The spot checks were ordered after the publication of the Trusted To Care report, following the neglect of Lilian Williams, 82, at hospitals in Bridgend and Neath.

Yvonne Mainwaring's father Douglas went into the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend for his leg to be amputated but caught an infection and now she says he faces the possibility of having his other leg amputated.

She is not satisfied that the report will be enough to bring improvements for elderly patients and wants changes in management.

Ms Mainwaring, from Pencoed, is angry about her father's treatment and claims the report is a whitewash.

"I personally don't want to use the hospital," said the chairman of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board Victim Support group.

"I'm shocked and don't want to end up there myself and I feel I'll have to move out of Wales. I'm terrified of having to use one of those (ABMU) hospitals."

She said she still has no confidence in the health board.

  • 16 Oct 2014
  • From the section Wales
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