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Spot checks for Welsh hospitals

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INSPECTION teams are carrying out hospital hygiene spot checks in Wales. The independent Healthcare Inspectorate Wales is performing the checks following a succession of negative press stories about dirty wards, according to health minister Edwina Hart.

INSPECTION teams are carrying out hospital hygiene spot checks in Wales. The independent Healthcare Inspectorate Wales is performing the checks following a succession of negative press stories about dirty wards, according to health minister Edwina Hart.

The first two unannounced visits have already been carried out at Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust's Nevill Hall Hospital and Morriston Hospital, part of Swansea NHS Trust.

Ms Hart said: 'A clean hospital environment must be an absolute priority and is essential for the health and well-being of patients, staff and visitors.'

The inspectorate will report its findings directly to Ms Hart who will then publish actions to deal with any problems identified.

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