The inspection focused on Cynnydd and Dinas wards, two of four wards within the Ablett Unit, which is part of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

During the visit we saw some areas of noteworthy practice and observed the motivated, enthusiastic, caring approach of staff on wards with good rapport between staff and patients. Management at ward level were keen to develop the service with positive outcomes for patients firmly in mind.

However, we identified a number of issues which led it to conclude that there was a risk to patient safety and that the environment within both wards was not fit for purpose. We were also concerned to find that issues that were identified in its previous inspection in 2014 were still apparent, despite the health board developing a clear action plan to resolve these at that time.

The health board has produced an improvement plan to address recommendations made in our report which is published today.

Chief Executive Dr Kate Chamberlain said today:

We identified a number of issues that, taken together, we believe represent a risk to patient safety. We were concerned to note that a number of these had been present during our last visit in 2014. It is important that the health board takes urgent action to tackle the improvements needed.


Last updated: 22 Feb 2018