Investigation after hospital worker arrested over alleged Whatsapp video of patient ‘soiling bed’

An investigation is underway after a carer was arrested for allegedly sharing a video on Whatsapp of a vulnerable patient ‘soiling their bed’.

Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board referred the matter to North Wales Police, after they were made aware of the allegations against a staff member, regarding an elderly patient, on March 24, reports the BBC.

Officers said the report “related to concerns of abuse of position and possible ill-treatment of patients” at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The nursing staff member has since been released on bail.

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The force said the health board is assisting with its investigation, but have not given any further details about what is alleged to have happened.

According to the BBC, the health board said it had started an internal disciplinary procedure and had put measures in place to ensure the safety of patients.

It said it will also be setting up a helpline for staff, patients or anyone who may be concerned.

Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Wrexham Maelor Hospital

In a statement to North Wales Live, Gill Harris, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s deputy CEO and executive director of integrated clinical services, said: “We were recently made aware of allegations against a member of staff regarding a vulnerable patient and immediately referred to the matter to North Wales Police.

“Whilst we are working with all relevant authorities, this remains a matter under police investigation. Therefore we will not be making any further comment at this time.”

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A North Wales Police spokesman said: “On Thursday, 24 March, we received reports from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board of an incident involving a member of nursing staff at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“The report related to concerns of abuse of position and possible ill-treatment of patients. The individual was arrested in connection with this report, and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

“The Health Board are assisting officers with their investigations and our inquiries remain ongoing.”

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