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Tuesday 25th October 2016

Post-mortems stopped at UHW

18th August 2009

The Human Tissue Authority has stopped post-mortem examinations from being carried out at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.


Following an inspection last month, problems were identified with the hospital's procedural approach, its facilities and apparatus.

Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust has launched an immediate inquiry into the mortuary, which is situated at Wales' largest hospital.

Since last week the HTA has suspended post-mortems at the hospital, which will now be performed at other locations, including Llandough Hospital.

Director of Regulation Sandy Mather said: "The nature of mortuary work means that should something go wrong, it has the potential to cause significant distress to those involved. It is therefore essential that establishments comply with HTA regulatory requirements."

"We do not take regulatory action of this seriousness lightly, but feel, in this case, action is in the public interest."

The trust's chief executive Jan Williams said she was "disappointed" by the failings shown in the HTA report.

She added that the inquiry into the problems would be carried out by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and she would apply their recommendations once they had been presented.

The trust is due to hold discussions into the issue in a meeting on 3 September.

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