South East Wales

Two arrests over death of Ysbyty Cwm Cynon patient

Ysbyty Cwm Cynon
Image caption The 88-year-old patient was found with serious injuries at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon

Two people have been arrested after the death of an 88 year old patient who was found with "serious and unexplained" injuries at a south Wales hospital.

Tegwen Roderick, of Abercanaid, Merthyr Tydfil, suffered the injuries at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon in Mountain Ash last month.

She was transferred to Merthyr's Prince Charles Hospital but died six days later.

A 64-year-old man and a woman, 52, were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Both have been bailed by South Wales Police pending further enquiries.

The woman's injuries were found at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon during what Cwm Taf University Health Board called routine patient care on Thursday, 29 May.

They were described by police as serious and she was transferred to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, but died six days later.

The exact nature of her injuries has not been revealed and have been described as unexplained by police.

Officers have also said that there was no confirmed link at this stage between the injuries and her death.

Originally, 10 staff at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon in Mountain Ash were suspended as a precaution, but the measure has now been lifted for six of them.

Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, which opened in 2012, has a minor injury unit, maternity facilities, a dental teaching facility and six wards which provide rehabilitation services, older people's mental health services and palliative care.

It also houses the local GP out-of-hours service.

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