Health Board to start radio-tagging hospital linen

Health bosses at Aneurin Bevan Health Board are hoping to save more than a quarter of a million pounds annually, by radio - tagging hospital linen.

The board says it spends almost £400,000 a year replacing linen that's gone missing.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board to electronically tag linen

When it comes to cutting costs in the NHS, bed linen might not be the first place you'd think to start.

But one health board is putting electronic tags on its sheets, pillow cases and bed clothes, to help save them over a quarter of a million pounds a year.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board say that between 2011 and 2012, £400,000 worth of linen was lost.

Nicola Hendy reports.

Health board hopes to save £250,000 by tagging linen

Health bosses are hoping to save more than a quarter of a million pounds annually by electronically-tagging hospital linen.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board says it spends almost £400,000 a year on replacing linen that's gone missing.

As well as saving money, electronic tagging will allow every item to be identified to ensure hospitals have a reliable supply.

"A lot of it gets thrown away because people consider it too dirty to be washed" says Alan Dudley.

"Some of it is stolen and a fair bit goes home with the patients.

What we're gonna do is tag all the linen with a machine readable tag. We expect to reduce our loss rate from 40 percent which is what it is now to 10 per cent or loss "

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Health board hopes to save thousands by electronically tagging hospital linen

The health board process 12 million pieces of linen a year Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Health bosses at Aneurin Bevan Health Board are hoping to save more than a quarter of a million pounds annually, by radio - tagging hospital linen.

The board says it spends almost £400,000 a year replacing linen that's gone missing.

As well as saving money, they hope electronic tagging will ensure hospitals have a reliable supply of linen.

The tagging system will allow every item to be identified and will help in tracking details such as when items have been dispatched and collected from the health board's laundry service.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board has invested money from the Welsh Government's Invest-to-Save scheme to start the process.