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 "
More top news
Patchy rain and drizzle will continue this evening and overnight. Winds will remain brisk with temperature staying on the mild side.
With Christmas around the corner, we'd like to see your pets getting in the spirit in their festive outfits.
ITV News has spoken to one social worker who says the system is unsafe, blighted by bullying and high case loads.