WORKFORCE: Police are investigating “a number of” allegations relating to the care of a patient on a ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Two members of staff have been suspended and the 24-bed Wheal Agar ward closed following the complaints which are being treated as a safeguarding issue.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust described the suspensions as a “neutral act” while investigations are carried out. A spokesman said the decision to close the ward temporarily on had been taken as there has only been a “few” patients on the ward and staffing levels were low due to sickness and maternity leave as well as the suspensions.

A spokeswoman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police have been made aware of a number of allegations concerning the conduct of staff in the Wheal Agar ward… These allegations are now being investigated by police.”

No arrests had been made as HSJ went to press.

Director of Nursing Christine Rashleigh said: “There is currently an investigation into an allegation about a specific patient’s care on the ward.

“As with any safeguarding matter we routinely inform the Cornwall multi-agency safeguarding unit which includes the police, adult social care and other healthcare partners. We take every concern raised seriously and accordingly in this instance we are investigating fully.”