PERFORMANCE: The mental health foundation trust has identified a risk from use of cigarette lighters and matches in its wards, board papers suggest.

The trust’s latest quality committee report states: “As a result of recent incidents, the committee has been concerned about the issue of ignition sources in in-patient services.

“It was recognised that people are subject to confiscation and searches on PICU [psychiatric intensive care] units but not on other wards. The problems were considered as was the need for a resolution,” the report warned.

The trust said a meeting had taken place between Surrey Fire Service and trust fire officers, with an action plan due to be presented at the next quality committee meeting.

“It is likely to include an awareness campaign to highlighting the dangers of ignition sources, and improvements to smoking shelters and secure smoking areas,” the report said.