Health Minister praises Bridgend laboratory for keeping patients safe

SMTL were delighted to host Welsh Government Health Minister, Mark Drakeford, at SMTL on the 20th November 2014.    

SMTL demonstrated the testing of lymphodema garments, and explained how during their test programme they uncovered some devices which, whilst being CE marked, did not meet the performance requirements of Welsh clinicians. This information is now being used by colleagues in the Welsh Procurement Service to purchase  compression garments which meet clinical need, as part of the Prudent Healthcare agenda. They also discussed problems uncovered during surgical instrument testing, and finally updated the Minister on the recently completed Usability study which they undertook for the International Standards Organisation into non-Luer neuraxial connectors, which are designed to prevent wrong route injections and reduce the risk of patient harm and death.

Dr Gavin Hughes, Physical testing Manager at SMTL, presented the results of SMTL's recent test programme for the All Wales contract for compression garments at the British Lymphology Society 2014 conference in Birmingham. Gavin won the "Best Newcomer" award, as this was the first time SMTL have presented at the BLS.  

The presentation stirred a great deal of interest from both NHS staff and industry.



SMTL have recently updated two of our research papers.  Firstly the Safer Sharps - Scalpel and Suture needles paper has been updated with the latest information.  Sharps injuries are a common occupational hazard for health care workers in the NHS and this report summarises 'safety' scalpels and associated products.  Secondly the Infusion therapy - requirements for flow control paper has been updated.  This paper summarises guidance currently available in the area.

We also have a range of papers from our Safer Sharps series, which are available on

Welcome to the SMTL blog.  We will be blogging about a number of our test methods and up and coming developments over the next few months.

This is the final of the three posters which we presented at Wounds 2013.  It details the results for Log Reduction by Shaking against low adherent dressings.  These results are from the testing for dressings as part of the 2009/2010 All-Wales NHS Wound Management Contract.


If you need dressings tested, please contact us.

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