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Faster access to surgery to reduce hearing loss - Vaughan Gething

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Targets for surgery to reduce hearing loss in adults are to be reduced, Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, announced today.

11 innovative health technology projects successful in £7.3m funding bid

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:49:30 GMT

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has agreed to fund 11 innovative projects through the Efficiency Through Technology Fund following the 2016 open call.

£6.8m for medicine revolution to boost Welsh health and economy

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:39:35 GMT

A new strategy that puts Wales at the cutting edge of the global development of future generations of medical services has been unveiled by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething today (13 April).

£144m investment in community pharmacy protected confirms Vaughan Gething

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:52:18 GMT

Total community pharmacy contract funding in 2017-18 will be £144.3 million, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced today.

"Culture of steady and sustained improvement in NHS Wales" -- NHS Wales Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:28:02 GMT

Every day tens of thousands of people in Wales experience high quality NHS care – within a system that is making sustained improvements. That’s the message from NHS Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall today as he launches his Annual Quality Statement for NHS Wales 2016.

Changes to urgent care services from 6th April

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:24:52 GMT

Urgent care services at Singleton and Neath Port Talbot hospitals are changing from today, Thursday, 6th April, to provide more care for patients during the busiest times.

Significant increase in filled GP training places following successful campaign

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:24:12 GMT

A 16 per cent increase in the number of GP training places filled, so far, compared to last year, has been welcomed by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething.

Free prescriptions are a long term investment in people's health -- Vaughan Gething

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has today marked the 10th anniversary of free prescriptions being available in Wales.

Welsh Admin Portal takes podiatry IT steps ahead

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:38:06 GMT

An electronic system introduced late last year to podiatry services in Cwm Taf University Health Board is helping clinicians send referrals quicker and more securely. 

Wales leading in UK on neurological care measures

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:14:14 GMT

Wales is leading the way in developing patient reported experience and outcome measures for stroke and rehabilitation patients, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said today.

Improved arrangements to support those affected by contaminated blood announced

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:35:55 GMT

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has today announced improved arrangements to support individuals and their families affected by hepatitis C and HIV through NHS treatment with contaminated blood.

Healthier teeth for Wales' children thanks to successful oral health programme

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:46:27 GMT

Tooth decay in five year olds in Wales has declined by 12% since 2008, thanks to the successful Designed to Smile oral health improvement programme.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) launch the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:43:54 GMT

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) have joined forces to create the Wales Institute of Digital Information (WIDI).

Record breaking numbers of NHS staff in Wales welcomed by Vaughan Gething

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Statistics released today showing a record number of full time equivalent qualified nurses and midwives, hospital consultants and ambulance staff employed in the NHS in Wales have been welcomed by Health Secretary Vaughan Gething.

Safer Pregnancy Wales campaign launched

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:36:40 GMT

The Safer Pregnancy Wales campaign in collaboration with the Wales Maternity Network was launched on Tuesday 28 March at the Safer Pregnancy Wales workshop.

NHS pay awards show commitment to living wage

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:52:02 GMT

NHS staff in Wales will receive a 1% pay award with the lowest earners receiving an uplift to the Living Wage, the Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced today.

Health Board and college work together to provide valuable experience to students

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:56:15 GMT

Health and Care students at Coleg Llandrillo are getting valuable experience as part of a new partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Have your say on the future of health and social care in Wales -- Vaughan Gething

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:28:20 GMT

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has today called on the public to have their say on the future of health and social care in Wales.

Burns surgeon's pride after date at Buckingham Palace

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:23:13 GMT

Morriston Hospital consultant Prof Tom Potokar has shared his pride after being honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Minister welcomes report on substance misuse among older adults

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:42:00 GMT

A new Report into substance misuse among adults over 50 years old has been welcomed by Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans.

Welsh Government and GPC Wales agree changes to the GP contract for 2017/18

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:41:28 GMT

In a speech to the Annual Conference of the Welsh Local Medical Committees, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething will today announce changes to the GP contract for 2017/18.
As a result of the agreed changes to the contract investment in general medical service will increase by approximately £27m.

Major research study has the potential to transform the health of the nation

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:40:20 GMT

HealthWise Wales has the potential to transform the health and wellbeing of the nation, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has said today.

Nearly £14 million for improvements to Ysbyty Gwynedd A&E department

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:16:56 GMT

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething has approved £13.89 million funding for improvements to emergency and urgent care services at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.

Cabinet Secretary to meet the CARTREF Project Group

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:41:56 GMT


Out of Work Service funding extended until 2020

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:52:46 GMT

Social Services and Public Health Minister, Rebecca Evans has announced an extension of funding for the Out of Work Service programme to August 2020.

More GP surgeries in Wales are open for longer

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:53:03 GMT

New figures show that more GP practices in Wales are open between 8.00 AM and 6.30 PM in the week and more appointments are being made available to patients early in the morning and later in the day.

Swansea crisis team opens the doors to its new-look centre

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:34:54 GMT

A Swansea team that supports people experiencing a mental health crisis has opened the doors to its new-look recovery centre.

Courses helping transform quality of life for lung disease patients

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:05:46 GMT

Patients battling the breathing problems caused by lung diseases say specialised courses are helping them cope with their symptoms and improving their quality of life.

Young people more likely to try smoking if mother is a smoker, new study suggests

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:06:58 GMT

A new study among eleven to fourteen year olds in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has shed light on the reasons young people try smoking, with having a mother who smokes identified as a high risk factor.

Referrals with images aid dermatology consultants

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:49:24 GMT

GPs sending electronic referrals to Singleton Hospital's Dermatology department help consultants with diagnosis and treatment. 

Dad owes life to sister and Morriston Hospital trauma team

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:06:21 GMT

A young dad owes his life to his sister who was first on the scene when he suffered horrendous injuries in a road crash. Advisory note: contains graphic images.

£95 million investment to train healthcare professionals in Wales

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:03:11 GMT

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced a £95 million package to support a range of education and training programmes for healthcare professionals in Wales.

Hospital patients can watch the Six Nations at their bedside

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:45:10 GMT

Patients who are in hospital during the RBS Six Nations 2017 will be able to watch rugby’s greatest championship using the free Health Charity Wi-Fi service.

Cancer survival rates improving but early detection is key -- Vaughan Gething

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:31:52 GMT

Improving early diagnosis of cancer is key to improving outcomes for patients, Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said as the Welsh Government's 2016 Cancer Annual Report is published.

Your Birth - We Care/ Eich Babi - Eich Gofal

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:55:10 GMT

If you live in Wales and have had a baby in the last 12 months, we need you!

Swansea school receives prestigious health award

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:48:17 GMT

Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has visited Cwm Glâs Primary School in Swansea today, to present the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award.

Mark Drakeford meets European Investment Bank to discuss infrastructure investment opportunities in Wales

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:18:53 GMT

Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford will today meet the Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to discuss how Wales can continue to maximise opportunities to unlock infrastructure financing.

Service offers day treatment to save patients from stay in hospital

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:40:23 GMT

A day care service treating patients with a debilitating lung condition so they can avoid being admitted to hospital is going from strength to strength.

Partners can now stay overnight to support mums-to-be

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:14:07 GMT

Partners can now stay overnight to support mums-to-be, new mums and their babies thanks to a delivery of new reclining chairs to the Women’s Unit at the University Hospital of Wales.

Waiting times app is a big hit with users

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:04:45 GMT

Over 6,000 people have downloaded the NHS ‘Live Wait Times’ smartphone app since it was launched in North Wales on 10th January.  And users have been giving it a big thumbs up, with very high star ratings and positive feedback. 

Board established to oversee Primary Care IT

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:53:21 GMT

Clinical leads and senior representatives from across NHS Wales and Welsh Government will meet to look at the delivery of national Primary Care IT.

Results Reporting Service eases duplicate testing for Cwm Taf's newborns

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:08:59 GMT

Babies are among the first to benefit from the Welsh Results Reporting Service (WRRS) as test results are now available at multiple locations.  

Welsh Results Reporting Service launches in Cwm Taf

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:51:09 GMT

A service that allows clinicians to view test results across health board boundaries, regardless of where they were created in Wales, has been rolled out in Cwm Taf University Health Board.

Thousands of high risk drinkers die without accessing alcohol treatment services

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:27:53 GMT

A report from Public Health Wales suggests that a substantial majority of almost 8,000 individuals who went on to die from alcohol related causes had no contact with alcohol treatment services, despite repeated hospital admission and A&E attendance.

New primary care hub gives more patients the care they need

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:08:24 GMT

A new way of working by GPs in Neath is helping thousands of patients get faster and more direct access to treatment.

Building company joins forces with BCUHB to promote health among its workforce

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:16:56 GMT

A North Wales builder is working with health experts to help its bricklayers, joiners, plasterers and other construction workers across North Wales stay fit and well.

Public Health Wales issues updated advice on e-cigarettes

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:03:40 GMT

Public Health Wales has today (26 January) published its updated position statement providing advice to the public about the potential impacts of e-cigarettes on health.

Staff at Wales' biggest hospital reveal how flu is impacting wards

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:54:06 GMT

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has revealed the huge impact that influenza is having on hospital services, as staff and patients continue to be affected.

Health Minister officially opens new step-down ward at Bronglais Hospital

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:21:28 GMT

Health Minister Vaughan Gething paid a visit to Bronglais Hospital this week to officially open a new step-down unit for patients who are deemed medically fit, but who may need a period of reablement before they can be discharged.