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Wales leading the way on organ donation
The latest figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant published today show the consent rate for organ donation in Wales have increased by 7% from last year. Wales has the highest consent rate of all the UK nations, now 77%, up from 58% in 2015, when the new a soft opt-out system of consent to…
New Chair appointed at Hywel Dda University Health Board
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething has today announced the appointment of Maria Battle as the new Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board for a 4 year period. On the appointment, the minister said: Maria brings a wealth of experience of the NHS to this role. I’m confident that Maria’s clear knowledge, personal drive and passion…
Finger-prick blood test could safely reduce antibiotic use for people with chronic lung disease
A new study, involving researchers from the Centre for Trials Research and the Wales Centre for Primary and Emergency Care Research (PRIME Centre Wales), has found a simple finger-prick blood test at a GP surgery could prevent the unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More than a million people…
Swansea University researcher wins £35,000 funding to improve lung cancer detection
A researcher based at Swansea University has secured £35,000 from the ICURe Awards, Innovate UK. Dr Charles Brilliant, 28, will use the funding to further his research using infrared light to determine the molecular structure of sputum to detect lung cancer. It means that patients could get an initial diagnosis in their GP surgeries, rather…
Health Minister sets out expectations for action on improvements at North Wales health board
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has set out the improvements he expects to see in the performance of Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board to move out of special measures. Mr Gething today told Assembly Members that progress had been made in the areas that led to the North Wales health board being escalated to special measures…
NHS performance stats show rising demand on health services
The latest NHS performance stats released today show the volume and scale of the increasing demand that the NHS in Wales faces. A&E attendances were the third highest May on record. Emergency admissions volumes for May are also among the highest on record and pressure on emergency care facilities continues to grow, with the medium…
Cwm Taf Morgannwg maternity services put into special measures as report identifies serious failings
Health Minister Vaughan Gething, demands urgent improvement in response to today’s report into maternity services at the former Cwm Taf University Health Board.
‘Hospital to Healthier Homes’ pilot scheme extended
A pilot scheme that helps older people to remain independent in their own homes and leave hospital more quickly has been extended into this autumn.
£2.5 million to transform health and social care services in Powys
A major programme in north Powys is the latest to receive £2.554 million funding from the Welsh Government’s £100 million Transformation Fund to back new ways of delivering health and social care services.
Minister welcomes improvement in NHS Wales elective waiting time performance during period of record demand
Health Minister Vaughan Gething has responded to the latest NHS performance statistics published today.