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30th September 2019

Timely access to GP services a priority for Welsh public

New research published today shows people want better access to GP services and highlights the importance of securing change through the new GP contract for Wales. The research, commissioned by the Welsh Government, also found people agreed with the Choose Well campaign, which asks people to use the most appropriate healthcare services for their condition,…

30th September 2019

New measure for cancer services in Wales is a UK first

For the first time, all cancer patients in Wales are having their waiting time measured from when their cancer is first suspected rather than from when their referral is received in hospital. The new measure, a first in the UK, aims to speed up diagnosis and ensure people with cancer are treated more quickly. It…

30th September 2019

New organ donation campaign launched to encourage more Welsh people to sign the register

Welsh Government has unveiled its latest TV advertising campaign during Organ Donation Week (2nd-9th September) in a bid to encourage more people to sign the Organ Donor Register. This is the third advert from the Welsh Government and evolves from last year’s hard-hitting campaign urging people to have the organ donation conversation but also to…

29th July 2019

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…

29th July 2019

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…

23rd July 2019

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…

12th July 2019

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…

01st July 2019

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…

01st July 2019

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…

31st May 2019

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.