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"Breastfeeding could be seen as a treatment"

A leading neonatal unit, which has seen a dramatic increase in breastfeeding rates, wants mums to see breastfeeding pre-term babies as “a treatment”.

Glan Clwyd Hospital’s specialist neonatal unit is helping 20% more infants start life with the health benefits of breast milk than the national average.

Deeside Vaccination Centre closes after delivering more than 220,000 doses

Staff and volunteers from Deeside Mass Vaccination Centre have thanked the community for their support as the centre closed this week. 

Record-breaking year for flu vaccination protects more people in North Wales than ever before

A total of more than 316,000 flu vaccines have been administered by GP practices, community pharmacists, district and school nurses since September.

Quick-time referrals speeding up cancer diagnosis in North Wales

New clinics in North Wales will help to diagnose patients with concerning symptoms more quickly as part of nationwide work to cut cancer waiting times.

Ysbyty Gwynedd launch online virtual joint replacement programme to prepare patients for surgery

Patients awaiting hip and knee replacements are now offered an opportunity to attend a Virtual Joint School to learn more about and prepare for surgery.

Minister gets a musical treat on visit to Llandudno's Covid-busting IV ward

A young musician who received an innovative Covid-19 treatment at a Llandudno hospital struck just the right chord during the Welsh health minister’s recent visit.

Meet the mental health therapist using past torment over his sexuality to support other LGBTQ+ teens

Stood on a cliff edge, gazing through tears at the rocks below, Aled Griffiths thought his 21st birthday would be his last.

Prostate cancer patients across North Wales benefit from new surveillance programme

Prostate cancer patients in North Wales can now avoid anxious waits for an appointment by seeing their blood results online as soon as they are available.

National robotic assisted surgery programme to be established in Wales

A national robotic-assisted surgery programme allowing surgeons to perform complex procedures with more precision and control is being introduced in Wales, the Health Minister has announced.

Volunteers help brighten up Child Health Centre at Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Children, young people and volunteers joined together to create new art work to brighten up child health clinic rooms at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. 

North Wales community pharmacies introduce 24/7 prescription collection service

Community pharmacies in North Wales are embracing modern technology to enable people to collect prescriptions 24 hours a day.

International Women's Day 2022 – meet some of the inspirational women working for Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

An evening to celebrate and congratulate Betsi's Welsh Learners

On Tuesday evening (March the 1st), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board celebrated St David’s Day with a ceremony to celebrate and congratulate their hard-working staff who have learnt Welsh. The ceremony was held at the Uriel Hotel, St Asaph.

Brilliant Beryl off to pastures new after 37 years fighting for North Wales cancer sufferers

A dedicated nurse who was diagnosed with cancer, then fought for premium services for North Walians throughout her working life is literally off to pastures new.

Beryl Roberts, Betsi Cadwaladr’s head of nursing for cancer services, hangs up her fob watch at the end of March - after 37 years as a cancer nurse

Volunteers needed for fourth dose COVID-19 vaccine booster comparison study

Public Health Wales is seeking volunteers to take part in a study looking at the use of COVID-19 vaccine that targets the Omicron variant when given as a fourth dose.  

Capsule Endoscopy introduced at Ysbyty Gwynedd

A tiny camera, encapsulated in a pill, is now being used at Ysbyty Gwynedd to help diagnose abnormalities in the small bowel.

Flintshire mum hails 'life-saving' mental health service that helped her through her darkest hours

A Flintshire mum who attempted suicide after struggling with the trauma of sexual abuse has paid tribute to a ‘life-saving’ mental health support service.

Children and young people of North Wales to help develop Children's Charter

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, in partnership with organisations and councils across North Wales, is holding a number of events and opportunities for young people to help write a Children’s Charter, and create a lasting difference in areas that matter to them. 

Internship at Ysbyty Gwynedd gives huge confidence boost to young man with autism

A young man with autism has thrived since taking on a placement at Ysbyty Gwynedd that has helped boost his confidence.

"Pain from little-known brain condition left me feeling like my head was being ripped off"

A former health board employee who suffered years of debilitating pain has explained how a sharp-eyed Ysbyty Glan Clwyd doctor diagnosed a little-known brain condition.

Joanne Robertson, from Abergele, suffered for a decade with increasingly excruciating head pains, memory problems, blurred vision, bowel problems and balance issues before being diagnosed with Chiari malformation