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Wrexham Maelor doctor helps woman, only seven months pregnant, give birth on flight to India

‘Is there a doctor on board’ heard Inshad Ibrahim, from Wrexham Maelor Hospital’s Emergency Department, before he found himself helping a woman, only seven-months pregnant, give birth on a plane thousands of feet in the sky. 

Ysbyty Gwynedd volunteers providing vital support for patients and families during pandemic

A team of volunteers and healthcare assistants have assisted nearly 4,400 members of the public at Ysbyty Gwynedd during December.

Volunteers needed in Wrexham for new COVID-19 vaccine booster study

Volunteers are needed to take part in a new COVID-19 vaccine booster study in Wrexham.

Pharmacy team wins digital innovation award for positive impact on patients

The Pharmacy team at Wrexham Maelor Hospital are celebrating winning a health and care digital innovation award for the positive impact a pilot project has had on the lives of people in North Wales. 

The mental health drop in centres helping to lift people out of a 'pit of despair'

People struggling with mental health related issues have described how support provided through a Gwynedd drop in centre has helped them ‘learn to live again’.

Heartbreaking message from unvaccinated father to his children's mother as he lay dying with Covid

A heartbreaking message from a dying father has revealed how desperate he was for a Covid vaccination.

The text message was sent by 45 year-old Stephen Doyle to his ex-partner Nichola, the mother of three of his children.

Husband's dying wish continues to be fulfilled 30 years later

As he was dying with throat cancer in 1990, Ron Smith of Old Colwyn asked his wife, Margaret, to dedicate her life to helping to improve the lives of others living with cancer in North Wales by establishing a Cancer Centre in North Wales. Margaret, through lobbying and fundraising, achieved this within a decade and the impressive couple’s legacy continues to this day thanks to a generation of volunteers who were inspired by Margaret’s work.

Top tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing over the festive season

Christmas this year is likely to be different for many of us. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Alys Cole-King has shared her top tips on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing over the festive season.

Children cheered by Christmas gifts from generous wellwishers

Children on a paediatric ward will be showered with goodies this Christmas because of the generosity of others

Phone the family pilot is helping relatives and saving elderly care staff valuable time

A simple idea developed by a nursing sister is keeping families in the loop about relatives’ care and saving valuable clinical time for staff

Young adults getting 'confidence' boosting life chances through health board placements

Six young adults are the latest given chances to find a job via a scheme developing job prospects for those with learning disabilities and/or autism

Great Ormond Street Hospital interested in pioneering work of Betsi physiotherapy lead

A lead physiotherapist who pioneered a policy aimed at understanding fractures in children with limited mobility has been asked to speak at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The famous children’s medical institution in London is one of many interested in the work of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Angela Wing.

Health board exercise regime helping osteoarthritis sufferers "ESCAPE Pain"

Tailored exercise regimes are helping osteoarthritis sufferers in Rhyl reduce the debilitating pain associated with the condition.

Patients with the condition in their knees and hips are already benefiting from the six-week long ESCAPE Pain course, which is available by referral through people’s GPs or a physiotherapist.

Three nurses receive top nursing accolade

Three nurses from across the Health Board have received a prestigious award to recognise their contribution to the profession.

OpTIC Centre booster roll-out continues at pace despite late night vandalism

Betsi Cadwaldr’s Covid booster roll-out is continuing unabated despite vandalism at one of its vaccination centres on Wednesday night.

The OpTIC Centre in St Asaph was welcoming appointees for their jabs from 8.30am on Thursday morning, despite 17 windows being smashed.

Liverpool and North Wales Network awarded Tessa Jowell Centre of Excellence Status

The Liverpool Network, including The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre, has been awarded Centre of Excellence status after rigorous assessments led by experts from the Tessa Jowell Brain Cancer Mission (TJBCM)

Health board and hospice aim to become 'world leader' in children's end of life care

An innovative partnership between a health board and a hospice charity aims to make North Wales a “world leader” in caring for life-limited children

Mold hospital lights up its first Christmas memory tree

Mold Community Hospital switched on its first Christmas memory tree lights this week, for people to celebrate and remember loved ones and patients who are no longer with us. 

Llandudno Hospital adopts winter initiative to help ease bed pressures at other sites

Staff are hoping a winter initiative at Llandudno Hospital will help ease bed pressures at other sites around North Wales

Nursing Support Workers recognised for going above and beyond supporting patients and colleagues

To celebrate this year’s Nursing Support Workers’ Day staff from Flintshire and Wrexham were invited to nominate colleagues to receive recognition and appreciation for the dedication they bring to their role.