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Wales is the birthplace of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS). Mr Aneurin Bevan, the UK's Health Minister and a patriotic Welshman, developed the National Health System in 1948, based on the ideals of equal access and care based on need rather than ability to pay.


The National Health Service (NHS) is presently Wales' largest employer, with seven Health Boards and three NHS Trusts providing healthcare to the country's three million residents.


In Wales, the seven Local Health Boards (LHBs) now plan, secure, and deliver healthcare services in their respective areas, replacing the 22 LHBs and seven NHS Trusts that formerly shared these responsibilities.

1. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

It is one among the UK's busiest and largest healthcare providers. People in South East Wales, including Newport, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Caerphilly, and the surrounding districts, are served by Aneurin Bevan UHB.


The Health Board employs nearly 14,000 people, with two-thirds of them working directly with patients. Over 1000 hospital and general practise doctors, 6,000 nurses, midwives, allied professionals, and community workers make up the team of over 250 consultants. Aneurin Bevan UHB offers a variety of services, including:

  • Children's Healthcare Services

  • Audiology

  • Optometry 

  • Dental 

  • Dementia

  • Dermatology 

  • General Surgery 

  • Diabetes 

  • Maternity Services 


Location Highlights

Newport is surrounded by beautiful landscapes including the Wye Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Forest of Dean. 


Cwmbran is a thriving industrial, commercial and retail centre with good transport links, and the town continues to grow with ongoing shopping and residential developments.


Abergavenny is nestled between seven hills close to the border between England and Wales, it truly is a ‘Gateway to Wales’. Abergavenny remains a vibrant town with busy markets and a number of annual festivals attracting visitors far and wide.

2. Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

The University Health Board (UHB) of Cardiff and Vale is one of Europe's largest NHS organisations. The board employs around 14,500 individuals to deliver health and wellness services to a community of around 472,400 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. In addition, for a variety of specialties, the board serves a larger population in South and Mid Wales.


Services of Cardiff & Vale UHB:

  • Primary and community-based services: GP Practices, Dentists, Pharmacy and Optometry and a host of community-led therapy services via community health teams.

  • Acute services consist of medical & surgical treatments and interventions, and so on through two main University Hospitals and a Children’s Hospital. 

  • Public Health: The board supports the communities of Cardiff and Vale with a range of public health and preventative health advice and guidance.

  • Tertiary centre: Cardiff & Vale UHB also serves a wider population across Wales and often the UK with specialist treatment and complex services such as neuro-surgery and cardiac services.


Location Highlights

Cardiff, the vibrant capital of Wales, has something for everyone. With excellent connectivity ties, a flourishing economy, and a vibrant tertiary education sector, it is a superb city to live and work in. It is the administrative heart of Wales, with a plethora of sports, arts, and cultural attractions. Cardiff is expected to be the fastest-growing major British city during the next 20 years, thanks to its rapidly growing population.

3. HYWEL Dda 
University Health Board

Hywel Dda UHB provides healthcare to three counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire in beautiful West Wales. There are several hospitals, community hospitals, Centres and clinical facilities under Hywel Dda UHB.



  1. Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth

  2. Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen

  3. Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli 

  4. Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest 


Community Hospitals 

  1. Amman Valley Hospital, Ammanford 

  2. Llandovery Hospital, Llandovery 

  3. Tregaron Hospital, Tregaron 

  4. South Pembrokeshire Hospital, Pembroke Doke

  5. Tenby Hospital, Tenby


Other Services: There are 13 centres and clinics, more than 15 mental health facilities and seven minor injury units under Hywel Dda UHB located in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire.


Location Highlights

Carmarthenshire is noted for its majestic rolling hills, picturesque Welsh countryside and market towns, home to two district General Hospitals. 


Pembrokeshire is known for its idyllic countryside, small market towns, award-winning beaches and the breath-taking beauty of its world-famous coastline.

4. Betsi Cadwaladr 
University Health Board

With approximately 17,000 employees, Betsi Cadwaladr UHB is Wales' largest health organisation, delivering primary, community, mental health, and acute hospital services to the people of North Wales. There are three hospital facilities managed by the board.


Hospitals in Conwy and Denbighshire: 

  1. Glan Clwyd Hospital

  2. Abergele Hospital

  3. Colwyn Bay Hospital

  4. Denbigh Hospital

  5. Llandudno Hospital

  6. Royal Alexandra

  7. Ruthin Hospital


Hospitals in Gwynedd and Anglesey: 

  1. Ysbyty Gwynedd

  2. Ysbyty Alltwen

  3. Bryn Beryl Hospital

  4. Cefni Hospital

  5. Ysbyty Dolgellau

  6. Ysbyty Eryri

  7. Tywyn Hospital

  8. Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley


Hospitals in Wrexham and Flintshire:

  1. Wrexham Maelor

  2. Deeside Community Hospital

  3. Chirk Hospital

  4. Holywell Hospital

  5. Mold Community Hospital


Betsi Cadwaladr UHB is also responsible for community hospitals, health centres, clinics, mental health units, community teams, GP practices and other NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists. 


Location Highlights

Both geographically large and diverse in its landscape, North Wales has something to offer every lifestyle. In the northwest is the stunningly beautiful Snowdonia National Park, world-renowned for its rugged landscape, Welsh culture and of course Wales’ highest mountain- Yr Wyddfa.


North East Wales offers a different pace of life. From the popular seaside resorts of Rhyl and Prestatyn to the bustling shops of Wrexham, northeast Wales is predominately urbanised with excellent transport links to the major centres of population in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

5. Powys
Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board is one of seven health boards in Wales. The board provides health services and improve health for 133,000 people living in Powys, a large rural county of 2000 square miles, approximately a quarter of the landmass of Wales.


Hospitals and Centres in Powys:

  1. Breconshire War Memorial Hospital (Brecon)

  2. Bro Ddyfi Hospital (Machynlleth)

  3. Glan Irfon Health and Care Centre (Builth Wells)

  4. Knighton Community Hospital (Knighton)

  5. Llanidloes War Memorial Hospital (Llanidloes)

  6. Bronllys Community Hospital (Bronllys)

  7. Ystradgynlais Community Hospital (Ystradgynlais)

  8. Montgomeryshire County Infirmary (Newtown)

  9. Llandrindod Wells Memorial Hospital (Llandrindod Wells)

  10. Brecon Children's Centre (Brecon)

  11. Victoria Memorial Hospital (Welshpool)

  12. The Hazels (Llandrindod Wells)

  13. Bryntirion Resource Centre (Welshpool)

  14. Ty Illtyd Resource Centre (Brecon)

  15. Ystradgynlais Mental Health Resource Centre

  16. Fan Gorau Unit (Newtown)

  17. Park Street Clinic (Newtown)

  18. Ynys Y Plant (Newtown)


Location Highlights

Powys THB is both a rural and geographically large county, covering a quarter of the landmass of Wales. Promising incredible beauty, affordable housing and a relaxed pace of life, it’s not surprising that Powys is one of the happiest places to work and live. 

Famous events such as the Hay Festival, the Royal Welsh Show and the Green Man Festival may attract annual visitors to Powys. However, it is the extraordinary ability of the county to make everyday life so much better that it invites health professionals and their families to build a future here. It is also one of the safest parts of the country.

6. Cwm Taf Morgannwg
 Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB provides primary, community, hospital and mental health services to the 450,000 people living in three County Boroughs: Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf through a workforce consisting of almost 12,000 members. 


The hospitals under Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB are:


  1. Prince Charles Hospital

  2. Princess of Wales Hospital

  3. Royal Glamorgan Hospital

  4. Ysbyty Cwm Cynon

  5. Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda

  6. Cefn Yr Afon

  7. Dewi Sant Health Park

  8. Glanrhyd Hospital

  9. Keir Hardie University Health Park

  10. Maesteg Community Hospital

  11. Merthyr Renal Dialysis Unit

  12. Pontypridd Cottage Hospital

  13. Ysbyty George Thomas

  14. Ysbyty'r Seren

  15. Pinewood House

Location Highlights

Ideally situated between Wales’ capital city, Cardiff to the south, the coastal town, Porthcawl to the west and the stunning scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park to the north, Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB operates within a vibrant community, rich with history and heritage. The area is steeped in history, widely recognised across the UK and around the world as the driving force of the industrial revolution and the coal industry.

7. Swansea BaY

The Swansea Bay UHB serves roughly 390,000 people in the Neath Port Talbot and Swansea districts. A total of 12,500 people work for the health board. Morriston and Singleton Hospitals in Swansea, as well as Neath Port Talbot Hospital near Baglan, Port Talbot, provide a variety of services.


The hospitals and other healthcare facilities under Swansea Bay UHB are: 

  1. Morriston Hospital

  2. Singleton Hospital

  3. Neath Port Talbot Hospital

  4. Gorseinon Hospital

  5. Cefn Coed Hospital

  6. Tonna Hospital

  7. Taith Newydd

  8. Caswell Clinic


Location Highlights

Swansea is the regional capital of South West Wales and Wales' second-largest city. It is a university town with a long and illustrious history and a thriving cultural scene. Swansea benefits from being able to offer great leisure and recreational possibilities as a seaside city with access to some of the most magnificent beaches in the UK on the Gower Peninsula (the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

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