Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, covering Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Wrexham. It was put into special measures in 2015 and was earlier this year given extra funding and new troubleshooters to improve performance. With an annual budget of £1.3bn, it serves a population of around 678,000 people and has three main hospitals and several community hospitals. The health board also co-ordinates more than 100 GP practices and dental, optical and pharmacy services.
Its hospitals include:
Abergele Hospital was originally built in 1910 by the people of Manchester, for children from the city with tuberculosis. It was a sanatorium until 1955, when it became a chest hospital for children and adults. In recent years, it has provided orthopaedic care and, in 2009, the North Wales Adolescent Service opened an inpatient unit on the site. Since 2012 it has also been the centre for ophthalmology in the area, following the closure of HM Stanley Hospital in St. Asaph. The ophthalmology unit is aptly named the Stanley Eye Unit.
Specialisms: Including ophthalmology, orthopaedics and the North Wales Adolescent Service.
Location: Llanfair Road, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 8DP
Tel: 01745 583910
Chirk Community Hospital
Chirk Community Hospital has 31 inpatient beds, with a focus on care of the elderly and GP medical. Services include outpatient and inpatient physiotherapy, visiting mental health care co-ordinators, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, urology and phlebotomy. It has an assessment and treatment unit and a discharge facilitator to support family and carers. Now in modern buildings dating to 1990, the original Chirk and District Hospital was built with contributions from every miner in the area.
Specialisms: Including care of the elderly, GP medical beds, consultant outpatient clinics, specialist nurse outpatient clinics and dementia care.
Location: Off John’s Street, Chirk, LL14 5LN
Tel: 03000 850003
Colwyn Bay Hospital
Colwyn Bay Hospital originally opened in 1899, as a cottage hospital commemorating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. By 1919 it was in need of expansion and the architect, Sidney Colwyn Foulkes, sent to America for copies of the latest hospital designs. As a result, Colwyn Bay Hospital is believed to have been the first in the UK to deviate from the Florence Nightingale ward layout!
Today, the hospital has 42 beds focusing on care of the elderly and GP medical beds, as well as providing consultant outpatient and community clinics, dental and x-ray services, a brain injury unit, a sexual health clinic and a child health clinic.
Specialisms: Including care of the elderly and GP medical beds, physiotherapy, speech and language and occupational therapy.
Location: Hesketh Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8AY
Tel: 01492 515218
Deeside Community Hospital
Deeside Community Hospital is a modern, one-storey building that opened in 1992, replacing Mancot Hospital. A large, purpose-built extension was added in 2004 for the rehabilitation of the older person. The hospital has two wards with 44 beds, an assessment and therapy unit and outpatient and community clinics.
Specialisms: Deeside specialises in rehabilitating older people.
Location: Plough Lane, Aston, Deeside, CH5 1XS
Tel: 01244 830461
Denbigh Community Hospital
Founded in 1807 as Denbighshire Infirmary, it was the first institution of its kind in Wales. When the NHS was established in 1948, It became the largest of 19 hospitals and clinics under the control of the new Clwyd and Deeside Hospital Management Committee, until being designated a community hospital in 1980. Denbigh Community Hospital now has a minor injuries unit and 44 beds, as well as a Macmillan Cancer Support unit and a day unit, as well as providing district nurses and health visitors.
Specialisms: Including care of the elderly, outpatient and inpatient physiotherapy, a health advisor for young people and learning disabilities services.
Location: Ruthin Road, Denbigh, LL16 3ES
Tel: 01745 818100
Glan Clwyd Hospital
Glan Clwyd Hospital is the district hospital for central north Wales and covers parts of mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. It has 684 beds and includes an emergency department, intensive care, a special care baby unit, ENT, care of the elderly, dermatology, rheumatology, genito-urinary medicine and radiology services including CT, MRI and radioisotope scanning. Extensive redevelopment work is currently being undertaken on-site.
Specialisms: Glan Clwyd has women’s and children’s services including the special care baby unit and neonatal intensive care for the North Wales region. It also has an excellent Postgraduate Centre, with comprehensive library facilities, and the North Wales Cancer Centre, which includes a new radiotherapy unit. Glan Clwyd is also a centre for general and vascular surgery, gastroenterology, paediatrics and coronary care.
Location: Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 5UJ
Tel: 01745 583910
Holywell Community Hospital
Opened in 2008, Holywell Community Hospital has 44 beds and a minor injuries unit which runs between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. The hospital provides adult social services, midwife-led maternity care, school nurses, phlebotomy services, occupational health and chiropody.
Specialisms: A Red Cross from Hospital service runs at Holywell, which also specialises in the rehabilitation and care of the elderly, and palliative and terminal care.
Location: Halkyn Road, Holywell, CH8 7TZ
Tel: 01352 711833
Llandudno General Hospital
Llandudno General Hospital includes a minor injuries unit, which has recently been downgraded from a doctor-led to a nurse-led service.
Location: Hospital Road, Llandudno, Conwy, LL30 1LB
Tel: 01492 860066
Mold Community Hospital
The 40-bed Mold Community Hospital was opened in 1985 by HRH Princess Anne. IT has a minor injuries unit open between 8am and 6.30pm, seven days a week, as well as a dressing clinic between 8.30am-10.30am and 3pm-6pm, also seven days a week. Services include occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and chiropody.
Specialisms: Mold Community Hospital specialises in care of the elderly, GP medical beds and inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy.
Location: Ashgrove, Mold CH7 1XG
Tel: 01352 758744
Ruthin Community Hospital
Built in 1914 as a workhouse hospital, Ruthin was hurriedly brought into operation as a convalescent home for injured soldiers during the First World War. Today it has 22 GP medical beds, with outpatient and community clinics and a therapies department. Ruthin Community Hospital also provides outpatient and inpatient physiotherapy.
Specialisms: District nursing, podiatry and midwife-led maternity services are run here.
Location: Llanrhydd Street, Ruthin, LL15 1PS
Tel: 01824 728610
Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Alongside Ysbyty Gwynedd and Glan Clwyd, Wrexham Maelor is one of north Wales’s three largest hospitals and serves the north east corner of Wales. It has a busy A&E department and, as a teaching hospital, was in 2017 voted the best in Wales by Cardiff University medical students. It also takes student nurses studying at nearby Glyndwr University Wrexham and Bangor University.
It has an acute cardiac unit, a critical care unit and a special care baby unit. The charity Cherish, supporting parents linked to the SCBU, is based here, as is the Macmillan Shooting Star Centre, providing information and support to cancer patients and their families.
Specialisms: As well as having critical care and high dependency units, Wrexham Maelor is a specialist centre for coronary care, maternity, paediatrics and neonatal intensive care.
Location: Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham, LL13 7TD
Tel: 01978 291100
The 500-bed Ysbyty Gwynedd is in the heart of Bangor, a university city popular with lovers of the outdoors due to its position between the picturesque Menai Strait and Snowdonia. It has an acute medical unit, a haematology/oncology unit, intensive care and coronary care units, as well as being a training centre for the Wales Deanery. Specialisms: Ysbyty Gwynedd is the centre for Bangor COTE team (care for the elderly), which includes general in and outpatient geriatrics as well as ‘Hospitals at Home’ doctors and therapists. It also specialises in stroke services and has a special baby care unit.
Location: Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2PW
Tel: 01248 384384