This section provides information about the main types of local NHS health and social care services.
Dentists are no longer responsible for providing out of hours treatment when the surgery is closed. This service is now the responsibility of Local health Boards.
- Optometrists - also known as ophthalmic opticians, are trained professionals who examine eyes, give advice on visual problems, and prescribe glasses and contact lenses. They can also refer cases of eye disease where appropriate.
- Ophthalmic Medical Practitioners (OMPs) - are medical doctors specialising in eye-care. They examine eyes, diagnose abnormalities and prescribe suitable corrective lenses.
- Dispensing Opticians - make up prescriptions from optometrists. They may fit and supply spectacles, contact lenses and other optical appliances, but do not perform eye examinations.
- NHS Wales Directory
- NHS Direct Wales - Search for an Optician
In addition to those provided by High Street pharmacies, pharmacy services are also accessible from a range of superstores, frequently operating outside the usual High Street opening hours.
Pharmacists are highly trained, qualified professionals with an expert understanding of medications. In addition to dispensing prescribed medication, they can provide free, expert advice on medicines and related subjects.
Health, Wellbeing and Support
Social Services - (non NHS)
Social Services work closely with other local authority departments and agencies, including local NHS services and voluntary organisations, in delivering help and support in the form of services such as education teams, community drug and mental health teams, child-protection services and services for the elderly.
- Abortion counselling
- Cervical smears
- Contraception (including emergency)
- Pregnancy Testing
- Vasectomy & Female Sterilisation advice
- Psycho sexual counselling
Fertility clinics can provide help to those who are not able to conceive naturally. There are several methods of assisted conception that can be used to help people in this situation.
GPs can refer patients to GUM Clinics for Sexually Transmitted Infection tests, although it is possible to make an appointment at some GUM Clinics without a referral. Some clinics offer a drop in service but others require an appointment.
- Sexual health
- Pregnancy testing.
Accident & Emergency
Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust
A dedicated and skilled staff work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure patients receive the best possible care.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is one of the largest in Wales. It is responsible for the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas. It covers both primary (GPs, pharmacies, dentists and optometrists etc) and secondary (hospitals) care.
Aneurin Bevan Health Board is responsible for the delivery of health care services to more then 600,000 people living in the Gwent area.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 676,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham) as well as some parts of mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board provides a wide and unique range of services to its local population and wider-Wales.
Cwm Taf Health Board provides a wide range of services to the community it serves. These include general medical, surgical, maternity, rehabilitation care, accident and emergency services, and some specialist services.
Hywel Dda Local Health Board provides healthcare services to a total population of around 372,320 throughout Carmarthenshire (178,119), Ceredigion (78,200) and Pembrokeshire (116,001). It provides Acute, Primary, Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services via General and Community Hospitals, Health Centres, GP's, Dentists, Pharmacists and Optometrists and other sites.
Powys Teaching Health Board covers a large rural area from Machynlleth in the north, to Ystradgynlais in the south. The current organisation was established on 1 October 2009 and encompasses 10 Community Hospitals, 17 main GP surgeries and 13 branch surgeries, 25 dental practices, 22 ophthalmic practices and 23 pharmacies.
They have a national remit - The Welsh Ambulance Services Trust for emergency services, and Velindre NHS Trust offering specialist services in cancer care and a range of national support services. Public Health Wales is an NHS organisation providing professionally independent public health advice and services to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales. You can find more information on each of the Trusts via the NHS Wales Directory and on their websites below:
- NHS Wales Directory - NHS Trusts
- The Welsh Ambulance Services Trust
- Velindre NHS Trust
- Public Health Wales NHS Trust