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About the NHS in Wales

NHS Wales is publicly funded and provides healthcare to some 3 million people who live in Wales. The NHS has a key principle which is that good healthcare should be available to all.


If you are looking for information from a patient's perspective then NHS Direct Wales is a health advice and information service available 24 hours a day, every day.


Health in Wales is the website of National Health Service (NHS) Wales, and brings together information sources about health services and the health and wellbeing of the population of Wales.

NHS Wales provides services ranging from smoking cessation, antenatal screening, and routine treatments for coughs and colds to open heart surgery, accident and emergency treatment and end-of-life care.

Setting health policy for the NHS in Wales and the funding for health services is the responsibility of the Welsh Government.


More information on the system can be found on the Welsh Government's website. Click on this link to find out more: About NHS Wales


NHS Wales is one service made up of a number of organisations.


The NHS Wales Directory of Services provides contact details for all NHS Wales organisations, groups and individuals. You can find out more by clicking on this link: NHS Wales - Directory of Services


The Welsh NHS Confederation is an independent membership body for the full range of organisations that make up today’s NHS in Wales.  Click on this link for more information on the Welsh NHS confederation: The Welsh NHS Confederation


Public Health Wales works to protect and improve health and well-being and reduce health inequalities for the people of Wales: Public Health Wales

Board of Community Health Councils in Wales, 3rd Floor, 33 - 35 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9HB
Phone: 02920 235 558 Email:

This page is also available in Welsh. Please click on ‘Cymraeg’ at the top of the page
We welcome correspondence in Welsh, and corresponding in Welsh will not lead to delay