Cancer Services in North Wales
Cancer services for North Wales residents are provided by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and overseen by the North Wales Cancer Network.
The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) 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.
Each of the three main hospitals in North Wales has a cancer treatment unit which has dedicated facilities for the provision of chemotherapy treatments. Radiotherapy is provided at the Radiotherapy Unit located at the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. This means that most treatment will be here in North Wales although occasionally patients may have to travel outside the area to receive more specialised services from other hospitals.
Treatment of cancers for children and young people is provided by specialist centres in North West England. Hospitals in this region serve much larger populations and are better able to provide the specialist treatments and support services that may be needed for these less common cancers.
The cancer treatment centres in North Wales are as follows:
Alaw Cancer Treatment Unit
North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre
Shooting Star Unit
Surgical treatment will usually be performed at one of the three Acute Hospitals in the North Wales:
Some cancer surgery can be highly specialised and patients from North Wales requiring such treatment may need to travel to hospitals outside of Wales. These hospitals serve a much bigger population and are therefore better able to provide this specialist care. Details of some of these centres can be found by following the links below:
Thoracic (chest surgery): Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Broadgreen
Plastic surgery : St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, Whiston
Liver surgery : Aintree Hospital NHS Trust
Pancreatic surgery: Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Neuro surgery : Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust
Bone surgery : Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt NHS Trust, Oswestry