North Wales Leads the Hospitals League

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Byline: ERYL CRUMP

THREE North Wales hospitals have topped a Wales-wide survey for patient care.

North West Wales NHS Trust is rated the best-performing in Wales according to the Good Hospital Guide.

The Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust, based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, in Bodelwyddan, clinched second spot in the survey.

The North East Wales Trust, responsible for Wrexham's Maelor Hospital,came third.

The Sunday newspaper survey found the North West Wales NHS Trust is the best at meeting patient waiting time targets.

It admits 75% of in-patients within six months of referral and sees half of out-patient referrals within 13 weeks.

The guide said: ``In-patient waits are the shortest in Wales and outpatient are second-best.

``Just one in 25 patients now waits longer than 13 weeks to see a specialist compared with one in three at the trust's nearest challenger.''

It said a pounds 1.3m scheme to extend the out-patients' department will increase the number of people who can be seen and will cut waiting times to see a consultant.

North West Wales NHS Trust provides health care for around 250,000 people through Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor,and a series of smaller acute and community hospitals.

Opened in 1984,Ysbyty Gwynedd has a nine-theatre surgical complex and two-theatre day unit which the guide claims are among the best equipped in Wales.

Keith Thomson,chief executive of the North West Wales NHS Trust, said: ``This is another magnificent achievement by all the staff and is deserved recognition for all their hard work.

``We aim to provide the best possible standard of patient care,and all the staff at the trust can feel proud of their achievement. …