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The Celtic Manor Resort, a former maternity hospital, goes back to its roots with Bevan Commission conference celebrating 70 years of the NHS

1st Jun 2018

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS, the Bevan Commission International Conference 2018 will take place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on 3 and 4 July, taking the venue back to its roots as a former maternity hospital.

Over 60,000 babies were born at Lydia Beynon Hospital over the course of 42 years, including Sir Terry Matthews, who would go on to transform the institution into one of Wales’ most famous leisure resorts. 

The Bevan Commission, a leading health think tank for Wales, also celebrates 10 years since it was established in 2008. The Commission brings together a group of internationally renowned experts to provide independent, authoritative advice to Welsh Government, NHS Wales and health leaders worldwide.

The Bevan Commission International Conference 2018 will use this landmark venue to reflect upon the origins of the health service, compare devolved health systems across the UK, and discuss how we will ensure that we have a sustainable health and care system which is fit for the future. It will challenge everyone to play their part: people and communities, businesses, local authorities and the NHS itself.

The conference will showcase a number of innovative ideas and approaches from a variety of speakers, including Bevan Exemplars who have been supported by the Commission to test out their own ideas and to drive and spread change more rapidly across Wales.

A number of these pioneering projects have been developed in the local area surrounding the Celtic Manor. They include a partnership between Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Thermal Compaction Group (TCG), which introduced cutting edge recycling technology to turn hospital plastic waste into new products – turning waste disposal costs into a revenue stream.

The conference will welcome over 300 delegates from Wales, the UK and beyond and will act as a fitting tribute to the origins of the NHS in Wales, and to the former maternity hospital which later became the Celtic Manor Resort.

Sir Terry Matthews, owner of the Celtic Manor Resort. said: “It was not really a sentimental decision for me to buy the old maternity hospital where I was born – I always recognised this was a terrific location to build a hotel and resort so close to the M4 and all that passing traffic. However, I do love the local history of this part of the world and it always fascinates me to see how many other people who were born at the Lydia Beynon return to celebrate their birthdays and other family occasions with us. We are now delighted that the Bevan Commission has chosen to celebrate a milestone anniversary for the NHS by holding this prestigious conference at the Celtic Manor.”

Helen Howson, Director of the Bevan Commission, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Celtic Manor Resort to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and its origins here in Wales. The Bevan Commission is committed to upholding the principles of Aneurin Bevan’s prudent and social healthcare system and it is vital that everyone plays their part in this. As a former maternity hospital and a landmark venue for Wales, the Celtic Manor is the perfect place to celebrate this anniversary and look to future health and care innovations emerging across Newport, Wales and beyond.”

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