Living in the Area

Aneurin Bevan Health Board provides services across five Boroughs encompassing a wide geographic area, which expands across South East Wales.

Gwent 1South East Wales boasts truly magnificent scenery and a wealth of historic treasures, including jewels such as Tintern Abbey and the time-ravaged castles of the Welsh borderlands.

The close proximity of the outstanding beauty of the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons national park, offer endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits, from walking, cycling and fishing to more adventurous activities such as canoeing, gliding and grass-skiing.
Apart from its natural beauty, South East Wales is a thriving commercial area and home to many important national and international manufacturing operations.

Newport Borough

Royal Gwent, St Woolos and St Cadocs Hospitals

Gwent 2The town of Newport is renowned for its nightlife. The many restaurants will suit all tastes with a range of national and international cuisine. Nightclubs and bars serve as a meeting place for young people, regularly offering discounts for themed events.

Multiplex cinemas, bowling, leisure and go-kart facilities are situated in close proximity to the town centre allowing easy access by bus or car.

Newport has a large town centre with main stream high street shops, banks and post offices.

Close to the town is the historic attraction of Tredegar House, South Wales finest 17th Century Mansion situated in 90 acres of magnificent parkland.

Within five miles of Newport is the Roman village of Caerleon.

Caerleon hosts the legendary fortress of Isca, one of the three principle military bases in Roman Britain. A Roman amphitheatre stands just outside the fortress walls and was designed to sit 5,000 spectators.

Caerleon today is an attractive historic village, with many buildings of interest, as well as a selection of fine pubs, shops, arts, crafts and family eating places.

Blaenau Gwent

Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan

Gwent 3Steeped in coal mining history, Blaenau Gwent boasts steep wooded hillsides with heather clad mountaintops.

Blaenavon was granted World Heritage Status and much of Blaenau Gwents industrial history may be found in Abertillery and District museum. The area has much to offer in arts, music and sport.

The rugged but beautiful landscape captures images of rural Wales and its proud industrial heritage.

Monmouthshire Borough

Nevill Hall, Monmouth, Chepstow and Maindiff Court Hospitals

cycling-walesAbergavenny captures the true atmosphere of a market town. On Tuesdays and Fridays the Market Hall is crowded with stalls, creating one of the busiest general produce markets in Wales.

The history of Abergavenny’s ruined castle is steeped with the tales of brutal and bloodthirsty Lords who once lived there.

The Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid Fawr mountains give the town a dramatic backdrop whilst acting as the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Monmouth is a medieval town with well-preserved Tudor and Georgian buildings. The high street connects with narrow shopping lanes and courtyard eating areas. The towns proud past is demonstrated by the impressive 13th Century gateway which sits on Monnow bridge, the only complete monument of its kind in Britain.

Gwent 4Chepstow is probably best known for its racecourse, where the Sport of kings and a regular programme of national Hunt and flat Race meetings provide many thrilling days out.  The entrance to the town is by a restored gatehouse. A stone wall surrounds the town culminating in an imposing castle alongside the river.

The fascinating history of Chepstow is reproduced in its museum whilst outdoor events in the grounds of the castle provide colourful entertainment.

Caerphilly Borough

Caerphilly District, Ystrad Mynach and Redwood Hospitals

Caerphilly grew as a market town serving several mining communities. In the heart of the town is Caerphilly Castle, the second largest in Britain, built by Gilbert De Clare, the Lord of Glamorgan in 1271. The south-eastern tower of the inner fortress now leans at an even greater angle than that of Pisa’s tower and is regarded as a major tourist attraction.

Caerphilly is also renowned for its cheese, which until recently was not manufactured in the area.

The town is steeped in local history but also enjoys its close proximity to Cardiff, which is easily accessible by bus or car.

Torfaen Borough

County Hospital and Llanfrechfa Grange

Gwent 5In the heart of Torfaen nestles the new town of Cwmbran.

The town was purposefully designed to foster a feeling of community. The town centre is well-established offering most main stream high street shops. The centre is completely pedestrianised ensuring safe movement from area to area.

Pontypool is located approximately 4 miles North of Cwmbran and within its extensive parkland is the home of Pontypool Rugby Club.

The leisure centre provides a main source of entertainment for local people with its many activities and clubs.

Pontypool also has a dedicated synthetic ski slope, much enjoyed by local ski enthusiasts.

An old Roman road passes close to a shell-encrusted grotto believed to have once been the home of an old hermit. The grotto is situated within walking distance of a Folly, built c1765, which offers panoramic views of seven counties.

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