ONE of the very first patients treated for Covid-19 at Ysbyty Gwynedd has thanked the 'amazing care and support' he received as the nation reflects on a one-year anniversary of the first national lockdown.

Nigel Jones was admitted to the Bangor-based hospital on April 2, 2020 and stayed there receiving treatment until May 27, 2020.

Now, having had his vaccine over the weekend, he has taken an opportunity to thank those who took care of him during his time at the hospital.

In the video above posted to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board's social media pages, Nigel said: "I was on a ventilator for over five weeks in ICU and spent over two weeks on the recovery ward.

"I feel so privileged to have this opportunity to thank the nurses, doctors, physios and the ambulance service for my amazing care and support.

"Also, thank you for all the support to my wife Val and the rest of my family in their darkest days. You truly are amazing, special people, you saved my life and for that I am, and forever will be, truly grateful.

"I was lucky enough to have my vaccine on Saturday. Hopefully everybody will get there's soon and look forward to a happier time."

Since March 2020, Betsi Cadwaladr has cared for over 2,000 patients with COVID-19 across its three acute hospitals.

They say they are 'always pleased to hear from' their former patients.