Whitchurch Hospital

Whitchurch Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Whitchurch, an area in the north of Cardiff. As well as general psychiatry, services include elderly psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, forensic psychiatry, rehabilitation and addiction services. It is part of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

The hospital was previously named the Cardiff City Asylum. It was founded in 1904 and opened on the 15th April 1908. During World War I, the facility was called the Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital.

The current facilities are considered obsolete and unsuitable for the requirements of 21st century psychiatry. As a result, there is an ongoing programme to phase out and replace the current building. Some facilities have been moved to newly-built units elsewhere, such as the acute psychiatric wards at the Llanfair Unit, Llandough Hospital. Other wards have been replaced by community-based services such as Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams. The remaining facilities will be moved to a new purpose-built hospital to be constructed on the site of the adjoining Tegfan Day Hospital. This new hospital is expected to be completed in 2010.

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