Chepstow Community Hospital

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Coordinates: 51°38′23″N 2°41′05″W / 51.63972°N 2.68472°W / 51.63972; -2.68472

Chepstow Community Hospital

Chepstow Community Hospital in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales accepted its first patients on 26 February 2000 having been developed under the United Kingdom Government's Private Finance Initiative. It was officially opened on 27 October by Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM MP, the First Minister for Wales.

The 84-bed hospital provides primary, community and secondary care delivered from one location. As well as hospital services the building also houses two GP practices. It was built and will be operated for 25 years by Kintra Ltd for a capital cost of approx £10m,[1] and an annual charge of £1.2m to Gwent Healthcare NHS Trust.[2] The land around the previous hospitals (St Lawrence and Mount Pleasant) were owned by Monmouthshire Health Authority and was sold for £6M and given to the PFI, so the net investment was just £4M.

The modern hospital building incorporates mementoes from the past, including the old Admiralty portico moulding from the front façade of the former Mount Pleasant Hospital, which was located on the same site.[3]

Previous hospitals[edit]

Mount Pleasant Hospital[edit]

Mount Pleasant Hospital had been built by the Admiralty in 1917 for workers at the National Shipyard in Chepstow, but from 1919 became used for ex-servicemen more generally, and later for the community as a whole.

St Lawrence Hospital[edit]

St Lawrence Hospital was opened in 1942 and was used initially by the War Department throughout the war as a military hospital, including Italian prisoners of war. In September 1949, it was taken over by the Welsh Hospital Board and the Newport and East Monmouthshire Hospital Management Committee, to form a plastic surgery unit.[4] Expansion in the 1950s brought the number of beds to 124, including a burns unit for which it became particularly well known.[3] In the early 1970s the burns unit was transferred to Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the plastic surgery unit to the Prince of Wales Orthopaedic Hospital, Rhydlafar. The hospital was later demolished and the site used for housing.

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