Morriston Hospital

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Morriston Hospital
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
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Geography
Location Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Organisation
Care system NHS Wales
Hospital type Teaching, Secondary care
Affiliated university Swansea University, Cardiff University [1]
Services
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 750
History
Founded 1942
Links
Website www.swansea-tr.wales.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom
Other links Singleton Hospital

Morriston Hospital is a 750-bed hospital located in Cwmrhydyceirw near Morriston in Swansea, Wales. Morriston is the largest hospital in the city and county of Swansea and is operated by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. Alongside its role as a district general hospital, Morriston is a teaching hospital for medical students of Swansea University School of Medicine.[2] Most services are housed in buildings constructed since 1981.[3]

The hospital is the site of the major Accident and Emergency Department for Swansea and is considered by the Trust to be the major trauma centre for South West Wales.[3] In addition to general surgical and medical services, Morriston houses the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery[4] and one of the two Cardiac Centres in Wales and one of three centres (ALACs) of the Wales Artificial Limb & Appliance Service. Other services include renal medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, rheumatology and palliative care. The Tŷ Olwen hospice, a Swansea charity, is located here.

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery[edit]

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery provides care for a population of 2.3 million across West, Mid and South Wales. The centre moved to Swansea from St. Lawrence Hospital, Chepstow in 1994 and treats approximately 750 people a year, of which half need inpatient treatment.[4]

Plans[edit]

A number of the buildings in Morriston Hospital date back to 1941. There are plans to demolish these World War II buildings and replace them with modern premises, and improve the roads leading to and within the hospital site. Improved accommodation will be provided for the Endoscopy suite, Out-patients, Discharge lounge, Multi-professional Education centre, Medical records, Social Services offices, Care Co-ordination Centre, new main entrance, and the Dispensary.[5]

Architecture[edit]

The main building is an example of the Nucleus hospital design which was developed in 1975. It was a response to the energy crisis and to concern that hospital building costs were out of control at that time.[6] The design incorporates a completed functioning hospital (the nucleus) which may be easily extended when demands or budgets permit. It was intended to save energy by maximising natural light and ventilation. Such hospitals consist of low-rise cruciform blocks and square modules, some with a courtyard, linked by a long central corridor. The Nucleus building at Morriston was announced in December 1976 and planning permission granted in March 1978.[7] Construction began in 1981 and the building opened in October 1985.[8]

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Coordinates: 51°40′56.00″N 3°56′02.00″W / 51.6822222°N 3.9338889°W / 51.6822222; -3.9338889