|Cardiff and Vale University Health Board|
|Location||Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Care system||Public NHS|
|Affiliated university||Cardiff University|
|Emergency department||No Accident & Emergency|
|Lists||Hospitals in the United Kingdom|
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 population of Cardiff had expanded greatly, from under 20,000 in 1851 to over 40,000 less than 20 years later. By 1890 there were 476 Cardiff residents "boarded out" in the Glamorgan Asylum, and a further 500 to 600 being held in hospitals as far away as Chester and Carmarthen.
Costing £350,000 and ten years to build, the main hospital building covered 5 acres (2.0 ha), designed to accommodate 750 patients across 10 wards, 5 each for men and women. Like many Victorian institutes, it was designed as a self-contained institute, with its own 150 feet (46 m) water tower atop a power house containing two Belliss and Morcom steam engine powered electric generator sets, which were only removed from standby in the mid-1980s. The site also contained a farm, which provided both food supplies and therapeutic work for the patients.
The Cardiff City Asylum opened on the 15th April 1908. The first medical superintendent was Dr Edwin Goodhall, whose then advanced approaches and therapies resulted in the hospital acquiring a reputation at the forefront of mental health care. Patients were also encouraged to take work and supervised tours outside the institute.
During World War II, part of the hospital was turned over to the military, becoming the largest emergency service hospital in South Wales, treating British, US Army and German personnel. 200 beds were retained for civilian use, which enabled early treatment of post traumatic stress disorder of military patients.
On 5 July 1948, the hospital was taken over by the Ministry of Health as the National Health Service came into existence. It continued to be used through to the mid-1980s, when care in the community began to reduce the number of resident patients.
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.
- "Whitchurch Hospital". BBC Wales. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- Cracknell, Pete (2005). "Cardiff City Asylum, Whitchurch Hospital". County Asylums. Pete Cracknell. Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2010-12-28. "Whitchurch Hospital ... Other names/synonyms: Whitchurch asylum, Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital"