Cardiff Royal Infirmary

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Cardiff Royal Infirmary site in 2004
Edwin Seward's 1883 main building

Cardiff Royal Infirmary (known locally as the CRI) is a hospital building in central Cardiff, Wales, dating back to 1822.


The CRI has its origins in the Cardiff Dispensary, which began on Newport Road in 1822. In 1837 it became the Glamorganshire and Monmouthshire Infirmary and Dispensary in 1837.[1] In 1883 the current main hospital building facing Glossop Road, Adamsdown, was opened.[1] It became known between 1911 and 1923 as King Edward VII Hospital, before returning to its current name, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, in 1923.[2] By 1948 it had expanded to become a 500-bed facility.[1]

Closure and redevelopment[edit]

The Hospital ceased operating as a casualty hospital in 1999, with the Accident and Emergency department being moved to University Hospital of Wales in the north of the city. Some services were successfully retained at the site after a public campaign.[3]

In the 2010s further medical facilities returned to the site, including a GP service and a sexual health clinic. Mental health and substance misuse facilities were also planned, as well as an out-of-hours pharmacy. £30 million was to be the initial spend, with a second phase including renovation of the hospital's chapel.[2]

In the media[edit]

In 2005 the CRI buildings became Albion Hospital, in a two-part episode of the BBC's Dr Who series, entitled Aliens of London/World War Three.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Cardiff Royal Infirmary records". Glamorgan Archives. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b McWatt, Julia (30 May 2014). "Look: Cardiff Royal Infirmary is back – after £30m radical surgery". Wales Online. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cardiff Royal Infirmary to receive £16m revamp". BBC News. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Mark (2010), Dr Who: The Complete Guide, Oldcastle Books, p. 128, ISBN 978-1-84901-886-9 

Coordinates: 51°29′05″N 3°09′41″W / 51.4847°N 3.1613°W / 51.4847; -3.1613