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Cardiff Royal Infirmary

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Phone  +44 29 2049 2233
Architect  Edwin Seward
Cardiff Royal Infirmary
Address  Glossop Rd, Cardiff CF24 0SZ, UK
Similar  St David's Hospital, Children's Hospital for Wales, Rookwood Hospital, Coleg Glan Hafren, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Cardiff royal infirmary

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


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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. In 1883 the current main hospital building facing Glossop Road, Adamsdown, was opened. It became known between 1911 and 1923 as King Edward VII Hospital, before returning to its current name, Cardiff Royal Infirmary, in 1923. By 1948 it had expanded to become a 500-bed facility.

Closure and redevelopment

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.

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.

In the media

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.


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