Cardiff Royal Infirmary £16m Revamp Approved

Thursday, 16th February 2012
  A £15.8m plan to expand community health services at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI) have now been approved by the Welsh government. The hospital, built in 1884, closed as a district general hospital in 1999, when its former accident and emergency department was moved to the University Hospital of Wales.   In 2002 campaigners fought off plans to close the remaining facilities, and in 2009 the then health minister Edwina Hart agreed a plan to ensure the infirmary's future as a base for community health services. Since then this iconic Cardiff Grade 11 listed landmark building has mostly lain empty although it was used as the location of the so-called Albion Hospital in an episode of BBC cult TV programme Doctor Who.   The scheme unveiled last June offers a "one-stop shop" for key services. The plans will convert part of the city's Victorian hospital into a "health and wellbeing centre" for people living locally. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB) plan to relocate two GP surgeries and improve outpatients' services at the building which will include two GP practices and a pharmacy plus outpatient and sexual health departments.   Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said it would improve access to health care in Cardiff and ease pressure on acute hospital services. She said: "Approval of funding for the Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI) means the people of Cardiff can look forward to this city centre hospital being given a new lease of life.