Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl

The Royal Alexandra Hospital (Welsh: Ysbyty Brenhinol Alexandra) is a community hospital in Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales. It is managed by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The hospital is a Grade II listed building.[1]

Royal Alexandra Hospital
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
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Royal Alexandra Hospital
Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl is located in Denbighshire
Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl
Shown in Denbighshire
Geography
LocationRhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
Coordinates53°19′35″N 3°28′50″W / 53.32639°N 3.48056°W / 53.32639; -3.48056Coordinates: 53°19′35″N 3°28′50″W / 53.32639°N 3.48056°W / 53.32639; -3.48056
Organisation
Care systemLocal authority and private subscription to 1948; NHS from 1948
Hospital typeSpecialist
Services
SpecialityGeriatric services
History
Opened1872
Links
ListsHospitals in Wales

HistoryEdit

The hospital has its origins in a convalescent home for sick and needy children established on East Parade in 1872.[2] It moved to the Baths building in 1873 and was renamed the Royal Alexandra Hospital in 1882.[2] Piecemeal expansions occurred until the site for the present building was purchased.[1]

The present building was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, perhaps with later input from his son, Paul, as a children's hospital and convalescent home. The hospital design, which was based on a pavilion incorporating open balconies and verandahs, responded to the importance then attached to fresh air as a treatment.[1] Funding came from voluntary subscription, the town council and the Duke of Westminster.[1] Construction started in 1899 and it was officially opened by Prince George and Princess Mary in 1902.[2] An additional east wing was added to the original central and west wings between 1908 and 1910.[1]

After acute services transferred to Glan Clwyd Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital became a specialist geriatric facility in 1980.[2] Inpatient services were discontinued in 2009.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Royal Alexandra Hospital". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Royal Alexandra Hospital, Rhyl". History Points. Retrieved 23 February 2019.