Cefn Coed Hospital

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Cefn Coed Hospital
Swansea Bay University Health Board
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Cefn Coed Hospital
Cefn Coed Hospital is located in Swansea
Cefn Coed Hospital
Shown in Swansea
LocationSwansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°37′41.00″N 3°59′20.00″W / 51.6280556°N 3.9888889°W / 51.6280556; -3.9888889Coordinates: 51°37′41.00″N 3°59′20.00″W / 51.6280556°N 3.9888889°W / 51.6280556; -3.9888889
Care systemNHS Wales
Hospital typeSpecialist
Emergency departmentNo
SpecialityMental health

Cefn Coed Hospital (Welsh: Ysbyty Cefn Coed) is a mental health facility in Swansea, Wales. It is managed by the Swansea Bay University Health Board.


The hospital was designed by George Thomas Hine and Hallam Carter-Pegg using a compact arrow layout and was officially opened by the Princess Royal as Swansea Mental Hospital in 1932,[1] it was used as a casualty hospital during the Second World War.[1]

In 2002 the University of Wales Swansea reported that hospital had to lock up patients due to understaffing.[2]

Work started in 2009 to build modern replacement mental health accommodation and facilities, including Ysbryd y Coed in the grounds of Cefn Coed, which is purpose-built for patients with dementia. Other new builds in the Cefn Coed grounds are the 18-bed Gwelfor Rehabilitation Unit, a pub featuring non-alcoholic beer called “The Derwen Arms” and two supported houses for recovering patients preparing to move back home.[3]

In March 2015 the health board’s new low-secure mental health unit, Taith Newydd, opened in Bridgend, replacing some of the old wards at Cefn Coed. Other new mental health builds include the ARC Centre and Angelton Clinic in Bridgend, and Ty Einon in Swansea. In 2015 the NHS announced that the phased closure of Cefn Coed Hospital would continue for the next three to five years, with several decommissioned wards planned for demolition that year.[3]

In June 2019, the hospital was one of the filming locations for the Channel 4 drama, "The Light", starring Sarah Lancashire; the series will air later in the year. [4]

Notable Staff[edit]

The comedienne Jo Brand was once a psychiatric nurse at the hospital.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Cefn Coed Hospital". County Asylums. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Report damns psychiatric care". BBC. 28 January 2002. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Board, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health. "Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board - ABMU statement regarding Cefn Coed Hospital report". www.wales.nhs.uk. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  4. ^ L (Patient at Cefn Coed Hospital 2019), images for reference are at https://i.ibb.co/r3MYQWj/DSC-0016.jpg and https://i.ibb.co/Sm22pBG/DSC-0015.jpg or email cpqueeley1989@gmail.com for contact details
  5. ^ Stanley, David (19 October 2016). "Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare: Values into Action". John Wiley & Sons. Retrieved 8 May 2018 – via Google Books.

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