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The first Welsh asylum for the mentally ill was opened in Swansea at May Hill in 1815, followed in 1844 by Vernon House in Briton Ferry. The Glamorgan County Asylum in Bridgend opened twenty years later to serve the whole of the county of Glamorgan. But with the 1891 Public Health Act required each County Borough to build its own asylum . This took a long time to implement, for initially Townhill was thought to be the place to build an asylum, until in 1908 the Cefn Coed site was considered. Nearly 250 mentally ill persons from the Swansea area were being treated elsewhere. Eventually land was purchased, and the foundations were nearly complete when during the First World War shortage of labour and materials caused a halt. Building work began in 1928, utilising Unemployment Relief schemes, as with the erection of the Guildhall and Tir John Power Station. The Swansea Mental Hospital was opened in December 1932 by the then Princess Royal.
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.
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.
The Tawe Clinic provides assessment, therapeutic interventions and support for individuals experiencing an acute mental health episode where inpatient care is necessary. There are two wards, Fendrod providing care for men and Clyne providing care for women.
Two new facilities have been built at Cefn Coed Hospital.
- Gwelfor: Adult Mental Health Services
The 18-bed slow stream rehabilitation and two, four-bedroom step down houses at Cefn Coed Hospital are phase 1 of the reshaping mental health Services in Swansea project.
2. Ysbryd y Coed: Older People Mental Health Services
This 60 bed unit across three wards provides care for older people with dementia in purpose-built, modern surroundings which support our dedicated staff in providing effective care.