Aberdare General Hospital, Records

Scope and Content

EMS Admissions, 1943; Birth registers, 1994-2005

Administrative / Biographical History

Aberdare and District General Hospital opened 19 July 1917 with a provision for 40 beds. A temporary ward with accommodation for 16 beds was opened 24 January 1924 and a Children's Ward with Sun Parlour was subsequently built. Major damage sustained by a fire on 27 September 1929 that claimed the lives of two firemen led to the reconstruction of the Hospital. The formal re-opening by the Duchess of York took place 25 April 1933. The re-modelled Hospital had accommodation for 84 beds and consisted of an Accident Ward with dual operating theatres attached, Male and Female Wards, Children's Wards and an Out-Patients' Department. A Maternity Ward was added in 1939. Demands made upon the Hospital's services by the Emergency Hospital Scheme increased considerably during 1944. In-patient admission of civilians was restricted to emergency cases and on 12 June 1944 the Hospital admitted wounded service patients. By the end of that year 193 Service patients had been admitted. During August 1944 the Aberaman Welfare Hall Annexe was equipped to receive evacuated females and patients were admitted from south-east England while transferred Emergency Medical Service (EMS) patients were admitted from Cardiff Royal Infirmary. Aberdare General Hospital continued to serve the local community into the beginning of the twenty-first century latterly serving as a centre for the care of the elderly. The Hospital closed 2012.


Chronological within record series.

Access Information

Items containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with data protection legislation and GA policy.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Major Projects, Cwm Taf Health Board. Records collected from Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, New Road, Mountain Ash

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available online

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by H Thomas for Glamorgan Archives, with reference to Aberdare Library Collection, Aberdare and District General Hospital Annual Reports and Souvenir Book (D386/55-56)

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the depositor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are possible

Related Material

Aberdare Library Collection, Aberdare and District General Hospital Annual Reports, 1919-1946 (Ref D386/55) and Souvenir Book on formal re-opening by HRH Duchess of York, 1933 (D386/56) held at Glamorgan Archives