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Mardy Hospital

Merthyr Tydfil

  MARDY HOSPITAL was built by the Merthyr Tydfil Municipal Borough in 1906 and was opened by Keir Hardic on March 23, 1907, as an isolation hospital.

Standing in four and a half acres of ground, it cost 17,000, and was built in separate blocks for isolation purpose, the blocks being termed as "pavilions".

During the first year, 150 patients were admitted, mainly cases of scarlet fever, typhoid and diphtheria.

The first patient suffering from tuberculosis was admitted in 1912.

The hospital grounds originally contained a sizeable garden, the produce of which was used to feed the patients and livestock such as ducks, chickens, geese and pigs were also kept.

Towards the end of the 1920s, facilities for the treatment of venereal diseases were provided and in 1922 the hospital was approved as a training school for fever nursing and continued to be so until 1956.

Then the incidence of infectious diseases declined so substantially that nurses could no longer obtain the necessary expertise.

This decline was particularly predominant with scarlet fever and diphtheria.

Scarlet fever was prevalent in 1907 and reached a peak in 1920.

During the war years, 1939-45, the hospital treated many evacuee children.

The Mardy along with all the hospitals in the area, was transferred to the Ministry of Health in 1948.

Because of the run-down by this time in the incidence of infectious diseases, the use of the *120 beds was changed for general medicine, although some were still reserved for infectious diseases, diseases of the chest, pre-convalescent patients and some geriatric patients.


Mardy Hospital - Aerial View


Mardy Hospital at Christmastime.

(Courtesy of Liz Evans nee Gwynne)

Mardy Hospital




Mardy Hospital Christmas 1947 or 48.

(Photograph courtesy of Carol and Keith Watts)


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