Healthcare in the Barry Area

As the population of Barry town and its surrounding area had grown rapidly by the 1890s due to the development of Barry Docks, there was a growing need for healthcare and medical attention in the district. In December 1908, a purpose built hospital opened on Wyndham Street, replacing an earlier hospital which had served the town since 1895 with six beds. The new General Accident and Surgical Hospital had twenty seven beds and operation facilities. It joined the National Health Service in 1948 and became Barry Community Hospital in 1973. This was itself replaced by a new community hospital which was completed in 1995.

Barry residents were also served by Sully Hospital which was constructed in the 1930s for tuberculosis patients. In 1948 it came under the responsibility of the Welsh Hospital Board, developing Sully as a general hospital. During the Second World War it had treated wartime casualties, notably including those evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. In the Penarth area, Llandough Hospital, operating since 1933, provides a further point of care to residents in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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