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Llanfrechfa Grange: Hidden Now Heard

Known as ‘The Grange’ it is one of the last long stay hospitals of its kind in Wales. It originally opened in 1953 as a facility for people with a learning disability.
In the early 1960s it had more than 500 beds, spread across a number of villas.

In 1983, the ‘All Wales Strategy for the Development of Services for Mentally Handicapped People' signaled an end to long stay hospitals and sought the resettlement of residents into the community. At this time 300 people still called The Grange home.

Although 2008 marked the official closure of the hospital, Llanfrechfa Grange still provides accommodation for people with a learning disability. This care is provided in three houses on-site.

There is also a 10-bed Assessment and Treatment Unit which offers rapid response for people with learning disabilities with acute emotional issues and/or mental ill health. This means that Llanfrechfa Grange continues to function as a hospital and a home for people with a learning disability.

Thirty-four years after the ‘All Wales Strategy’ was released the Health Board is working towards the closure of the on-site accommodation in order to provide more appropriate homes in the community.

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Patients owning vehicles

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Patient relocation

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Parent's guilt

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Julie's reflections on...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Julie on the closure of the...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Jonathan remembers the...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Catherine on her role

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Care in the community for all

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Llanfrechfa Grane: Julie on resettlement

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Julie recalls her first day

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Julie explains how...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Female patients

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Clothes

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Catherine on what medical...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Prescribing medication

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Michael's wheelchair...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Michael's unique...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Catherine recalls a...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Julie recalls a typical...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Catherine talks poverty

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Catherine describes a ward

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Llanfrechfra Grange Hospital public fury at...

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Patients experience 'primitive' life

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Article describing plans to resettle residents...

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Llanfrechfra Grange Hospital closure warning

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Local article regarding Hensol residents'...

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Villa

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Ty Ceirios Villa Sign

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Llanfrechfa Grange: The view from the Ward

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Llanfrechfa Grange: The Outside

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Swimming Pool Plaque 2

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Swimming Pool Plaque

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Staff notice

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Recreation Hall lights

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Recreation Hall

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Projector Windows

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Patient's Swimming Pool

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Patient bath

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Men's Changing Room Sign

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Greenmeadow Villa

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Green Meadow Villa

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Female Changing Room Sign

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Dormitory Corner

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Dormitory

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Llanfrechfa Grange: Canteen Shop Sign

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Llanfrechfa Grange: A villa from a fence

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Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital: Fairwater Villa

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Nurses Cape and Cap

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