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Assembly health secretary Jane Hutt
"It's an exciting day for Wales"
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Monday, 29 November, 1999, 09:45 GMT
Historic hospital handover
Royal Glamorgan Hospital The new Royal Glamorgan Hospital has cost 103m

The new 105m Royal Glamorgan Hospital has opened, replacing the East Glamorgan Hospital in Pontypridd, south Wales.

East Glamorgan Hospital East Glamorgan Hospital opened over 60 years ago
Patients who had been undergoing treatment at East Glamorgan have been transferred to the new site near Tonyrefail in the south Wales Valleys.

The closure brings more than 60 years of history to a close at East Glamorgan which has dealt with some of the major medical emergencies in south Wales, including the 1963 smallpox outbreak.

Assembly Health Secretary Jane Hutt welcomed the first patients to the new 483-bed hospital on Saturday.

The new site will provide a wide range of specialised, high technology services to people in the Pontypridd and Rhondda areas.

It has eight operating theatres, a day surgery and treatment centre, oral surgery facilities, intensive care unit, coronary care unit and an accident and emergency unit.

The site of the East Glamorgan Hospital is to be sold off for housing development.
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