North East Wales

HM Stanley Hospital closed and put on market for sale

HM Stanley Hospital
Image caption HM Stanley Hospital was originally built in 1838

A historic hospital and former workhouse in Denbighshire has been put up for sale.

Grade II-listed HM Stanley Hospital, St Asaph, Denbighshire, was a workhouse when it was home to its namesake, the controversial Victorian adventurer and journalist.

The complex, including several other buildings and eight acres, dates to 1838. It became a hospital in 1948.

But services ended earlier this month and health officials are selling it.

It is being sold by tender via the Chester office of agents Legat Owen and details of the building's history can be seen on the company website.

The remainder of the site, including, doctors' accommodation, offices for Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and St Kentigerns Hospice are not part of the sale.

North Wales patients have been promised better treatment with the opening of a new eye unit at Abergele Hospital.

Officials say the specialist team will expand, with two surgical theatres and a macular treatment centre after moving from HM Stanley Hospital.

The unit will provide primary eye care, as well as treating out patients, day cases and offer emergency cover.

The final eye surgery took place at HM Stanley on 5 April, where the unit was based for almost 60 years.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) says the new unit will be equipped with some of the latest technology.

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