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Dolgellau & Barmouth Hosptial


Ysbyty Dolgellau

Dolgellau & Barmouth Hospital
LL40 1NT

Tel: +44 (0) 1341 422479
By road:  Follow the A470 to Dolgellau.  Turn into Smithfield Street, turn left into Port yr Arran.  Turn right into Fron Serth then take the first right into Hospital Drive.  For further directions, go to:  www.streetmap.co.uk .
By bus:  Regular daily services.  For more information go to: www.traveline-cymru.info
1.30 pm to 2.30 pm
6.30 pm to 7.30 pm 
  • No more than two visitors to be at the patient's bedside at any one time
  • Children should be closely supervised - please check with the Ward Sister or Charge Nurse before taking children onto the ward
  • We strongly advise visitors not to bring small babies into hospital
  • Visiting is not permitted over lunch and dinner unless you are assisting a patient to eat. A Protected Mealtimes policy is in operation  
The Minor Injuries Unit is open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week.
  • Relatives and friends may enquire about a patient's progress by telephoning the hospital
  • To keep calls to a minimum, please ask one member of the family to act as the hospital link and inform the rest of the family
  • We will advise close friends and relatives of a patient's general progress unless they specifically request that this information is not shared
Protected Mealtimes
Protected Mealtimes is a period over lunch and supper when all activities on the wards stop and nurses will be available to help serve food and give assistance to patients who may need help.
If you are visiting a ward displaying the Protected Mealtime Poster, please respect this.  However, if you normally visit at mealtimes to help your relative / friend to eat, we are happy for you to continue to do this.
Alcohol foam has been made available which can be used to clean and disinfect hands.  It is available at the entrance to every ward and visitors are encouraged to use it before and after visiting.
To help the hospital to reduce infections:
  • Visitors should always use the alcohol gel by the entrance to every ward before and after visiting
  • Visitors should always use chairs and not sit on beds
  • Always wash your hands after visiting the toilet 
Dolgellau Hospital is a 24 bedded Unit. Care is delivered by Nursing Staff, General Practitioners and Consultants.
The Hospital itself comprises:
  • Minor Injuries Unit open from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm, 7 days a week
  • Physiotherapy Unit
  • Occupational Therapy Unit
  • Speech Therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Elderly Mentally Infirm Unit
  • Home from Home Maternity Unit
  • Outpatient Department
  • X- Ray Facilities
  • Chiropody Services
  • Dental Services
The hospital also provides a base for the GP Out of Hours Service.
The opening ceremony of a new cottage hospital for the Dolgellau and Barmouth district took place on the 26th June 1929. Built at a cost in excess of £5,000 - this included modern equipment. Mrs Dowthwaite of Aberdyfi subscribed £1,500 towards the fund, and also promised £500 towards X-ray equipment. It had taken 9 years to raise the money for building the hospital which included a maternity ward, which was very much needed.
The front of the hospital faces the river Wnion and consisted of a female ward, male ward, 2 private wards, a maternity ward on an upper floor, accommodation for the matron and staff, anaesthetic room, X-ray equipment, an operating theatre and a children's ward.
  • In 1933 Sir Charles Phibbs laid the foundation for the first extension
  • In 1937 Colonel and Mrs Enthoven gave monies received for their Silver Wedding towards building a Children's Ward
  • In 1938 the foundation stone for the second extension of the theatre block was laid
  • In 1964 the clinics were moved from the hospital site to the existing Outpatients Department
  • In 1974 the present General Unit (Cader and Mawddach wards) were opened and both Dolgellau and Barmouth Maternity Homes closed and moved up to the Maternity Unit at the hospital
  • In 1982 the Day Hospital was extended with the help of the League of Friends
  • In 1987 an extension for a sun lounge was commenced with a proposed cost of £20,000 given by the League of Friends
  • 1998 saw the opening of a new Maternity Unit with the old site renovated to house an EMI Unit for Meirionnydd, which was officially opened in November of that year
  • In 2009 the XRay Dept, Chiropody, Dental and Outpatient Clinics were moved to the Dolgellau Hospital. This involved re-siting the existing MIU, Maternity and Dining Room.


Last updated: 28 January 2014