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A fund raising film about the work of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary. The film starts with aerial shots of beautiful Cardiff the 'white city'. The main buildings of the university campus, gardens and then the Royal Infirmary are viewed. The patients mainly originate from the industrial parts of the city - there are aerial views of the docks and point-of-views from a boat. It is noted that casualties come from the busy city streets (presumably from traffic accidents); the streets are busy with trolley cars, motor and horse-drawn carriages. The fire service is seen mobilising from their depot. The final 5 minutes of the film shows a patient being delivered to the hospital by ambulance and anaesthetised with ether in the operating theatre. A bone is reset. Later in the ward, patients are visited by doctors. Sir William Diamond poses with a group of venerable-looking gentlemen. Outside, patients are sitting in their beds in the open air attended by nurses. This is followed by further ward scenes; a patient with their leg in plaster; ' 'happy youngesters' are in the Coronation Ward. A nurse poses with a photogenic infant. A toddler is presented wiith two new stuffed toys and a boy is given a teddy bear, nearly as big as he is. Meanwhile the laundry is busy with activitiy. Tea and Bovril (clearly seen) is served. William Nicholl's Convalescent Home at St. Mellons is where patients are sent to recuperate - a wide-shot of this building with patients milling around is shown.


Cardiff : College of Medicine, 1925.

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1 encoded moving image (16:06 min.) : silent, black and white



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Producer; Sir William Diamond

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