Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

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Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital July 2013.JPG
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, with St Stephen's Centre on the right, which is a rest of the previous hospital on the site, St Stephen's Hospital (1876-1989)
Location Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Imperial College London
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 429
Founded 1993
Lists Hospitals in England

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital is a hospital located in Chelsea, London that was founded in May 1993. It is operated by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital brought together staff, services and equipment from five other hospitals in London:

The new hospital was designed by the architects Sheppard Robson. It displays many treasures from the old hospitals. Some of these are in the first floor hospital chapel, including a 16th-century painting by Veronese from the Westminster Hospital and stained glass windows from St Mary Abbots and the Westminster Children's Hospitals.[6]

Notable births[edit]

Notable people born at Chelsea & Westminster include:


Chelsea & Westminster maintains a range of medical and surgical acute services, as well as outpatient facilities and a 24hour Accident and Emergency department. In addition to these services, which are primarily aimed at local residents and visitors, the hospital is a specialist tertiary referral centre for many services, including: HIV and Genitourinary Medicine, Burns and Bariatric Surgery.

Hand trauma[edit]

The hospital provides a number of services which include a specialist hand surgery/management unit sometimes known as HMU.

Access to these services is often made via GP referral. However, various A&E departments can make urgent tertiary referrals.

HIV / GUM[edit]

The hospital’s HIV/GUM Clinical Directorate was established in April 1991, and is today the largest specialist HIV unit in Europe,[15][16] caring for more than 5,000 [17] HIV patients, and enjoys a worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence in both the care of HIV-positive patients and a wide range of associated clinical research. Its director, Professor Brian Gazzard,[18][19] is one of the world's leading authorities on HIV, founded the British HIV Association, serves as Chairman of the British HIV Guidelines Writing Committee, and is a member of both the Scientific Committee of the World AIDS Congress and of the IAS USA Guidelines Committee.

The St Stephen’s Centre is also home to the core laboratory of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).[20]


In 1984, Westminster Hospital Medical School merged with the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School to form Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. This was part of a series of mergers of London medical schools in the early 1980s, foreshadowing a larger series in the late 1990s, which brought all the institutes together into five large schools.

In 1997, as part of the second wave, CXWMS merged with Imperial College, London (and its medical department, St Mary's Hospital Medical School), the National Heart and Lung Institute, and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, to form Imperial College School of Medicine. Chelsea & Westminster Hospital maintains strong ties with Imperial College School of Medicine and is a teaching hospital for students undergoing clinical attachments in various specialties.

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Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 0°10′55″W / 51.484°N 0.182°W / 51.484; -0.182