Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital 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 369 Fulham Road
SW10 9NH[1]
Care system NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Imperial College London
Emergency department Yes
Beds 430
Founded 1993

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is a 430-bed teaching hospital located in Chelsea, London. Although the Hospital has been at its present site since only 1993, the Hospital has a rich history in that it serves as the new site for the Westminster Hospital. It is operated by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and has close ties with Imperial College London. Many of the hospital's employees hold research contracts with Imperial College London, and the hospital plays an integral role in teaching students at Imperial College London. The hospital's operating revenue for clinical activities alone was £378 million in 2014/15.[2]

The hospital has often been regarded as one of the leading hospitals in the country based on a number of metrics, including having the lowest operative mortality rates in the country,[3][4] and one of the best performing A&E departments in the country.


Chelsea and 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.[10]


Chelsea and Westminster maintains a range of medical and surgical acute services, as well as outpatient facilities and a 24-hour 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,[11][12] caring for more than 5,000[13] 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,[14][15] 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).[16]

Radio Chelsea and Westminster[edit]

Radio Chelsea and Westminster[17] is the hospital's own hospital radio station, available for; patients, staff and the local community. It was launched in 1977 to provide music and escapism for patients. Patients are able to listen to the hospital radio on Channel 6 on their hospedia beside unit, or online at The radio station has featured in a number of locations around the hospital it is currently on the second floor of the hospital between lift banks C and D[18] The charity is entirely self-funded and relies on subscriptions, personal donations and fundraising events to continue its work.


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 and 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