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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.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, with St Stephen's Centre on the right, which dates from the previous hospital on the site, St Stephen's Hospital (1876–1989)
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Shown in Kensington and Chelsea
LocationFulham Road, Chelsea, London, England [1]
Coordinates51°29′02″N 0°10′55″W / 51.484°N 0.182°W / 51.484; -0.182Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 0°10′55″W / 51.484°N 0.182°W / 51.484; -0.182
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityImperial College London
Emergency departmentYes



The first hospital on the site was conceived in 1876 and officially opened as the St George's Union Infirmary in February 1878.[2] This facility became St Stephen's Hospital in 1925 and, after it had joined the National Health Service in 1948, continued in service until it closed in 1989.[2] Part of the old hospital survives as an HIV unit known as "St Stephen's Centre".[2]

The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which was designed by the architects Sheppard Robson, was built on the St Stephen's Hospital site and was officially opened by the Queen in May 1993.[3] It brought together staff, services and equipment from five other hospitals in London:

The hospital displays many treasures from the predecessor 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 Hospital and the Westminster Children's Hospital.[8]


Chelsea and Westminster maintains a range of medical and surgical acute services:

Hand traumaEdit

The hospital provides a number of services which include a specialist hand surgery/management unit sometimes known as HMU.[9]


The hospital's HIV/GUM Clinical Directorate was established in April 1991, and is today the largest specialist HIV unit in Europe,[10] caring for more than 5,000 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.[11][12]

The St Stephen's Centre is also home to the core laboratory of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).[13]

Radio Chelsea and WestminsterEdit

Radio Chelsea and Westminster[14] 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[15]


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.[16]

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  1. ^ "Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Address".
  2. ^ a b c d "St Stephen's Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Chelsea and Westminster Hospital celebrates 25th birthday with special messages from famous faces". Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  4. ^ "St Mary Abbot's Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. ^ "West London Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Westminster Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Westminster Children's Hospital". Lost hospitals of London. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Our History". Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2007.
  9. ^ "Chelsea and Westminster Hospital physios help develop hand therapy app". Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Unique partnership brings new hope for vaccine to combat HIV". 1 December 2001. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  11. ^ Interview with the Professor Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Information about HIV and sexual health Archived 22 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "New partnership to accelerate AIDS vaccine testing, equip developing countries for trials". 13 December 2001. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Radio Chelsea and Westminster – Home". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Radio Chelsea and Westminster – About". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Imperial College Health Partners launched". Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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