Charing Cross Hospital

Charing Cross Hospital (CCH) is a general teaching hospital run by the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. It is on Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith, London, with excellent links to central London. The hospital employs over 1,000 staff, with overseas nurses playing a crucial role in treatment delivery.

About Charing Cross Hospital

CCH runs the hyperacute stroke unit for the London region and has an emergency department open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Recent expansion plans have seen local general practitioners and community care providers working with CCH to develop integrated health services.

Specialisms/services include:

  • Accident and emergency.
  • Critical care.
  • Mental health treatment.
  • Cancer services.
  • Hyperacute stroke.
  • Cardiology.
  • Children’s and adolescent services.

The hospital opened in 1818 as the West London Infirmary and Dispensary in central London. In 1827, it was renamed Charing Cross Hospital, and in 1831, construction began on a new hospital building designed by Decimus Burton.

CCH continued to expand over the years, surviving difficult times and becoming firmly established. In 1926, the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital merged with Charing Cross Hospital. During World War II, the hospital was temporarily relocated out of London for safety. In 1973, Charing Cross Hospital opened at a new site in Fulham, though it retained its historic name in keeping with tradition.

Today, CCH is one of London’s leading teaching hospitals, playing a crucial role in international nurse recruitment alongside education in partnership with universities. The CQC rates CCH “Good” for 9 out of 12 services.

Life For Nurses in Hammersmith

Nurses living and working in Hammersmith enjoy an excellent quality of life. As a Zone 2 district in West London, Hammersmith has direct Underground connections on 3 different lines - the District, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. This makes getting to central London hospitals like Charing Cross straightforward.

The transport hub at Hammersmith Broadway provides further options, with many bus routes passing through on the way to central London hospitals.

Hammersmith offers a peaceful environment away from the bustle of central London but still with excellent local amenities. There is a thriving restaurant scene, riverside pubs and bars, and shopping options on King Street.

For leisure, there are plenty of green spaces like Ravenscourt Park and Furnivall Gardens for relaxation, exercise, and spending time with family.

Fun Facts About Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospital

  • Hammersmith Hospital was originally a workhouse infirmary built in 1912. The military used it for orthopaedics during World War I.
  • Charing Cross Hospital was initially called the West London Infirmary, founded with just 12 beds in 1818.
  • In 1935, Hammersmith Hospital was chosen as the new home for the British Postgraduate Medical School.
  • Charing Cross Hospital moved to its current location on Fulham Palace Road in 1973, over 150 years after it was founded.
  • The Dove, an 18th-century pub on Upper Mall in Hammersmith, is said to have the smallest bar room in the world.

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