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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (CWH) is an NHS Foundation Trust hospital on Fulham Road, London. It works alongside West Middlesex University Hospital and 12 community-based clinics to treat over 300,000 patients yearly. The Trust employs over 6,000 staff across its two main hospital sites, including international nurses.

About Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

CWH opened in 1993 on the former St. Stephen's Hospital site, though the hospital's history on the site goes back much further. The original facility, St George's Union Infirmary, opened in 1878, becoming St Stephen's Hospital in 1925 until its closure in 1989.

CWH was formed by consolidating several renowned hospitals around London, including the original St Stephen's Hospital, St Mary Abbots Hospital, West London Hospital, Westminster Hospital, and Westminster Children's Hospital.

Today, CWH provides patients with a wide range of medical and surgical services. Some of its specialist centres include a hand surgery unit, the largest HIV/AIDS treatment centre in Europe, specialist facilities for children, and maternity services.

Specialisms/services include:

  • Maternity and midwifery services.
  • Termination of pregnancies.
  • Family planning.
  • Treatment of disease, disorder, or injury.
  • Surgical procedures.
  • Diagnostic and screening procedures.
  • Assessment/treatment for persons detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

The children's hospital, Chelsea Children's Hospital, runs paediatric inpatient and outpatient services, taking on referrals from other less well-equipped hospitals.

The CQC rates CWH as 'Overall: Outstanding', with "Outstanding" ratings for Critical care and HIV and sexual health services.

Life For Nurses in Chelsea and Westminster

Chelsea is an affluent area of London with a very high standard of living. Housing is expensive, but there are cheaper places to live nearby, like Sutton and Enfield. Commuting is relatively easy thanks to excellent public transport links.

Fulham Broadway is the closest tube station to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, putting you 10 minutes from the main building by foot or five by bike. You can also take the Circle, District or Piccadilly Line to South Kensington.

There are over 30 parks and green spaces to enjoy, including the expansive grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital (around 10 minutes from CWH), Chelsea Physic Garden (around 15 minutes from CWH, and Chelsea Green (8 minutes away).

If you are moving to the UK from overseas, CWH has an extensive overseas nurse recruitment programme - you won't be alone in your employment at this fantastic hospital.

Fun Facts About CWH and Chelsea

  • CWH has one of the lowest mortality rates in England, demonstrating its commitment to saving lives.
  • Its world-class burns unit is the top facility in London and the Southeast for specialised burn treatment.
  • The maternity service is one of the largest in England, providing comprehensive care for thousands of expectant mothers.
  • The name Chelsea originates from the Old English words meaning "landing place for chalk or limestone." This refers to the area's history as a significant shipping dock where chalk and limestone were unloaded from boats along the river's edge.
  • The world-famous Chelsea Flower Show is held at Royal Hospital Chelsea each year, attracting over 150,000 visitors annually.

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