First hard hat tour of our new Intensive Care Unit

2 October 2018


We were delighted to welcome Julia and Hans Rausing to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital last week for our first 'hard hat' tour of the construction site for our new adult Intensive Care Unit. 

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust is a charitable fund that supports organisations and charities across the globe, and has very generously supported our Critical Care Campaign to significantly expand and redevelop the hospital's adult Intensive Care Unit.

The tour was conducted by Colin McCullough, Project Manager from the contractors McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd, who explained the construction phasing and progress. We were joined by Lesley Watts, CEO and Dr Rick Keays, Consultant and Director of Intensive Care, who spoke about the incredible impact the redevelopment will have on patients and families. 

Due to complete in 2020, the capacity of the unit will increase by 45% providing care for over 1000 patients a year in a sensor rich environment including private bays, facilities for overnight accomodation in every room, and the latest state-of-the-art equipment. We will create a patient-focused environment which will transform our care and patient experience. This innovative, new model of care and world-class environment will improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce risks for our patients. It will become one of the leading Critical Care services in the UK, influencing NHS guidelines and best practice nationally and beyond.

The need to expand and redevelop the unit is urgent. We have recently seen a dramatic rise in individuals attending our Accident and Emergency department, and have undertaken a significant expansion and redevelopment of this department to accommodate this. However, this increased number of emergency patients has had a direct impact on both the adult and neonatal intensive care units at the hospital. Both units are too small to be able to meet the increased demand.

Find out more about the Campaign here.

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