Transformational pledge received to help create new Intensive Care Unit

27 July 2017


We are delighted to have received a generous pledge of major support from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust towards our Critical Care Campaign.

This pledge - the largest ever made to the hospital - will help create The Julia and Hans Rausing Intensive Care Unit. The new facility will be a state-of-the-art expanded and redeveloped 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This major redevelopment will allow staff to care for an additional 500 critically ill adults every year in a world-class patient-centred environment and provide better facilities for families and loved ones.

Julia and Hans Rausing are longstanding supporters of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, having already helped build the CW+ MediCinema which screens the latest film releases, for free, four times a week for patients, their families and friends.

Lesley Watts, Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are hugely grateful to Julia and Hans Rausing for this incredible pledge of support. The demand on our intensive care unit is as high as it has ever been and this wonderful gift will help us create an outstanding new facility for the very sickest patients in our hospital."

Chris Chaney, Chief Executive of CW+ commented: "In addition to the transformational impact this gift will make to our intensive care unit, it is a wonderful example of members of our community getting behind their local hospital and a fantastic endorsement of the care the hospital and its staff provides."

The Julia and Hans Rausing Intensive Care Unit will open in 2020, with building commencing next year. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital currently treats 1300 patients every year in its intensive care units and following the redevelopment and expansion of the Critical Care Service, we will be able to treat 2000 critically ill adults and babies every year.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is recognised as one of the top performing hospitals in the UK. It serves a catchment area in excess of 1 million people and in 2016/17 the Trust delivered 10,000 babies, operated on 34,000 patients and treated 282,000 patients in A&E. Approximately 6000 staff are employed and the Trust has retained its status as a Top 30 Employer of Working Families, the UK’s leading work-life balance charity. We are the only NHS Trust to have achieved this status.

Find out more about our Critical Care Campaign here.


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