Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London with members of the Reuben family

We were honoured to welcome Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to celebrate the opening of the new Reuben Foundation Maternity Centre, providing women and their babies with an outstanding environment, personalised patient experience and the latest technology and facilities.

The Reuben Foundation has supported CW+ to transform maternity services at Chelsea and Westminster, which sees over 6,000 babies born every year.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top performing Trusts in the UK, and one of the largest maternity providers, recognised globally as a centre of excellence. The Trust, together with their North West London partners, are working to implement the NHS recommendation for personalised care and continuity throughout pregnancy and birth. The new Reuben Maternity Centre offers adaptable environments, empowering women to be in control of their own care. Bespoke digital artwork can be selected in each room, lighting levels can be adjusted and women can even listen to their own personalised birthing playlists – both in delivery rooms and in the state-of-the-art operating theatres.

The new centre includes birthing pools, a home-from-home environment with wooden finishes and calming colours. Each birthing room has also been equipped with new recliner chairs which open into fully flat single beds for birth partners. We have commissioned renowned contemporary artist Adam Nathaniel Furman to produce a colourful mosaic for the centre’s interior and exterior walls. Calming and welcoming artwork inspired by botanicals and nature, has also been created by designer and printmaker Fanny Shorter.

Speaking at the launch, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said “I’m delighted to be here for the opening of the Reuben Foundation Maternity Centre. I want all Londoners to have access to the best possible care and this state-of-the-art centre will make a big difference for the hospital’s hard working staff as they help parents at such a momentous time in their lives. It will be a real boost to the hospital’s world-leading services and I’d like to thank the Reuben Foundation for their generosity in making this happen.”

Lisa Reuben, trustee of the Reuben Foundation, added: “It is a privilege to support such an innovative hospital and we are inspired by their forward-thinking approach to healthcare and their passion for providing women with such impressive, thoughtful and personalised attention.”

The Reuben Foundation has also supported our Critical Care Campaign which is redeveloping and expanding the Neonatal and Adult Intensive Care Units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. When completed in 2020, these new units will be able to care for 2,000 critically ill babies and adults every year.