We are delighted to announce that the first phase of the redevelopment and expansion to our Adult Intensive Care Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is complete, and patients are now being treated in this new, state-of-the-art facility.
This new facility has only been made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our local community who supported our Critical Care Campaign to significantly expand and redevelop both the Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units. The Campaign successfully raised £12.5 million towards this monumental project in just two years and it is wonderful to see the first phases of the project being completed and treating patients. Last month, the first phase of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened, which you can read more about here.
The first phase of the Adult Intensive Care Unit has been opened as soon as possible, to be able to treat the increased number of patients currently being cared for in our Intensive Care Unit, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Having this extra capacity will be a huge help to our staff at this incredibly challenging time for everyone.
We have specifically designed this new unit to create a patient-focused environment, with more space, accommodation for families, bespoke lighting and privacy glazing, along with the latest sensor technology to monitor patients’ health, progress and environment. This new, innovative model of care and world-class environment will aim to improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce risks for our patients.
Once the rest of the construction phases are complete, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will house one of the leading Critical Care services in the UK, treating 2,000 critically ill adults and babies every year. We are also aiming to influence NHS guidelines and best practice nationally and beyond.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project and we look forward to updating further progress on the additional phases soon. You can watch our short film about the redevelopment so far here.