Critical Care Project


Our £12.5 million Critical Care Campaign was launched in 2017 to transform our Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Overwhelming support from our friends, partners and the local community means we have reached our fundraising target in just two years.

Now, the Critical Care Project is well underway to transform and redevelop both our Intensive Care Units. Once the project is complete, the capacity of the adult ICU will increase by 45%, enabling us to care for an additional 500 adult patients per annum. We are also transforming our outdated NICU facility, increasing the space by 40% and installing additional cots so that we can provide life saving care to 150 more babies every year, as well as providing better clinical space and family facilities.

This patient focused environment will transform our care and patient experience at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The new, innovative model of care and world-class environment will improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce risks for our patients. Once complete, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital will house one of the leading Critical Care services in the UK, influencing NHS guidelines and best practice nationally and beyond.

Contractors McLaughlin & Harvey Limited have been selected for the redevelopment of the Intensive Care Units at Chelsea and Westminster. They are specialists in large scale healthcare projects, which have included King’s College Hospital and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

We can see our new intensive care nurseries taking shape outside our windows on the third floor and we’re very excited about moving into the first phase later this year. The new NICU will provide a vastly improved environment for our babies, their families and our staff.”

Mark Thomas, Consultant Neonatologist and clinical lead for NICU development

Watch a one month timelapse of the exciting Neonatal Intensive Care Unit expansion below

The Aitken’s Story

Jane and Peter Aitken had first-hand experience of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with the birth of their daughter Alex. Born at just 26 weeks, Alex needed urgent care from specialist doctors and nurses on the Unit. Now aged 20, Alex is thriving and the Aitken family have come back to Chelsea and Westminster to revisit the Unit that saved her life. The Aitken’s were also able to personally see the ongoing redevelopment of the Unit as part of our Critical Care Campaign, which they have so kindly supported.