Critical Care


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. Phase one of both the Adult and Neonatal Intensive Care Units are both open and treating patients. Watch our short films below to learn more about this project.

Phase one of the Adult Intensive Care Unit is now complete

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.

The first phase of the Adult Intensive Care Unit was opened as soon as possible, to be able to treat the increased number of patients being cared for in our Intensive Care Unit, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Having this extra capacity has been a 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.

Phase two of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is now complete

The second phase of a significant expansion and redevelopment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is now complete. Babies are now being treated in the state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit which features the latest technology and equipment, bespoke furnishing, specialist lighting and a 40% increase in space. The second phase, completed in November 2020, hosts 12 new cots across 2 rooms, forming a new High Dependency Unit (HDU). The final expansion – due to be completed in early 2021 – will mean the hospital can provide life-saving care to 1,000 babies each year.

This new unit was part-funded by generous charitable support from the Khoo Teck Puat UK Foundation and the Reuben Foundation to our Critical Care Campaign. The £12.5 million Campaign was launched to completely transform the adult and neonatal intensive care units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Together with the Trust, we are creating world-class intensive care units that optimise the healing environment for patients and families.

The design of the new NICU has considered the needs of the babies and their families, as well as the staff and clinical teams. Staff have access to the latest technology and equipment to help facilitate the best healing conditions for the babies. This includes adaptive circadian rhythm lighting: artificial light that matches the needs of human biological cycles and which can be individualised for each baby.

Parents can now relax in a comfortable, specific family room which also caters for young siblings. The furnishings are modern and stylish but also comfortable and practical. The overall layout of the unit was co-designed with parents who can often spend many weeks in the unit. Cot spaces can be private if desired but are also part of a larger shared nursery space, so that parents can seek support from one another, which they said they found very valuable.

“I am thrilled with the way that Phase One of the new unit has turned out. It will allow us to deliver world-class intensive care in high tech facilities. It’s great to see the babies in the new unit.

Mark Thomas, Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Lead for NICU Redevelopment