Transforming the A&E Redevelopment

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was recently ranked as having the top performing A&E service in the country. However, it was designed to accommodate 60,000 patients but saw over 112,000 patients every year. The hospital has invested in a £10 million capital redevelopment of A&E to offer a space that is fit for 140,000 patients. We brought together artists and designers, together with clinicians to enhance the environment in each of the emergency departments.

Fracture Clinic     

Artwork in the Fracture Clinic was created by Taiwanese-born artist Jazz Szu-Ying Chen, who we commissioned to produce artwork throughout the Clinic. Skeletal figures are rendered in a novel way, forming playful compositions that present an alternative view of the traditional, anatomically correct representation of skeletons. Jazz created figures inspired by William Morris's colour schemes and botanical forms, thus cleverly combining the ornamental and the medical. 

Emergency Observation Unit

Artist Helen Bridges was commissioned to produce artwork throughout the Emergency Observation Unit that can be enjoyed by a range of staff and patients but also incorporates supportive art and design principles that can help those with dementia. Using London as a starting point Helen created wallpapers incorporating London's most famous landmarks whilst a botanical theme inspired her window film, bringing a little of the outside in. 

Imaging Department

We have installed a collection of moving image artworks by the Bridge Company in the Imaging Department waiting area. These were commissioned to create a calm and relaxing environment and are complemented by photographic light boxes in the ceiling above the trolley bay, which provide a calming view for those laying down.



We have installed bespoke lightboxes in each of the treatment bays in the new Resus department. These long, thin lightboxes display panoramic landscape photographs, provided by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital staff member and award-winning amateur photographer Dr Tom Pepper. The works sit comfortably in the eye line of patients, and provide soft alternative lighting.


Urgent Care Centre

Artist Monika Bravo has created a scheme of artwork for the Urgent Care Centre. Her overlaying of natural imagery, city scenes and bold colours transforms the department. The work, originally conceived as one long thin image, has been split into sections and applied to corridor spaces, treatments rooms and windows. The second half of the Urgent Care Centre will open in December, when we will apply the rest of the scheme.



Our new Paediatric Emergency Department has been designed by agency Boex. Artist Maddy Sargent has created a large illustration for the waiting room, as well as works applied to windows, walls and ceilings in the treatment rooms. Bridge Company have produced a series of video animal portraits to create a digital zoo. The animals will distract, engage and calm children as they receive treatment. We would like to thank Colchester Zoo, Battersea Park Children's Zoo, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, London Aquarium and Hounslow Urban Farm who kindly allowed us to film their animals. 


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