Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is a public hospital located on Fulham Road, in the South Kensington area of London, England.

It has 665 beds.

Chief Executive

Heather Lawrence was appointed Chief Executive of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2000 according to the hospital website [1].


Hand Surgery

Hand Trauma

The hospital provides a number of services which include a specialist hand surgery/management unit sometimes known as HMU.

Access to these services is often made via GP referral. However, various A&E departments such as those at Charing Cross, St Marys and St Charles Hospital can make urgent tertiary referrals by contacting the Plastic surgery SHO on-call at Chelsea and Westminster through the telephone switchboard.

Patients are then given a copy of their A&E notes as well as any x-rays. These can then be used by the medical staff in the Hand Trauma clinic at Chelsea and Westminster. These outpatient clinics are currently operated by Mr Bantick and Mr Eckersley's medical teams[2].

This system, which is based on urgently referred patients from A&E being handed a relevant portion of their medical notes, may change with the impending implementation of the Electronic medical record.


The hospital’s HIV / GUM Clinical Directorate was established in April, 1991 [3], and is today the largest specialist HIV unit in Europe [4][5], caring for more than 5,000 [6] HIV patients, and enjoys a worldwide reputation as a centre of excellence in both the care of HIV-positive patients and a wide range of associated clinical research. It's director, Professor Brian Gazzard [7] [8], is one of the world's leading authorities on HIV, founded the British HIV Association, serves as Chairman of the British HIV Guidelines Writing Committee, and is a member of both the Scientific Committee of the World AIDS Congress and of the IAS USA Guidelines Committee.

The St Stephen’s Centre at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital is also home to the core laboratory of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). [9]


Chelsea & Westminster Hospital maintains strong ties with Imperial College School of Medicine as numerous students undergo clinical attachments in specialties such as gastrointestinal surgery, endocrinology and cardiology to name a few.

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