Celebrating our proud history

Throughout 2018 we are celebrating four very significant milestones in our shared history.

  • 25th Anniversary of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital: We marked this on 14 May with the re-introduction of our long service awards for staff. Watch our ‘Happy Birthday’ video, featuring staff, patients, volunteers and supporters—and a few famous faces. Find out more on Twitter at #CWH25.
  • 70th Anniversary of the NHS: On 5 July we’re joining national celebrations around our much-loved national health service with mini open days at each of our hospitals—learn more
  • 30th Anniversary the Kobler Clinic: On 13 September we will recognise our world-renowned HIV centre, which was launched by Princess Diana in 1988.
  • 15th Anniversary of our redeveloped West Middlesex University Hospital: In November, we will celebrate this significant milestone—the redevelopment was officially opened by former prime minister Gordon Brown.

Happy 25th Chelsea and Westminster Hospital!

How far we’ve come!

Midwife Jessica Fletcher in the state-of-the-art Birth Centre at Chelsea and Westminster

Members of the A&E team at Chelsea and Westminster

Staff Nurse Nicola Hearmon with Healthcare Assistant Naima Yaqoob in the Acute Assessment Unit at Chelsea and Westminster
Members of the Acute Medical Unit at West Mid with their new falls prevention tool

Consultant Arj Imbuldeniya performs knee surgery at West Mid
Sister Mabel Amponsah at West Mid

Looking back at our history


St Stephen’s Hospital in 1966—the site where Chelsea and Westminster now sits

Surgery underway in 1971 at St Stephen’s Hospital

The Queen during the opening of Chelsea and Westminster in 1993
Nursing staff on the Women’s Medical Ward at West Mid in the 1930s

Nurses, a doctor and police outside West Mid A&E, 1977
An operating theatre in action in the 1980s at West Mid
  • Watch a fascinating documentary created in 1993 about the construction and opening of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, including its opening by the Queen—Changing Times.

Join in the celebrations

We would love to hear your memories and stories that we can include in our celebrations. Whether you have been a patient, carer, member of staff or volunteer over the decades and have a story to share, please get in touch. Perhaps you were born at one of our hospitals or received amazing care. Do you have photos from the past showing how our services have changed? Or have you got some ideas on how we can? Please share them on social media using:

Read more in our Trust magazine Going Beyond.


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