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Redevelopment of Chelsea and Westminster gathers pace

13 August 2010

The first major redevelopment of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital since it opened in 1993 is now well underway—this exciting project is due to reach some significant landmarks this month.

The first major redevelopment of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital since it opened in 1993 is now well underway—this exciting project is due to reach some significant landmarks this month.

Outpatient services development set to get underway

A major development of the lower ground floor of the hospital is set to create a new, modern environment for many outpatient services.

The Preoperative Assessment Centre, where staff see patients before they are admitted to hospital for surgery to ensure that they are fit for their operation, moved to the lower ground floor in May.

Work is due to start on 16 August to redevelop a large area of the lower ground floor to accommodate outpatient services currently based in Outpatients 1 on the first floor and in the Beta Cell Diabetes Centre on the second floor.

These outpatient services will open to patients in their new location in February 2011.

Construction of extension to start

A two-storey extension to the first and second floors of the hospital will help to achieve the Trust’s vision:

  • To provide world class children’s services following Chelsea and Westminster’s designation as the lead centre for specialist neonatal and paediatric surgery in North West London—to help save the lives of babies and children
  • To develop our HIV services which have an international reputation for excellence—Chelsea and Westminster is the largest HIV centre in Europe

BAM Construction, the Trust’s building contractor on the extension project, started work on site in April.

Enabling works, including clearing obstructions in the ground and laying a new drainage system, are due to be completed in August.

That means piling work can start to lay the foundations for the extension to the main hospital building.

The Trust is committed to keeping its neighbours living in Netherton Grove and the surrounding area informed about progress on the construction project—a residents’ meeting was held before work started on site in April and regular residents’ newsletters are distributed.