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Andrew Lansley praises Chelsea Children’s Hospital

24 May 2012

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley was given a special behind-the-scenes look at the new Chelsea Children’s Hospital yesterday and met with staff and patients on a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities.

Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley was given a special behind-the-scenes look at the new Chelsea Children’s Hospital yesterday and met with staff and patients on a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities.

Mr Lansley toured the new purpose-built children’s hospital, located at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which has been designed to suit the needs of young patients and their families.

He was shown one of the four new dedicated children’s operating theatres, the new day surgery ward, the Paediatric High Dependency Unit and facilities including a special ‘sensory room’ which is designed to help calm young patients.

Mr Lansley said: “I was delighted to meet staff and patients in Chelsea and Westminster’s wonderful new children’s hospital.”

The visit coincided with an announcement by the Secretary of State about new proposals aimed at giving patients more choice about where, when and how they receive treatment in the NHS.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is the lead centre for specialist paediatric and neonatal surgery in North West London which means that we carry out the most complex surgery on babies and children.

We also support children to be treated closer to where they live and work closely with families to ensure they receive the best care in the most appropriate location.

Chelsea Children’s Hospital is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.