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Transformational pledge received to help create new Intensive Care Unit

28 July 2017

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and hospital charity CW+ have received a generous pledge of major support from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust towards the Critical Care Campaign.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and hospital charity CW+ have received a generous pledge of major support from The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust towards the Critical Care Campaign.

This pledge—the largest ever made to the hospital—will help create the Julia and Hans Rausing Intensive Care Unit. The new facility will be a state-of-the-art expanded and redeveloped 20-bed intensive care unit (ICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. This major redevelopment will allow staff to care for an additional 500 critically ill adults every year in a world-class patient-centred environment and provide better facilities for families and loved ones.

Julia and Hans Rausing are longstanding supporters of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, having already helped build the CW+ MediCinema which screens the latest film releases, for free, four times a week for patients, their families and friends.

Lesley Watts (Chief Executive of the Trust) said: “We are hugely grateful to Julia and Hans Rausing for this incredible pledge of support. The demand on our intensive care unit is as high as it has ever been and this wonderful gift will help us create an outstanding new facility for the very sickest patients in our hospital.”

Chris Chaney (Chief Executive of hospital charity CW+) said: “In addition to the transformational impact this gift will make to our intensive care unit, it is a wonderful example of members of our community getting behind their local hospital and a fantastic endorsement of the care the hospital and its staff provides. 

The Julia and Hans Rausing Intensive Care Unit will open in 2020. Building work will commence next year and we look forward to updating you regularly on the progress of the build.

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