Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was one of the first hospitals in London to develop a 24-hour specialist children’s emergency care department and the service has grown to one of the largest units of its kind.
The children’s emergency department is separate from our adult emergency care department. Our emergency care team includes 18 nurses, two paediatric nurse practitioners and 12 doctors, including three paediatric emergency care consultants.
We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provide emergency care for more than 33,000 children every year. The cases we treat range from minor injuries, major medical problems, surgical emergencies and trauma. Currently, 98% of children are seen and are either sent home or admitted to the Chelsea Children’s Hospital within four hours of arrival.
Patients who have a minor injury or medical conditions requiring urgent attention but not life threatening will be assessed by one of the trained nurses and be seen in our Urgent Care Centre (UCC). This is situated in the emergency department and run by a team of highly-skilled General Practitioners (GPs), specialist nurses and emergency department doctors.
Our aim is to treat children and then provide support for their condition to be managed at home. All children requiring admission are cared for by a team of specialist paediatric doctors including plastic, orthopaedic and paediatric specialty surgeons at our new Chelsea Children’s Hospital, located on the 1st Floor of the hospital.
Consultants and key staff
- Dr Ed Abrahamson, Lead Consultant
- Dr Charles Stewart, Consultant
- Dr Jo Hacking, Consultant
- Kerry Heyes, Lead Nurse
- Harriet Thomas, Paediatric Liaison Health Visitor