Armed forces arrive to support our staff

07 January 2022

The military are providing temporary assistance to our Trust as part of their ongoing support to the NHS pandemic response.

A small team of military personnel have been deployed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital to kindly provide clinical and logistical support.

Our staff are working incredibly hard in the face of significant pressures. It is a privilege to have the Armed Forces in our hospitals to help at one of our most challenging times of the year. 

Roger Chinn, our Chief Medical Officer and CCIO, said: "We are delighted to welcome the ten military personnel to our Trst today who will work alongside our dedicated staff as they respond to the demands brought by COVID-19 and winter. Their clinical and logistical expertise will be invaluable as we navigate this period. I want to offer my sincere thanks to all.'"

MoD personnel have been working with the NHS throughout the pandemic, from the delivery of PPE, to the vaccination programme. This is the second time we have welcomed the Armed Forces to our Trust; previously, they supported with operational tasks, and boosted morale among staff and patients by always willingly offering help wherever it was needed. We know that they will serve with excellence once again.

To support these efforts, we urge our local communities to take up any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine they are still eligible for, take sensible precautions to limit the spread of the virus, and use the NHS 111 Online service first when they need help urgently.

Our staff are working incredibly hard, and we greatly appreciate the extra pairs of hands from the Armed Forces – thank you on behalf of all our Trust.