Annual Open Day
Saturday 7 May, 11am–3pm
The hospital will be having its annual Open Day on
Saturday 7 May from 11am to 3pm. More than 1,500 people attended last year’s
Open Day and we hope that it will prove just as popular this year.
The theme of this year’s Open Day is ‘Your hospital, your health, your say’
which reflects the fact that Chelsea and Westminster belongs to all who use
its services, work here or live locally.
Our Open Day aims to educate, inform and entertain visitors with events
including behind the scenes tours, health advice, healthy eating tips and
This year we will also be celebrating the official opening of our new
airport-style outpatient department area – which includes self check-in – on
the Lower Ground Floor.
We have invited many of our partner organisations in health and social care,
including our local primary care trusts and local boroughs, to take part in
the Open Day and we are placing a strong emphasis on promoting public health
at the event.
If you would like to be taken on guided tour on the day please contact Jonathan Harris
We hope you can join us.
Acute Oncology Service
how important it is for you to access consultant oncology advice quickly and
easily. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
is leading the way in the provision of Acute Oncology Services (AOS) in the
capital. Our unit, led by consultant oncologist Tom Newsom-Davis, specialises
diagnosis of patients with emergency presentations of new cancer.
due to a known cancer diagnosis.
of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
a daily, rapid access, consultant-led clinic for the investigation and
diagnosis of patients with an acute presentation of suspected malignancy.
Patients can be seen within one day of referral.
How the AOS
can be contacted:
on 07791 472630
bleep 5019 via switchboard
fax on 020 3315 8863.
that this service is not designed to replace the established ‘2 week wait’
referral pathways which should be used for patients with an identifiable
primary cancer site.
also provides an inpatient service whereby any patient with a known or
suspected diagnosis of cancer admitted to Chelsea
and Westminster Hospital is reviewed by a consultant
oncologist within 24 hours of arrival.
Nick Clegg visits Chelsea and Westminster for first NHS ‘listening event’
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Chelsea and
Westminster Hospital on Wednesday 27 April for the first listening event on NHS
modernisation exclusively for patients. Seen here with Dr Michael Pelly (Left) and Care Services Minister Paul Burstow (centre).
He also met patients and staff during a tour of the hospital
including the Stroke Unit and the new Outpatients Department.
Following the tour, Mr Clegg and Care Services Minister Paul
Burstow met more than 30 patients from the local area including Foundation
Trust Governors to hear their views and discuss modernisation plans.
They were joined by Professor Steve Field who is Chair of
the NHS Future Forum which will drive engagement in the ongoing listening
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Paediatric Dental Operating Lists temporary move to West Middlesex Hospital
May to August 2011
As part of our exciting programme to refurbish and expand our
paediatric unit at Chelsea and Westminster, and to create a brand new dedicated
4 paediatric theatre suite, we are temporarily re-locating our paediatric
dental operating lists to the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth, Middlesex.
This will help us maintain our very busy children's dental service over the
summer and builds on our successful partnership with the West Middlesex
Hospital, where we already undertake general paediatric surgical lists. Many of
our dental patients are from the west of London so we hope this change will be
an opportunity to offer a service closer to home for many children as well.
The dental operating lists at the West Middlesex Hospital will run under the
same standards and use the same staff as at Chelsea and Westminster and
outpatient and follow up care will still be provided at Chelsea and
Westminster. Patients will be given full information about their operation at
West Middlesex Hospital at clinic and pre-assessment.
Should you have any queries about this temporary move please do contact the
Paediatric Dental department at Chelsea and Westminster on 020 3315 5232.
We will also be writing to all referring dentists with
Assisted Conception Unit
The North West London Commissioning Partnership have
launched their new IVF Policy. The Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) has been named in the policy as one of
the providers of choice and is happy to welcome referrals from all of the
North West London area.
Based in the Westminster Wing of the Hospital, our recently
refurbished modern facility offers rapid access to a full range of fertility
services for NHS and self-funded patients. ACU provides a wide range of
infertility investigations and treatment with a special interest and expertise
in the management of fertility problems in older women. We are the only
national referral centre for the management of couples with HIV or Hepatitis
who seek fertility treatment and a centre of excellence in the management of
male factor infertility.
Soon, we hope to be able to broaden access to our expertise
through community fertility clinics.
For more information, visit our website to download
our ACU brochure or contact the unit directly on 020 3315 8585 or email@example.com
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New guidelines for booking into Neonatal Jaundice Clinic
The guidelines for access to the Neonatal Jaundice Clinic have
been updated and take effect as of Tuesday 3rd May 2011.
New Criteria for accepting babies into the Jaundice Clinic:
- This clinic is for well babies with Jaundice
- Term babies: Up to 28 days of age at the time of the clinic
- Premature babies ( less than 37 weeks completed gestation):
Up to 42 days of age at the time of the clinic appointment. *
*This age is at the time of Clinic Appointment, not age at
Referrals to the
clinic can be made via a dedicated
clinic phone number or our appointments office fax or email:
Please download the full guidelines here or contact Leigh
Marsh our Community Paediatric Coordinator for further infomation.
Chelsea and Westminster shortlisted for top patient safety award
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has
been shortlisted for this year's CHKS patient safety award—part of the CHKS Top
Hospitals programme 2011. The programme, which is now in its eleventh year,
celebrates excellence in the areas of patient safety, quality of care and data
The CHKS patient safety award is made on the basis of
publicly available datasets and every NHS acute trust is included in the
analysis. Five other organisations have been shortlisted for award with the
winner being announced at the awards ceremony to be held in London on 10 May.
Read more »
2011 Directory of Services
By now I hope you will have received hand delivered copies
of the 2011 Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Directory of Services.
Given the choice and complexity of services offered by
hospitals in London
we have aimed to provide concise, easy-to-access information about the services
we offer and the healthcare professionals that provide them.
I hope the directory proves to be a useful tool to you when
accessing our services. This year we will also be adding a consultant directory
to our website with information on the specialist interests and contact details
of each of our consultants.
The directory is also available on the newly updated Healthcare Professionals section of our website.
Do you have any comments or feedback on the directory or our
Is there further information you would like to see on our
Would you like more copies of the directory?
If so please contact Jonathan Harris.
Singing workshops for pregnant women
Hospital Arts, the arts-in-health programme at Chelsea and Westminster
Hospital, has launched an
innovative new singing project for pregnant women within the Maternity
department and local community clinics.
Singing can provide emotional, social, educational and
physical benefits for women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and after
birth, and the workshops are a fun way for them to get to know one another. The
workshops involve postural, breathing and vocal exercises, as well as singing
songs that are easily learnable.
Workshops are open to everyone receiving care within the
maternity department in the Hospital and community clinics, so please encourage
those to attend who you feel would benefit.
The workshops run every Monday evening at 6.30pm in The
Tent, second floor, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
For more information please contact Hospital Arts on 020
8846 6617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Antenatal Services on Choose and Book
Referral process reminder
Following the inclusion of our antenatal services on Choose
and Book in March we would like to remind you of the process for making referrals to the Hospital
using Choose and Book.
- Select the specialty of ‘Obstetrics’ and the clinic type
‘Antenatal’ to view the service
- Book your patient into one of the dummy appointment slots
- Attach the referral form
- Our antenatal team will review the referral form and decide
which clinic the patient should be booked into
- Our team will then call the patient and arrange their
The service is listed as a “Telephone Assessment Service” on
Choose and Book but please note that the appointment time given is not a real
appointment and the patient will be contacted by phone to book their
appointment within a week of the referral.
Given that the appointment is a dummy appointment,
there is no need to give the appointment letter to the patient. Please just
ensure that you have provided us with all of the patient’s current contact
details so that we can call them.
New one-stop breathlessness clinic
In May the Cardiac and Respiratory departments will be
commencing a novel, innovative one-stop clinic run by Dr Julian Collinson
(service lead for Cardiology) and Dr Dilys Lai (service lead for Respiratory
medicine). This service will cater for breathless patients who may have
underlying cardiac and/or respiratory pathology where there is diagnostic
uncertainty or where dual input is required. Referred patients will have the
following at the same visit:
- Chest X Ray
- Pulmonary Functions tests
- Clinical assessment by Cardiac and Respiratory
Access to this clinic is available via Choose and Book.
Multiple visits to hospital are avoided and patients receive
their diagnosis and where required, treatment in a timely, efficient manner.
New sexual health clinic for the transgender community
The West London Centre for Sexual Health recently launched a
new sexual health service - The GOLD
Clinic - in collaboration with The Gender Identity
Clinic in Hammersmith/ Charing Cross GIC . This provides a dedicated sexual
health screening service to the transgender community onsite in the Gender
This free & confidential service offers:
- Screening for sexual infections
- Same day HIV result (less than 1 hour)
- Hepatitis B testing & vaccination
- Hepatitis C testing
- Cervical smear tests
- Fast track referral to West London Centre for
Sexual Health for symptom review, treatment & specialist referral
- Safer sex advice, free condoms & lubricant
- Results by telephone or text
The Gold Clinic is open on the third Wednesday of every
month from 1.30pm to 4pm located at: The Gender Identity Clinic
179-183 Fulham Palace Road
To book an appointment or arrange a fast track referral to
West London Centre for Sexual Health phone our Health Advisers on 020 8846 1579
and ask for The Gold Service.
Also see the Sexual Health section of our website for further information on
all of our sexual health services.
MSK Physiotherapy Service move to new electronic discharge letters
From the 1st April the MSK Physiotherapy Service began
sending discharge letters to practices electronically for patients who have
completed a course of physiotherapy treatment. The discharge letter provides
information for GPs on the treatment outcomes for patients who were referred to
physiotherapy either directly by their GP, by a Chelsea and Westminster
Hospital consultant or via the MSK Triage Service. We hope this
development will increase the timeliness of physiotherapy communication with
If you are expecting a discharge letter from the MSK
Physiotherapy Service but have not received it electronically please
contact Jonathan Harris. If you would like further information on our MSK
Physiotherapy Service please contact Edel McKeever or visit our website.
Womens Health Study day
Wednesday 29th June 2011
The Gynaecology team will be hosting a Womens Health Study day, open to all primary care professionals on the 29th June. Topics presented on the day will include, urogynacology, psychosexual medicine, fertilty and female genital mutilation. There will also be the an opportunity to discuss case presentations with an expert panel.
For Further information please contact Jonathan Harris
New hospital videos go live
More than 50,000 people now visit the Chelsea and
Westminster Hospital website every month which means it is a major source of
information for patients, visitors and healthcare professionals
The number of visitors to our website has almost doubled in
the last two years—in 2010 almost 500,000 visitors logged on.
A major new development is the introduction of four new videos
to give visitors to the website an insight into life at Chelsea and
Chelsea and Westminster—a five-minute film, introduced by Chief Executive
Heather Lawrence, which gives an overview of the services that we provide
Services—a two-minute film featuring a number of women who have had their
baby at Chelsea and Westminster as well as some of our midwives
Services—a two-minute film with information about the wide range of sexual
health testing and other services that are available at our three main centres,
the John Hunter Clinic for Sexual Health in the St Stephen’s Centre next to the
main Chelsea and Westminster Hospital building, 56 Dean Street in Soho, and the
West London Centre for Sexual Health at Charing Cross Hospital
Trust Membership—interviews with members and Governors advocating the
benefits of becoming a member of Chelsea and Westminster
We hope the website and these new videos will provide a
useful resource should your patients have questions on the Hospital and their potential
If you have any comments on our website or would like to suggest further improvements or content then please contact Matthew Akid our Head of Communications
Consultant joiners and leavers
Dr Jancinta Hammerschiag Locum Anaesthetist
Dr Carmel Cassar Locum Anaesthetist
Dr Sashin Patil Locum Paediatrician
Dr Nicole Richards Locum Anaesthetist
Mr Nabel Malik Locum