With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread across the world and with London seeing a significant escalation of cases each day, we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners and staff at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The main Royal Hospital Chelsea site is closed to external visitors. The Chelsea Pensioners will now remain permanently within the grounds of the Royal Hospital to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus, other than for hospital visits or other essential reasons.

Despite these changes, we will maintain as far as possible the unique community spirit and way of life at the Royal Hospital. We will work hard to minimise the impact on both the healh and well-being of the Chelsea Pensioners and we will open our gates to visitors once more as soon as we can.

Please use the menu below to see how we are protecting the Chelsea Pensioners and our staff community, and what restrictions are now in place.

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Pensioner Leo Tighe sitting on a bench on the Royal Hospital's colonnade
Royal Hospital in the news

The Royal Hospital welcomed BBC's Defence Correspondent Johnathan Beale to see what life is like for the pensioners under these new restrictions and speak with the Hospital's Governor, General Sir Adrian Bradshaw.

Wren Chapel at the Royal Hospital with table at entrance with hand sanitizer
A shared purpose at the Royal Hospital

Healthcare systems in countries around the world are facing a considerable challenge in their Coronavirus preparation and response. The increased risk to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions is putting pressure on organisations which have a primary focus on caring for older people.

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