HRH The Prince of Wales opened our care home in 2009. The Margaret Thatcher Infirmary (the Infirmary) is a unique nursing home with a GP medical centre, for the exclusive use of Chelsea Pensioners.

Read our Health & Wellbeing Oversight Committee Annual Quality Report 2019

Inside the Infirmary

The Infirmary building houses our care home with nursing, which can accommodate up to 68 Chelsea Pensioners. Three additional ‘long wards’ provide supported accommodation for other Pensioners.

Each room has an excellent view and all Pensioners have access to beautiful gardens. Every ward has communal lounges and dining rooms. Pensioners, staff and visitors can enjoy the ground floor café with conservatory.

Some of our Pensioners live permanently in our residential nursing ward. Others stay for short periods when they are unwell or convalescing after hospital treatment or surgery. Families are welcome to visit at any time and close relatives visiting Pensioners who are seriously ill can stay overnight.

Support to live well

We aim to support all Pensioners living in the care home, so they can live their lives to the full.

  • on-site GP services are available for all Pensioners.
  • An excellent team of nurses, therapists and carers provide care and treatment for Pensioners living in the care home and in the Royal Hospital’s other Long Wards.
  • Our gymnasium provides a full physiotherapy and occupational therapy service for all Chelsea Pensioners.
  • Our committed volunteers play a vital role in providing a greater quality of life for Chelsea Pensioners in the care home.

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