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.

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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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Chelsea Pensioners share recollections of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Royal Hospital Chelsea community continues to send our thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family at this difficult time. Many of our Chelsea Pensioners were fortunate enough to meet HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Hospital’s Founder’s Day celebrations or through his other official duties.

Infirmary Bombing
Remembering the Soane Infirmary bombing

Today marks 80 years following the bombing of the Royal Hospital’s Infirmary during the Second World War. The magnificent Infirmary, which once stood on the current site of the National Army Museum, was hit by a parachute bomb on 16 April 1941 – destroying most of the building and tragically ending the lives of 13 people.

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