Charing Cross & Westminster Medical Schools, UK

Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School existed as a legal entity for 13 years, as the midpoint of a series of mergers which strategically consolidated the many small medical schools in west London into one large institution under the aegis of Imperial College London.

In 1984, Charing Cross Hospital Medical School and Westminster Hospital Medical School merged to form the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. This move was part of a series of mergers in the London medical schools in the early 1980s, which foreshadowed the second, larger round of mergers in the late 1990s.

Based at the Charing Cross Hospital site in Hammersmith and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in Fulham, the new medical school took the form of its larger precursor (CXHMS) in using “X” as an abbreviation for “Cross”. The medical school also maintained academic units at the university hospitals of Queen Mary’s Roehampton, West Middlesex, Ashford and Hillingdon.

In 1997, CXWMS merged with Imperial College, London (whose medical department was at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School), The National Heart and Lung Institute and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School to form Imperial College School of Medicine.

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