Blood test unit at Chase Farm Hospital moves to new location

14 October 2014

The blood test unit at Chase Farm Hospital has moved to a new location within the site so that patients no longer have to queue in the rain.

The new unit is next to the urgent care centre (UCC) and patients enter through the Barndoc entrance.

In July when the Royal Free London acquired Chase Farm Hospital and Barnet Hospital, David Sloman, the chief executive of the trust, said patients at Chase Farm should not have to queue outside while waiting for a blood test. He promised the trust would find a new location in time for winter so patients would have shelter while they queued.

Fiona Jackson, director of Chase Farm Hospital, said she was delighted with the new location of the blood test unit.

“The new location is much more convenient for patients,” she said. “There is plenty of room inside so they no longer have to wait in the cold and the rain. We hope this will make a big difference to the patients at Chase Farm Hospital.”   

David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London, said: “I am pleased we have been able to find a more suitable location for our blood test unit. Something like this can make a huge difference to patients. This is part of our commitment to improve facilities at Chase Farm and to modernise the hospital.”

The trust is planning to redevelop Chase Farm Hospital to bring the building up to date. A planning application is expected to be submitted to Enfield Council in November and work on the redevelopment is due to begin next year.

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For more information contact Mary McConnell on 020 7472 6665 or email rf.communications@nhs.net.

The Royal Free London began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare. 

The trust attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.