Barnet Hospital

Our health landscape

RFL - Icons_People-1.svgBarnet has an ageing population, with over 58,000 people aged 65 or above, and this is expected to grow by around a quarter in the next 10 years.


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Barnet’s ageing population, alongside its number of residents, presents particular health challenges. People living longer means that they need more care and support later in life.


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The borough has a large and growing young population with 25% aged 0-19.


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Other challenges include mental health, dementia, and access to urgent and emergency care.

Barnet is the largest borough in London with a population of roughly 389,100 residents. This is expected to rise to over 400,000 by 2030.

Age well

Barnet Hospital (BH) treats one of the largest elderly populations in London and the borough has more than 100 care homes.

We will build on our expertise, helping people to age well and prevent frailty, becoming a leading example within north central London and beyond with a focus on expanding services, research and innovation.

Same day and integrated care

People are now living longer and experiencing more long term and complex health conditions. This means it is vital for us to work with our partners in primary, community and social care settings to address all aspects of our patients’ health.

It’s essential that pathways between different care providers are seamless, improving patient experience and getting the best possible outcomes for patients of all ages.

Chase Farm Hospital and group clinical services

Our health landscape

RFL - Icons_Support.svgChase Farm Hospital (CFH) and our group clinical services support patients across north central London, providing them with access to planned surgery and ensuring they can get prompt access to diagnostic services no matter which of our hospitals or sites they visit.


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There are significant health inequalities across the communities we serve which we can help address by providing early and accurate diagnosis for all our patients.


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We are digitising our diagnostic services so we can better track patient health trends, identify at risk populations and prevent ill health at an early stage.

The Royal Free London has approximately 16,500 people on its surgical waiting list and many will visit CFH for their operation.

Early equitable diagnosis

CFH is one of the most digitally advanced hospitals in the UK and its group clinical services support patient care across the whole trust.

Our community diagnostic centre has carried out more than 200,000 tests since it opened in 2021.

Centre of excellence is elective surgery

CFH is one of NHS England’s eight elective surgical hubs and a leading centre for planned surgery across north central London, delivering high standards in clinical care.

We carry out more than 10,000 procedures a year.

Royal Free Hospital

Our health landscape

RFL - Icons_Support.svgThe Royal Free Hospital (RFH) attracts many patients from across the country and beyond to our specialist services in liver, kidney transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, Parkinson’s disease, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma.


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Camden’s population continues to grow, with a predicted increase of around 22,600 people by 2029 and the biggest growth expected in the over 60s. This represents a growing pressure on local health and care services.


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Around one in seven (14%) of Camden residents has a long-term health condition or disability that limits their day-today activities in some way.

Camden has a population of around 218,000 people, with over 40% of the population coming from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Live well

Around 430,000 people in north central London are living with one or more long-term conditions, with metabolic and respiratory illnesses, such as diabetes and asthma, making up 72% of these conditions.

The RFH is working with partners across North Central London Integrated Care System to reduce chronic disease, prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and improve patient outcomes.

Rare diseases

The RFH is a specialist centre for a number of rare diseases such as immunodeficiency,
haemophilia and amyloidosis.

Our clinical research facility and the Pears Building, the home of the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, a partnership between the Royal Free London (RFL), University College London and the Royal Free Charity, ensures we can provide patients with access to the latest therapies.

North Middlesex Hospital and community services

North Mid is an organisation which is independent of the RFL. Our trusts have been in a clinical partnership since 2017 and we are in the process of developing detailed plans for North Mid to become part of the Royal Free London group. North Mid has developed local clinical priorities alongside BH, CFH and RFH.

Joining together as an organisation

We have been developing detailed plans for how North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust could merge into the Royal Free London group. We believe this will enable us to improve services for our patients, the health of our local community and opportunities for our staff.

There is strong engagement with our clinicians on the improvements that could be made possible by a new shared future and we are developing detailed cases for how a merger would benefit patients, particularly in the areas of cancer care, planned surgery and research.

North Mid has identified three potential local clinical priorities if the merger goes ahead: start well, live well, and age well.

Our hospitals would continue to provide the same local services. At North Mid, these include the emergency department, maternity, intensive care, paediatrics, acute surgery, medicine and community services.

However, by coming together as one, we expect to be able to deliver:

  • reduced waiting times
  • improves access to specialty care locally
  • better joined-up community services
  • greater opportunities to benefit from the latest medical research and trials
  • more coordinated action, with screening and early intervention services tailored to our different communities

The health landscape

Both Enfield and Haringey have very diverse populations, with around 40% of residents coming from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

There are a number of local health challenges and inequalities:

RFL - Icons_Children.svgChildren in Enfield are more likely to be overweight or obese than in London and England generally – the prevalence of children living with obesity in Year 6 is the third highest of the 32 London boroughs


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Haringey has significant levels of inequality and deprivation. Some wards
in Haringey are among the least deprived, whilst others are amongst the most deprived in England


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5% of adults over 65 have been diagnosed with dementia in Enfield – the highest prevalence in London, and higher than the rate for England


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Diabetes prevalence in Enfield is the second highest of all London boroughs, and is above both the regional and England average


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Haringey has higher rates of serious mental illness than other boroughs


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58% of adults in Enfield are overweight or obese (2019/20), above the London average of 56%

North Mid serves more than 600,000 people living across Enfield and Haringey and the surrounding areas, including Barnet and Waltham Forest.

Start Well

There is a low uptake in childhood vaccinations – childhood obesity rates are higher than the national average and there is increasing demand for children and young people’s emergency services.

North Mid plans to consolidate its partnerships and care pathways to ensure the best start in life for children and young people, focused on supporting the most vulnerable communities and addressing health inequalities.

Live well

There are increasing demands on North Mid’s urgent and emergency care services, caused by cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver disease and exacerbated by lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol, and physical inactivity.

Patients will be supported and treated throughout their lives, helping them to better manage long term conditions. North Mid will work with partners to tackle lifestyle behaviours to improve life expectancies.

Age well

The number of people aged 65 and over is expected to continue rising with more and more living with long term conditions such as dementia, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Ensuring patients can remain independent as long as possible will be paramount, with access to the best possible care. All staff should know how to identify frailty and help patients age well.