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Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust runs three hospitals in London: Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital and Royal Free Hospital. 

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  • Cycling to say thank you

    Cycling to say thank you

    13 April 2021

    A patient who has already donated £3,000 to Barnet Hospital to thank staff who saved his life has teamed up with a neighbour for a cycling challenge which has already raised a further £6,500 for the...

  • Children and young people’s services reopened at the Royal Free Hospital

    12 April 2021

    The children and young people’s emergency department and general in-patient wards at the Royal Free Hospital have reopened. The emergency department will be open for 24 hours, seven days each week. Anyone...

  • The Caribbean nurse who followed her heart back to the RFH

    7 April 2021

    Jennifer Solomon travelled a total of 4,310 miles to swap the sun-drenched beaches of the Caribbean for the COVID-19 intensive care wards of a busy London hospital. But the 53-year-old nurse, who grew up in Hitchin,...

  • New trust chair begins role at the RFL

    New trust chair begins role at the RFL

    1 April 2021

    The new chairman of the Royal Free London, Mark Lam, said he is delighted to be starting his new role and will spend his first day at the trust meeting staff, thanking them for their service and finding out about their...

  • Royal Free Hospital main vehicle entrance closed this weekend

    26 March 2021

    The blue badge and pick-up and drop-off areas at the main entrance to the Royal Free Hospital, accessed via Pond Street, will be closed from 9pm tonight, Friday 26 March, until 6pm Sunday 28 March. This is due to road...

  • Gas repairs on Fleet Road Thursday 25 March

    25 March 2021

    Gas repairs will be carried out today, Thursday 25 March at approximately 8pm. The works will take place next to the service road (deliveries entrance) at Royal Free Hospital and the ‘Panoramic’...

  • First volunteers in COVID-19 human challenge study leave hospital

    25 March 2021

    The UK’s COVID-19 human challenge study has reached its first milestone after administering virus to three volunteers in a controlled clinical setting at the Royal Free Hospital. Participants were inoculated with...

  • Reopening our children and young people’s services

    23 March 2021

    The emergency department and general in-patient wards for children and young people will re-open at the Royal Free Hospital from 9am on Monday 12 April. In September, North Central London made the decision to...

  • New MRI machines offer a “lighter and brighter” experience

    New MRI machines offer a “lighter and brighter” experience

    22 March 2021

    Three brand new MRI scanners have been installed at the Royal Free Hospital, as part of a project to improve the quality of medical imaging at the trust. These machines bring us the latest, state-of-the-art technology,...

  • Research paves the way for ‘customised’ kidney transplants

    Research paves the way for ‘customised’ kidney transplants

    16 March 2021

    Doctors at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH) have identified a biological marker which can help them predict whether a patient is likely to reject a donated kidney. The findings, which have come about as a result of  a...

  • A shockingly good solution

    A shockingly good solution

    12 March 2021

    A 61-year-old year old man has become the first patient at the Royal Free London to receive a new type of implantable defibrillator, designed to both ‘shock’ his heart into rhythm if it should speed up and...

  • Temporary changes to children and young people’s services - share your feedback

    11 March 2021

    Temporary changes have been made to children and young people’s services across north central London during the autumn/winter as part of the NHS’s response to the pandemic. At the Royal Free Hospital this...

  • Maggie’s centre at the Royal Free Hospital

    5 March 2021

    The creation of a Maggie’s centre, which will provide support for people with cancer, on the Royal Free Hospital site has moved a step closer with Camden Council approving the planning application. This follows...

  • ‘We are at the forefront of COVID-19 research’

    ‘We are at the forefront of COVID-19 research’

    4 March 2021

    Staff at the Royal Free London (RFL) have been praised for their extraordinary contribution to life-saving research during one of the most challenging periods for the NHS.  A record number of patients and staff...

  • Telephony issues affecting our switchboard and some call centres

    19 February 2021

    We are experiencing some intermittent technical difficulties with our telephone system which is affecting our main switchboard and some of our call centres. If you are unable to get through, please do try again...

  • Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital

    Damage to the heart found in more than half of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital

    18 February 2021

    Around half of those hospitalised with COVID-19 and who show raised levels of a protein called troponin have suffered some damage to their heart, according to a new study which included patients at the Royal Free...

  • Ethics approval for Human Challenge study

    Ethics approval for Human Challenge study

    17 February 2021

    The UK will be the first country in the world to run a Covid-19 human challenge study, following approval from the UK’s clinical trials ethics body. The study will take place at the Royal Free Hospital. First...

  • New lead governor appointed

    12 February 2021

    The Council of Governors of the Royal Free London is pleased to announce that Sneha Bedi has been appointed as lead governor. Sneha has been on the council as a patient governor since October 2017. She will take up the...

  • Nurse will never forget ‘care and kindness’ of staff

    Nurse will never forget ‘care and kindness’ of staff

    11 February 2021

    As the Royal Free London marks the anniversary of its first Covid patient this week, a nurse who spent three months as a patient with the trust last year says he will never forget the care and kindness of the staff who...

  • New trust chair appointed

    10 February 2021

    The Council of Governors of the Royal Free London are pleased to announce that Mark Lam has been appointed the new chair of the trust.  Mark joins the Royal Free London from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental...

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