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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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  • Update: Barnet Hospital emergency department and Chase Farm Hospital now open

    25 September 2020

    This information was last updated at 16:45 The IT issues affecting Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital have now been resolved and the hospitals are running as normal. Some services may be running slower...

  • Temporary changes to children’s and young peoples services at the Royal Free Hospital

    24 September 2020

    To ensure the NHS can continue to deliver the best emergency and planned care across north central London during the winter and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the children and young person’s emergency department at...

  • Parking changes at our hospitals

    Parking changes at our hospitals

    23 September 2020

    The parking available at our hospitals is changing from Monday. At Barnet Hospital, car park A will return to being patient parking, along with the fracture clinic and ED, while car park B will continue to offer staff...

  • Half century - not out!

    Half century - not out!

    21 September 2020

    Pharmacy technician Balu (Balwant) Chauhan is celebrating 50 years of working for the NHS today – with a total of four decades spent at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH). When the 71-year-old from Edgware started out...

  • First ever virtual annual members’ meeting celebrates trust’s achievements during momentous year

    First ever virtual annual members’ meeting celebrates trust’s achievements during momentous year

    17 September 2020

    Staff at the Royal Free London (RFL) were praised for their outstanding efforts over the past year at the trust’s first ever virtual annual members’ meeting. Following a momentous six months for the NHS,...

  • Could regulating salt intake hold the key to better health?

    Could regulating salt intake hold the key to better health?

    17 September 2020

    A new study by doctors at the Royal Free London (RFL) reveals that salt plays an important role in the immune system. The study, led by renal consultants Professor Alan Salama and Dr Stephen Walsh, revealed that...

  • £9 million for world leading Parkinson’s research at the Royal Free Hospital

    £9 million for world leading Parkinson’s research at the Royal Free Hospital

    16 September 2020

    The Royal Free Hospital (RFH) will be the focal point for significant research into Parkinson’s Disease – thanks to £9 million of funding from a partnership involving the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Of...

  • Outcomes of clinical trials at the Royal Free London offer new hope for heart patients

    Outcomes of clinical trials at the Royal Free London offer new hope for heart patients

    15 September 2020

    A common diabetes drug could be used to treat patients with a heart condition following research which shows it reduces the likelihood of heart failure and cardiac death, whether you also have diabetes or not. Six...

  • Finding peace

    Finding peace

    10 September 2020

    Staff at the Royal Free London have been honoured "for their heroism as they fight to save the many lives in their care". That's the inscription on a glass tile which has been unveiled at the World Peace...

  • ‘I feel like I’m on fire but people think I’m just blushing’

    ‘I feel like I’m on fire but people think I’m just blushing’

    1 September 2020

    It started innocuously enough with some red dots appearing on Lee Barker’s hands. But as his symptoms worsened he was to eventually discover that he was just one of a handful of people worldwide with a disabling...

  • Royal Free London announces new director of nursing at Barnet Hospital

    Royal Free London announces new director of nursing at Barnet Hospital

    28 August 2020

    The Royal Free London is delighted to announce the appointment of Bev Thomas as its new director of nursing at Barnet Hospital. Bev replaces Julie Hamilton who was appointed the new group chief nurse in July. Bev will...

  • Staff can’t get over new wall at Barnet Hospital

    Staff can’t get over new wall at Barnet Hospital

    28 August 2020

    Staff at Barnet Hospital have been delighted by the unveiling of a new wall of artwork, filled with bright drawings and messages of support supplied by the local community. More than 750 pieces of art were sent in, and...

  • A legacy fit for our Royal Free London heroes

    A legacy fit for our Royal Free London heroes

    27 August 2020

    Donations that flooded in during the pandemic from the public to the Royal Free Charity have been converted into a very special long term legacy for staff working in intensive care. As well as the art work supplied by...

  • Safety award nomination for RFL antibiotic innovation

    Safety award nomination for RFL antibiotic innovation

    25 August 2020

    Doctors can now calculate the correct dose for a common antibiotic at the click of a button- thanks to the clinical and digital teams at the Royal Free London The EPR team and microbiology department worked alongside...

  • Children and young people’s services reopened at Barnet Hospital

    24 August 2020

    The children and young people’s emergency department and Galaxy in-patient ward at Barnet Hospital has reopened.    The emergency department will be open for 24 hours, seven days each week. Anyone...

  • Video appointments provide vital link for patients in lockdown

    Video appointments provide vital link for patients in lockdown

    24 August 2020

    Introducing video appointments for patients at the Royal Free London was already a priority before COVID-19, so when the new measures meant that we needed to reduce the number of face-to-face appointments we went full...

  • Be aware: fraudulent recruitment emails

    21 August 2020

    We have been made aware that a number of individuals have been contacted with offers of employment claiming to be from the Royal Free London. These offers are coming from the email...

  • Every picture tells a story

    Every picture tells a story

    21 August 2020

    Staff from the Royal Free London (RFL) have been immortalised in a series of portraits by artists keen to show their appreciation for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vicky Pang, head of infection...

  • Closure of multi-storey car park entrance at Chase Farm Hospital - 25 and 26 August

    Closure of multi-storey car park entrance at Chase Farm Hospital - 25 and 26 August

    19 August 2020

    The main entrance to the multi-storey car park at CFH will be closed on 25 and 26 August and an alternative side entrance will be open for cars to enter and exit. Traffic management will be in place. The closure is to...

  • United as a family against COVID-19

    United as a family against COVID-19

    19 August 2020

    When it comes to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL) the Bautistas certainly keep it in the family. Three remembers of the family, from Burnt Oak in north west London, either work or have worked at the...

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