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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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  • BAFTA-nominated documentary series returns to the RFL

    20 January 2022

    The team behind the BAFTA-nominated documentary series, Hospital, is returning to the Royal Free London (RFL).  The producers, Label1, will be filming a one-off episode that will...

  • Diversity ‘works both ways’

    Diversity ‘works both ways’

    18 January 2022

    The Royal Free London renal team have prioritised recruitment to studies adversely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic under the National Institute for Health Research’s managed recovery programme. Most...

  • Patients benefitting from targeted radiotherapy treating spread of cancer to bone and lymph nodes

    Patients benefitting from targeted radiotherapy treating spread of cancer to bone and lymph nodes

    17 January 2022

    David Page is one of the first patients at the Royal Free Hospital to benefit from highly effective targeted radiotherapy now being used to eliminate cancer detected in bones and lymph nodes. The 81-year-old from...

  • Life-saving research at the Royal Free Hospital

    10 January 2022

    There is new hope for patients with an incurable type of leukaemia – thanks to scientists at the Royal Free Hospital who have helped develop a new type of treatment. The treatment - known as CAR T-cell therapy...

  • Tube strikes set to continue into June

    7 January 2022

    Overnight strikes are planned on the Central and Victoria lines every Friday and Saturday until Sunday 19 June 2022. The strikes will begin on Friday 7 January, starting from 8.30pm and running until 8am on...

  • Hospital visiting - new restrictions

    2 January 2022

    Due to the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, we have taken the decision to restrict visiting in our hospitals from Monday 3 January. As such, pre-booked visiting will no longer be available for adult...

  • Finding the patients who need our help

    Finding the patients who need our help

    29 December 2021

    Patients at risk of developing a type of advanced liver disease are accessing vital care much sooner, thanks to the work of a consultant based at the Royal Free Hospital. Although one in four adults has non-alcoholic...

  • Patient gets a new kidney in time for the festive season after 30 years on dialysis

    Patient gets a new kidney in time for the festive season after 30 years on dialysis

    22 December 2021

    A patient who spent 30 years on dialysis says it was his wife’s love which finally persuaded him to have a kidney transplant.    Since the age of 19, Senthil Kumarathevan - who is now 49 - has undergone...

  • Donations to our hospitals, including food

    20 December 2021

    All gifts to support our NHS staff and patients are coordinated by the Royal Free Charity.  To enable the safe management of deliveries of donated goods and meals, restrictions are in place on the items and...

  • New NHS shared corporate services hub for north central London goes live

    New NHS shared corporate services hub for north central London goes live

    15 December 2021

    A new partnership between 10 north central London NHS trusts that will deliver more efficient and effective corporate services has officially been launched. North London Partners Shared Services (NLPSS) has been...

  • Royal Free London chosen as part of the London Health Data Strategy

    Royal Free London chosen as part of the London Health Data Strategy

    14 December 2021

    The Royal Free London (RFL) is leading a project aimed at using data to improve outcomes and reducing health inequalities for cancer patients. The project will aim to develop a dataset that will provide a joined-up...

  • No changes to appointments at the Royal Free London

    13 December 2021

    Pleased be advised that appointments are continuing as planned at the Royal Free London. Please attend out-patient appointments or planned procedures, unless you hear otherwise. Strict infection control...

  • #One Year On: First RFL COVID-19 vaccine

    #One Year On: First RFL COVID-19 vaccine

    8 December 2021

    Last week (2 December), we celebrated the Boost Day campaign marking one year since the UK became the first country in the world to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Today, we turn our attention to...

  • Tube strikes this weekend - check your travel

    3 December 2021

    If you are visiting one of our hospitals this weekend, please check your travel and plan ahead. Evening and overnight tube strikes are planned on the Central and Victoria lines, Friday 3...

  • International Day of People with Disabilities

    3 December 2021

    Friday 3 December marks the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) and the launch of new Access to Work guidance at the Royal Free London. As a disability confident employer, the trust is...

  • Expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone

    1 December 2021

    From 25 October 2021, the existing central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanded to create a single larger zone up to, but not including the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205).  This...

  • Trust’s role in covid response praised by former vaccine taskforce chief

    30 November 2021

    The venture capitalist honoured by the Queen for her leadership of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccination programme has hailed the role of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in the national response to...

  • Tube strikes this weekend - check your travel

    25 November 2021

    If you are visiting one of our hospitals this weekend, please check your travel and plan ahead. Transport for London (TFL) has planned a 24 hour tube strike on five lines starting early morning on 26 November....

  • And the Oscar goes to…

    And the Oscar goes to…

    24 November 2021

    The remarkable achievements of staff at the Royal Free London have been honoured and celebrated at the virtual staff Oscars. The executive teams of all three hospitals and group clinical services felt it was...

  • New book ‘will help children understand dementia’

    New book ‘will help children understand dementia’

    19 November 2021

    A physiotherapist at Barnet Hospital has written a book to help young children gain a greater understanding of how people are affected by dementia. Physiotherapy team lead Katie Faulkner, who specialises in caring for...

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