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

Read the latest Royal Free news, including information on our clinics, new hospital staff, medical research and the development of our medical services.


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  • Mayor opens new cardiology lab at Barnet Hospital

    9 December 2022

    The Mayor of Barnet, Alison Moore, officially opened the newly refurbished cardiac catheterisation lab at Barnet Hospital last week. The lab – also known as the cath lab - reopened in September after a...

  • Road closure - Barnet Hospital

    9 December 2022

    Due to a burst watermain, part of Wellhouse Lane and Wood Street in Barnet are closed while repair work is carried out. This may affect your journey to Barnet Hospital. Please check the AA route...

  • Group A streptococcus (Strep A) guidance

    7 December 2022

    Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria. Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does cause several infections, some mild and some more...

  • Staff awarded for decades of dedication

    Staff awarded for decades of dedication

    2 December 2022

    Our long service awards returned last week to celebrate our staff who have devoted 25 or 40 years to the Royal Free London (RFL). Each year, we’re proud to celebrate these achievements and be a part of these...

  • Update on RCN strike

    2 December 2022

    As there is no mandate for strike action by Royal College of Nursing members at the Royal Free London, our nurses are not participating in the industrial action planned for 15 and 20 December. As such, all our...

  • Bus strikes in December: check your travel

    29 November 2022

    UPDATE, 1 December 2022: Metroline strikes planned for 1-3 December have been suspended. There are strikes on these dates: Thursday 1 to Saturday 3 December (Abellio only) Thursday 8 December (Abellio only)...

  • Wellbeing initiative celebrated at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards

    24 November 2022

    Following a rigorous judging process, the Royal Free London's SISOS programme (Safety incident supporting our staff) has been recognised as the 'Best Staff Wellbeing Initiative' in this year's Nursing...

  • New visiting guidance

    17 November 2022

    From Monday 21 November 2022, the Royal Free London’s visiting policy will change. Visitors to the hospital will no longer have to book an appointment to see in-patients. Instead, in-patients staying on most wards...

  • More than 800 patients seen over ‘super-weekend’ for ENT in North Central London

    More than 800 patients seen over ‘super-weekend’ for ENT in North Central London

    16 November 2022

    More than 800 patients waiting for Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) appointments across North Central London (NCL), were seen in two days during an ENT super weekend, held towards the end of September. It follows the success...

  • “Gene-editing has given me hope”

    “Gene-editing has given me hope”

    16 November 2022

    One of the first heart-failure patients to benefit from a pioneering gene-editing drug says the treatment has given him hope after he was faced with a bleak prognosis. Married father-of-three Chidi Egbochue, 57, had...

  • Twins enrol on RSV vaccine trial at Barnet Hospital

    Twins enrol on RSV vaccine trial at Barnet Hospital

    14 November 2022

    Five-week-old twin girls, Quinn and Fiadh, have become the first recruits to the RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) trial taking place at the Royal Free London.  Their mother, Miranda Ryan, 37, from Hatfield,...

  • Royal Free London granted Veteran Aware status

    11 November 2022

    The Royal Free London is one of three trusts in the capital to have been given special accreditation for the care it provides to those who have served in the armed forces. The trust has been given its Veteran Aware...

  • Staff praised for their phenomenal efforts at annual members’ meeting

    9 November 2022

    Staff at the Royal Free London were celebrated for their continued hard work and dedication during what has been another remarkable year. Lead governor Sneha Bedi welcomed members and staff to the event which gave them...

  • Plan ahead: Tube strike Thursday 10 November

    9 November 2022

    Tube strikes are planned for Thursday 10 November meaning there will be limited or no Tube services running. Other services will run, but may be extremely busy or subject to last-minute changes. Please check...

  • COP27 and our green plan

    7 November 2022

    COP27 – the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference – has officially started. How we can we help the fight against climate change here at the Royal Free London?    Find out more about...

  • Plan ahead: Tube and national rail strikes 5, 7, 9 and 10 November

    31 October 2022

    UPDATE, 4 November 2022: strikes planned for Sunday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November have been called off. Network Rail has said services will remain "extremely limited" on Saturday, and is advising passengers...

  • Launch of new vaccine trial to protect babies from respiratory infection

    25 October 2022

    A new vaccine aimed at protecting babies from a respiratory virus is being trialled at the Royal Free London. RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is one of the leading causes of hospitalisation in all infants worldwide...

  • “Transformational” research centre officially opens at Royal Free Hospital

    “Transformational” research centre officially opens at Royal Free Hospital

    21 October 2022

    An ‘exciting’ new research centre which could transform the lives of thousands of patients has officially opened at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH). The NIHR Royal Free Clinical Research Facility will enable...

  • Supporting our Armed Forces community: RFL collects gold award

    17 October 2022

    The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust recently collected our Ministry of Defence Gold Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award. Having previously held the silver award, the progression to gold and the highest award...

  • Update on temporary changes to Chase Farm Hospital urgent treatment centre

    13 October 2022

    Temporary changes to the Chase Farm Hospital urgent treatment centre (UTC) opening hours will remain in place until the New Year. The UTC is open from 8am to 8.30pm, with patients being booked in until 7.30pm only. To...


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