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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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  • Royal Free London clinicians gain professorships

    Royal Free London clinicians gain professorships

    16 July 2020

    The Royal Free London (RFL) is delighted to announce the promotion of seven of its clinicians to professors at University College London (UCL). Dr Axel Bex has been announced as professor of urology, Dr Marianna Fontana...

  • “No task too small or too big” for trainee doctors in response to COVID-19

    “No task too small or too big” for trainee doctors in response to COVID-19

    10 July 2020

    Trainee doctors across the trust are being celebrated for their remarkable transformation in response to COVID-19. More than 400 trainee doctors were redeployed at very short notice, with a new shift pattern developed to...

  • Celebrating our NHS heroes

    8 July 2020

    Staff turned out in force for an emotional clap at 5pm on Sunday to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. To mark the occasion, staff across the whole of the Royal Free London have been treated to free...

  • Royal Free London announces new chief nurse

    Royal Free London announces new chief nurse

    7 July 2020

    The Royal Free London is delighted to announce the appointment of Julie Hamilton as its new group chief nurse. Julie replaces Deborah Sanders who was appointed chief executive of Barnet Hospital in March 2020. Julie...

  • Team Royal Free London captured on camera for NHS’s 72nd birthday

    3 July 2020

    The Royal Free London has teamed up with a photographer to the stars to celebrate the heroism of its staff in a series of images released to mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS. Award-winning photographer Frederic Aranda...

  • 72 years of our NHS

    72 years of our NHS

    2 July 2020

    On Sunday 5 July, it will be 72 years since the NHS was founded. During the last few months, the NHS has been through the greatest test of its lifetime. And we will continue to deal with the many challenges brought...

  • ‘On the road’ COVID-19 testing scheme launched to help restart routine surgeries and procedures

    ‘On the road’ COVID-19 testing scheme launched to help restart routine surgeries and procedures

    30 June 2020

    Vulnerable and isolated patients waiting to go into hospital will be tested for COVID-19 at home by St John Ambulance volunteers, in a scheme that’s the first of its kind in this country. The charity’s new...

  • Work restarting for state-of-the-art imaging upgrade

    Work restarting for state-of-the-art imaging upgrade

    29 June 2020

    The Royal Free Hospital’s imaging department is undergoing an exciting and important upgrade: we’re bringing in three MRI scanners, three interventional radiology labs, two cardiac catheter labs and two...

  • New parking machines at the Royal Free Hospital

    29 June 2020

    A new simplified and more user-friendly parking system is to be introduced at the Royal Free Hospital on Wednesday 1 July. New parking machines, which are easier for patients and visitors to use, have been installed as...

  • Welcome to our world!

    Welcome to our world!

    29 June 2020

    Meet baby Anastasia, photographed with midwife and Royal Free Hospital (RFH) labour ward co-ordinator Laura Halpin, at the end of April, not long after her birth. This striking image has been entered by the Royal Free...

  • Staff are all smiles as Sir Quentin Blake designs mugs for NHS charity

    Staff are all smiles as Sir Quentin Blake designs mugs for NHS charity

    26 June 2020

    Our staff sipped on a brew to celebrate the launch of a range of mugs designed by world-renowned artist and illustrator of Roald Dahl’s famous books, Sir Quentin Blake, to help raise funds for the NHS. Royal Free...

  • Say hello to Harry

    Say hello to Harry

    25 June 2020

    If you’re in the restaurant at the Royal Free Hospital then why not say hello to Harry - one of our newest members of staff. Harry Stevens, 25, from Highbury and Islington, is on an apprenticeship scheme at the...

  • BBC Two documentary Hospital returns to RFL

    23 June 2020

    The Royal Free London will be the focus of a new series of the award-winning BBC Two documentary Hospital. It follows the success of the special two-part documentary Hospital Special: Fighting...

  • Happy first birthday to Chalkmill Drive

    Happy first birthday to Chalkmill Drive

    22 June 2020

    The Chalkmill Drive decontamination unit in Enfield celebrated its first anniversary. The state-of-the-art unit is the biggest and most advanced of its kind in the UK. It decontaminates equipment safely and efficiently,...

  • I kept working in A&E while my partner lay on a ventilator in the same hospital

    I kept working in A&E while my partner lay on a ventilator in the same hospital

    18 June 2020

    An A&E receptionist at the Royal Free Hospital was determined to come to work and support patients and colleagues, despite the knowledge that her partner of more than 20 years was fighting for his life with COVID-19,...

  • The use of face coverings when coming to our hospitals

    The use of face coverings when coming to our hospitals

    12 June 2020

    From Monday 15 June, you will need to wear a face covering when you come to our hospitals. If you are coming to hospital as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all...

  • Urgent planned care has restarted at the Royal Free London

    12 June 2020

    Urgent planned care is restarting across North Central London this month, following a reduction in activity to allow health and care teams to support the increased demand for services during the COVID-19 outbreak. We...

  • 20,000 surgical gowns handmade by RFL volunteers

    20,000 surgical gowns handmade by RFL volunteers

    11 June 2020

    A team of volunteers, coordinated by the Royal Free Charity, have now created 20,000 surgical gowns for use at the Royal Free London. Fashion and sewing experts, community volunteers and staff from the Royal Free London...

  • Chase Farm Hospital car parking update

    10 June 2020

    During the last construction phase of the Chase Farm Hospital multi-storey car park refurbishment, the contractor will be working around the front entrance area. Staff and patients will only be able to use the...

  • Information on visiting patients

    5 June 2020

    Visiting restrictions remain in place at all of our hospitals as of Friday 5 June 2020. We understand the government has made an announcement about hospital visiting restrictions and we will be reviewing visiting rules...

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