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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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  • 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...

  • Black Lives Matter

    4 June 2020

    A joint message from Royal Free London group chief executive Caroline Clarke; Royal Free Hospital chief executive Kate Slemeck; Barnet Hospital chief executive Deborah Sanders; Chase Farm Hospital chief executive Natalie...

  • Always in our hearts

    Always in our hearts

    3 June 2020

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic staff at the Royal Free London have shown their utter determination to go the extra mile for their patients, however challenging the circumstances. From taking deliveries of phones for...

  • Congratulations to our 2020 EMEA winners

    3 June 2020

    Several Royal Free London doctors and teams have been celebrated for their outstanding commitment to the education of UCL medical school students in this year’s Excellence in Medical Education Awards (EMEAs)....

  • Temporary lift closure in Chase Farm Hospital car park

    2 June 2020

    Due to the refurbishment works taking place in the multi-story car park at Chase Farm Hospital, the car park lift will be out of action between Wednesday 3 to Wednesday 10 June. Patient parking still continues...

  • Community gown workshop all sewn up thanks to team of volunteers

    Community gown workshop all sewn up thanks to team of volunteers

    2 June 2020

    A team of volunteers are setting to work producing thousands of surgical gowns for the Royal Free London. Over the past few weeks, fashion and sewing experts, community volunteers and staff from the Royal Free London...

  • Alfie rollerblades 100km for staff at Barnet Hospital

    28 May 2020

    A 12-year-old boy who collapsed while taking his SATS last year and was cared for by staff at Barnet Hospital has raised £1,125 for the Royal Free Charity to say thank you. Alfie, who lives in Barnet, rollerbladed...

  • Great reception for Royal Free Radio’s 50th birthday

    Great reception for Royal Free Radio’s 50th birthday

    26 May 2020

    Broadcast 24/7 from Chase Farm Hospital, Royal Free Radio is a volunteer-run service keeping patients at Chase Farm, North Middlesex and the Royal Free hospitals in tune with the latest news, advice, entertainment,...

  • Very special delivery: life-saving gadget ‘vrooming’ its way across the Capital

    Very special delivery: life-saving gadget ‘vrooming’ its way across the Capital

    20 May 2020

    An army of volunteer bikers are delivering a life-saving gadget to COVID-19 patients across the capital who are at risk of rapid deterioration due to the disease. The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead is the hub for a...

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