23 July 2014
The first meeting of the stakeholder group set up as part of the Royal Free’s development of Chase Farm Hospital was held in Enfield this week.
The redevelopment is one of the trust’s priorities, following the acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals at the start of this month.
Many of the buildings at Chase Farm Hospital are in a poor state of repair and the site urgently needs to be redeveloped so we can offer patients across all our sites world class care in an appropriate environment.
Members of the stakeholder group, who met with trust directors at Holtwhites sports and social club in Enfield on Monday evening, include local MPs, councillors and representatives from local clinical commissioning groups, Healthwatch and Enfield Over 50s Forum.
The group will be invited to regular updates and can provide feedback as proposals develop. They can also share the developments with their communities and advise on local views.
At the meeting stakeholders heard from David Sloman, the chief executive of the trust, who described the “Royal Free way” of delivering services which were clinically led and excellently managed. David explained how our values and governing objectives will underpin the Chase Farm Hospital redevelopment programme.
Professor Stephen Powis, medical director, described the various shortcomings of the site with its outdated and dispersed buildings spread over nearly 37 acres, creating numerous logistical difficulties for patients and the staff trying to care for them.
Andrew Panniker, director of capital and estates, described plans to build new facilities in a smaller area of the site, using the proceeds from surplus land sales to help fund the development.
The meetings will be held every eight weeks to keep stakeholders informed of programme developments and to hear their views.