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  • Gearing up for kidney awareness

    21 June 2018

    Nine years ago Barry Jacobs had a successful kidney transplant at the Royal Free Hospital - 25 years after his father Michael had the same operation in the same location. Not only that but the Jacobs’ surgeons...

  • Royal Free Hospital surgeon featured on Channel 5 documentary

    12 January 2015

    A Royal Free Hospital plastic surgeon who successfully reconstructed a teacher’s ear using cartilage taken from his rib has been featured on a Channel 5 documentary. Thursday’s episode of Botched Up Bodies...

  • Patients spared surgery by new skin grafting technique

    6 January 2015

    A revolutionary skin grafting technique that could reduce the number of patients undergoing invasive surgery and dramatically cut recovery times is being trialled at the Royal Free Hospital. The trust’s plastic...

  • North Thames Genomic Medicine Centre joins 100,000 Genome Project

    22 December 2014

    The Royal Free London is one of six hospital trusts in north London that are supporting the delivery of the Prime Minister’s 100,000 Genome Project, which could lead to more effective treatments for cancer and rare...

  • Engineer honoured for 40 years’ service

    22 December 2014

    An engineer who has worked at the Royal Free Hospital for 40 years – and even helped with the construction of the building – has been honoured for his long service to the trust. John Coughlan, a maintenance...

  • Urgent care centre to extend opening hours

    18 December 2014

    The urgent care centre at Chase Farm Hospital will be open from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week from late December 2014. The centre treats patients with urgent but not life threatening injuries such as broken bones,...

  • Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan praise staff at OSCaRs staff awards

    12 December 2014

    TV stars Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan attended the trust’s glittering staff achievement awards ceremony last night, which recognised members of staff for their outstanding contribution to the trust. Nearly...

  • Tottenham Hotspur players spread Christmas cheer at Barnet Hospital

    10 December 2014

    Four Tottenham Hotspur stars came to Barnet Hospital on Tuesday to give an early Christmas present to patients in the children and neonatal wards.  Spurs captain Younes Kaboul was joined by teammates Eric Dier and...

  • First step in building new Chase Farm Hospital

    9 December 2014

    One of the first commitments of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust following the acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust was to redevelop Chase Farm Hospital, making it fit for purpose to deliver...

  • New discovery of causes of type 1 diabetes

    8 December 2014

    Researchers at the Institute of Immunity and Transplantation at the Royal Free Hospital have made an important discovery about what causes type 1 diabetes. Following six years of research, Professor Lucy Walker and her...

  • Barnet Hospital opens the UK’s first ‘individualised care rooms’ at its neonatal unit

    26 November 2014

    The UK’s first care rooms that allow parents to stay close to their premature babies 24 hours a day have opened at the Starlight neonatal unit at Barnet Hospital.  The rooms – known as individualised...

  • “Get yourself tested” urges HIV campaigner

    24 November 2014

    A Royal Free Hospital patient who has been living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) since 2007 has urged people to get themselves tested. As the third annual National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) continues ahead of...

  • Winter ward helps elderly patients back on their feet

    21 November 2014

    A temporary ward designed to speed up patients’ recovery and free up much-needed Royal Free Hospital beds has reopened for winter. Building on last year’s success, ward 6 East will give up to 25 patients the...

  • Children needed for clothing trial at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

    12 November 2014

    Children with moderate to severe eczema are needed to take part in a clinical study into the benefits of wearing silk underclothes to soothe the irritating skin condition. Chase Farm Hospital is one of five centres in...

  • Scientists discover role for gene in immune system

    3 November 2014

    Researchers at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) have discovered that a single gene plays an important role in ensuring humans are able to fight infections. Professor Bodo Grimbacher, Professor...

  • Infection control team wins Nursing Times award

    31 October 2014

    The Royal Free London’s infection control team has won a national Nursing Times award for their important work in investigating how an antibiotic-resistant bacteria can spread. The team was named winner in the...

  • Blood test unit at Chase Farm Hospital moves to new location

    14 October 2014

    The blood test unit at Chase Farm Hospital has moved to a new location within the site so that patients no longer have to queue in the rain. The new unit is next to the urgent care centre (UCC) and patients enter...

  • Gary Mabbutt opens Tottenham Hale Kidney and Diabetes Centre

    14 October 2014

    Gary Mabbutt, an ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur FC, officially opened the Royal Free London’s kidney and diabetes centre at Tottenham Hale on 13 October. The former Spurs captain, who was given a tour of the...

  • £1 million grant for Parkinson’s research

    9 October 2014

    Professor Anthony Schapira, director of the UCL Royal Free Campus, has been awarded a £1 million grant by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to advance studies on a possible new treatment for Parkinson’s...

  • Royal Free London elects new council

    6 October 2014

    Following recent governor elections, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust congratulates and welcomes new governors to its council.  As a foundation trust the Royal Free London has a membership and a council of...


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