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, minor burns, minor head and eye injuries and illnesses.
The centre is currently open from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week; yesterday’s announcement will see the centre increase its opening hours by two hours each day from late December.
David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Now that Enfield CCG has made the decision to extend the opening hours of the urgent care centre at Chase Farm Hospital we look forward to offering this improved access to high-quality, local care.”
The Royal Free London is working with Enfield CCG to implement these changes and the new arrangements will be in place at least until the CCG’s review of urgent care services across Enfield is carried out in summer 2015.
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About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.
The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.
In July 2014 Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital became part of the Royal Free London.
Chase Farm Hospital
The out-of-hours GP service at Chase Farm means there is already 24/7 access to a doctor for patients with urgent care needs. Patients with more serious conditions can access A&E services at Barnet and North Middlesex hospitals.
Choose Well, a joint public information campaign by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey CCGs, has been running since winter 2013. This campaign signposts patients to the most appropriate service for their health needs, including the message about using A&E only for serious and life-threatening injuries or illnesses: this includes posters, leaflets, cards and banners delivered to every healthcare provider in the three boroughs, including GP surgeries, hospitals, walk-in centres, urgent care centres, pharmacists, dentists, opticians and other local facilities, including libraries.
The campaign aims to provide residents with the information on when and what service they should use when unwell, therefore not putting unnecessary strain on A&Es.