We have reached a major milestone in the redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital – we have now received the keys to our brand new building.

The redevelopment of Chase Farm Hospital has been achieved at an unprecedented speed for a project of its size and complexity in the NHS. From a standing start, the scheme has taken just four years from the acquisition of the Chase Farm site by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust to completion in July 2018. The new hospital will be at the forefront of pioneering new ways of working to deliver better, safer and more efficient care to the population we serve, through new and innovative technology

Last week we invited local residents, staff, and colleagues from other NHS organisations and local councils, to take a sneak peek behind the scenes. The tour took in the new barn theatres, the urgent care centre and the wards. And we don’t want you to miss out. These short videos will give you a flavour of how different the new hospital will be.

Barn theatres

Dr Alan McGlennan, medical director at Chase Farm Hospital, highlights the benefits of the new barn theatres. The barn theatres are open-plan surgical areas where up to four patients can be treated in a dedicated space, with a specialised air canopy over each station to prevent the spread of infection.

Out patients

The out patients waiting area is designed to be a central point for those waiting to be called into their appointment, avoiding the hustle and bustle of the corridors. Natalie Forrest explains the logic behind this in the second video in our series.


This clip previews the theatre’s recovery area, on the green floor (all floors are colour coded to help patients navigate their way around the hospital). Natalie Forrest, chief executive of the hospital explains the benefits of the space.

The day unit

The day unit where patients receive treatments like blood transfusions and chemotherapy is painted bright yellow. In our fourth clip, Natalie Forrest highlights some of the benefits of the space including entertainment screens, dividers if people want privacy but also plenty of space for patients to talk to each other.

Urgent care centre (UCC)

Our final clip gives a glimpse of the new urgent care centre. The centre treats most minor illnesses or injuries, such as cuts and grazes, minor scalds and burns, strains and sprains, bites and stings, stomach pains and suspected broken bones. Around 90% of patients can be seen and treated at the UCC.