Welcome to our clinical research facility

The Royal Free London Clinical Research Facility (CRF) provides a specialist environment for early-stage clinical research. Our CRF provides the staff, space and equipment for researchers to conduct their studies and is used by staff from across the Royal Free London. 

Find out more about our work and how you can get involved: 

Getting involved with research 

If you are suitable for an upcoming study then our staff will approach you directly, explain what the study is about and talk to you about the process. The process for taking part in studies at the CRF will be the same as for other research carried out across the Royal Free London. You can find out more here. 

What to expect during your first visit 

Our CRF is a modern and bright medical facility, and staff will be on hand throughout your visit to answer any questions and ensure that you feel comfortable. 

When you arrive, a member of our team will meet you and give you some information about the study. You will then be taken through the informed consent process with a member of the research team. This is an opportunity to ask questions and make sure that you understand what will happen throughout your visit. 

For most studies you would be given at least 24 hours to consider taking part in the study. 

If you decide that you wish to take part you will be invited back to the facility to address any final queries and provide your consent. Following this your participation in the study can formally begin. This could involve taking blood samples, measuring your vital signs (blood pressure, temperature, heart rate) or administering the trial medication. Each trial is different so will have different schedules, your study doctor will explain the exact process to you. 

How to find us 

The Clinical Research Facility is located on the second floor of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London. Information about how to get to us is available here.