Barnet chemotherapy day unit to close

Chemotherapy treatment at Barnet Hospital will soon be transferring to Chase Farm Hospital or Finchley Memorial Hospital

What is happening?

We will be making a change to the way we deliver chemotherapy services at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Central to this change is the decision to close the chemotherapy day unit at Barnet Hospital.

We will be closing the unit on 30 September 2017. Instead, we will be expanding our services at Chase Farm Hospital and Finchley Memorial Hospital, and patients will be seen at one of these hospitals. 

Why is the unit closing?     

We have decided to close the chemotherapy day unit at Barnet Hospital due to cramped conditions and lack of space for the growing numbers of patients we care for.

Instead, patients will receive their chemotherapy treatment in our spacious infusion unit at Finchley Memorial Hospital or the haematology/oncology day unit at Chase Farm Hospital, both of which provide a much calmer and more comfortable environment for patients.

These units together provide significant additional space for chemotherapy treatments, so we can continue to provide you with a high quality service.

In addition to this, we will be opening a state of the art chemotherapy unit at the new Chase Farm Hospital in summer 2018 which will further enhance the quality of the service we provide.

How will I be affected?

If you are due to finish chemotherapy treatment before the end of September, your treatment will continue to be provided at Barnet Hospital.

If your chemotherapy treatment is due to continue beyond September 2017, we will relocate your treatment to Chase Farm Hospital or Finchley Memorial Hospital. You will receive a letter before your next treatment date explaining which hospital to attend and the new time and date of your next treatment appointment. 

When will this change happen, and when will I know where I will be treated?

The chemotherapy day unit at Barnet Hospital will be closing on 30 September 2017.

We will contact all patients affected by this change by letter by 4 September 2017 to let you know when and where your care will be transferred. Wherever possible the same time and date of your treatment appointments will be maintained, although in some cases this may not be possible. Your care will be transferred to either Chase Farm Hospital or Finchley Memorial Hospital, and the decision of which site you will be transferred to is based on two main criteria:

  • The type of chemotherapy treatment that you are receiving, as not all treatment types can be provided at all sites.
  • Your postcode and travel times to each site.

Will I be treated by the same nurses and consultants?

As part of the move the chemotherapy nurses at Barnet Hospital will be transferring to Chase Farm Hospital and Finchley Memorial Hospital, so you will continue to be cared for by members of the same nursing team.

Our oncology consultants, haematology consultants and clinical nurse specialists (CNS) will continue to run out-patient clinics at Barnet Hospital, so your haematology/oncology out-patient appointments will not change. Our consultant teams will continue to have oversight of your chemotherapy care at Chase Farm Hospital and Finchley Memorial Hospital and will provide support in the same way they do currently at Barnet Hospital.

Can I park at Chase Farm Hospital or Finchley Memorial Hospital?

Yes. There is ample parking at both Chase Farm Hospital and Finchley Memorial Hospital.

Parking at Chase Farm Hospital

There is a multi-storey car park at Chase Farm Hospital with an automatic number plate recognition system. All motorists pay on exit by entering their full vehicle registration number into the payment machine when purchasing their parking time. Patients may be entitled to concessionary parking and should enquire at the day unit reception.

Chase Farm Hospital also has disabled parking for blue badge holders in the multi-storey car park. Parking in these designated spaces is free; upon arrival register your blue badge at the terminal (based in the main entrance to the Highlands building). There is also additional disabled parking for blue badge holders near to the hospital entrances. Please display your blue badge in the window of your vehicle.

Parking at Finchley Memorial Hospital

There are ample parking facilities at Finchley Memorial Hospital. This includes disabled parking for blue badge holders. Parking is free for the first four hours and patients may be entitled to concessionary parking thereafter; please enquire at the day unit reception during your first appointment there. 

Further information

We hope we have answered all of the questions you may have. Please be reassured that we will do all that we can to make this a smooth transition for you.  

If you have any further queries about the planned transfer, please:

Speak to your chemotherapy nursing team, CNS and/or your doctor.
Email the chemotherapy services team: rf.chemotherapyservices@nhs.net.

Alternatively, you can contact Gerry Hanna, service manager for oncology and haematology services on: 020 8216 5166. Please leave a message if you cannot get through and your call will be returned as soon as possible.