Specialist services

Patient and nurse on Larch wardAcute services

There are designated wards at Barnet Hospital (Juniper, Larch, Olive and Palm wards) and at the Royal Free Hospital (8 West and 10 North wards), that provide acute care for older people, each run by dedicated consultants with daily multidisciplinary rounds.

Stroke services

There are dedicated acute stroke units at Barnet Hospital and at the Royal Free Hospital, as well as rehabilitation beds at Chase Farm Hospital. Our units provide care for stroke patients of all ages.

Our local hyper-acute stroke units are at University College Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital.


The orthogeriatric service reviews all patients admitted with a fractured neck of femur (hip). It aims to assess the patient pre-operatively and manage the patient post-operatively. There is a built in multi-disciplinary falls prevention weekly meeting as part of the service. Other complex older emergency and elective orthopaedic patients are seen as required.

Triage rapid elderly assessment team (TREAT)

This is a front door, consultant-led service providing comprehensive geriatric assessment and management for older people accessing the emergency department at Barnet Hospital and at the Royal Free Hospital, with the aim of preventing avoidable admissions. The service also runs a daily rapid access multidisciplinary clinic as well as telephone advice hotline for GPs and community teams.

Older people’s assessment unit (OPAU)

Our older people's assessment unit is based at Chase Farm Hospital and provides multidisciplinary assessments for patients referred from the community by their GPs, to ensure prompt treatment and prevent avoidable hospital admissions.

Post acute care enablement (PACE)

Our PACE team supports our innovative early supported discharge service. The team consists of nurses, therapists and care workers whose role is to provide a quick response enabling safe and early discharge of patients from the emergency department, TREAT, OPAU and acute wards following an in-patient stay at Barnet Hospital or the Royal Free Hospital.