Welcome from Caroline Clarke

In 2020, we announced our Green Plan and set out the trust’s objectives to reduce our carbon footprint. We’ve already made a lot of changes along the path to sustainability, but we recognise there is still much more to do to help the NHS reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040. As a trust we want to be an early adopter of ways – both big and small – to achieve net carbon emissions.
Chase Farm Hospital’s state-of-the-art energy centre is one example of our commitment in this area. The centre generates enough energy for the entire hospital, the nearby Highlands carpark, and has the capacity to support future expansion. It supplies heat, cooling water, and power across the site and is a lifeline for the hospital.
The energy centre also reduces the trust’s greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in a carbon saving of 116 tonnes per year. You can read more about the energy centre on our website.
Our greener RFL sustainability network continues to grow. You can read about some of the changes they are making across the trust here.
We are committed to helping the fight against climate change – focusing on the way our staff and patients travel to our buildings, how we manage our estate and how we consume resources, to how we reduce waste and recycle more. Our aim is to be a role model organisation for everybody who walks through our doors.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke

Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

New visiting guidelines

New visiting guidance has been introduced at Barnet Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.
Visitors will no longer have to complete the COVID-19 screening form on each visit. We are still encouraging visitors to take a lateral flow test before attending but this is no longer a mandatory requirement.
Patients are allowed one hour of visiting per day and there can be either one visitor or two visitors at the same time. Visitors can book their appointments using the online booking system on our website.
Compassionate visiting remains in place. Click here for further information.

RFL doctor receives international award

Dr Heather Angus-Leppan, consultant neurologist and epilepsy lead at the RFL, has been given the 2021 Eminent Scientist and Outstanding Scholar and Millennium Golden International Award from the International Research Promotion Council (IRPC).

The award recognises Dr Angus-Leppan’s research on Valproate, a drug taken by patients with epilepsy, bipolar disorder and in some countries by those who have migraines.

The Royal Free Charity funded this research, which led to the award and publication of more than 15 papers and presentations.

Full details can be found here.

Praise for Royal Free Hospital staff

Selva Prakash has praised staff at the Royal Free Hospital for giving her a second chance at motherhood.

Selva was diagnosed with gray platelet syndrome, a rare inherited bleeding disorder after a routine blood test during her first pregnancy 10 years ago. The condition means blood is less able to clot, can lead to symptoms such as nose bleeding, easy bruising and bleeding after childbirth. When Selva had her first child, she lost a lot of blood despite best efforts to reduce this.

For her second pregnancy, she was assigned a multi-disciplinary team to care for her and to plan for the birth.

Read more here.

Latest information for the public

We have a dedicated COVID-19 section on our website. The latest information for patients and visitors, and our patient resources library, can be found here. This page is continually being updated to reflect the changing situation.

Planning application submitted for new garden

A planning application has been submitted for a garden to be created on the fourth-floor balcony, accessible from the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Royal Free Hospital.
The trust is committed to supporting staff health and wellbeing. The garden, which will be funded by the Royal Free Charity, the Ezra Umarpeh Charity and the Cecil Rosen Foundation, will provide staff who work in the ICU with a dedicated outside space to focus on their wellbeing. It will be somewhere they can unwind in a calm, relaxed environment.
You will be able to view the planning application on Camden Council's website in the next couple of weeks. There will also be an opportunity to comment on the plans when it is available on the Council's website.

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