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Welcome from Caroline Clarke


The Royal Free London (RFL) hosted vaccination centre at StoneX Stadium has celebrated an impressive milestone after our staff and centre volunteers delivered their 80,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
The centre, which opened in April, has played an important part in our battle against COVID-19, with each dose administered helping to protect our local communities.
 
I wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in running and supporting the centre. It has been a collective effort and they should be extremely proud.
 
I also wanted to remind you that we will be holding our annual members' meeting this month. This is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the past year and we will be sharing our plans for the future as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The details are in this update and I hope you can join us.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke

Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
 

StoneX Stadium vaccination centre


The vaccination centre is open from 8am-7pm, seven days a week.
 
Anybody aged 16 or over can use the national booking system to book or manage their appointment.
 
The centre is accepting walk-ins between 9am and 6.30pm, seven days a week. The walk-in slots are open to those who need either their first or second jab of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. A second jab will only be administered if it has been at least eight weeks since the first one. Patients do not need to be registered with a GP to book an appointment or walk-in.
 
Patients will need to wear a mask throughout the duration of their visit.
 
The address for the vaccination centre is StoneX Stadium (formerly Allianz Park), Greenlands Lane, Hendon, London NW4 1RL and can be reached by car or public transport.
 
Please continue to share this information. Read more here.

New electronic patient record coming soon


Our new electronic patient record (EPR) is going live across the RFL this autumn. Building on our existing system, this will give our staff better access to their patients' records, simplifying our processes and ensuring that patients get the best possible care.
 
Staff across Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital have already been benefiting from EPR since 2018. Now we are getting ready to bring it to the Royal Free Hospital, and to critical care and emergency department teams across the trust.
 
Further information about this project can be found on our website.

Getting started with prostate radiotherapy


Newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients at the RFL are being invited to join zoom sessions with clinicians and fellow patients so they can share experiences and prepare for treatment together.

The sessions are led by the radiotherapy review specialist team and are being run each week in conjunction with Maggie’s, a charity providing free cancer support and information, at the Royal Free Hospital.

Read more here.

From the Philippines to the UK: 20 years on


A group of nurses from the Philippines have celebrated 20 years of working at the Royal Free Hospital.
 
In 2001, 15 nurses joined the hospital as part of a nationwide recruitment drive. Of those who arrived, 10 are still working at the hospital, including Maria Jeralyn Montes-Pagcu, known as Jerri.
 
She joined at the age of 27 and still treasures the plane ticket that bought her to her new life in the UK and her dream job.
 
Across the RFL, we are proud to welcome staff from across the globe.
 
You read Jerri’s story on our website.

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.

Lifts upgraded at the Royal Free Hospital


The lifts at the Royal Free Hospital have been upgraded to improve patient, visitor and staff experience. Destination controls have been installed, which means the way a lift is called has changed.
 
There are designated staff and volunteers to help patients and visitors when they attend the hospital.
 
Further information can be found on our website.

Car parking at the Royal Free Hospital


To improve the experience of parking at the Royal Free Hospital for patients and visitors, we have submitted a planning application to Camden Council to install new signage to support a vehicle management system (VMS).

This will make it easier to navigate our public car parks and the signage will give a live LED display of availability making it clear what space is available and in which car park.

The new signs would be installed at the vehicle entrances to our site on Pond Street and Rowland Hill Street. We have also submitted a planning application to add a sign above the entrance to car park, level 00.

We expect the applications to be validated in the coming weeks. They will then be available to view via the Camden Council planning application webpage.

Annual members' meeting 2021


Our annual members’ meeting will take place on Tuesday 14 September at 6pm via Microsoft Teams Live.
 
This is an opportunity to hear about the performance of the trust over the last year and our plans for the future. You will also have an opportunity to put your questions to the trust board and members of the executive team.

To book your place or submit questions in advance, please email rf.membership@nhs.net.

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