Welcome from Caroline Clarke

As we enter 2022, I would like to wish you all a happy new year – I hope you have had an opportunity to rest and spend some time with those closest to you.
I am hugely grateful to all of our staff who worked over the festive season – especially at this time of great uncertainty about what might lie ahead. 
As we prepare for those challenges, our hospitals are open for business and everybody who needs care should continue to get in touch with the NHS as they usually would so they can get any support they need. 
Vaccination continues to be the best way that we can all protect ourselves and those around us. Please do urge your friends, families and colleagues to get jabbed and boosted.
We continue to share our story, and that of the NHS, with the media by opening our doors so they are able to see the amazing efforts of our staff. The work of the Royal Free Hospital was featured in the Sunday Times on Boxing Day and we are currently filming with Sky News at Barnet Hospital - for an item which we anticipate will be broadcast any time from tomorrow onwards.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke

Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Hospital visiting - new restrictions

Due to the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily restrict visiting across the RFL.
This means pre-booked visiting is no longer available for adult in-patients at the Royal Free Hospital and Barnet Hospital. Compassionate visiting, which is for patients who are near the end of their life and patients who have specialist needs including dementia, will continue.
There are no changes to the current visiting guidelines for patients who are children and for women receiving maternity care.
We recognise how difficult these changes can be for our patients and their families and carers. We are regularly reviewing guidelines and will share any updates via our website and the fortnightly stakeholder update.
Visiting guidelines can be found on our website

Vaccinations at the Royal Free Hospital

The Royal Free Hospital vaccination clinic is open to patients and members of the public to receive their COVID-19 vaccination and booster.
People who are eligible to receive their jab, can book an appointment through the national booking system.

Patient gets new kidney after 30 years on dialysis

Senthil Kumaratheyan was born with a renal defect which meant urine flowed back to his kidneys causing recurrent infections. Although he had an operation when he was five years old, his doctors warned his parents that the initial damage meant he would need dialysis later in life.
Since the age of 19, Senthil - who is now 49 - has undergone dialysis for four hours three times a week. It was his wife, Marichel Aguila, who finally convinced him that having a transplant was the right choice for him.
Read his story here.

Finding the patients who need our help

Professor Manolis Tsochatzis, a hepatology consultant at the Royal Free Hospital, has designed a new referral pathway for patients at risk of developing liver fibrosis.
Although one in four adults have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), only a small percentage of those are at risk of developing liver fibrosis. Without intervention, those patients also run significant risk of heart attack and stroke, in addition to liver failure.

In order to tackle this problem, Professor Tsochatzis designed a new system for referring patients from GPs to hospitals, which is called the Camden and Islington NAFLD pathway.
Further information can be found 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.

Donations to our hospitals, including food

All gifts to support our NHS staff and patients are coordinated by the Royal Free Charity.
To enable the safe management of deliveries of donated goods and meals, restrictions are in place on the items and quantities our hospitals are able to receive.
Anyone who wishes to donate items should email the charity first, before making arrangements for dropping off gifts, so their offer can be assessed against the established criteria. If the donation is accepted, the charity will arrange for the delivery of the items.
Read more here.

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