Welcome from Caroline Clarke

We’re delighted that the Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at the Royal Free Hospital has been awarded £4.9 million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The CRF is a purpose-built clinical space designed to enable complex clinical studies including first-in-human drug trials and the development of medical devices and biomarkers. 

The funding, announced this week, will be key to accelerating our delivery of world class clinical research and will give more of our patients access to early phase studies.

I am extremely proud of colleagues who have worked tirelessly to secure this funding. A huge thank you to the Royal Free Charity, who provided the start-up funding for the CRF.

More information about how the funding will support clinical research across the Royal Free London (RFL) can be found on our website.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke

Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Ending the hunt for a diagnosis

A new study, which was carried out at the Royal Free London and elsewhere, shows that genetic sequencing could be used to quickly diagnose a range of neurological disorders.

Historically, getting a diagnosis for certain genetic conditions has been difficult. The results of this study suggest that whole genome sequencing can quickly and accurately detect the most common inherited neurological disorders. If adopted in routine clinical practice, it would enable people to get definitive diagnoses sooner without the need for multiple tests.

Read more here.

‘Thank you for giving me back my life’

Jeni Grantham, a patient at the Royal Free Hospital, has praised medical experts for ‘giving me back my life'.

Jeni has arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a genetic mutation in which blood vessels grow abnormally leading to swelling, pain, and bleeding. There is no cure for the condition, but the Royal Free Hospital offers effective treatment, embolosclerotherapy, to help alleviate the worst symptoms.

Read Jeni’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.

Medicine for Members' event - Inside Barnet Hospital’s emergency department

Our next Medicine for Members' event will take place on Monday 14 March, 6pm until 7pm.

This event will give an insight into Barnet Hospital's emergency department and those who work within it. It will be an opportunity to hear about the challenges and improvements being made, and how we are working with our health and care partners across North Central London to make sure patients receive the care that they need as quickly as possible.

There will be a Q&A session during the event. Questions can be submitted in advance or live during the event.

To submit a question or to book a place, please email 

Full details about the event can be found on our website.

Royal Free Hospital: Pond Street road closure 5 - 6 March

Pond Street will be closed for resurfacing on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March, affecting access to the Royal Free Hospital for vehicles.

On Saturday, the lower (eastern) end will be closed and all traffic into the hospital will be directed to the upper (western) end. On Sunday, the upper (western) end will be closed and all traffic into the hospital will be directed to the lower (eastern) end. Pedestrian access will not be restricted.

There may be traffic delays due to diversions in place. Patients and visitors are advised to use public transport where possible or allow additional time if driving.

Royal Free Charity Presents, 16 March

Join the Royal Free Charity in conversation with Dr Swapna Mandal, consultant respiratory, sleep and ventilation physician, as she discusses the RFL's response to the emergency of long-COVID and early research findings from the trust’s long-COVID clinic. 

Dr Mandal will also talk about how funding from the charity’s Breaking Point appeal could help lead to a breakthrough in identifying those at risk of developing long-COVID.

The event will take place on Wednesday 16 March at 6pm. To register, click here.

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