Welcome from Caroline Clarke

With the festive season well and truly here, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have given to the Royal Free London (RFL) over the past year.
Not only was 2021 a year of managing the COVID-19 crisis, it was also a year of recovery – doing everything in our power to get the NHS back on track. We have been making progress and this would have been impossible without the support of our partners across north central London and beyond.
As always, the Royal Free Charity continues to be there for us when we need them and we are hugely grateful for their fundraising efforts. If you or anyone you know would like to support the RFL with donations over the coming weeks and months, please contact the charity using the details on their website.
We again approach Christmas and the New Year with a great deal of uncertainty and the possibility of another COVID-19 wave in our hospitals. We are extremely proud of our staff who are pulling out all the stops and I am sure you will join me in thanking them for their incredible efforts.
The RFL will continue to play its part in the battle against COVID-19 – the Royal Free Hospital vaccination clinic is now open to members of the public to book an appointment. An appointment can be booked through the national booking system.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope you have a very happy Christmas and New Year – and I look forward to working with you again in 2022.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke

Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Visiting: Online booking

Pre-booked visiting appointments can be booked online via the trust’s website.
The booking platform allows a patient’s designated visitor to book a visiting appointment online, rather than by calling the ward. Patients can have one designated visitor who can visit for one hour per day. The visitor will need to select the ward they are visiting and choose a time that suits them.
If visitors are unable to use the website, they should speak to ward staff to book a visiting appointment. Visitors can contact the ward via our switchboard - the details are here.
The guidelines for pre-booked visiting remain the same and visitors will need to take a lateral flow test within 24 hours before their visit. They should record the result on the government website and present evidence of the negative test when they arrive at the hospital (to both security at the front entrance and to the ward when they arrive).
Pre-booked visiting is available on adult in-patient wards (except on wards where covid patients or very vulnerable patients are being cared for).
Full details can be found here.

Personal thank you to staff from Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has sent a personal message thanking RFL staff for their hard work and dedication.
He said, during the pandemic, they have ‘led the way when it comes to patient care, ground-breaking research and the roll out of the vaccination programme.’ He added that NHS staff are ‘absolute heroes’ in his eyes.
You can watch the video here.

Appointments at the RFL

Appointments are continuing as planned at the RFL. Patients have been
advised to attend out-patient appointments or planned procedures unless they are instructed otherwise.
Strict infection control guidelines are being observed at all of our hospital buildings, including mask wearing on site.
Please keep an eye on the trust’s website for the latest updates and guidance.

RFL chosen as part of the London Health Data Strategy

The RFL is leading a project aimed at using data to improve outcomes and reducing health inequalities for cancer patients.

The project will aim to develop a dataset that will provide a joined-up picture of cancer patient care in London, to help reduce delays, improve the quality of care and reduce inefficiencies.

The project is part of the London Health Data Strategy and it will be led by RFL research and innovation clinical director Dr Derralynn Hughes.

Read more here.

North Central London fertility policy development

North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (NCL CCG) is seeking views on a draft single fertility policy for residents who live in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
To inform the development of this new policy, the CCG undertook a review seeking the views of patients, residents and clinicians and examining clinical evidence and national guidance.
From this, a set of recommendations were produced to inform the development of a new
policy. You can read the draft single fertility policy here.
You can share your feedback with the CCG here. The deadline is 13 February 2022.

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.

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