Welcome from Caroline Clarke

Next week will mark two years since the Royal Free London (RFL) first started admitting patients with COVID-19. 
Since then, our staff have cared for over 7,400 patients with COVID-19 and have given over 141,000 COVID-19 jabs to protect healthcare workers, patients, and members of the public at RFL run clinics, including the vaccination centre at StoneX stadium.
The Royal Free Charity has also stood shoulder to shoulder with the trust supporting staff, setting up an emergency fund and managing the incredibly generous donations of food and essential items from local communities. The charity continues to offer long term help, including vital funding for COVID-19 research and staff wellbeing.
I am extremely proud of the role the RFL has played in tackling COVID-19. The momentous efforts of staff across the trust, which has been reflected across the NHS, has been truly awe inspiring. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for the incredible work they continue to do. The extraordinary events of the last two years have shown just how special the NHS family is.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our partners, for your support over the last two years. Our achievements would have been impossible without your help.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke

Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

World’s first COVID-19 human challenge study could unlock new treatments

The findings of the world’s first COVID-19 human challenge study – carried out at the Royal Free Hospital – have been published. 

Researchers infected 36 healthy, young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19 (known as SARS-CoV-2) and performed detailed monitoring to the point at which the virus is apparently eliminated.

The findings have been published on a pre-print server and have not yet been peer-reviewed.

Full details can be found on our website.

Research shows new device leads to easier sleep disorder diagnosis

Dr Swapna Mandal, respiratory consultant at the Royal Free London, has led a study that shows the device, AcuPebble SA100, can help doctors diagnose obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) at home.

The device, which is the size of a 50p coin and can be sent via post, allows doctors to diagnose OSA as accurately as the standard diagnosis method.

OSA is a condition which causes patients to repeatedly stop breathing while they are asleep.

Read more here.

RFL celebrates trials recruitment success

A woman in her 30s is the first patient globally to be recruited to a new trial at the Royal Free Hospital. The patient is part of a study called PHYOX7, run by Dicerna, aimed at evaluating the safety of a drug for people with a rare inherited genetic condition where oxalate is generated by the liver.
The Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital rheumatology research team has also accepted the first patient in the UK on to the Novartis ONWARDS study.
This five-year study will assess how the use of a protein has the potential to rebuild cartilage and therefore potentially slow or reverse the damage of osteoarthritis of the knee.
To read the full story, click here.

Study could pave way for better Parkinson’s disease treatments

The RFL is looking for volunteers for a study which could help doctors predict whether someone is likely to develop Parkinson’s disease and to find new treatments.
The nationwide study aims to understand more about the link between Parkinson’s and a gene mutation which causes Gaucher’s disease.
Full details can be found here.

Chase Farm Hospital welcomes UK’s 100th Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

The Chase Farm Hospital has welcomed Renu Walia, the UK's 100th eye clinic liaison officer. Renu will work alongside health professionals to provide practical and emotional support to people newly diagnosed with sight loss.

Renu will be based at Chase Farm Hospital but will also provide support to patients at Barnet Hospital and Edgware Community Hospital
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.

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