Welcome from Caroline Clarke

Today is the first day of a second national lockdown which will last until 2 December. During this time, our services at the Royal Free London (RFL) remain open.
We want to reassure our patients and local communities of this and encourage them to access the care that they need.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily re-organised how some of our care is provided to make sure we can continue to do this safely. This will support us through the winter months and help ensure that the trust is prepared for any further outbreaks of the virus.
More details are available on our website and we would be grateful if you could share these widely with your networks.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the first episode of the award-winning documentary Hospital filmed at the RFL will be aired on BBC 2 on Monday 9 November at 9pm.
The six-part series will explore the stories of our patients and staff as the trust faces the challenge of delivering healthcare amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The programmes will focus on how our trust is getting services up and running and treating patients, who could not be seen during the height of the pandemic, as quickly and safely as possible.
This documentary is an opportunity to see and hear the stories of our staff and patients during the biggest challenge the NHS has ever faced.
Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Caroline Clarke
Group chief executive
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Service changes



Allied Health Professions Day 2020

Allied Health Professions Day, a global event celebrating the contributions that allied health professionals (AHP)s make to providing great patient care, took place on Wednesday 14 October.

AHPs are a diverse group including dietitians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, art therapists and music therapists.

To celebrate, some of our AHPs shared the reasons why they love their roles. You can see these on our Twitter page.

You can also listen to Lindsay Sanders, an occupational therapist at the Royal Free Hospital, sharing her experiences of joining her profession and development into a leadership role in episode two of the AHP Off the Record podcast.

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.

Healthwatch Camden Q&A event

On Wednesday 4 November, Healthwatch Camden will be holding a Q&A event with GP practice staff.
The event will give members of the public the chance to engage directly with primary care staff in Camden. They will discuss how GP services are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, patient experiences when accessing services, and how we can all keep safe.
The event is open to all and questions can be submitted ahead of the meeting – the deadline is 23 October. Find out more on Healthwatch Camden’s website.

Picture perfect: State-of-the-art imaging equipment comes to the RFL

The Royal Free Hospital’s heart attack centre is the first in the country to install two new state-of-the-art x-ray machines that will improve patient care.
The new machines produce clearer images, making it easier for clinicians to make an accurate diagnosis, and produce less radiation, making them safer for patients and staff. The new equipment is also easier for clinicians to use and means patients can be seen more quickly.
The installation of the new x-ray machines is part of a larger project to improve the quality of imaging at the trust. Two MRI scanners have now been replaced with state-of-the-art equipment, and a third will be installed by the end of the year. Two nuclear gamma cameras, which help in diagnosing some cancers, will also be replaced by the end of the year and three interventional radiology labs are due to open in 2021.
Read more here.

Update on Pears Building construction

Construction of the Pears Building on the grounds of the Royal Free Hospital started in 2018. This will be home to the University College London (UCL) Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, which is currently in the main hospital building.
There have been some delays to the project due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Willmott Dixon, the construction company, are confident that the building will be ready to hand over by the end of the year.
Read more in the September newsletter.

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