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Royal Free Hospital: Private surgery and haematology treatment, London

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Royal Free London Private Patients Unit - world class care and expertise. 

The Royal Free is a major teaching trust and one of five world-renowned organisations in Europe's largest health science partnership, UCL Partners. This means that their patients have access to leading specialists and the latest drugs and treatments linked to world-class medical research and innovation

They offer an exceptionally wide range of local and specialist services, including cancer, plastic surgery, vascular, haemophilia and infectious diseases and are proud to have some of the best clinical outcomes in the country. A regional centre for kidney and liver diseases and a major transplantation centre, their clinicians see around 700,000 patients a year from all over the world at their flagship hospital in Hampstead and in clinics and other hospitals across north London.  

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Why choose the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit for your private hospital treatment?

The Royal Free was authorised as a foundation trust by the regulator Monitor, on 1st April 2012 and they plan to use the greater freedom this brings them to provide the best possible services for their patients and local community. 

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  • Their mission is to be in the top 10 per cent of English hospitals for clinical quality, customer satisfaction, staff satisfaction and financial performance. They want to give patients the best possible care in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.
  • They have a reputation for clinical excellence and in the latest annual ratings, by the Care Quality Commission, they were awarded 'excellent' for the quality of their services for the third year running.
  • Their  private practice unit is at the Royal Free Hospital, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, one of London’s mosts extensive and ancient open spaces. Their mortality rates have been among the lowest in the country for many years and they have an enviable record in infection control. 
  • They were one of the first NHS trusts to introduce deep cleaning of wards and require staff to be "bare below the elbows". The trust continually invests in preventing all avoidable infections.
  • Their staff aim to provide a caring, friendly and helpful service, giving clear information and explanations. A key priority of the trust is to ensure that patients' privacy is respected and that patients are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Their Private Patients Unit located on the 12th floor, with a stunning view of Hampstead Heath, offers world class private treatment in London and is one of the country's leading centres for a range of specialist services including all aspects of transplantation, liver and pancreatic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, Haematology,  infectious diseases and immunology. Their consultants are experienced experts in their respective fields.
  • The Royal Free London Private patients Unit gives access to world class care and expertise to UK and International patients
  • They pride themselves on offering patients a friendly personalised service that embraces all aspects of medical, clinical, nursing and hotel services excellence. All of their rooms are ensuite, and are provided with television, radio, bedside telephone, complimentary WIFI and daily newspapers.  
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World class surgical expertise at the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit

 The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust undertakes leading edge research and treatment in specialities such as: 



They also offer some of the most sophisticated treatments, such as  Electrochemotherapy Treatment, which is only available in a few facilities around the world. The Trust treats NHS and private patients from all over the UK as well as international patients from around the globe and has a world-wide reputation in :-

  • Hepatology (viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, endoscopic therapy for bleeding and biliary problems, biopsies)
  • HPB (liver metastases, down staging chemotherapy, portal vein embolisation, hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, pancreatic cancer), 
  • Liver and renal transplantation
  • Vascular surgery
  • Haematology
  • Bone marrow transplant

Haematology at the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit 

Haematology at the Royal Free London provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services, with a particular focus on haematological malignancies. All Haematology clinicians at the Royal Free are actively engaged in research and have national and international reputations.  

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In addition to providing well-established treatments within a comfortable yet highly professional setting, they offer a wide range of clinical trials for patients who may benefit from new therapies. Their non-clinical scientists run routine facilities for diagnosis and monitoring and participate in academic research which is internationally recognised among the scientific community. Services provided include:

Hepatology, HPB surgery and liver transplant services at the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is a leading centre for the diagnosis and treatment of all conditions affecting the liver, pancreas and biliary tree. 

The Royal Free hospital hosts one of the two Liver Transplant and Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) Units in London and is a designated cancer centre for the treatment of tumours of the liver and pancreas. The institute has the largest Neuroendocrine Tumour service in the United Kingdom, which is nationally funded, as a result of which a large number of neuroendocrine pancreatic primary and liver secondaries are treated in this unit. 

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The recent designation as an Academic Health Science Centre (UCL Partners), in partnership with University College Hospital, Great Ormond Street and other key hospitals provides a huge range of investigatory and therapeutic options. No other collaborative group in the United Kingdom can offer a similar service. The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Partnership clinical and academic services rank in the world's top ten, with a superb international reputation for its research, service and education.

A large number of specialists work in the HPB and Liver Transplant Unit. A multidisciplinary approach is crucial in the management of their patients and about 50 consultants cover different areas of expertise. Surgeons, hepatologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, oncologists, radiotherapists, nuclear medicine physicians, histopathologists, virologists and microbiologists have regular scheduled meetings to discuss the best treatment plan. Extensively trained nursing staff, clinical nurse specialists, transplant co-ordinators, perfusionists, dieticians and physiotherapists all contribute to the multidisciplinary approach.

Finally, the unit benefits from technical equipment and expertise which only a liver transplant centre can offer, including the outstanding skills of the anaesthetic and intensive care personnel. All of this ultimately translates into excellent clinical results and improved patient safety.

Cardiac imaging and cardiology services

The diagnostic secondary and tertiary cardiology services of their cardiology department are state of the art, delivered by a large multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled consultant cardiologists supported by cardiac physiologists, radiographers, administrative staff and nurses, each of whom has a specialist interest in acute nursing.

It is also a centre for integrated cardiac imaging with state of the art echocardiography, cardiac CT and access to MRI.

Invasive cardiology 

The trust is one of London`s eight designated “heart attack centres” providing 24/7 emergency angioplasty treatment for patients presenting with acute ST elevation myocardial infarction. This service admits patients directly, by-passing A&E, for immediate consultant delivered treatment. The Royal Free has the overall best performance for the speed of treating heart attack patients, in London and was runner-up in the BMJ Awards Secondary Care Team of the Year 2010.

There is a comprehensive service for permanent pacemaker insertion and device therapy including the implantation of cardio defibrillators (ICD) and atrio-biventricular pacemakers for heart failure patients.

Carcinoid heart disease 

The Royal Free has the largest carcinoid heart disease clinic in Europe and specialises in treating patients with complex valvular heart disease.

Adult pulmonary hypertension 

The Royal Free is a national centre for adult pulmonary hypertension specialising in treating patients with scleroderma associated pulmonary hypertension. It has an international reputation for its quality of service and research portfolio.

Cardiac amyloid

The Royal Free specialises in the treatment of patients with cardiac amyloidosis and works closely with the team from the National Amyloid centre.

Inherited hypercholesterolaemia

The department has a dedicated lipid team looking after patients with raised cholesterol together with clnics and expertise in cardiovascular risk prevention and weight management. It is a national centre for patients and families with inherited (familial) hypercholesterolaemia.