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Royal Free Hospital: Private haematology treatment and bone marrow transplant, London

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Royal Free London Private Patients Unit offers world class care and expertise, with a focus on blood disorders (haematology). They offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services, with a particular focus on haematological malignancies such as acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplasia, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and bone marrow transplant.

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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. 

The centre also offers a wide range of clinical trials for patients who may benefit from novel therapies and run routine facilities for diagnosis and monitoring. All of their clinicians are actively engaged in research which are internationally recognised.  A major transplantation centre and tertiary referral centre for haematology, hepatology and nephrology, 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.

Why choose the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit for haematology treatment and bone marrow transplant?

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 most 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 haematology treatment at Royal Free London Private Patients Unit 

Haematology at the Royal Free London provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services, within a comfortable yet highly professional setting.  All Haematology clinicians at the Royal Free are actively engaged in leading edge research and have national and international reputations.  

Services provided include:

Diagnostic services and laboratory sciences 

The Haematology Laboratory is a CPA-accredited, multidisciplinary service which provides a comprehensive range of tests, aimed particularly at diagnosing and monitoring the patient with suspected or established haematological malignancy. All laboratories are led by consultants – experienced individuals with a specific interest in laboratory diagnostics. New tests and better ways to deliver standard tests are constantly being developed.

Leukaemia service  

The leukaemia service offers rapid diagnosis, immediate inpatient care and a comprehensive outpatient service, with specialist clinics. 

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Lymphoma service 

Lymphoma diagnosis at the Royal Free is world class. The Royal Free has the facilities to administer radioimmunotherapy and is the only centre in the North London Cancer network to offer this treatment modality. 

The lymphoma service is actively engaged in clinical trials and aims to offer the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial to as many patients as possible.

Myeloma service 

The Royal Free myeloma clinic is one of the largest in the UK. The consultant staff are committed to providing the latest evidence-based treatments. The service is closely integrated with the bone marrow transplant service and the National Amyloid Unit. Patients are seen as in-patients and on the haematology day ward, for chemotherapy and blood transfusion.

Lysosomal storage disorders (LSD)

The Lysosomal Storage Disorders Unit (LSDU) is one of only six nationally designated units for the care of patients with rare inherited errors of metabolism and works closely with other designated UK units, in particular with Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. 

The unit provides diagnostic, assessment, clinical genetics counselling and clinical treatment services. Enzyme-replacement therapy and other treatments are administered in the patient’s home – they work very closely with homecare service providers.  

Research in lysosomal storage disorders

Research is central to improve understanding of and therapy for LSDs. They work with all pharmaceutical companies to evaluate and deliver new treatments, many of which are available in the UK only through their centre. Major work is with adult patients with Gaucher, Fabry and Pompe disease but they also assess and treat adult patients with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS 1 and 2).

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Bone marrow transplant

The transplant programme has an international reputation for state-of-the-art facilities and some of the best survival statistics for patients with leukaemia and lymphoma. A strong research programme allows new life-saving therapies to be given, at the Royal Free, which are not available at other transplant centres worldwide. Much of the activity of the programme has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals of high quality, reflecting the international profile of the service.

They have developed a method of preventing complications of transplant, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), resulting in improved survival statistics and a better quality of life for patients after transplant.

They have developed curative transplant procedures using reduced-intensity conditioning regimens allow many patients, previously considered incurable, to be transplanted and cured. This procedure is accepted to produce the best results in the world and is now used internationally.  They can cure around 40–50% of patients with aggressive lymphoma, who have already failed an autologous transplant. The use of post-transplant immunotherapy to prevent and treat relapse has produced impressive survival results.

Research in bone marrow transplantation

Both clinical research and bench research into the basic biology of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and the graft-versus-leukaemia effect are part of their programme.

  • CMV Immunotherapy

CMV is the commonest infection following transplant. Current antiviral therapies are toxic and can lead to excess mortality. They have developed a cellular therapy which adoptively transfers viral immunity from donor to patient. This is non-toxic and highly effective. Very few transplant centres in the world can offer this treatment – and they are a world leader in this field.

  • Targeted Radiotherapy

Many patients receive total body radiotherapy as part of the transplant treatment. The radiotherapy is given to kill any leukaemia/lymphoma. While this may be effective, the radiotherapy damages many normal organs, such as the heart, lungs and liver. They have developed a new type of radiotherapy for transplant patients. It is attached to a monoclonal antibody which specifically attaches to leukaemia/lymphoma cells, allowing a high tumour kill, yet sparing the normal tissues in the patient’s body. They are one of only four centres in the world to offer trials of this treatment.

Late effects of chemotherapy/BMT Fertility service 

This is a unique clinic in the UK, seeing and advising patients about the possible gonadal toxic consequences of any given treatment approach. Fertility preservation and premature menopause are managed. The team collaborates with other physicians with similar experience in late effects, such as cardiologists, endocrinologists, dermatologists and opthalmologists, offering a comprehensive late-effect service. Referrals from consultant oncologists, GPs and other specialities are welcome.

Contact details

Royal Free Private Patients

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Pond Street





+44 (0) 2073177751  -  referrals team direct dial number


+44 (0)7919013508  -  Arabic Speaking, patients direct dial number












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