The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and we continue to play a leading role in the care of our patients. Established in 1828 by William Marsden, a newly qualified surgeon shocked that he could not find treatment for a penniless young woman, we were the first to provide care free of charge and the only London hospital to stay open during the 19th-century cholera epidemics.
In the 21st century, we continue to lead improvements in healthcare and are proud to have some of the best clinical outcomes in the country. Our mortality rates have been consistently among the best in English trusts for many years.
We offer an exceptionally wide range of local and specialist services and provided over 880,000 episodes of care in 2012/13.
We are a major transplantation centre
for liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants,
one of the UK’s leading centres for the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease and one of the seven liver transplant centres in the UK.
We performed the first UK transplant
between an adult live donor and an adult with acute liver failure. We are one of the few centres in the UK to offer liver transplants from live donors.
We were the first hospital in the UK and the fourth in the world to introduce a new imaging technology
for breast cancer called breast positron emission tomography.
We have one of the UK’s leading plastic surgery units
which is also a major teaching centre. The unit is a national centre of excellence for facial reanimation surgery.
We have one of the largest myeloma clinics
in london and world class lymphoma services.
We have a pioneering neuroendocrine tumour unit
with an international reputation which was the first centre in the UK to be awarded the status of European centre of excellence.
We have the only high security infectious diseases unit in the UK.
inform everything we do for our patients and our colleagues. We strive daily to be welcoming, respectful, reassuring and to communicate
As a founder member of UCLPartners
, the academic health science centre, we help ensure that the latest research developments are translated speedily into patient treatments and measure the impact on people’s health.
We are a campus of UCL Medical School
conducting important medical research and training doctors, nurses, midwives and many other clinical and non-clinical professionals.
On 1 April 2012 we were authorised as a foundation trust by the regulator
. We are using the greater freedoms we now have to provide the best possible services for our patients and local community. In this we are helped by our
governors and members
who work hard to ensure we meet the needs and expectations of our community.
Our mission is to be in the top 10 per cent of English hospitals for clinical quality, customer satisfaction, staff satisfaction and financial performance. We want to give patients the best possible care in a safe, clean and welcoming environment.