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How we make a difference

Donations allow us to invest over one million per year on new equipment, from the cutting edge to the day to day.

In addition to the smaller items, such as slippers and emergency care packs, we provide larger pieces of equipment for use on the wards and in research. This funding is over and above anything the NHS is required to provide.

By purchasing additional equipment we are able to help reduce patient waiting times for treatment and results. We also fund cutting-edge equipment to increase the diagnostic tools available that will provide patients with the most advanced treatment and help to improve outcomes. Data gathered supports research and development of future treatments and diagnosis.

Emergency care packs

Emergency care packs are provided to A&E admitted patients who arrive without a toothbrush or comb. This allows patients the dignity of personal care. This is one of our 'Little Touches' which makes a big difference.

Each emergency care pack costs £5 to provide.

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Simulation centre

Going into surgery is a very stressful experience but our patients can relax in the knowledge that we have provided a simulation centre for our surgeons to practice in with modules for many key-hole surgery procedures. Like air pilot simulators, this allows surgeons, both in training and experienced, to practice the most modern techniques on a realistic feeling machine.They are using all the surgical equipment found in an operating theatre and are therefore familiar and experienced before they even do their first real operation.

This type of investment enables surgeons to use the latest techniques with confidence and as a consequence recovery periods are much quicker and patient's time in hospital is shorter.

FREE patient wi-fi

Launched in March 2015 we fund free wi-fi for the use of patients and visitors at The Royal Free. This is greatly appreciated by patients during waiting times and for those on the wards to enable them to interact with friends and family. 

From April 2016 we have expanded this service to the Barnet and Chase Farm sites too.

Recent Funding

£167,000 to enable the installation of a new state of the art CT-gamma scanner in the National Amyloidosis Centre and refurbishment of associated labs and patients facilities.

£145,586 to support the establishment of a tissue biobank as part of a flagship UCLP project. The samples will be available for any high quality research into new disease markers and therapeutic targets using "gene array" and "proteomics" technologies.