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Patients are still able to choose which of our hospitals they attend

29 November, 2018

• IN response to the letter (Questions to the Royal Free on Chase Farm, November 15), I would like to reassure our patients that they are still able to choose which of our hospitals they attend for their elective surgery, and that, of course, includes the Royal Free Hospital.

In discussion with their clinical teams all of our patients are being offered the opportunity to have their surgery at the best hospital for their needs.

The opening of the £200million Chase Farm Hospital in September means we are able to offer our patients the option of having their planned surgery in the most modern health care environment in the NHS.

Making Chase Farm Hospital the focal point for our planned surgery will free up capacity at the Royal Free Hospital for more specialist services and emergency care.

There are many benefits for patients who attend Chase Farm Hospital. It is the newest, most digitally advanced, hospital in the NHS where activity can be planned and appointments not cancelled at the last minute because of the need to treat emergency patients.

Patients can also recover in their own single room. They can then have their follow-up out-patient appointments elsewhere, including the Royal Free Hospital, if it is more convenient for them.

Having a dedicated elective centre at Chase Farm Hospital will help us to use our facilities and staff in the most effective and efficient way, something which is especially important as we enter the busy winter months.

But if it is not convenient for them, patients can choose to have their surgery at the Royal Free Hospital.

KATE SLEMECK
Chief Executive
Royal Free Hospital

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