23 November 2015

Under the reconfiguration of cancer services, certain haematology (blood disease) services – including transplant, leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myeloproliferative neoplasms – are moving from the Royal Free Hospital to University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).

With the transfer date set for the 1st December we are now less than two weeks away from the move, however with recent confirmation that the Junior Doctor Strike will take place on the 1st December (at 8am for 24 hours) the two Trusts will stagger the dates services move. On 1st December all patients will transfer from RFH to UCLH, including malignant haematology outpatient services. If the strike is not called off by the 12 noon on 27th November the malignant haematology inpatient transfer from 11South will instead take place on the 3rd December. If called off by this point, the inpatient transfer will remain on the 1st December.

The consultants, clinical nurse specialists (CNS’) and many of the other staff who primarily care for malignant haematology patients at the Royal Free Hospital will still transfer to UCLH on 1st December, with the expectation that the necessary medical staff will work cross-site in order to cover inpatient services until the 3rd December. Level 1 malignant haematology and all non-malignant services will remain at the Royal Free Hospital, and there will continue to be malignant haematology service provision at Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital sites.