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Royal Free Hospital, Royal Free Hampstead NHS trust

Location and Contact details

Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street
Greater London

Telephone: 0844 8480700


Type of organisation

  • NHS Service

Descripton of organisation

  • Trauma Unit
  • Acute Hospital
  • In patient
Neurosciences Centre

miles (straight line)
miles (approximate road distance)

Entry last updated

Oct 25, 2012

Further Details

The accident and emergency (A&E) department at the Royal Free Hospital provides ad 24-hour a day, 365 days a year, emergency medical service dealing with problems varying from the minor to the life-threatening. In general we deal with patients who require immediate care, either as a result of an accident or a medical or surgical emergency. The department is divided into a children's area, and adult area, an Urgent Care Centre (10am to 9pm, 7 days a week), and a clinical decision unit.

The A&E department is led by consultants who are supported by other doctors and a team of general and specialist nurses, emergency department assistants, radiographers, housekeepers and administrative staff. Doctors in other specialties work closely with the department.

The neurosciences service at the Royal Free was established as the regional unit in 1975 and was also given an established Chair of Neurology by the University of London. Over the last 35 years the service has grown considerably combining all aspects of neuroscience:

> Clinical neuropsychology
> Neurology
> Neurophysiology
> Neuroradiology
> Neurorehabilitation
> Neurosurgery
> Stroke

The unit is now one of the largest in the UK and provides a comprehensive clinical and academic service for neurosciences.

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Acute Medical Care yes no yes yes
Advice yes no yes yes
Clinical psychology yes no yes yes
Neuropsychiatry yes no yes yes
Neuropsychology yes no yes yes
Neurosurgical Care yes no yes yes
Nursing yes no yes yes
Occupational Therapy yes no yes yes
Physiotherapy yes no yes yes
Psychiatry yes no yes yes
Psychology yes no yes yes
Speech & Language Therapy yes no yes yes
National = country wide, Regional = offering a service within 150 miles, Local = offering a service within 50 miles

This service adheres to the following Regulatory Frameworks / is affiliated to the following bodies:

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional no
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager no

How are services paid for?

yes Publicly funded - free at point of access
Regularly Sometimes Never
NHS yesnono
Social Care Services nonoyes
Jointly funded by NHS & Social Care Services nonoyes

Typical duration that a service is offered

No Data

This Service was mapped by Eastern Region ABI. See HERE for more information

Services available are defined by the following EHIG Rehabilitation Codes

For an explanation of the codings please click here


[Code 05]
Patient description
Medically stable, requiring 24-48hrs observation prior to communityrehabilitation, (as necessary in a smallminority) with low probability of acute neurological deterioration requiring neurosurgical advice/transfer

Acute A&E observation ward

Description of rehabilitation input
Assessment and observation –education, emotional and social support.Planned discharge home, sometimeswith outpatient follow up or moves tocode 30 at 48 hours


[Code 10]
Patient description
Identifying and addressing early rehab goals before medically stable and transfer of care to rehab team

Major Trauma Centre/ Trauma Unit

Description of rehabilitation input
Identifying and addressing early rehab goals before medically stable and transfer of care to rehab team


[Code 20]
Patient description
Medically unstable – requires general but not neurosurgical critical care.

Major Trauma Centre/ Trauma Unit/Acute Hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Identifying and addressing early rehab goals before medically stable and transfer of care to rehab team


[Code 40]
Patient description
Needs in-patient care due to physical dependency, or the need for specialist therapy equipment, a safe environment, supervision, or intensity of therapy, in a unit with the expertise and experience in rehabilitation of a condition (Level 1)which cannot be provided in a local specialist centre or in the community (Level 2) which cannot be provided in the community.

Level 1: Regional specialized centre Level 2: Local specialist centre, Acute or community hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Needs inpatient care due to physical dependency, or need for specialist therapy equipment, safe environment, supervision or intensity of therapy which cannot be provided in community

This service is defined by the NMDS (National Minimum Data Set) codes as:

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

Level 1 (highly specialised rehabilitation services): Treat patients with Category A needs and is led by a consultant trained and accredited in rehabilitation medicine or neuropsychiatry

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