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Royal Free completes ‘biggest development in its history’ with takeover of Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals

PUBLISHED: 13:31 02 July 2014

The Royal Free Hospital has completed its takeover of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust

The Royal Free Hospital has completed its takeover of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust

Nigel Sutton

The Royal Free embarked upon what is called “the biggest development in the history of our organisation” on Tuesday as it completed its takeover of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals.

The acquisition, which was approved by the Health Secretary last week, will mean the Royal Free now oversees healthcare at three sites.

It comes after Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust revealed in 2012 that it would be unable to meet the deadline set to become an independently-run foundation trust.

A year in the planning, the Royal Free has denied accusations by some campaigners it was only interested in the takeover as part of an “asset-stripping” exercise.

The trust said nearly all patients will continue to be seen in the same location they were seen before and if there are any changes to this, they will be notified.

David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free, said: “We believe that by bringing our two organisations together we can provide the very best healthcare for patients across all our sites.

“This is the biggest development in the history of our organisation for 40 years and it is a hugely exciting time for everyone at the trust.

“I wish to welcome all Barnet and Chase Farm staff to the Royal Free and I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to ensure this transaction went ahead as smoothly as possible.”

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