Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Private hospital

Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG

Tel: 020 7317 7751Email:

About Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Private Patients Unit (PPU) at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust provides world-class hospital treatment and care, including expert haematology, liver, kidney and breast services, at one of the capital's top teaching hospitals.  

Expert private hospital treatment

Conveniently situated on the 12th floor of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, ten minutes' drive from Central London, the PPU at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust comprises three in-patient wards and supporting daycare and hospitality facilities.

As a leading NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Free provides a wide range of specialist services and exemplary clinical care. Its academic collaboration with other London hospitals as a member of UCL Partners puts it at the forefront of medical research and innovative treatments.

Rated 'excellent' by the Care Quality Commission, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust prides itself on its high standards of patient safety and infection control, resulting in some of the lowest mortality rates in the UK.

In-patient care

The Private Patients Unit at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is able to provide patients with access to some of the country's leading specialists and the extensive services of a large teaching hospital, whilst enjoying the comfort and privacy of dedicated facilities, including:

  • Well-equipped single occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Five-star catering able to meet all dietary needs
  • Unrestricted visiting times
  • 24-hour consultant-led, multidisciplinary care
  • Four high-dependency beds
  • Reserved access to hospital facilities, including imaging

World leading haematology, liver and kidney services

A major centre for liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is internationally recognised for its expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of haematological malignancies and conditions affecting the liver and kidneys. All their specialists are actively involved in research and, in addition to providing all the standard therapies, are able to offer patients the latest treatments and technologies. 

Pioneers in breast cancer treatment and diagnosis 

The Royal Free breast unit is recognised for teaching and research in addition to its clinical excellence, being highly rated as a specialist training centre for surgeons from the UK and abroad.  The unit was an early adopter of electrochemotherapy, which helps cells become more receptive to cancer-killing drugs and, in 2013, The Royal Free became the first hospital in the UK to introduce new PET (positron emission tomography) imaging technology for breast cancer.

In collaboration with University College London (UCL), The Royal Free has undertaken research into keyhole mastectomy, nipple endoscopy, photodynamic therapy and new computer software to aid clinicians in decision making. They are leaders in the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy, rapid intra-operative testing surgery and intra-operative radiotherapy.

Travel Health and Immunisation Clinic

Royal Free have a dedicated Travel Health and Immunisation Clinic, led by Consultant Physician, Dr Jane Zuckerman. They provide a comprehensive travel health and immunisation service to private patients with a wide range of immunisations and vaccines available for both adult and children, including the Meningitis B Vaccine. 

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Other specialist services available

Abdominal surgical sarcoma service


Nuclear medicine services



Plastic surgery



Weight loss services

Royal Free London Private Patients in Hadley Wood

The Royal Free London Private Patients, Hadley Wood is a new out-patient unit conveniently situated off Barnet High Street, close to a wealth of shops, restaurants and other local amenities.

The unit has been opened by the Royal Free London Private Patients Unit in Hampstead Heath and combines the convenience, comfort and personalised attention of a Private Hospital with state of the art, technology and the professional excellence you would expect from a top London teaching hospital.

At The Royal Free London Private Patients, Hadley Wood, each patient is cared for individually and treated with dignity, compassion, kindness and respect. Patients’ experience of care is our key priority and we ensure that each of our patients receive the highest possible standards of quality care by our efficient and competent staff, both clinical and non – clinical.

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Getting treatment

Royal Free PPU - Nursing CareRoyal Free London NHS Foundation Trust welcomes both insured patients and those who wish to self-fund their treatment.

International patients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust makes every effort to make hospital treatment with them as comfortable and stress free as possible for patients travelling from overseas.  Their experienced customer service team is available to help with matters such as transport, accommodation, visas, liaison with embassies and interpreting services.  International television channels, newspapers and magazines are provided, as well as a multi-faith chapel and choice of food to meet every cultural requirement and taste. 

Facilities and services

  • Cardiac catheter laboratory
  • Dialysis unit
  • Endoscopy suite
  • High dependency unit
  • Lithotripsy
  • Pathology (on site)
  • Pharmacy (on site)
  • Radiotherapy

Imaging and radiology services

  • CT scan
  • DEXA (bone) scan (for osteoporosis)
  • Digital fluoroscopy
  • MRI scan
  • Mammography (Breast scan)
  • Nuclear medicine
  • PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography)
  • Ultrasound - 2d
  • Ultrasound - Vascular Doppler
  • X Ray


  • Care Quality Commission

Treatments offered by Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust offers private patients access to the full range of hospital services provided by a leading London teaching hospital, including a number of world-leading specialist services.

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Private doctors that work at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free Private Patients Unit has strong links with all of the consultants and specialists at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, many of whom are leaders in their particular field.

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Ways to pay for private treatment at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust provides the very best skills and standards of a top NHS hospital to private patients and, in doing so, supports the continued development of both the NHS and the Royal Free London.  Both insured and self-paying patients are welcome with a referral from a GP, specialist or other health professional.

Self pay

Quotes and estimates of costs for self-payers are available from the Royal Free Private Patients Unit referrals team on 020 7317 7751 (email Payment is due, in full, prior to an appointment or admission and the hospital accepts all major credit cards, bank and online transfer, cash and cheque.

Insured patients

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust recognises most UK health insurers and are on the nationwide networks with most (see below).  Following receipt of a valid authorisation, they handle all financial aspects of a patient's appointments and treatments direct with the insurer.

Contact Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free Hospital
Pond Street

Main Phone: 020 7317 7751
Middle Eastern Patients: 0791 901 3508
Tel for appointments: 020 7317 7751
Fax: 020 7830 2192 / 020 7830 2089

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