Royal Free London Hospital

Royal Free London


Royal Free London NHS Trust


6th Floor of main building, Royal Free Hospital, Pond St, Hampstead, NW3 2QG


0207 830 2733

Unit Policy

At The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust there are two levels of Neonatal care over 2 sites. Special Care is provided for babies who need to be monitored closely who have been born slightly early or are unwell. This service is available at both the Barnet and Royal Free sites. Intensive care is for more premature babies or sicker babies who need specialist care and this is located at the Barnet site only.

Each unit has a Multidisciplinary ward round usually between 9 am to 12 am. Parents are invited to be present at this time with an opportunity for parents to ask questions. Both units are also dedicated to the implementation of the “Baby Friendly Initiative” with the aim of promotion and improving rates of breastfeeding uptakes.

The Neonatal Unit / 6 West B (Royal Free Hospital) offers care to infants of 34 weeks gestation and above in order to support the establishment of feeding and growing. Intensive care is not available at the Royal Free site. Babies requiring intensive care will be transferred to Barnet hospital by a designated medical transport team. The Royal Free site offers rooming-in rooms for parents to stay in the 24 hour period prior to discharge with their baby in order to care for their infants and develop knowledge and confidence whilst still being supported on the unit by nursing staff. Babies who have require specialist neonatal care at Barnet or other hospitals maybe transferred back to the Royal Free Hospital when they are stable for continuing care.

Visiting Hours

Parents, siblings and grandparents are able to visit daily

No children other than siblings are able to visit.
Visitors to be accompanied by a parent.
There can be only 2 visitors at the cot side at any one time.
All visitors are asked to take off their outdoor coats / jackets (but not leaving valuables in pockets) and hang up on the hooks provided.
All visitors are asked to use the hand gel rub when entering the nurseries .
It is not advised to visit the units if anyone is feeling unwell e.g. vomiting, diarrhoea.

Key Contact

0207 830 2733

Unit Facilities

The Royal Free Hospital offers a range of facilities within the hospital’s main entrance area, ATM, Costa Coffee, M & S (food and coffee), WH Smith, Lloyds Pharmacy and a Royal Mail post box. There is a restaurant on Lower Ground Floor for hot food, sandwiches and drinks.
The hospital also has Chapel, Muslim prayer room and Jewish Shabbat room located on the Lower Ground floor for the purpose of worship, time out to reflect or seek solace. Arrangements can be made for referral to this service.
Access to shops outside of the Royal Free Hospital is accessed by a 10 – 15 minute walk up to the Hampstead High Street (it is partly uphill). Here you are able to access some of the most exclusive shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
The Hampstead Heath is 10 mins walk from the The Royal Free Hospital and is a great way of getting some fresh air and taking a break.
Within the Neonatal Unit parents are able to use of family/waiting room. There are facilities provided for tea and coffee making, fridge and a microwave for heating food.

Public Transport & Car Parks

The nearest tube station for The Royal free is Belsize Park.

For further information visit the Royal free Website:

There is consessary parking for parents at both sites, please ask for details in the unit.

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