Published on: 22nd January 2021

The RNOH is under an unprecedented amount of pressure as recovering Covid patients are admitted daily to wards and to an expanded intensive care unit. The hospital’s Stanmore site has temporarily become a Covid recovery centre treating Covid patients from the North Central London (NCL) area, providing ongoing care in their recovery.

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In the first wave of the pandemic, the RNOH played a critical system role as an orthopaedic trauma hospital. In this current wave, the hospital is providing as much capacity as it can to care for Covid positive patients, to ease pressure elsewhere. It is currently supporting the NCL area by admitting Covid positive patients into acute beds and into its Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU). The RNOH has taken over 100 patients from North Middlesex University Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital and is continuing to provide surgical care for its most urgent patients ⁠— both adult and paediatric ⁠— in line with the rest of NCL and London.


Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, our NHS staff have worked tirelessly, day in day out, to provide patients with the care they need. It is no surprise that our staff are exhausted and, overwhelmed which is why we need support more than ever. The RNOH Charity wants to be there for them and our most vulnerable patients.

We urgently need support towards the RNOH Charity’s Covid Appeal. We are looking for the following donations-in-kind:

Energy drinks
Natural fruit juices
Breakfast bars
Other food items and refreshments

RNOH Charity Chief Executive, Rosie Stolarski said: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible generosity shown during the height of the pandemic in 2020. As we begin 2021, the situation has worsened considerably. RNOH staff are facing undue pressures and ever increasing challenges that have never been experienced in the NHS due to the impact of Covid-19. Our aim is to offer much-needed support to the RNOH’s incredible staff during this difficult time. Any donation would be gratefully received.”

Prof Paul Fish, RNOH Interim Chief Executive, said: “The ongoing commitment shown by RNOH staff and our partner contractors to our patients is humbling. It is through their selfless dedication to ensuring we continue to deliver world-class care during this pandemic that inspires me—and the public—every day. All our clinical and non-clinical staff are part of the RNOH family and the donations from the wider community mean so much to them. So, on behalf of all the RNOH, thank you to the RNOH Charity and everyone who has donated so far and who continue to do so. It’s only by working together and looking after each other that we’ll get through this—and we will.”

As an official NHS charity, we are working closely with the RNOH to keep up with the current situation, their needs and how we can help. With your support we will continue to provide our amazing staff with wellbeing bags on a regular basis.

We'd like to thank our community for the help already received, donations make a huge difference to our hospital and will continue to do so.

Please donate and show your support for RNOH front-line workers at this crucial time. More information is available on the RNOH Charity website.