North East London NHS Foundation Trust

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North East London NHS Foundation Trust
TypeNHS foundation trust
Established5 June 2000
HeadquartersMarsh Way
RM13 8GQ[1]
HospitalsGoodmayes Hospital
Staff6,446 (2018/19)[2] Edit this at Wikidata

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) is an NHS foundation trust which provides mental and community health services. It runs Foxglove Ward, Goodmayes Hospital and Sunflowers Court in Ilford, Phoenix House in Basildon, Heronwood & Galleon Inpatient Facility in Wanstead, Grays Court Community Hospital in Dagenham, and Hawkwell Court in Chingford. Altogether it operates from more than 150 sites.


The Jane Atkinson Health and Wellbeing Centre, built on the site of the former Thorpe Coombe Hospital

The trust was established as the North East London Mental Health NHS Trust on 5 June 2000, and became operational on 1 April 2001. It became an NHS foundation trust in 2008.[3]

In April 2014 Staff at Hawkwell Court in Colvin Gardens, Chingford planned to shut down the facility, which offers long-term stay for older patients suffering from mental health problems and learning disabilities. It was saved from closure a decade ago after relatives of service users and Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith intervened.[4]

In April 2014 as part of the redevelopment of Goodmayes Hospital it closed and proposed to demolish the Goodmayes Hospital Staff Social Club, provoking a protest from Mr Fin Robinson. He was supposed to hand the keys back but said he will remain inside, with the doors chained shut, "until they do the right thing".[5]


30 Coleridge Road in Walthamstow

The trust provides community health and mental health services, including forensic services, psychiatric intensive care units and services for people with learning difficulties in the North East London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, as well as some services for people in Essex and Kent.[6]

Patient entertainment[edit]

Goodmayes Hospital has an in-house hospital radio service operated by[7]

The first Hospital Radio on the site was founded in 1977 and named Goodmayes Hospitals radio Association with studios located within the original Goodmayes Hospital building. In 2004 the station's on-air name is 'The Jumbo Sound'.[8]. In April 2016, Goodmayes Hospital Radio Assocstion voted to merge with Bedrock Hospital Radio, following financial difficulties following [9] caused by a failed radiator.


The trust NELFT took over children and young people’s specialist and targeted mental health services in Kent in 2017. In May 2018 there were 3,869 young people in Kent waiting for treatment. 144 had been waiting more than a year, with 19 more in Medway. 1,481 had been waiting for more than 18 weeks for treatment to start.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact us". North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "North East London NHS Foundation Trust". Annual report and Accounts 2018-19. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  3. ^ "The North East London Mental Health National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Order 2000". Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Hawkwell Court in Chingford is to close as staff are not equipped to deal with patients' growing needs despite good standards in latest inspection". Chingford Guardian. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Manager of Goodmayes Hospital social club locks himself inside to protest against its closure". Ilford Recorder. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Inspection report - North East London NHS Foundation Trust" (PDF). Care Quality Commission. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Bedrock Radio". Bedrock.
  8. ^ "History of Bedrock Radio". Bedrock.
  9. ^ "water damage Radio". Bedrock.
  10. ^ "Harm assessments after 160 children wait more than a year for mental health treatment". Health Service Journal. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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