In this issue
Latest news
Supporting you in Local Care Networks
First ever website for Evelina London
‘DIY antibiotics’ at home
Solving catheter care challenges
Lambeth and Southwark GP Focus Group
Have you ever had to refer a client for sexual and reproductive health services?
The new tissue viability pressure ulcer app
Service updates
Guy’s and St Thomas’ goes smoke free – our services to help patients stop smoking
The Dental Health Psychology Service
Transforming emergency care at St Thomas’ Hospital
Female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic at Guy's and St Thomas'
Choir for visually impaired seeks singers
Clinical updates
Daily bathing is currently considered optimal for most children with atopic eczema
Could you recognise a lichen planus case if it were presented to you today?
Pathology updates from Viapath
Easter timings
Phlebotomy update
tQuest update
Training and events
Free gynaecology update for GPs at Guy’s Hospital
Free paediatrics update at Guy's Hospital
Free plastic surgery GP seminar at Guy's Hospital
Training and events
The Allergy Academy Spring Programme
SAGE & THYME - a free 3 hour workshop on recognising and managing distress
Admission Avoidance
Free sexual health promotion training for your team
Optimising Prostate Cancer Diagnostics
Transforming end of life care
Resilience in Healthcare Masterclass
5th Annual Anogenital and Oral Dermatology Course
Skin Biopsy Course
Adult Metabolic Study Day
Research
3D replica of a patient’s heart
C-section simulator trains doctors in high risk births
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Tel: 020 7188 4978
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Supporting you in Local Care Networks
As we all work together to form Local Care Networks, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Adult Local Services Programme is keen to engage with you in developing and aligning our local services to support this important development.

Should you wish to discuss this further please email Jane Stopher (Deputy Director of Adult Local Services Programme) at Jane.Stopher@gstt.nhs.uk.
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First ever website for Evelina London

Evelina London Children’s Hospital and community services launched their first ever website on 10 February.

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‘DIY antibiotics’ at home

Patients needing long-term antibiotics can now continue their treatment at home. The Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy team (OPAT) teaches patients and carers how to administer intravenous antibiotics themselves. The service avoids patients having to stay in hospital until they have finished their course, which can last up to 12 weeks.

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Solving catheter care challenges

People with catheters face many challenges when it comes to the care they receive. On 27 January, health and social care professionals, voluntary and community sector colleagues, carers and people with catheters came together at Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care’s Catheter Summit.

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Lambeth and Southwark GP Focus Group

Would you like to take part in a focus group about GPs’ end of life care training needs and preferences?

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Have you ever had to refer a client for sexual and reproductive health services?

SXT supports access to Sexual Health & Reproductive services using web, mobile and SMS to help clients find the right service in the right place at the right time.  SXT is anonymous, quick, free and simple to use. 

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The new tissue viability pressure ulcer app

The Tissue Viability Team alongside their colleagues from King’s Health Partners have developed a new pressure ulcer prevention and management training app for all healthcare professionals within the acute and community setting. This includes, nursing and residential homes, pharmacist, and care agencies.

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Service updates
 
Guy’s and St Thomas’ goes smoke free – our services to help patients stop smoking

From 19 June patients and visitors will no longer be permitted to smoke anywhere in our hospital and community premises.  At Guy's and St Thomas' we have a team of stop smoking advisers working with inpatients, outpatients and in the community to provide excellent evidence-based support to smokers to help them quit.

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The Dental Health Psychology Service

Do you have patients regularly attending for antibiotics to clear-up dental abscesses? Are you aware of patients who haven’t visited a dentist for years?

The Dental Health Psychology Service is here to help.

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Transforming emergency care at St Thomas’ Hospital
Our Trust is investing £20 million to create a state-of-the-art Emergency Floor on the ground floor of Lambeth Wing and East Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital.  Work is being carried out in phases to minimise disruption to services.  
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Comfort Momoh FGM specialist
Comfort Momoh FGM specialist
Female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic at Guy's and St Thomas'

FGM is illegal in Britain and is a form of child abuse . According to a research study carried out by Dr Comfort Momoh MBE, leading national FGM public health specialist at St Thomas' Hospital, more than half of GPs in London have treated victims of female genital mutilation. Women and girls who have undergone FGM may present to their GP with FGM-related problems such as recurrent urinary tract infection or pain during menstruation.

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Choir for visually impaired seeks singers

A very special choir meets at St Thomas’ Hospital every Monday morning. It’s unique because every one of its members is visually impaired. This singing group is part of our programme to get visually impaired people up and about and enjoying themselves whilst trying to dispel the prevalent depression in this group.

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Clinical updates
 
Daily bathing is currently considered optimal for most children with atopic eczema

The eczema education programme team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ often hears from parents that they have been advised to bath their children less frequently, and we believe this is due to concerns about the effect of hard water.   

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Could you recognise a lichen planus case if it were presented to you today?

The answer is, quite possibly not.

Lichen planus is a non-infectious, itchy rash that can affect many areas of the body and skin lichen planus affects men and women equally. Genital lichen planus is often missed and can lead to scarring and functional problems.

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Pathology updates from Viapath
 
Easter timings
  • Central Specimen Reception

We are open 24/7 for you, even during bank holidays (3 April and 6 April).

  • Results Line

Our result lines are open from Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) apart from bank holidays (3 April and 6 April).

Please Note: during bank holidays you can still obtain verbal results via ‘Result line’- 020 7188 8008 Option 1.

  • Phlebotomy

Our phlebotomy department is open for outpatients from Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm, apart from bank holidays: 3 April and 6 April.

All services resume as normal on Tuesday 7 April.

 

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Phlebotomy update

The cut-off age for  blood tests taken in community setting is 16 years. 

Under-16s should be referred to Evelina London Children's Hospital, where we have suitably trained staff.

 

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tQuest update

We are still receiving some badly aligned tQuest forms.

 

GP surgeries must try to ensure that all tQuest forms are correctly aligned to allow the patients’ identifiers to be fully visible along with test information, to avoid delays or incorrect sample types resulting in delay to patient care.

 

Contact us:

Useful contacts can be found on our website: www.viapath.co.uk.

For any queries or concerns regarding Viapath services, please contact the customer service team  by email customersupport@viapath.co.uk or phone 020 7188 9684

Download here the updates from Viapath.

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Training and events
10 Mar, 15
Free gynaecology update for GPs at Guy’s Hospital
 

Women's Services at Guy’s and St Thomas' would like to invite all GPs and community nurses to a free evening workshop on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

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12 Mar, 15
Free paediatrics update at Guy's Hospital
 

An evening event for GPs organised by Guy’s and St Thomas’ and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

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23 Mar, 15
Free plastic surgery GP seminar at Guy's Hospital
 

Guy's and St Thomas' are pleased to invite all GPs to a free seminar on plastic surgery on Monday 23 March 2015 from 6:30 - 9:00pm at the Robens Suite, Guy's Hospital.

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10 Mar, 15
 
The Allergy Academy Spring Programme

The Allergy Academy is delighted to announce its spring programme for 2015. These study days are aimed at healthcare professionals of all levels, in both primary and secondary care.

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17 Mar, 15
 
SAGE & THYME - a free 3 hour workshop on recognising and managing distress

Psychological distress is common among patients, their families and their carers. Effective communication is widely regarded as being a key factor in determining a patient’s satisfaction, compliance with treatment and recovery.

 

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19 Mar, 15
 
Admission Avoidance
Admission Avoidance is a new inter-professional, two-day course for healthcare practitioners working in primary and community care services. It offers the chance to practise, in a safe environment, the real-life skills needed to communicate and care for potential deteriorating residents in a residential care setting.           
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19 Mar, 15
 
Free sexual health promotion training for your team

The Sexual Health Promotion Team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ offers free training to clinical and non-clinical staff to deliver sexual health promotion. The attached brochure covers our training courses for 2014-15.

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25 Mar, 15
 
Optimising Prostate Cancer Diagnostics

This two-day course will provide delegates with an understanding of the essential prostate anatomy as it relates to both transrectal and transperineal systematic biopsy and the particular impact that MRI targeted biopsies will have on the diagnostic and treatment pathways in prostate cancer.

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13 Apr, 15
 
Transforming end of life care
This free two day course for GPs, nurses and allied health professionals is organised by Guy’s and St Thomas’ palliative care team.
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07 May, 15
 
Resilience in Healthcare Masterclass

A one and a half day course for researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to apply resilience engineering concepts to improve care quality and safety.

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14 May, 15
 
5th Annual Anogenital and Oral Dermatology Course

This two day annual course is aimed at all health care professionals (dermatology, gynaecology, GU medicine, oral medicine, GPs, and specialist nurses) who wish to learn more about the diagnosis and management of male and female anogenital and oral dermatological disorders. It will address the importance of multi-disciplinary working in the care of these patients.

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21 May, 15
 
Skin Biopsy Course

A unique two-day course brought to you by St John’s Institute of Dermatology, St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.

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26 Jun, 15
 
Adult Metabolic Study Day

Hosted by Dr Radha Ramachandran and Dr Yusof Rahman (Consultants in Adult Inherited Metabolic Disease), this one-day meeting is aimed at all GPs and chemical pathologists in London and the south east who may be involved in the care of adults affected by inherited metabolic disease and their families.

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Research
3D replica of a patient’s heart
 

A 3D printed model has been used at Evelina London Children’s Hospital to help plan how to fix a patient’s heart.

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C-section simulator trains doctors in high risk births
 

An emergency caesarean section simulator that allows doctors to experience life-threatening situations is realistic and should be used in training, according to new research.

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