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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.

First ever website for Evelina London
 

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


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

Developed with the help of young patients and their families, the website – which can be found at www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk – is intended to help make parents and children feel comfortable and confident about their visit.

 

The site includes a prominent section for health professionals featuring referral information for more than 70 different children’s services offered by Evelina London both in the hospital and in the community, as well as details of our consultants and their areas of expertise.

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be moving content about children’s services from the main Guy’s and St Thomas’ website and redirecting visitors to the new website address. Please update any links you may have.

 

If you have any questions or comments about the site or ideas for new content, please email martin.flynn@gstt.nhs.uk or complete our short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/evelinalondonsurvey.

‘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.


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.


How does OPAT work?

 

Patients being considered for the OPAT service are those ready to go home, but needing further IV antibiotic treatment. The OPAT process will be fully explained and patients will not be discharged onto the OPAT service if they do not wish to do so, alternative options for their treatment plan will be discussed with them. Patients will receive at least one dose of antibiotic in hospital to ensure that they do not develop a severe reaction.

 

The OPAT service will be tailored to patient needs. Most community teams provide nurses who can visit patients at home and administer them antibiotic. Some patients will choose to give themselves the antibiotic, or a family member/friend will take on this role. In this case they will be taught how to do this and assessed in hospital by the OPAT team. Another option is to come to hospital on a daily basis to be given the antibiotic in a hospital clinic.

 

What happens if the patient has a problem?

 

During this time, patients will be under the supervision of the OPAT team who will be reviewing their progress on a weekly basis at the OPAT clinic. Patients are advised to contact the OPAT team should they feel unwell and are given full contact details about how to access the hospital on 24 hours’ time.

 

Further information is included in the OPAT patient leaflet .

 

Contact us

If you have any questions about OPAT, please phone the IV team on 020 7188 8641 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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.


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.

The Catheter Summit aimed to identify the challenges to delivering high quality catheter care and think of solutions to overcome them.

Adrian Hopper, Consultant Geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “The event was a real success with lots of great ideas about how we could tackle the issues with catheter care and a commitment to change. One of the key messages to take away is that there should be no patient with a catheter who doesn’t have a care plan in place.”

 

The ideas developed by the group ranged from improving the care pathway within the community, trialling a 24/7 rapid response service for people’s catheter problems, to supporting self-management in the community.

 

A working group, made up of health and social care professionals and voluntary and community sector colleagues, is now taking this forward by exploring these ideas in more detail to assess what impact they could have on improving catheter care across care settings.

 

One of the ideas already being taken forward is the Catheter Passport, a patient-owned document that should follow them at discharge and be used to keep a record of catheter changes or issues. 

The passport will improve information sharing between care providers and empower the patient to manage their own catheter.  The Catheter Passport is currently being tested at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital, and will shortly be rolled out to all wards.

 

Throughout the event people were tweeting using the hashtag #CatheterSummit, to see the social media summary of the event click here.

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?


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

You are invited to participate in a focus group to find out whether GPs and others working in primary care would like additional end of life care training. We would like to explore training needs regarding how to communicate and support people with serious, life-limiting illness and their families, and preferences concerning the content and format of such training.

 

This data will provide valuable evidence to education and training providers in the UK. The focus group will last approximately an hour.

A focus group will be taking place on:

 

Thursday 26 March at 1pm

 

Location: Guy’s Hospital

 

Travel will be reimbursed and lunch provided. All participants will also receive a £30 Amazon gift voucher for their time.

 

If you are interested in taking part but you are not available on Thursday 26 March, please contact us to register your interest as we may be scheduling further focus groups.

 

What would I need to do?

If you are interested in taking part or finding out more please contact Lisa Brighton on 020 7848 5041 or lisa.brighton@kcl.ac.uk.

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. 


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.

AdTags are 10 x 12 cm stickers placed at services. When smartphones use the 2D barcode [Apple] or tap the near field communication [Android] the patient can look up information while they are waiting to be seen.  If the person cannot be seen or a referral is being made, then SXT can identify another local service.

 

If you would like an AdTag please contact us at feedback@sxt.org.uk to discuss placement and how SXT can support you.  Providers can register with SXT or claim their service using the provider button on the home page.

 

Thank you in advance for supporting SXT’s mission to improve access to services.

 

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.


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.

We are all committed to spreading the word about the prevention of pressure ulcers but in our busy working life gaining access to training and education on fundamental patient care issues can be a challenge.

Access to a mobile app that offers real life solutions whilst enabling the user to test their knowledge is a must have for the future.

How to download the free app:

  • Search for King’s Health Partners in the Apple of Google Play stores
  • Use invitation codes:

         -  HAPPYA (Guy’s and St Thomas’)
         -  HAPPYC (Lambeth and Southwark)

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.


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.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ decision to go smoke-free is in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance issued in 2013, which recommends that all hospital sites should be smoke-free. It will also apply to e-cigarettes. Our dedicated stop smoking service has hospital and community based clinics. We provide free stop smoking advice and support to help patients stop smoking for good. 

 

What do we offer?

  • Trained advisers to help patients decide when’s the best time to stop and how to succeed
  • Regular sessions to help and support patients to quit
  • A choice of medications to suit patient level of smoking and preference, available free or on prescription
  • Carbon monoxide tests to keep patients motivated by showing reduced carbon monoxide blood levels quitting.

 

How to make a referral:

We accept referrals from GPs, community services and other health professionals. Patients can also self-refer.

 Referral contacts:

 

  • Southwark community stop smoking service

Referrals accepted for people who live, work or study in Southwark

Tel: 0800 169 6002 or 020 3049 8550
Email: Gst-tr.stopsmokingsouthwark@nhs.net 

 

  • Lambeth community stop smoking service

Referrals accepted for people who live, work or study in Lambeth

Tel: 0800 856 3409 or 020 3049 5791
Email: Gst-tr.stopsmokinglambeth@nhs.net

 

  • Hospital based stop smoking service

Referrals accepted for inpatients and outpatients at Guy's and St Thomas'.

Tel: 020 7188 0995
Email: Gst-tr.gsttstopsmokingservice@nhs.net 

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.


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.

The service is run and provided by health psychologists within the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry at Guy’s Hospital. They offer support for people who are very anxious about visiting the dentist, helping individuals achieve their goals to receive dental treatment without the need for sedation. This includes managing anxiety about particular aspects of dental care such as needle-phobia.

Utilising Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), patients are invited for assessment with the health psychologist. Here their suitability for CBT intervention is determined and if appropriate, goals for treatment are planned.

The service works with other members of the dental team including dentists, nurses and dental hygienists, who are also trained to meet the needs of anxious patients. 

How to refer:

Email:   gst-tr.dentalhealthpsychology@nhs.uk

Alternatively, please send a referral letter to the following address:

Dental Health Psychology Service

Sedation & Special Care Dentistry

26th Floor, Tower Wing

Guy’s Hospital

London

SE1 9RT

 

For more information about the service please see our patient leaflet.

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.  
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.  

Please note the following construction activity taking place in March:


From 23 March the Lambeth link corridor at St Thomas’, which runs from the Emergency Department (A&E) to East Wing, will close permanently to enable construction of the Emergency Floor to progress.  Pedestrian access to the Emergency Department from Lambeth Palace Road will be maintained and all emergency services will continue to operate as normal.

 

Patients will be directed to use the hospital main entrance or Lambeth Wing to access all other departments.

 

The project will transform not only the Emergency Department at St Thomas’ but also the acute medical wards, improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care as well as the overall experience of patients requiring emergency treatment. 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic at Guy's and St Thomas'
 
Comfort Momoh FGM specialist
Comfort Momoh FGM specialist

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.


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.

Healthcare professionals have a significant role to play in preventing FGM. Support and treatment for girls and women are essential to ensure that any resulting health problems are addressed and to optimise treatment and management.

In the past year Dr Momoh has been meeting GPs across London to discuss safeguarding and referral pathways for those who have undergone FGM.

The FGM clinic at St Thomas' offers the following services:

*         Access to information, care and treatment

*         Support and referral to appropriate agencies

*         Counselling

*         Surgical de-infibulation

*         Community support and training for all professionals.

To refer a patient please email Dr Momoh at comfort.momoh@gstt.nhs.uk or phone 020 7188 6872/07956 542576

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.


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.

Dr Sarah Janikoun, Associate Eye Specialist for Guy’s and St Thomas’, decided to set up the ‘VIP Singers’ a year ago and invited patients from the hospital's Low Vision Clinic to come and join her.

The group use tape recorders (dictaphones) to learn the songs at home and large print for the lyrics. They are currently singing harmonies of 70s pop songs and music hall numbers but are open to anything members may suggest.

Dr Janikoun says:“One of the problems with being visually impaired is that your horizons shrink, you can’t access things and you become really miserable. Singing energises you and cheers you up. There is now a regular group of people coming along but it would be nice to find some more. It’s very sociable and, as far as I know, there isn’t anything like this anywhere else.”

How patients can join the group:

The VIP Singers meet every Monday morning from 10.30-12.30 in the Low Vision Room, South Wing Eye Department at St Thomas' Hospital. New joiners can just turn up on the day and their carers are also welcome.  To find out more, email Sarah.Janikoun@gstt..nhs.uk

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.   


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.   


The eczema education programme team and the National Eczema Society believe daily bathing with an emollient is helpful for eczema.  Although robust studies have not been carried out on eczema patients, washing the skin daily with an emollient helps control the microbe colonisation on the skin, and these microbes may drive the eczema.  Additionally by bathing for 10 minutes, water will become trapped in the top layer of the skin and this in combination with emollients should help to artificially repair skin barrier function. 

Further information can be found on the National Eczema Society website.

The eczema education programme team runs a course for parents of children with atopic eczema throughout Lambeth and can be contacted at eczemaeducation@gstt.nhs.uk.

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.


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.

Affected areas can include the:

  • arms, legs and trunk 
  • mouth (oral lichen planus)
  • nails and scalp
  • vulva, vagina and penis (genital lichen planus)

 

“The exact cause isn't fully understood, but most experts believe it’s an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly makes antibodies which attack healthy skin,” explains Dr Fiona Lewis, a consultant dermatologist at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’. “It’s not a subject that GPs receive a lot of training on, so it can sometimes be missed or mistaken for psoriasis, eczema or mouth ulcers”.

You can discover more about how to diagnose lichen planus, know when to refer your patient for a biopsy, and a range of other anogenital and oral dermatology conditions, on the 5th Annual Anogenital and Oral Dermatology course.

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.

 


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.

 


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.


Training and events
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.


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.

Topics include:   

• Menopause

• Urogynaecology and female incontinence

 
Cost: free

Date:
Tuesday 10 March 2015 (7-9pm)

Venue:  Robens Suite, Floor 29 Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT

Light supper will be provided.

There will be clinical case discussions and attendance certificates.   This evening event carries two CPD points.

If you have any problems in accessing the weblink, please email: alex.risorto@gstt.nhs.uk

To book a place click here.

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.


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


Dr Ajanta Kamal (consultant general paediatrician) will present on:

  • cows milk protein intolerance/allergy
  • constipation
  • eneuresis
  • abdominal pain in a child.

Date: Thursday 12 March 2015, 7.40pm (buffet from 7pm)

Venue: Robens Suite, floor 29 Tower Wing, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT

Cost: free.

Bookings must be made online at www.rcgp.org.uk|.

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.


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

Topics will include:

 

•           Breast Reconstruction principles

•           Breast Reconstruction with implants and Matrix

•           Congenital Breast Deformity

•           Abdominal wall reconstruction and massive weight loss surgery

•           Pelvic Reconstruction

•           Lower limb reconstruction.

 

The talk will be chaired by Dr Jian Farhadi - Lead Plastic Surgery Consultant at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

To download the the full agenda, click here.

To book a place email OrthoGPLink@gstt.nhs.uk

Training and events
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.


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.

Please visit www.allergyacademy.org for more information and to book your place.







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.

 


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.

SAGE & THYME was developed to teach the core skills of dealing with people in distress.  

This free course helps healthcare professionals to:

 

• Recognise psychological distress

• Empower patient and carers who are worried or distressed

• Avoid causing psychological harm

• Communicate honestly and compassionately

• Know when they have reached the boundary of their competence.

For dates in 2015 click here
 
For further information on venues and to book a place email: Eileen.Mcnamara@gstt.nhs.uk / kathleen.desantos@gstt.nhs.uk or phone 020 7188 7549

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.           

Admission Avoidance is an 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.           

This programme combines the use of low and high fidelity simulation techniques and medical actors to explore how to safely care for residents avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.  Topics will include:           

  • ‘Hands-on’ experience using ageing suits.
  • Workshops and high-fidelity simulations based on typical clinical scenarios in the residential care home setting.
  • Performing a structured approach to the unwell resident.
  • Exploring communication with residents, relatives and professionals.
  • Understanding aspects of admission avoidance & special circumstances around transfer.

 

Date: 19  March

Cost: Free to eligible attendees

Venue:

The Simulation and Interactive

Learning (SaIL) Centre

1st Floor, St Thomas' House

Westminster Bridge Road

London SE1 7EH



For further details and an application form please email: simulation@gstt.nhs.uk

Tel: 0207188 7188 ext 52065

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.


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.  Please download the brochure covering our training courses for 2014-15.

Training courses available are the following:

  •  How to promote good sexual health
  • Cultural Competency in sexual health
  • Training skills in sexual health (2 day training course) 
  • Working with Men who have Sex with Men (MSM): equality and inclusiveness in service provision
  • Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and substance use
  •  Introduction to HIV 
  • Advanced HIV 
  • Young People Sex & the Law

If you would like to attend any of our courses please email your interest to:
sexualhealthpromotion@gstt.nhs.uk

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

For course dates please see the attached brochure.

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.


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.

The training day combines live cases with presentations, examples of good practice and Q&A sessions. A unique focus of this meeting is the live cases with expert commentary and guidance.

The programme includes lunch, with tea and coffee available throughout the day, and the course has been awarded 12 CPD points.

 

Date:                25-26 March 2015

(Delegates can register for one or two days)

 

Venue:  Guy’s Hospital, London

 

For further details on fees and to book your place, click here.

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.

This free two-day course for GPs, nurses and allied health professionals is organised by Guy’s and St Thomas’ palliative care team

Topics include:  

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Advance care planning
  • Do not attempt cardio-pulmonary resuscitation-  decisions and discussions
  • The last days of life
  • Syringe driver training;
  • A death in the family – how families grieve
  • Hospital and community interface – minding the gap. 

Training dates:

13 and 14 April  -  New Hunt's House, Guy's Campus


Venue: Sherman Lecture Theatre, Guy’s Hospital 
Cost: Free

For more information and to book a place, please email  Kathleen.DeSantos@gstt.nhs.uk  or phone 0207 188 7549

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.


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.

Organised by the Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare (CARe) ‐ a clinically embedded research centre.

This interactive masterclass will include:

•           An overview of resilience engineering principles and quality improvement

•           The latest learning from our resilience work in emergency care, medication safety, care of older people and clinical governance

•           Interactive sessions with experts to learn how to apply a resilience approach

•           Reflections on the benefits and challenges of applying resilience engineering

Participants are encouraged to identify a care quality problem they would like to address during the workshop with the assistance of resilience experts. CPD pending.

Date: 7‐8 May 2015

Registration fees: £250

Register via: http://resiliencecentre.org.uk/masterclass

For further info: masterclass@resiliencecentre.org.uk

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.


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.

Overall aims and objectives

This course provides participants with an overview of anogenital and oral dermatology, including diagnosis, treatment options, dealing with complications and comorbidities, and the latest research in the field. Throughout the programme clinical based studies will be used to highlight current treatments and to combine theory and clinical practice.


Register today  to take advantage of the early booking fee.

Date:    14 – 15 May 2015
Time:    9.00am –  5.00pm
Venue:  The Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LE

If you have any enquiries about this course, please contact the events team at events@gstt.nhs.uk or phone 020 7188 1622/3


Skin Biopsy Course
 

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


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

This course includes a range of practical and theoretical workshops delivered by nursing and medical experts in the field of Dermatological Surgery.

Workshops include:

  • Skin biopsies
  • Excisions
  • Cautery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Suturing
  • Professional issues


Date: 21 and 22 May

Venue: St Thomas' Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7EH

Cost: £350.00

For more information and to book your place, please contact Jamie Biggs on 0207 188 6293 or email educationadmindermatology@gstt.nhs.uk

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.


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.


Programme includes:

  • Inherited metabolic disease services
  • Patient pathways
  • Adult metabolic services
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU),Urinary Cycle Disorders (ME/UCD), Mitochondrial disorders (Mit)
  • Lab overview : analytical audit, vitamin deficiency : B12/IMD’s
  • Folate pathway and nutristasis lab.

 

Date: 26 June 2015 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Venue: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Education Centre, London SE1 7NJ

Cost: The registration fee is £25.00

 

To request a registration form or copy of the programme please email: Jacqui McAleer, JM Associates at  jmassociates1@me.com

Royal College of Pathologists accreditation applied for (1 CPD credit per hour)

Royal College of General Practitioner Accreditation: 1 CPD credit per hour can be applied for

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.


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


Researchers at King’s College London pioneered a groundbreaking technique whereby a 3D printer working from scans creates a physical replica of a patient’s organ. Surgeons can then use the plastic replica to see, measure and hold the organ in all its detail, and tailor the surgery before they operate. This is particularly useful for operating on small children, whose organs are very small.

 

Two-year-old Mina was one of the first patients in the UK to benefit from this new technique. From birth, her heart was so deformed by a large hole between the two chambers, it was thought it could not be repaired. However, by using an exact replica of the heart printed off in plastic, doctors treating her at Evelina London Children’s Hospital were able to see the exact size and position of the hole in the wall between two of her heart chambers, and to design a patch for it.

 

The technique was pioneered at King’s College London by Dr Gerald Greil (Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital) who specialises in creating high resolution 3D images of the heart using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In Mina's case, Dr Greil and colleagues within the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King’s used computer software to stitch together more than 120 images of the heart, creating a 3D image that could be viewed on a scan from any angle. Turning this image into a replica was the next step.

 

Find out more on BBC Breakfast website
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.


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.

The study to test the effectiveness of Desperate Debra®, a silicone abdomen that simulates difficulty during advanced labour, found that 87% of doctors say it is realistic and 93% think it is a useful training device.

 

Now experts from Guy’s and St Thomas’ and NHS Fife, who designed Desperate Debra®, are calling for it to be made a mandatory training device for all gynaecologists and obstetricians.

 

Professor Andrew Shennan, consultant obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “The need for an emergency caesarean can develop very quickly and situations can rapidly deteriorate. Although thankfully these life-threatening situations are rare, this means that doctors often do not get to experience them before they are faced with them for the first time.

 

“Desperate Debra® will allow doctors to experience and practise dealing with the difficulties of these scenarios. The simulator can be adjusted to different difficulties and is highly realistic in terms of how the baby’s head and neck move.

 

“We are pleased to have such positive feedback from doctors involved in the study. We have proven that Desperate Debra® is useful and we hope the use of the simulator will reduce the likelihood of serious complications occurring during emergency caesareans.”

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