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Welcome
Duchess of Cambridge opens Ronald McDonald House
Discover careers in healthcare
Specialist operates on same patient 25 years apart
Focus on research for Rare Disease Day
Mind and body connections explored
Read the latest issue of the GiST
A celebration of Patricia Moberly
Changes to sexual health services
Lambeth North station opens
Be a superhero!
Friends and Family Test – January
Glaucoma procedure pioneered at St Thomas’
Amanda Pritchard is a top Chief Executive
Evelina London’s jaundice treatment showcased
Foundation Trust membership roadshows
14 March – Free health seminar
16 March – Orthopaedics patient workshop
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Welcome

In this month’s e-GiST you can find out what happened when HRH the Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the new Ronald McDonald House – a ‘home from home’ for families with children being cared for at Evelina London Children's Hospital.

While there she heard many moving stories of families staying at the new House who find that it greatly eases the stress of having a sick child in hospital.

Eight-year-old Izzy Randall presented the Duchess with a posy of flowers. She is staying in the House with her parents while her brother, Luke, is treated at Evelina London.

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Duchess of Cambridge opens Ronald McDonald House

HRH the Duchess of Cambridge has officially opened the new 59-bedroom Ronald McDonald Evelina London House which provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of children in hospital.

Taking part in a Pancake Day arts and crafts session with children, the Duchess heard many moving stories from families and siblings who explained how staying in the House eases the stress and strain of having a sick child staying at Evelina London.

Dr Grenville Fox, Clinical Director, Children's Medical Specialties & Neonatology at Evelina London, says: “This new House means that more than double the number of families can be near their children when they most need them. It provides a welcoming and nurturing environment just a short walk from our front doors, helping families to best support their children.”

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Discover careers in healthcare

Do you know any young people who are interested in a career in healthcare? The Discover Healthcare website provides young people in South East London with information and experience in healthcare and health science careers.

The organisations within King’s Health Partners, including Guy's and St Thomas', offer apprenticeships, work experience, e-mentoring, internships, summer schools and much more through the website.

Registration is open to Year 10 students for Reach Out for Healthcare Science Week in June when students can find out about, and try their hand at many careers in healthcare science.

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Specialist operates on same patient 25 years apart

A consultant cardiologist from St Thomas’ has carried out a pioneering procedure on a young woman whose life he helped to save as a baby.

Professor Shakeel Qureshi was involved with the major heart surgery that Samantha Blake, now 27, had as an infant at Guy’s to correct a structural abnormality caused by the congenital heart defect Tetralogy of Fallot. The operation leaves patients with a leaking heart valve which requires treatment later in life.

Last year Samantha was fitted with a new replacement valve by Professor Qureshi during a minimally invasive procedure to fix the leakage, instead of conventional open heart surgery. Until now, replacement valves were too small to fit 80% of patients, but the new Venus valve is larger and so is expected to prevent most patients from needing major surgery again.

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Focus on research for Rare Disease Day

Staff from our National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) joined healthcare professionals and patients across the country to celebrate Rare Disease Day on Tuesday 28 February.

The theme of this year’s event was research and the day was a great opportunity to showcase the life-changing way we are involved in investigating some of the world’s most challenging diseases.

Research taking place at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is increasing our understanding of a number of rare diseases and helping us to develop better treatments for our patients. Visit the BRC’s website to hear from patients and clinicians involved in our research.

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Mind and body connections explored

King’s Health Partners have launched a new animation introducing the connections between mental and physical health and some of the ways we can begin to provide more joined-up care to patients and service users.

Evidence shows that by combining physical and mental healthcare, we can help people to manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems by identifying risks early.

Find out more about how Guy's and St Thomas' is committed to joining up mental and physical healthcare through the King’s Health Partners Mind and Body programme and watch the new video.

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Read the latest issue of the GiST

The new issue of the GiST magazine is out now. Pick up your copy to read all the latest news from across Guy’s and St Thomas’.

 

Michael Ampadu is on the cover of the magazine. He is a housekeeper in the Dental Department who won a Trust Award after being nominated by his grateful colleagues.

Also in this edition:

• Steve Manstone, a former patient of the Coronary Care Unit who has raised more than £8,000 to thank the staff who saved his life
• Sue Gribble and Colin Hill who can hear for the first time in years after being given cochlear implants
• Holly Willoughby who visited our Maternity Unit at St Thomas' Hospital for a special edition of ITV’s This Morning.

Issue 21 of the GiST is available from stands at both Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals, in health centres in Lambeth and Southwark, and in other local community facilities.

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A celebration of Patricia Moberly

The life of Dr Patricia Moberly, Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ from 1999 to 2011 who passed away in September 2016, was celebrated at a special event on 22 February.
 
Sir Hugh Taylor, who took over as Chairman from Dr Moberly, said: “Patricia’s contribution will be long remembered by all those who work here, as well as by those who have benefited from the services we provide.

"Patricia was an outstanding Chairman, forthright in her commitment to the NHS and to public service, and an active champion of patients and the role of the Trust in serving its local community.”

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Changes to sexual health services

Changes to sexual and reproductive health services provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ continue this month after more than 500 people completed a public consultation survey last year.

Central Government funding cuts mean that we need to run services differently, while diagnosing and treating the same number of patients. We are expanding and developing the existing SH:24 online testing service, reducing the number of centres where we provide sexual and reproductive health services from six to three, and increasing the opening hours of the three remaining clinics.

The phased closure of services at the three clinics where sexual and reproductive health services will no longer be provided started on 13 January at Artesian Health Centre, continued on 24 February at Vauxhall Riverside, and concludes with the closure of Lloyd Clinic in Guy’s Hospital on 30 March.

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Lambeth North station opens

Good news for patients, visitors and staff travelling to St Thomas’ Hospital and Evelina London Children’s Hospital – Lambeth North Tube station has re-opened.

Lambeth North closed in July 2016 for essential lift replacement works.

Mark Wild, Managing Director of London Underground, said: “I would like to thank customers and local businesses for their patience throughout the lift replacement work, which we have carried out as swiftly as possible. The re-opening of the station will improve transport connections in the area, benefiting local people, businesses and visitors alike.”

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Be a superhero!

On Friday 12 May our fearless fundraisers will take in the views of London from St Thomas’ as they abseil down the side of the hospital – dressed as their favourite superhero.


Do you fancy taking on this challenge? Register now for an experience you’ll never forget and you will be doing something amazing to raise much-needed funds for a department or ward.


Don’t worry if abseils aren’t for you because we’ve got plenty of other ways you can get involved and support your hospital or community sites. For more information visit the fundraising website.

 

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How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – January

Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in January would recommend the care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to their loved ones:

• 97% of inpatients and day case/day surgery patients
• 96% of women receiving maternity care
• 93% of patients using our community services
• 93% of outpatients
• 87% of Emergency Department (A&E) patients
• 90% of patients using our transport service

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In the news
 
Glaucoma procedure pioneered at St Thomas’

The Daily Mail published a feature about a new device being used at St Thomas’ which helps to drain fluid from the eye in the hope that it will save the sight of glaucoma patients.

The device is being trialled as part of a small clinical study at St Thomas’ which uses special equipment to measure how much fluid drains from the eye before and after the procedure. Glaucoma is caused by fluid being unable to drain from the eye which increases pressure in it and can damage the optic nerve.

 

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Amanda Pritchard is a top Chief Executive

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard was included in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) 2017 list of the top 50 NHS Chief Executives.

She was ranked at number 13. The HSJ stated that the standout trends in this year’s rankings include the rise of female chief executives.

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Evelina London’s jaundice treatment showcased

The BBC’s One Show broadcast a segment celebrating the 60th anniversary of the discovery that blue light can be used to treat jaundice in premature infants. Dr Grenville Fox, Consultant Neonatologist at Evelina London, and Dr Sally Brady, Consultant Clinical Scientist at Viapath, were interviewed for the piece.

Dr Fox spoke about a baby who was successfully cared for at Evelina London. Dr Brady gave a practical demonstration of the effects blue light has on the blood of babies with jaundice.

 

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Key dates
 
Foundation Trust membership roadshows

Roadshows are being held this month to encourage local people to become Foundation Trust members. Involving as many people as possible will help our services to reflect the needs of our diverse community.

Roadshows will take place at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth from Monday 13 March until Sunday 19 March and in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in Southwark from Monday 27 March until Sunday 2 April.

Come along to find out more about our Trust membership and how you can join.

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14 March – Free health seminar

Our free health seminars for Foundation Trust members are very popular – places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so do reserve your place as soon as possible.

Seminars include presentations, a question and answer session and refreshments. Our next seminar is being held this month.

Kidney disease
Tuesday 14 March, 6-7.30pm
Robens Suite, 29th Floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital

Email or phone 0800 731 0319 to book your place.

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16 March – Orthopaedics patient workshop

The Orthopaedics team wants to hear from patients about their experiences to help them to improve the service.

If you have been an orthopaedic patient at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in the last six months, they would like to hear about your journey from referral to completion of your treatment.

The team will hold a workshop on Thursday 16 March between 5.30-7.30pm near St Thomas' Hospital. If you would like to come along, please email getinvolved@gstt.nhs.uk for further information or to reserve a place.

 

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