Message from Amanda

In this month’s e-GiST you can read an amazing story about how a pregnant woman with a kidney tumour made a full recovery.


The urology and maternity teams worked closely together to ensure Susan O’Flanagan and her baby, Archie, received the best possible care.


You can also find out about the launch of Guy's and St Thomas' Healthcare Alliance, and how Evelina London Children’s Hospital is helping young patients overcome their fear of an MRI scan by installing a rocket-shaped MRI simulator.

In this month’s e-GiST you can read an amazing story about how a pregnant woman with a kidney tumour made a full recovery.


The urology and maternity teams worked closely together to ensure Susan O’Flanagan and her baby, Archie, received the best possible care.


You can also find out about the launch of Guy's and St Thomas' Healthcare Alliance, and how Evelina London Children’s Hospital is helping young patients overcome their fear of an MRI scan by installing a rocket-shaped MRI simulator.


The pioneering machine, which is the first in the UK, helps our play specialists prepare young children for their real scan so they do not require a general anaesthetic.


Our staff survey results have also given us a lot to be positive about, and I am very proud to be part of one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS.


I hope you enjoy April’s edition of e-GiST.

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
New mum has pioneering robotic surgery

A woman found to have a large kidney tumour during pregnancy has thanked Trust medics after making a full recovery.


Susan O’Flanagan, 40, was shocked when the 14cm mass on her right kidney was detected during her routine 20-week scan. Teams at Guy’s and St Thomas’ safely delivered her baby, Archie, and successfully removed her kidney with robot-assisted surgery weeks later.


Mr Ben Challacombe, consultant urological surgeon, says: “This was a very unusual case. The urology and maternity teams worked together to ensure we could deliver the best possible care for Susan and Archie.”

Rocket MRI simulator helps children

A rocket-shaped MRI simulator is being used at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in a UK first.


The innovative machine is helping young patients to overcome their fears about having a real MRI scan, reducing the need for a general anaesthetic.


Within its first month of use, the simulator helped 19 children avoid having an anaesthetic. Miriam Kearley, imaging play specialist, says it's important young patients “feel in control and prepared”.

Nurse returns after 65 years

A retired nurse who trained at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1952 recently returned to the Trust to mark the NHS’s 70th year.


Grace Jones, 89, visited the maternity unit to see how much it has changed since leaving the hospital 65 years ago. She shared her memories of what it was like to work in the early days of the NHS.


Grace says: “The humanity, dedication, understanding and expertise remains in the staff at St Thomas’ and in the hard working staff of the NHS.”

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

Can you remember the beginnings of the NHS, or know someone who was treated here in 1948? Have generations of your family worked for the Trust?


The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. To celebrate, we want to hear your stories and fondest memories of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Evelina London Children’s Hospital.


To share your story, please email us.

Faster, safer, more effective care

Health and care organisations across south east London now have fast, safe access to electronic care records.


The Local Care Record and Connect Care systems have been linked – connecting 15,000 care professionals across six boroughs. Benefits for our patients include a reduction in delays for treatment and smoother transfers between services.


Supported by King’s Health Partners, the new system offers a secure way of sharing information electronically. Previously, patient information and care records were shared via traditional methods such as secure post, fax or email, which could be slow and unreliable.

Opportunities to get involved

Would you like to help shape our services by joining one of our Trust forums?


The Trust Quality Improvement and Audit Committee (TQIaC) and the Medicines Safety Forum are recruiting patient/carer representatives. The deadline for expressions of interest for both roles is Friday 27 April.


For information about TQIaC contact Bob Horner on 020 7188 7188 extension 87345. To find out more about the Medicines Safety Forum contact Pratiksha Patel on 020 7188 7188 extension 85036.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Healthcare Alliance

This month we have launched Guy’s and St Thomas’ Healthcare Alliance, which has grown out of our Vanguard collaboration with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.


The Healthcare Alliance builds on this success and will allow us to work together  on developing clinical services and pathways. This includes education, training and development and research.


During 2018, a number of initiatives will be developed in four priority areas. These are delivering consistent high quality care, developing our people, leveraging scarce resources and embracing innovation.

Protecting your data

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being introduced on Friday 25 May. It is designed to strengthen data protection for all individuals within the EU.


To support this, we’re reminding our external subscribers that if you no longer wish to receive the e-GiST, you can unsubscribe at the top of this newsletter.


Foundation Trust members and staff will continue to receive the e-GiST as part of core Trust communications. If you have any questions please contact the Trust’s communications team.

Support us
Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Walk

As part of Cancer Survivors' Day, we’ll be holding a fundraising walk to celebrate survivorship and to honour loved ones.


Taking place on Sunday 24 June, you can choose from 3.5km (fully accessible route), 6km or 11km walks along the Thames.


After the walk you’ll be able to join the celebrations at the main Cancer Survivors' Day event. To help us continue the exceptional care and research for Guy’s Cancer, please register here.

Good luck London Marathon runners

Good luck to our 55 incredible runners who will be taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday 22 April.


Laurence Olding is just one of our amazing supporters who will be pounding the pavements for 26.2 miles. Find out why he’s raising money for Guy's and St Thomas' here.


If you want to help keep our runners motivated and cheer them on, please email

How are we doing?
Friends and Family Test – February

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




  • 95% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 93% of women receiving maternity care
  • 96% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 84% of A&E patients
  • 89% of patients using our transport service.

NHS Staff Survey results

Guy’s and St Thomas’ achieved the highest engagement score of all ‘combined acute and community trusts’ according to the national NHS Staff Survey results.


A total of 88% of staff who responded are happy with the standard of care we provide, compared to the national average of 69%. And 78% of staff would recommend the Trust as a place to work, compared to the average of 59%.


Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive, says this is good news for both our staff and our patients. She explains: “Research indicates that happy and engaged staff provide better patient care.”

Surgeon awarded Certificate of Excellence

While some people review their hotels and holidays online, millions of patients are reviewing their healthcare on iWantGreatCare.


The website recently awarded Certificates of Excellence 2018 to clinicians who are most highly and consistently recommended by their patients.


Mr Zameer Shah, consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’, received a certificate for the second year running.

In the news
School run mum donates kidney to another parent

A father of three received a life-saving transplant thanks to the mother of his young son’s best friend.


Ravi Nihal was amazed when Katy Ludlow, a woman he hardly knew, offered to donate her kidney to him last year. Her son Tobias and Ravi’s son Jay are best friends who both attend the same primary school.


The Sun, Mail Online, Huffington Post, ITV Meridian, Sky News, BBC South East and BBC Radio Kent featured the heartwarming story.

Pioneering op for chronic back pain

BBC World Service highlighted the work of the pain management team at Guy’s and St Thomas’.


They have been using a new form of spinal cord stimulation, known as neuromodulation, to help patients with chronic back pain. Dr Adnan Al-Kaisy, clinical lead and consultant in pain medicine, explained how the procedure works. 


Patient Kelly Lamley was interviewed three months after her operation and described the procedure as “a miracle”.

The Expressing Room

BBC Radio 4 went behind the closed doors of the Expressing Room in the Neonatal Unit at Evelina London Children's Hospital.


The private space is where mothers go to express milk for their premature babies, many of whom require long stays in hospital. While expressing, mothers often share their hopes and fears.


Dr Hammad Khan, consultant neonatologist at Evelina London, spoke about the level of care premature babies receive on the unit.

Key dates
11 April – nominations open for governor elections

Would you like to give your community a voice and help shape the services we deliver? Consider standing to become a governor of our Trust this April.


Nominations open on Wednesday 11 April and close at 5pm on Friday 4 May. Please click here for more information about the governor role and to apply online.


The Council of Governors elections are to be held in the following constituencies: patient (five seats), public (six seats) and clinical staff (three seats).

14 May – influence our medical research

Join us for a free training session at Guy's Hospital on Monday 14 May to find out how you can influence our medical research.


The session is run by patient representatives and will outline the research process and how to get involved.


Without our fantastic volunteers of patients and the public it would be impossible for us to make breakthroughs that improve patient treatment. To find out more and reserve your place, please click here.

15 May – free sleep disorders seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Robens Suite, Guy’s Hospital, on Tuesday 15 May.


The seminar will take place from 6pm to 7.30pm and will include presentations, a question and answer session and refreshments.


Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so book as soon as possible. Email or phone 0800 731 0319.