In this issue
Welcome
Transplants save hundreds of lives
New Accessibility Guide launched
Evelina Hospital School celebrates children’s art
Meet our Marvellous Roald Dahl Nurse!
Visiting our hospitals in August?
New community staff governor elected
Evelina London patient gives back
Five years in Sierra Leone
Take on Guy’s Urban Challenge
Friends and Family Test - June
Supporting people after terror attacks
Drugs trial hope for peanut allergy sufferers
Lifesaving treatment for childhood stroke
5 September – free health seminar on living with and beyond cancer
6 & 7 September – Organ Donation Week
9 September – QMH centenary event
14 September - Annual Public Meeting
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Welcome

Last year more patients received a life-saving kidney transplant from a living donor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ than in any other transplant unit in England.

 

In total, almost 250 transplants were carried out by our surgeons in 2016/17, thanks to living kidney donors and people who had donated their organs after death. They included kidney transplants, combined kidney and pancreas transplants and combined kidney and liver transplants.

I would echo the comments of Professor Nizam Mamode, one of our transplant surgeons, who says how proud he is that we have been able to save hundreds of lives.

 

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Transplants save hundreds of lives

More patients received a life-saving kidney transplant from a living donor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust than any other transplant unit in England, according to figures published in NHS Blood and Transplant’s Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report 2016/17.

 

Out of the 244 kidney transplants carried out at Guy’s, 79 were from living donors –  the most out of all transplant centres in England – and 165 were with organs from deceased donors which was the third largest number performed by any transplant unit in the UK.

 

Professor Nizam Mamode, Consultant Transplant Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “We are proud to have one of the largest kidney transplant programmes in the UK. Without donors and their families, these transplants would not have been possible and we are very grateful to them.”

 
New Accessibility Guide launched

Patients, staff and visitors, particularly those with disabilities, will be able to make their way around Guy’s and St Thomas’ more easily thanks to a new Accessibility Guide.

The online guide, which is available via our website, has a host of helpful information including the location of departments, car parking, lifts and accessible toilets.

Julie Screaton, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says:  “Visiting hospital can often be stressful, and at Guy’s and St Thomas’ we do all we can to make sure patients feel welcome, safe, and cared for. Our new Accessibility Guide will help patients to plan before their visit.”

 
Evelina Hospital School celebrates children’s art

Evelina Hospital School hosted an art exhibition this month featuring the work of pupils aged 2-19 who created their own masterpieces based on the theme ‘The World Around Us’ after studying artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse and Klimt in their classes.

Headteacher Anne Hamilton says: “Art has an important place in our curriculum. We find that it usually engages the children and young people and at times parents, who find it therapeutic, and relaxing. We are immensely proud of the achievement of our pupils and we are very happy to showcase their work.”

Evelina Hospital School, which educates children and young people who are patients of Evelina London Children’s Hospital, has recently had its ‘Outstanding’ rating confirmed for 2017 by education regulator OFSTED.

 
Meet our Marvellous Roald Dahl Nurse!

Emily Bell has just started work as a new Roald Dahl Paediatric Epilepsy/Neurology Specialist Nurse – based at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent.

Her role is funded by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and she will be working closely with staff at Evelina London Children’s Hospital because Darent Valley Hospital is part of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, our partners in the Foundation Healthcare Group.

Emily says: “Most of my patients will come through the first seizure clinic, which is a new pathway set up through the Vanguard programme in order to speed up children’s access to specialist care.”

 
Visiting our hospitals in August?

If you are travelling to our hospitals this month please be aware of transport disruption which means you should plan your journey carefully.

Train services to Waterloo station are severely disrupted until 28 August with platform closures, fewer train services and queues expected in peak time – see South West Trains for full details.

The latest phase of major works on the Thameslink project is taking place later this month with no Southeastern trains to Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge from 26 August to 2 September and reduced Southern services to London Bridge on 26 and 27 August – more information is available here.

 
New community staff governor elected

Voting in the 2017 election for a community staff representative on the Council of Governors closed on 14 July.

Congratulations to the successful candidate, Anita Macro, a district nurse who has worked in community nursing in Lambeth and Southwark since 1989.

A big thank you to the 14 members of community services staff who stood for election and to their colleagues who voted.

 
Evelina London patient gives back

After being cared for by Evelina London, Katie Braybrook wanted to say thank you to the hospital that changed her life.

Katie’s mum, Sue, first took her to the GP when she was 12 after noticing her posture was changing. Sue had scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to curve, as a child so she knew the symptoms to look out for. Katie was referred to Evelina London where tests revealed her mum was right, she also had scoliosis and her spine was curved in two places meaning that she could no longer stand straight.


Following life-changing surgery at the age of 15, Katie wanted to give something back and so she organised a sponsored haircut, raising £680 for Evelina London and donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children who have suffered hair loss through illness.

 
Five years in Sierra Leone

King's Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) has published a five year review of its work to strengthen the health system in Sierra Leone.

KSLP was established in 2011 to work alongside local partners to build a strong and resilient health system in Sierra Leone by building the capacity of individuals, institutions and systems to improve health outcomes – it was an integral part of the response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

The KSLP Five Year Review includes achievements of the partnership to date and lessons learned, with a thank you to volunteers who have made it a success – including past and present Guy's and St Thomas' staff.

Support us
 
Take on Guy’s Urban Challenge

Run the streets, spin the pedals, and climb the stairs in the award-winning Guy’s Urban Challenge on Saturday 30 September. 

Begin with a 2.4km run, then jump on a state-of-the-art Wattbike for a 15km cycle and finish with a gruelling stair climb to the 29th floor of Guy’s Tower, the world’s tallest hospital. 

Register now and raise money for Guy’s, St Thomas’, Evelina London or Guy’s Cancer Centre! For more information, please visit guysurbanchallenge.org.uk, email info@supportgstt.org.uk or call 020 7848 4701.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test - June

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



•             96% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
•             91% of women receiving maternity care 
•             97% of patients using our community services  
•             91% of outpatients
•             85% of A&E patients
•             97% of patients using our transport service.

In the news
 
Supporting people after terror attacks

As part of a BBC News report about NHS England advising GPs to monitor people affected by the recent terror attacks in London for mental health problems and stress, reporter Hugh Pym interviewed Reverend Mia Hilborn, head of spiritual healthcare at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

She explained how staff, patients and the public have been in shock and are still processing what has happened, so it is only now that it is starting to be possible to identify any resulting mental health problems.

The report showed Revd Hilborn talking to nurses who treated patients injured in the Westminster and London Bridge attacks.

 
Drugs trial hope for peanut allergy sufferers

The Evening Standard published an article highlighting a groundbreaking treatment being trialled at Evelina London Children’s Hospital to prevent potentially fatal allergic reactions to peanuts.

The drug being trialled is designed to prevent those with the allergy going into anaphylactic shock if they accidentally eat peanuts.

The article profiled James McMullin, a 14-year-old Evelina London patient with a severe peanut allergy, and who feels the treatment could be the “difference between life and death”.

 
Lifesaving treatment for childhood stroke

Following an interview with Dr Anne Gordon, consultant occupational therapist in children’s neuroscience at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, The Daily Telegraph published a feature about childhood stroke.

The article focused on Evelina London patient Maddie Redfern, a child stroke survivor, and the introduction of new guidelines by the Stroke Association.

Dr Gordon said: “I hope we will now see better recognition across healthcare professionals that childhood stroke happens and that these children deserve quick diagnosis, support and care that is targeted and which anticipates what may be needed through further down the track.”

Key dates
 
5 September – free health seminar on living with and beyond cancer
Tuesday 5 September, 6-7.30pm in the Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital.
 
Our free health seminars for Foundation Trust members are very popular. Seminars 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 members@gstt.nhs.uk or phone 0800 731 0319.
 
6 & 7 September – Organ Donation Week

Events are taking place at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to celebrate Organ Donation Week which runs from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 September.

Please come and meet the team from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday 6 September in Birdsong Corridor at St Thomas’ Hospital and on Thursday 7 September in the main entrance of Guy’s Hospital.

They will be available to answer any questions you may have on the subject of organ donation including about donating after death or as a living donor.

 
9 September – QMH centenary event

Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMH) in Sidcup is marking its centenary with a special family fun day and open day on Saturday 9 September.

Entry, attractions and parking are all free – the fun starts at 10.30am with events taking place throughout the day until 3.30pm including tours of Guy’s Cancer at QMH – Guy’s and St Thomas’ new cancer centre – and our new Kidney Treatment Centre.

See www.oxleas.nhs.uk for full details of the event.

 
14 September - Annual Public Meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend Guy’s and St Thomas’ Annual Public Meeting at 6pm on Thursday 14 September in the Marquee in the gardens of St Thomas’ Hospital.

There will be refreshments and information stands about improvements to the care of older people both in our hospitals and in the local community in the same venue from 5.30pm.

All welcome, there is no need to book a place in advance.