In this issue
Welcome
Nightingale nurses are back!
Historic effigies scanned at St Thomas’
New book "NHS love letter"
New Lead Governor elected
Patients to help recruit staff
Harrison Wing on the move
Celebrating International Clinical Trials Day
Innovation Impact Stories
St Thomas’ Abseil a success
Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Walk
Friends and Family Test – April
Nursing and Midwifery Award Winners
Sustaining success
Fibroids film wins national award
Cancer Centre wins London awards
BBC focus on cluster headaches
New childhood stroke resources launched
Food allergies leading to hospitalisation
12 June - Guy’s Cancer celebrates London architecture
22 June - Catheter Care Awareness Week event
18 July – Free health seminar on pain management
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Welcome

The terrible events in London Bridge over the weekend have saddened and shocked us all.

 

As you may have read in the media, Kirsty Boden, a senior staff nurse who worked in Theatres Recovery at Guy’s Hospital, tragically died during this latest terrorist attack.

 

Kirsty’s colleagues describe her as ‘one in a million’ who always went the extra mile for her patients. We are doing everything possible to support Kirsty’s friends and other staff at this extremely difficult and distressing time.

 

For the second time in less than three months we have been caught in the middle of a terrorist attack – literally yards from our hospitals – first on 22 March on Westminster Bridge and now on 3 June on London Bridge.

 

It feels very close to home and all the more so on this occasion when one of our own staff has lost her life in such tragic circumstances.

 

As with the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack, our staff responded with courage and professionalism to treat the victims of Saturday night’s attack.

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all our staff, both clinical and non-clinical, for their bravery and hard work, and to say how extremely proud we are of them.

 

Please join me in not only remembering those killed and injured by this appalling act but also thanking our staff who went above and beyond the call of duty.

 

Amanda Pritchard

 

Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Nightingale nurses are back!

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new nursing and midwifery strategy, and a new professional award in recognition of its outstanding nurses and midwives. Announced on International Nurses’ Day (Friday 12 May), the new nursing strategy sets an ambitious target to have a waiting list of nurses and midwives who want to work at the Trust by 2020.

 

Nurses and midwives will be referred to as the ‘Next Generation Nightingales’ in honour of the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale, who established her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1859. Guy’s and St Thomas’ has also launched a new professional award unique to the Trust called ‘The Nightingale Nurse Award’. This award recognises the most outstanding nurses who are the ultimate role models.

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Historic effigies scanned at St Thomas’

The wax-work heads of naval hero Horatio Nelson and Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder, which are over 200 years old, have been scanned using state-of-the-art technology in a collaboration between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London and Westminster Abbey.


The heads were examined at St Thomas’ Hospital using a cutting-edge CT scanner. Dr Ronak Rajani, consultant cardiologist in cardiac imaging at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “Our high-tech scanner is used on a daily basis to diagnose and monitor patients so it was a very different experience to use it to examine wax effigies which are hundreds of years old.”

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New book "NHS love letter"

A new book tells the story of a patient whose life was saved by the expertise of staff on the Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital after he fell into a coma. An emotional rollercoaster, 'Bed 12' by Alison Murdoch charts her husband’s recovery from viral encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

 

Alison, 52, a charity worker from South London, recalls listening to a free lunchtime concert in the hospital's Central Hall and writes: "A family of three shyly approaches me, asking if I need either company or a handkerchief. They tell me that their beaming toddler has just emerged from four months in intensive care following the successful transplant of a kidney from his father. In this extraordinary place, which strips away all pretensions and disguises, I feel closer to my fellow human beings than I ever have before."

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New Lead Governor elected

Patient Governor Devon Allison was elected as the new Lead Governor at a public meeting of the Council of Governors on Wednesday 26 April. Devon has succeeded Professor John Porter who has stepped down after four years in the role. He will continue to serve the Trust as a Public Governor.

 

Devon said: “Joining the Council of Governors was made much easier for me by John Porter, who made himself available with such wisdom and good humour. While I cannot claim John’s long experience, I will work hard for the Trust and my fellow Governors.”

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Patients to help recruit staff

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has enlisted the support of 12 patients and members of the public to appoint staff to patient-facing roles. They will ensure that the patient’s point of view is considered when making recruitment decisions.

 

Many of the recruitment volunteers are past or present Guy’s and St Thomas’ patients. They have received training in every aspect of the recruitment process, like employment law and equality.

 

The expertise of the recruitment volunteers can be used at every stage of the recruitment process including writing advertisements, job descriptions and interview questions.

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Harrison Wing on the move

The Harrison Wing, which is one of the largest HIV services in the UK with 3,700 patients currently under lifetime follow-up, is moving from St Thomas’ to Guy’s.

 

Staff who provide specialist outpatient care and treatment for people living with HIV are relocating to the 2nd floor of Southwark Wing which will provide a better environment for patients and staff.

 

The new Harrison Wing at Guy’s will continue to have its own dedicated pharmacy services and will now have a new, dedicated satellite Lloyds dispensary located adjacent to the unit – it will provide a quicker and more private service for patients collecting medication.

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Celebrating International Clinical Trials Day

Schoolchildren joined patients and staff at Guy’s and St Thomas’ on Friday 19 May to celebrate new treatments and improvements in care made possible thanks to health research.

 

As part of events to mark International Clinical Trials Day, 12- and 13-year-olds from The Elmgreen School in Lambeth were invited to take part in a science lesson with a difference organised by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Facility at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and the research team at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

 

The group were given instruction in basic CPR and lifesaving skills, a demonstration of equipment used to measure lung capacity in asthma research, and participated in a mock clinical trial investigating different types of fizzy drinks.

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Innovation Impact Stories

King’s Health Partners has published Innovation Impact Stories, a new book showcasing a wide variety of clinical academic collaborations to improve the lives of our patients.

 

The book features examples from the partnership’s Clinical Academic Groups highlighting how teams from across the four partners have worked together to find innovative solutions to shared challenges.

 

From the first robotic kidney surgeries in the UK and redesigning hip fracture pathways to improve patient experience, to better mental health care for homeless people and screening people for common mental illnesses in outpatient clinics at our acute trusts; KHP teams are continually delivering clinical innovations underpinned by the latest research and comprehensive staff training.

 

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Support us
 
St Thomas’ Abseil a success

The Fundraising Team are very pleased to announce that the St Thomas’ Abseil was a huge success – check out the pictures here. Thanks to all of those who took part, we couldn’t have done it without you!

 

Did you miss the opportunity to join this adrenalin filled experience? Don’t worry as it’s not too late to sign up for Guy’s Urban Challenge on 30 September. Run the streets. Spin the pedals. Climb the stairs of the world’s tallest hospital building. Register now for this award-winning event!

 

For more information please email the Fundraising Team or call 020 7848 4701.

 
Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Walk

As part of Cancer Survivors’ Day on Sunday 25 June 2017 we will be holding a Celebration Walk. 

 

Gather a group together and take in the picturesque walk along the Thames and see some of London’s beautiful sights and landmarks. The walk starts at 12.30pm before the day celebrations, so you won’t miss out – register now! 

 

We’d love for you to join us. This is a great way for everyone to come together and raise vital funds in support of Guy’s Cancer. Please let your patients, their families and care givers know about this special day. 

 

For more information please email the Fundraising Team or call 020 7848 4701.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – April

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

 

 

 

• 97% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients. 
• 96% of women receiving maternity care.
• 90% of patients using our community services. 
• 93% of outpatients.
• 83% of A&E patients. 
• 87% of patients using our transport service.

 
Nursing and Midwifery Award Winners

 As part of International Nurses’ Day on Friday 12 May, Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrated the outstanding work of all its nurses and midwives with the return of the Trust’s Nursing and Midwifery Awards, with winners announced on the day.

 

The full list of award winners at the 2017 Trust Nursing and Midwifery Awards is as follows:

 

Dame Eileen Sills Award: Carol McCoskery, Head of Nursing for the Cardiovascular Service
Senior Leadership Award: Marielle Perraut, Sexual Health and HIV team
• Dental Nurse of the Year: Orsolya Karpati, Sedation and Special Care Unit
• Midwife of the Year: Geraldine Joyce, Maternity Unit
• Specialist Nurse of the Year: Cris Roxas, Asthma Service
• Team of the Year: Admission Ward, St Thomas’ Hospital
• Sister Nurse of the Year: Irina Anasteasecu, Guy's Hospital
• Staff Nurse of the Year: Ziah Sodje, Townley Road Community Unit
• Assistant Support Staff of the Year: Patricia Taylor, Children's Allergy Service
• Poster Competition Winner: Fi Kahill, Urology Unit 

 

 
Sustaining success

Guy’s and St Thomas’ was highly commended in three categories of the NHS Sustainability Awards on Wednesday 17 May.

 

 

 

 

 

The Trust was recognised for:

 

• Our catering team’s drive to increase food waste recycling and prepare sustainable food for patients which is ethically sourced and meets nutritional guidelines.
• Reducing the amount of waste generated by the Trust and increasing overall recycling rates.
• Improvements led personally by Senior Radiographer Val Kostas.

 

Alexandra Hammond, Associate Director for Sustainability, says: “Being recognised across such a wide range of areas shows how we try to truly embed sustainability into our everyday activities. Every member of staff has a role to play.”

 

 
Fibroids film wins national award

A project which has improved the quality of information available to women who have had uterine fibroids has won a top NHS award. It won the ‘Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ category of the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.

 

Patients and staff made a short film and leaflet to provide women affected by fibroids, which can cause abnormal bleeding and pain, with easy to understand information about the condition and treatment options.

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Cancer Centre wins London awards

The Cancer Centre at Guy’s was a winner at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Awards and also won the ‘Best Building’ category at the London Civil Engineering Awards.

 

RIBA’s judges called it “a very humane and welcoming, state-of-the art hospital for cancer patients” with “a very sensitive design for patients”.

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In the news
 
BBC focus on cluster headaches
BBC One’s flagship morning show “Breakfast” broadcast a 4 minute feature this month on the topic of cluster headaches. As part of this broadcast, Dr Giorgio Lambru, Consultant Neurologist, Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, was interviewed.  

The piece outlined that the condition affects thousands of people across the UK, and is much more severe than a migraine. Dr Lambru also illustrated the current injections given to patients to help manage the condition, and shared details of new technology being used to treat patients suffering from cluster headaches.
 
New childhood stroke resources launched

A joint project between Evelina London Children’s Hospital and the Stroke Association to produce bespoke handbooks and animations for child stroke sufferers was covered this month by the Evening Standard.

 

The article focused on Emily Burgess, now seven and a patient at Evelina London, who has made a remarkable recovery after initially losing the use of her right hand, and who was involved in helping develop the animations and handbook.

 
Food allergies leading to hospitalisation

Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Paediatric Allergy Specialist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ was interviewed by the Daily Mail for an article highlighting that allergies to food are becoming increasingly common in children, with 5% of all children affected, compared to only around 1% of adults.

 

The article also explored controversy around the UK's strict food labelling laws that experts suggest has fuelled increased anxiety around food allergies.

Key dates
 
12 June - Guy’s Cancer celebrates London architecture

The London Festival of Architecture is Europe’s biggest annual architecture festival, and runs from 1-30 June with hundreds of events exploring the theme of “memory”.

 

As part of the celebrations architecture and design practice BAT Studio has designed a bespoke space at the Cancer Centre called The Living Room. This space aims to stimulate the imagination of patients and visitors, and contains bespoke bamboo furniture with embedded speakers to provide distinct zones of ambient sound.

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22 June - Catheter Care Awareness Week event

Find out more about living safely with catheters, our work to improve catheter care and our catheter passport for patients leaving hospital.


The event is supported by the Health Innovation Network (HIN) who are asking people to share their catheter care stories and experiences in a TweetChat on #CatheterCare with @WeNurses on Thursday 15 June from 8am - 9pm.


For more information about Catheter Care Awareness Week please look at the Health Innovation Network website or come along to Birdsong Corridor at St Thomas' at 12pm on 22 June.

 
18 July – Free health seminar on pain management

Tuesday 18 July, 6-7.30pm in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas’ 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.