In this issue
Welcome
Centres bring care closer to home
Special award for NHS terror attack heroes
New Resuscitation area opens
The "next generation" of Florence Nightingales
Recognition for excellent patient information
Free Wills Service
Guy’s Urban Challenge
Response to terrorist attacks recognised
Cancer Centre team shortlisted
Friends and Family Test - August
Saving young lives
Sports stars call for more heart research funding
Blood test can predict heart attack in minutes
Sign up for the Stoptober challenge
21 October - Low Vision Day
31 October - free health seminar on A&E
Donate
Welcome
On 26 September we celebrated the anniversary of the opening of the Cancer Centre at Guy’s which was designed by patients for patients and brings together most treatment under one roof. The centre, where our staff now see more than 600 patients a day, is making a real difference to the lives of our patients and their loved ones.

It’s also been a time of new beginnings as we celebrate the official opening of our two new centres for cancer and kidney dialysis treatment in Sidcup. The centres, at Queen Mary’s Hospital, are a fantastic example of how, by working together, we can bring first-class, specialist care closer to where our patients live.

When I visited recently I was struck by how proud our staff are of these new facilities and how much cutting down on travel time has improved life for patients who visit us regularly for treatment.
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What's new?
 
Centres bring care closer to home
Two new centres for cancer treatment and kidney dialysis in Sidcup were officially opened by James Brokenshire MP last month.

They are run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ on the Queen Mary’s Hospital (QMH) site. This means that patients can receive treatment closer to where they live.

Guy’s Cancer at QMH offers radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment locally in outer south east London. The new Kidney Treatment Centre is run in partnership with kidney dialysis specialists Diaverum.
 
Special award for NHS terror attack heroes
NHS staff who treated victims of the London and Manchester terror attacks and the Grenfell fire were given special recognition at the Health and Care Innovation Expo in September.

Staff including nurses, doctors, paramedics and emergency planners received a standing ovation as the Special Recognition honour was announced by Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer at NHS England, at this year’s Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.

The Chief Nursing Officer for England said: “These tragedies have affected so many people across the country, including NHS staff. They highlighted the resilience and the compassion of the NHS staff who time after time responded to victims, who had suffered unimaginable injuries – putting the needs of those people first. This is the NHS at its best.”
 
New Resuscitation area opens
The project to create a new Emergency Floor at St Thomas’ Hospital is now more than 75% complete.

It will ensure that the 140,000 patients who visit our Emergency Department (A&E) each year are cared for safely and efficiently in a better environment.

It also aims to improve the patient pathway for the sickest patients who require admission from A&E to intensive care and inpatient wards.
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The "next generation" of Florence Nightingales
Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrated the launch of the “Nightingale Nurse Award” on 13 September, a new professional award to recognise its most outstanding nurses.

Named in honour of the pioneering nurse Florence Nightingale, who established her first nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1859, the award is unique to the Trust.

The launch event at St Thomas’ was attended by over 200 nurses, and included a procession of the Florence Nightingale lamp, on loan to the Trust from the Florence Nightingale Museum.
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Recognition for excellent patient information
Information provided for patients has been recognised by the British Medical Association (BMA) as part of their annual Patient Information Awards.

On Monday 18 September, the BMA (the professional body for doctors in the UK) hosted their annual Patient Information Awards to recognise and encourage excellence in patient information.

The judging panel presents special awards to the best resources in specific categories. Special award first prizes and runner up prizes are made from a list of highly commended resources, shortlisted from hundreds of entries.
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Support us
 
Free Wills Service

We are offering the opportunity to have a simple will written by a qualified solicitor for free. 

 

Although there is no obligation to leave a gift to Guy’s, St Thomas’ or Evelina London in your will, we are asking you to consider supporting our hospitals in the future through legacies.  Here’s why Sarah decided to leave a legacy to the place she loved.

 

To sign up complete the online form or call the Fundraising Team on 020 7848 4701.
 
Guy’s Urban Challenge
Thank you to everyone who took part in Guy’s Urban Challenge in September. Whether you ran, spun and climbed or volunteered, we couldn’t have done it without out.  

The Fundraising Team are waiting for the final amount raised but it looks like we’ll reach our fundraising target!

Check out the event pictures on our Facebook pages Support Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Support Evelina London.
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How are we doing?
 
Response to terrorist attacks recognised
Staff working across public services to help people affected by the terrorist attacks at Westminster and London Bridge, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire, were praised at NHS Lambeth CCG’s Lammy Awards on 6 September.

Awards were presented to representatives of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and other public sector organisations including London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police to say thank you to staff.

Dr Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth CCG, said: “The impact of caring for people in these circumstances will stay with staff long after the events have ended. The courage and commitment shown in caring for patients, and for each other, has been exceptional.”
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Cancer Centre team shortlisted
The Cancer Centre team at Guy’s Hospital have been shortlisted in the ‘Acute Sector Innovation’ category of the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards.

They are in the running to win one of these ‘healthcare Oscars’ for developing an innovative, patient centred approach to cancer care.

Staff and patients worked together to design and develop high quality services within the new £160 million Cancer Centre which opened in September 2016.
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Friends and Family Test - August
Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in August would recommend the care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to their loved ones:



•             96% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
•             90% of women receiving maternity care
•             98% of patients using our community services
•             91% of outpatients
•             83% of A&E patients
•             86% of patients using our transport service
In the news
 
Saving young lives
The Evening Standard published an extended article and video highlighting the work of the South Thames Retrieval Service.

This service is based in Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and performs about 1,000 transfers a year, taking critically ill children from 20 district general hospitals across south London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey to specialist care, mainly at Evelina London, King’s College or St George’s hospitals.

Health Editor Ross Lydall accompanied the team as they were called out to transfer a baby called Penelope from the Royal County Surrey Hospital in Guildford.
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Sports stars call for more heart research funding
Sky Sports News broadcast a piece with former England cricketer James Taylor and Sky Sports football pundit Graeme Souness calling for more funding for heart research during a visit to St Thomas’ Hospital cardiac centre.

James Taylor, who was recently announced as a British Heart Foundation ambassador, said that “more needs to be done to prevent a dozen young people from dying every week from undiagnosed heart conditions”.

James was forced to retire last year when he was diagnosed with the inherited heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
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Blood test can predict heart attack in minutes
Researchers at the Trust have developed a rapid new blood test which could potentially diagnose a heart attack within 15 minutes of a patient arriving at A&E. Crucially, it could mean thousands of patients are given the all-clear and sent home within quarter of an hour of arriving at a hospital. This story was covered in several national newspapers, including the Daily Mail.
Key dates
 
Sign up for the Stoptober challenge
Find out how we can help you stop smoking for good. Meet our stop smoking specialists on:
  • Thursday 12 October, 10am to 2pm, Birdsong Corridor, St Thomas' Hospital
  • Thursday 26 October, 10am to 2pm, Main Reception, Guy's Hospital

 For more information or to book an appointment, call 020 7188 0995 or email stopsmoking@gstt.nhs.uk.

 
21 October - Low Vision Day
Saturday 21 October, 10am to 2pm, Shepherd Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital

Here’s your chance to try out the latest low vision aids, get advice on bike riding for the visually impaired and meet Star Wars actor, Guy Henry, who will be at the event from noon.  

Call 0207 188 4569 for more information or visit www.southlondonvision.org. Everyone is welcome.
 
31 October - free health seminar on A&E

Tuesday 31 October, 6-7.30pm in the Robens Suite, 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.