In this issue
Welcome
Top rating for research studies
Annual Public Meeting this month
Girl is youngest to have implant
New robotic surgery changes lives
Evelina London triumph at Transplant Games
Milk allergy guidance to help babies
Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastics book published
Guy’s Urban Challenge
Patients rate our care environment
Friends and Family Test - July
Thumbs up from staff
Family honours London medics who saved their premature baby twins
How does anyone handle having six kids? Meet the parents who do
Evelina London Resolution Project
6 & 7 September – Organ Donation Week
9 September – QMH centenary event
31 October - free health seminar on a day in the life of A&E
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Welcome

Our Annual Members’ Meeting on 14 September is an opportunity for us to reflect on the previous 12 months at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and look to the future.

 

This year’s meeting will include presentations which demonstrate the wide range of care which our staff provide to patients of all ages both in hospital and in our local community.

 

You will have a chance to hear from staff leading the development of Evelina London – which is growing rapidly in response to ever-increasing demand – and we will also be showing an inspiring film about our children’s nurses.

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What's new?
 
Top rating for research studies

For the third year in a row more patients and healthy volunteers participated in research at Guy’s and St Thomas’ than at any other NHS trust in England.

 

In 2016-17, just over 25,000 patients took part in clinical research studies at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and the Trust was London’s top trust for the number of active research studies with 500 taking place in the last year. The figures were released by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network on 3 August.

 
Annual Public Meeting this month

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.

 
Girl is youngest to have implant

The youngest child in the UK to have a middle ear implant has experienced life-changing benefits from the pioneering device.

 

Charlotte Wright was born with her outer right ear and ear canal not formed properly. Resulting hearing difficulties meant her speech was delayed, no one could understand her talk, and she had behavioural problems.

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New robotic surgery changes lives

Surgeons at Guy’s Hospital have become the first in the world to routinely perform a new type of robotic surgery to transform the lives of patients with a condition called retroperitoneal fibrosis which can lead to kidney failure if left untreated.

 

The condition makes scar tissue form around the tubes which pass urine from the kidneys to the bladder, stopping them working.
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Evelina London triumph at Transplant Games

A team of 31 Evelina London patients and their families celebrated success at the British Transplant Games in Scotland.

 

The team included young people aged from 4-17 years in age, as well as a team of parent donors. Together they brought home 58 medals – including 20 Gold, 20 Silver and 18 Bronze – and won the Best Children’s Kidney Team. 

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Milk allergy guidance to help babies

New international guidelines are set to help thousands of babies around the world who are allergic to cow’s milk.

 

The advice is a collaboration between experts from every continent, led by Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Children’s Allergist at Evelina London.

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Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastics book published

King’s Health Partners has published the first outcomes book from our Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastics Clinical Academic Group (CAG).

 

Our Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastics CAG serves a large number of patients locally and nationally. The outcomes book highlights the high standards of care provided despite demand for services increasing every year.

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Support us
 
Guy’s Urban Challenge

Sue Coates is taking part in Guy’s Urban Challenge for the second consecutive year to say thank you for the care, support and treatment her dad received.

 

Sue’s dad, Brian, was diagnosed with inoperable advance bladder cancer which spread to his lymph nodes but responded well to palliative chemotherapy, giving him a further 10 months before he sadly passed away.

 

“We are all so grateful for the amazing care which my dad received and that he was able to benefit from the incredible facilities at the new Cancer Centre,” says Sue. 

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How are we doing?
 
Patients rate our care environment

Guy’s and St Thomas’ was rated above the national average in five out of six categories of the Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) when NHS Digital published results on 15 August.

 

More than 50 patient assessors and staff visited Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth Community Care Centre, Minnie Kidd House in Balham, and Pulross Intermediate Care Centre in Brixton. 

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Friends and Family Test - July

Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in July 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
  • 98% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 81% of A&E patients
  • 88% of patients using our transport service
 
Thumbs up from staff

Staff have recommended the Trust as a place to be treated and as a place to work in the latest Staff Friends and Family Test results which NHS England published on 24 August.

 

This short survey enables staff to give feedback about their experience of working in the NHS.

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In the news
 
Family honours London medics who saved their premature baby twins

The Evening Standard this month published an article highlighting the story of Georgie and James Melville-Ross from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

They have run a marathon, climbed four mountains and will now be running, cycling and swimming around Dorney Lake in Windsor, all to raise £50,000 for Evelina London Children’s Hospital as a thank you for the care given to their disabled twins. 

 
How does anyone handle having six kids? Meet the parents who do

The Daily Telegraph have this month published an article looking at how parents with several children handle the pressures of raising such large families.

As part of the article, Tim Hanlon (Chief Pharmacist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) and his wife Alison were profiled on their experiences of raising their six children, Ned (12), Bea (9), Kit (7), Posy (6), Mary (5) and Clemmie (11 weeks). 

 
Evelina London Resolution Project

BBC News this month published an article, and ran a piece on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, interviewing Sara Hanna (Medical Director, Evelina London Children’s Hospital) on the subject of the Evelina Resolution Project.

The Evelina Resolution Project supports health professionals at Evelina London and families where there is a disagreement. 

Key dates
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.

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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.
31 October - free health seminar on a day in the life of 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.