In this issue
Welcome
Celebrating 700 years of service
Films launched to recruit nurses
OBE honour for leading obstetrician
Happy 10th birthday Gracefield Gardens
Young patients design journal’s covers
Pioneering cancer surgery broadcast worldwide
Silent Big Ben means better sleep
New Clinical Academic Group
Get fit and get fundraising!
Research facility receives highest accreditation
Friends and Family Test – November
Mysteries of sleep
Life after a quadruple heart bypass
Breakthrough in treatment of haemophilia A
27 March – free hearing loss seminar
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Welcome

Happy New Year to all our e-GiST readers.

Nearly 30 staff who have worked at the Trust for a combined total of more than 700 years have collected Long Service Awards. I want to thank them all for their loyal service to Guy’s and St Thomas’ – it is this dedication and expertise that helps us to deliver the very best care to our patients.

Both clinical and non-clinical staff were recognised – from midwives, surgeons, pharmacists and specialist nurses to medical secretaries, dietitians, accountants and fire safety officers. It is humbling to be part of an organisation that can celebrate so much talent and commitment.

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Celebrating 700 years of service

Staff who have dedicated their careers to Guy’s and St Thomas’ were honoured at the Trust's annual Long Service Awards.

 

Nearly 30 staff who have worked here for 25 years or more received awards from Chairman Sir Hugh Taylor. Between them they have clocked up more than 700 years of loyal service at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

 

Sir Hugh Taylor says: “We have representatives from radiography, scientists, consultants, nurses and midwives, managers, and people from finance. The whole fabric of the Trust is represented and reminds us that we all depend on each other.”

 
Films launched to recruit nurses

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has created a series of new films to encourage the next generation of nurses to join the NHS.

 

The seven films will be used at recruitment fairs, nursing open days and across Trust social media channels throughout the year. The films focus on the personal stories of frontline nurses, their reasons for joining the profession and the aspects of their role they most enjoy.

 

Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “This new film campaign will help us build on our reputation as an excellent place for nurses to train, and we hope to see many more new nurses develop their careers here.”

 
OBE honour for leading obstetrician

Professor Andrew Shennan, consultant obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’, has been made an OBE. He was honoured for his work in maternity services in the New Year Honours List.

Professor Shennan is recognised for his award-winning preterm surveillance clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital, which has been emulated around the country. He is also Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, leads clinical research in the Women’s Academic Health Centre, and is Clinical Director for the South London Clinical Research Network.

Professor Shennan says: “I am delighted to receive this recognition, but am truly basking in the reflected glory from the efforts of many others.”

 
Happy 10th birthday Gracefield Gardens

MP Chuka Umunna joined patients and Trust staff as they celebrated the 10th birthday of Gracefield Gardens Health Centre in Streatham.

 

The centre, which opened its doors to the public in 2007, has been dubbed a one-stop shop for a range of community services.

Angela Dawe, Joint Director for Operations and Strategic Development, Adult Local Services, says: “Gracefield Gardens is a fantastic example of how, by joining up health, council and voluntary sector services, we can make a real difference to the lives of people in Lambeth.”

 
Young patients design journal’s covers

Patients from Evelina London have designed artwork for the front covers of medical journal, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

 

From January until June, the journal will feature the creations of six patients following a competition run at Evelina London. Their masterpieces were made during art sessions led by the hospital’s play specialists.

 

January’s cover features a painting of an angel in fingerprints by seven-year-old Maryann Cleary, who has neurological movement disorder, dystonia. Her mother, Kathleen, says: “I was excited for Maryann when we found out her artwork had been chosen. When I told her she was all smiles, and I could tell she remembered when she had done it.”

 
Pioneering cancer surgery broadcast worldwide

Surgeons at Guy’s Hospital invited the world into their operating theatre during an international live robotic surgery event.

Guy’s was the only hospital to use 3D printing to assist a procedure during the Worldwide Robotic Surgery 24-Hour Event. Throughout the day the world’s leading robotic centres broadcast innovative operations from five continents to health professionals and medical students.

Professor Prokar Dasgupta, consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’, led the robotic prostate removal for prostate cancer. Patient Robert Begent, 62, says: “Before my operation Professor Dasgupta showed me the 3D model of my prostate, and where the bad bits were. It’s great that this can give surgeons more detail and help them to carry out the surgery effectively.”

 
Silent Big Ben means better sleep

Sleep experts at Evelina London have been monitoring their patients closely while Big Ben has temporarily stopped chiming.

 

Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr Michael Farquhar, consultant in children’s sleep medicine, discussed evidence of sleep disruption when Big Ben chimes. The disruption is visible to clinicians carrying out polysomnographies – where children’s sleep patterns are monitored and analysed.

 

The hospital is planning for 2021, when Big Ben chimes again. The sleep services will be expanding, with improved soundproofing to help reduce the impact of Big Ben’s bongs.

 
New Clinical Academic Group

Palliative care has been named the 22nd King’s Health Partners Clinical Academic Group (CAG). This is in recognition of its unique and outstanding offering in clinical care, research and training.

The CAG will help bring together experts in their field to offer patients the very best care and treatment.

The ultimate goal of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are applicable earlier in the course of an illness, as well as during end of life care.

Support us
 
Get fit and get fundraising!

This year why don’t you help fund life-saving equipment, life-changing research and better facilities by taking on a challenge?

You could brave your fear of heights and abseil down St Thomas’ Hospital or take part in the first ever Big Half. Alternatively cycle around London and the beautiful countryside in Prudential RideLondon-Surrey.

We’ve got plenty of events and fundraising ideas for you to choose from – and we’ll support you every step of the way! For more information check out the fundraising website.

How are we doing?
 
Research facility receives highest accreditation

The NIHR Clinical Research Facility (CRF) at Guy’s Hospital is the first NHS-managed facility in London to receive a special award recognising its high standards.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has given Phase 1 accreditation to the Phase 1 Unit of the CRF.

This accreditation allows the Trust to perform clinical trials in patients investigating some of the newest treatments for numerous diseases.

 
Friends and Family Test – November

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

 

  • 95% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 85% of women receiving maternity care
  • 96% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 84% of A&E patients
  • 94% of patients using our transport service.
In the news
 
Mysteries of sleep

Dr Guy Leschziner, clinical lead of the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’, presented the BBC Radio 4 series, Mysteries of Sleep.

The three-part series explored various sleep disorders including sleep walking, night terrors and insomnia.

BBC News featured some of Dr Leschziner’s patients, including Jackie, who drives in her sleep, and Mary Rose, who suffers with restless legs syndrome. BBC World Service and Talk Radio also interviewed Dr Leschziner about the series.

 
Life after a quadruple heart bypass

Reverend Giles Fraser told The Guardian how the cardiovascular team at St Thomas’ Hospital saved his life following a heart attack.

The priest and journalist interviewed his surgeon, Mr Vassilios Avlonitis, consultant cardiac surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’, for the first episode of This Old Heart of Mine on BBC Radio 4.

The Radio Times also featured a piece about Rev Fraser and his life-saving quadruple bypass.

 
Breakthrough in treatment of haemophilia A

Sky News interviewed Dr Bella Madan, consultant haematologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, following the news that scientists believe they are on the way to finding a cure for haemophilia A.

The bleeding disorder currently requires sufferers to inject themselves every other day to avoid life-threatening complications.

Dr Madan described this as a “very exciting” development, and highlighted that St Thomas’ Hospital was one of the key centres taking part in the trial.

Key dates
 
27 March – free hearing loss seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas’ Hospital, on Tuesday 27 March.

 

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 members@gstt.nhs.uk or phone 0800 731 0319.