In this issue
Welcome
Evelina London's giant LEGO model
Sickle cell pregnancy study launches
Haemophilia gene therapy breakthrough
A year of celebrations
Nursing associate foundation degree launched
Two minutes with…Guy’s Cancer Academy 
Local Care Record extended
Happy new fundraising
Friends and Family Test
Supporting our veterans
Award for young investigator
Mum thanks ‘miracle’ stitch
Saved by pioneering surgery
Dads and the delivery room
22 January – performing arts
29 January – Carers network day 
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Welcome

Happy New Year to all our e-GiST readers. This year will see celebrations around the world for International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. 

 

These celebrations hold particular significance for us as Florence Nightingale set up her first nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1860. We are incredibly proud to be the home of modern nursing, and of our inspiring nurses and midwives who continue Florence’s caring and compassionate legacy. 

 

In this month’s e-GiST, you can read about a new gene therapy for people with haemophilia, and find out how Evelina London rounded off a fantastic year of celebrations for its 150th birthday.

 

Ian Abbs
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Evelina London's giant LEGO model

Evelina London Children’s Hospital has been brought to life with a model replica made of 60,000 LEGO pieces. It features more than 200 different LEGO Minifigures – including Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

 

The model has countless recognisable Evelina London details, including the main entrance, reception areas, the atrium and more. It was donated by charity Fairy Bricks and was created by long-time LEGO enthusiast and volunteer Gary Davis. 

 

The LEGO model is on display at Evelina London’s atrium until September, before being taken to Skaerbaek in Denmark for an international LEGO Exhibition.

 
Sickle cell pregnancy study launches

A study has launched to see whether regular blood transfusions could help pregnant women with sickle cell. 

 

Women with the inherited blood condition are more likely to have complications during pregnancy. Their babies are also more likely to have complications.

 

Vicky Robinson, senior research midwife at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “We’re keen for women with sickle cell disease who are up to 18 weeks pregnant to take part in the study.” Find out more about the TAPS2 study.

 
Haemophilia gene therapy breakthrough

Hundreds of haemophilia A patients in the UK could benefit from the first ever gene therapy.

 

Patients on the trial, who previously had severe pain and prolonged bleeding due to a missing protein, have shown improvements. Guy’s and St Thomas’ haematologist, Dr Bella Madan, says the results were "beyond our wildest dreams".

 

Patient Shaun Busby says: "I feel more alive after the trial and it has had a huge impact on my quality of life."

 
A year of celebrations

It’s been a fantastic year of celebrations for Evelina London’s 150th birthday. To round it off, a new suite of webpages have been published highlighting its unique history, with illustrations from patients. 

 

You can read reflections from long serving staff about how services have transformed patient care, and view this short film about how the core values and ambitions of its founder, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, have been upheld throughout its 150 years.

 

A summary of the highlights and achievements of the Evelina 150th birthday is available to watch now.

 
Nursing associate foundation degree launched

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has launched a nursing associate foundation degree with Coventry University. 

 

The two year course will see students training to become qualified nursing associates and involves academic work and work placements at the Trust.

 

Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “Nursing associates play an integral role in our clinical teams. The course is a fantastic opportunity for people who want to pursue a career in nursing.”

 
Two minutes with…Guy’s Cancer Academy 

In each issue of the e-GiST we spend two minutes with a member of staff, a team, or network group to find out a little more about what they do at Guy's and St Thomas'.

 

We spoke to the Guy's Cancer Academy team to find out how they provide education and training opportunities to staff to help them deliver world-leading cancer care to patients.

 

If you, or your team, would like to appear in the e-GiST, please email Communications.

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Local Care Record extended

King’s Health Partner’s Local Care Record allows south east London healthcare professionals to view a patient’s medical records at the touch of a button. 

 

This is helping to improve the care people receive by making the sharing of information faster, safer and more secure. At the end of last year, the Local Care Record was extended to adult social care in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.


Healthcare professionals can now view information from a council service user’s Adult Social Care record, such as social worker details, case notes and care packages.

Support us
 
Happy new fundraising

Why not kick off a brand-new decade with a new adventure to help raise vital funds for our patients.

 

You can be your best superhero self and abseil down the front of St Thomas’ Hospital. You can use your ballot place to take part in the London Marathon on its 40th anniversary, or spread your creative wings and make up your very own challenge.

 

We’ve got plenty of fundraising opportunities for you to choose from – and we’ll be cheering you on every step of the way. Check out the fundraising website for more information.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test

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 patients recommend our Inpatient Wards and Day Case / Day Surgery
  • 94%  of patients recommend our Maternity care
  • 95%  of patients recommend our Community Services
  • 93%  of patients recommend our Outpatient clinics
  • 83%  of patients recommend our A&E Department
  • 92%  of patients recommend using our Transport Services
 
Supporting our veterans

The Ministry of Defence has officially recognised Guy’s and St Thomas’ for providing exceptional support to the armed forces community. The Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to help veterans to access employment and treatment.   

 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ actively removes any barriers faced by service personnel in the recruitment process within the Trust. We have also signed the “Step into Health” pledge to raise awareness of NHS careers with the armed forces community.

 

Armed forces bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers. Guy’s and St Thomas’ also support and encourage our staff who are, or wish to, become reservists.

 
Award for young investigator

Congratulations to senior research physicist, Simone Ambrogio, who has won the British Medical Ultrasound Society’s 2019 Young Investigator Award.

 

Simone’s work focuses on a technique that uses imaging to guide ultrasound. The technology is used to treat cancers that have spread to the bone, and uterine fibroids. Guy’s and St Thomas’ is the first centre to develop a way to fine-tune the technology.

 

As Young Investigator winner, Simone will represent the British Medical Ultrasound Society at a conference in 2020 which brings together ultrasound experts from across the world.

In the news
 
Mum thanks ‘miracle’ stitch

A woman who feared she may never have children has two boys now thanks to a ‘miracle’ stitch.

 

The Sunday People reported that Susan Harper-Clarke suffered two late miscarriages before enrolling onto a trial at St Thomas’ Hospital. She was given an abdominal stitch and went on to have two healthy sons.

 

Susan says: “Our sons are our little miracles and we owe their lives to St Thomas’, there’s no way I’d have had them without this stitch.”

 
Saved by pioneering surgery

The Mirror highlighted the story of Nancy Rockell who had her life transformed by pioneering surgery at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

 

Nancy was born with her heart on the wrong side, only one heart valve, tangled intestines, an upside down appendix and no spleen. The four-year-old has undergone an incredible improvement in her health after four major operations.

 

Her mum Kayleigh says: “We owe Nancy’s life to the cardiology team at Evelina.”

 
Dads and the delivery room

The Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 (from 1.10) featured men who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing their partners give birth. 

 

The piece included an interview with Dr Rebecca Chilvers, lead clinical psychologist in the neonatal unit at Evelina London.

 

Dr Chilvers says: “Lots of events happen that we can’t predict so we need to have the right support in place if that happens to a family.”

Key dates
 
22 January – performing arts

Breathe Arts Health Research have a jam-packed performing arts programme for patients, visitors and staff, made possible by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.

 

Connie Pharoah and Thomas Kelly will perform on Wednesday 22 January in Atrium 1 at Guy’s Hospital, from 1pm to 2pm.

 

To find out what else is planned, visit the Breathe Arts Health Research website.

 
29 January – Carers network day 

Are you an unpaid carer? We're offering a free one-day course for anyone who cares for a friend or relative who is a patient at Guy’s and St Thomas’ or lives in Lambeth and Southwark.
 
It will take place on Wednesday 29 January from 9.30am to 3.30pm in the Sherman Education Centre, 4th floor Southwark Wing, Guy’s Hospital.
 
To take part in the course or to find out more, please email simulation@gstt.nhs.uk or call 020 7188 7147.