Message from Ian
Welcome

I am delighted that Guy’s and St Thomas’ scored above the national average in all six categories in a new patient-led assessment.

 

We are committed to ensuring that our services meet the needs of all our patients, and are constantly looking at ways we can improve so we can provide even better care. A huge thank you to our patients who took the time to take part in the assessment, and to our staff whose hard work has led to a continued improvement in our performance.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, you can read about HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital, find out how we’re celebrating the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, and read about our Trust becoming the 6,000th Living Wage employer.

 

Ian Abbs
Chief Executive


What's new?
Celebrating Florence Nightingale
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ launched its year of celebrations to mark Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary with special events for staff and patients.

 

This year marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale. The World Health Organization has declared it the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in her honour.

 

Florence Nightingale set up her first nursing school at St Thomas’ in 1860. Throughout 2020, the Trust will be celebrating Florence’s legacy with activities and events honouring its nurses and midwives.


Royal Patron gets creative
 

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital to meet children, young people and their families taking part in a creative arts workshop.

 

The sessions were led by the National Portrait Gallery as part of their Hospital Programme. The Duchess, who is Patron of both the National Portrait Gallery and Evelina London, joined in with groups of children in the atrium and Beach Ward.

 

Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, says: “Art is an invaluable therapy for children and young people while they are in hospital. It helps to develop their creativity and gives them something to enjoy, while reducing any anxieties they may be feeling.”


Trust is Living Wage employer
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is to pay all its staff an independently calculated ‘living wage’ for London. This is higher than the Government’s new National Living Wage of £8.72 per hour and is set at £10.75.

 

It ensures workers can meet the cost of living and earn enough to support themselves and their families. Guy’s and St Thomas’ becomes the 6,000th Living Wage employer joining organisations such as Oxfam, Nationwide and Queen Mary University.

 

All substantive staff employed by the Trust already earn above the London Living Wage. Now the lowest paid bank workers, who work additional hours on an ad hoc basis, will see their pay rise.


Grandfather thanks pioneer for saving sight
 

A grandfather has recalled what it was like to be one of the first people to have modern cataract surgery at St Thomas’ Hospital in the 1950s.

 

Saturday 8 February marked the 70th anniversary of the first successful lens implant operation, which was developed by Sir Harold Ridley, an ophthalmologist at St Thomas’ Hospital. His medical breakthrough has saved the sight of more than 200 million people across the world.

 

Jeffrey Wright, 80, was one of the first patients operated on by Sir Harold in 1956. He says: “Sir Harold was a brilliant surgeon. I would have completely lost my vision in my right eye without him.”


Applications for Summer School open
 

Applications are open for the annual King's Health Partners Summer School. Local students with an interest in science can join us for a week of hands on experience of research careers.

 

The Summer School aims to give students an experience of a range of science and healthcare roles in our laboratories and learning centres across south London. To apply, students must be in year 10 or 11 and attend a school in Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham.

 

The closing date for applications is Monday 25 May. For more information please visit our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre website or contact Claire O’Neill.


Review our mealtime menus
 

Have you been an inpatient or cared for a relative who has stayed at one of our hospitals in the last 12 months?

 

We're looking for people to help us review the mealtime menus used on our adult inpatient wards.

 

The deadline to apply is Friday 28 February. For further information please contact Alexandra Coelho or call 020 7188 2009.


Two minutes with…our LGBT+ network
 

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'.

February marks LGBT History Month so we spoke to the LGBT+ network about how they ensure the needs of staff and patients of all sexualities and gender identities are met at the Trust.


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

 


What is the role of the network?

The LGBT+ staff network formed over 10 years ago as a volunteer network to ensure the needs of staff and patients of all sexualities and gender identities are met at the Trust. As well representing LGBT+ staff and patients at key Trust meetings and offering support and advice in the work place, we also organise regular events to provide a space for all staff, including allies, to socialise and meet others. Everyone is welcome to become a member and join our meetings to discuss key issues and initiatives to support our LGBT+ colleagues and patients.

 

Tell us more about the work you do

In recent years we have helped with the roll out of the NHS Rainbow Badges, as well as updating our trans and intersex guidance to provide information on how to best support trans and intersex colleagues and patients. Pride is a huge date in our calendar and last year at Pride in London, 75 members of the network marched under a giant inflatable NHS Rainbow Badge. We also organise regular meet ups, film nights, quizzes and fundraisers to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

 

What’s the best thing about the network?

There’s so many great things about being a member of the network, but the sense of community and the opportunity to meet other LGBT colleagues is amazing. We pride ourselves on providing an open, non-judgemental and inclusive space to support our staff and patients, which we achieve with the support from our executive sponsor Chief People Officer Julie Screaton and the wider executive team, as well as Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. We’ve got many events planned throughout the year and we’re always welcoming new members.

Opportunities to get involved
 

Would you like to help shape our services by joining one of our Trust forums?

 

The Trust Mortality Surveillance Group identifies opportunities for learning and improvement in the way in which we provide treatment and care for our patients. The group is keen to involve family and carer representatives to help develop information materials and guidance on supporting families.

 

For more information about the group, contact Annette Fogarty or call 020 7188 3512.


Support us
Be a hero
 

St Thomas' Abseil is back for 2020 and we’d love to have you take part. Whether you’re an abseiling veteran or a slightly nervous newbie, be a hero and join us on Friday 5 June.

 

You’ll be raising vital funds for our patients in this extra-special Year of the Nurse and Midwife. So, why not abseil and celebrate, while enjoying panoramic views of the stunning Westminster skyline.

 

Go it alone, or grab a friend or a team and sign up now for the thrill of a lifetime.


How are we doing?
Friends and Family Test
 

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

 

 

 

 

  • 96% of patients recommend our Inpatient Wards and Day Case / Day Surgery
  • 96% of patients recommend our Maternity care
  • 97% of patients recommend our Community Services
  • 93% of patients recommend our Outpatient clinics
  • 84% of patients recommend our A&E Department
  • 95% of patients recommend using our Transport Services

Trust rated highly by patients
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has been rated above the national average in all categories in the latest Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment.

 

The Trust also improved in five out of six scores compared with the last assessment. The categories cover cleanliness, food and drink, privacy and dignity, and the condition and appearance of our facilities.

 

Peter Bennett, Facilities Services Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “It is particularly pleasing that our overall performance has continued to improve. We are very thankful to our staff and our patients for taking part.”


Funding for community services
 

As part of a £14 million national NHS programme, south east London has been chosen as one of seven areas to design and deliver an enhanced community service for older people and adults with complex needs.

 

From April, our rapid response teams will begin to develop services so that we can respond to referrals from a GP, other health professional or social worker within two hours.

 

The aim is to support more patients at home and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions, building on our experience in Lambeth and Southwark and working with colleagues across south east London.


Recognition for outstanding contribution
 

Dr Helen Brough, a consultant in paediatric allergy at Evelina London’s Children Hospital, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

 

The award recognises outstanding contributions towards the field of food allergy, particularly peanut allergy.

 

Dr Brough, who is Head of Service for Paediatric Allergy at Evelina London, says: “I am fortunate to work in a wonderful team that is dedicated and committed to putting our young patients first.”


Diabetes teams scoop award
 

The young person’s diabetes team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Evelina London’s paediatric diabetes team have been recognised for their Young Person's and Transition Clinic.

 

The clinic provides support to 14 to 23 year olds living with Type 1 diabetes through one-to-one sessions, evening appointments, group workshops and a three-day Youth Empowerment Skills programme.

 

The teams were awarded a certificate for Best Transition/Young Person’s Programme by the National Diabetes Transition Audit Quality Improvement Collaborative.


In the news
Leading edge research
 

The BBC’s The One Show featured a clinical trial taking place at St Thomas’ Hospital for people who suffer from a gastric inlet patch.

 

The programme included Dr Jason Dunn, a consultant gastroenterologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and four of his patients who were enrolled onto the trial.

 

Dr Dunn and two of the patients were interviewed live on the programme after the film was shown. The patients said the treatment they’d received was life changing.


Cancer patient lands record deal
 

BBC London reported that jazz musician Rex Martey has signed a record deal at the age of 82.

 

Rex suffers from prostate cancer and needs dialysis three times a week. One of the songs on his album is dedicated to Louisa Fleure, lead urology clinical nurse specialist at Guy’s Hospital, who has treated him for the last few years.

 

Rex has pledged a quarter of all sales will go to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.


Life-changing treatment
 

The Sunday Express covered the story of Anastasia Buturin who was locked in her body. She is now able to talk and take steps after receiving life-changing care at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

 

Anastasia was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Tyrosine Hydroxylase deficiency.

 

Her father Valentin says: “We are extremely grateful for the care Anastasia has received at Evelina London. Everyone involved in Anastasia’s care has gone out of their way to ensure that she got a diagnosis and was able to get the treatment she needed.”


Key dates
17 February – Science Museum
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is taking part in a special event at the Science Museum this half term.

 

It will showcase the world’s first MRI scanner and Fleming’s penicillin mould. The event will also include life-like simulation manikins from Guy’s and St Thomas’ that help to train doctors and nurses to improve patient safety.

 

The event is open to children aged eight and over and will take place from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February, from 12pm to 4pm.


26 February – LGBT History Month
 

The LGBT+ network is hosting two events to celebrate LGBT History Month.

 

Everyone is welcome to come along, enjoy some of our legendary rainbow cake and meet colleagues from the LGBT+ network. Staff will also be able to sign up to receive one of our NHS Rainbow Badges.

 

Come along to Central Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital on Wednesday 26 February, from 11am to 2pm, or visit Atrium 1 at Guy’s Hospital on Friday 28 February, from 11am to 2pm.


4 March – 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.

Mezzo-soprano Katie Macdonald and pianist Adam Turner will present a varied programme of opera, art song and lieder from composers including Mozart, Faure and Wolf. They will perform on Wednesday 4 March 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.


2 June – free ophthalmology seminar
 

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Robens Suite, 29th floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, on Tuesday 2 June.

 

The seminar will take place from 6pm to 7.30pm and includes 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.