Message from Amanda
Welcome

We are committed to providing our patients with the best care possible, so we are delighted that patients have rated the overall care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ as 'very good'.

 

We are really grateful to our patients for taking the time to complete the national NHS inpatient survey, and to our staff whose hard work has led to a continued improvement in our performance.

 

At the end of this month I will be taking up a new national role as Chief Operating Officer for NHS England/Improvement. I’m very sorry to be leaving Guy’s and St Thomas’, but I will take our values with me, and I know the fabulous team at the Trust will continue to thrive under the leadership of Ian Abbs, our current Chief Medical Officer.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, find out about a wonderful fashion show that took place as part of Cancer Survivors’ Day, read about Tom Hanks’ visit to Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and find out how we celebrated the Windrush legacy with a special event.

 

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive


What's new?
Trust tops research league table
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has topped a national league table for the number of studies open for patients to join.

 

In 2018-19, the Trust supported 567 studies and recruited 19,522 patients to research. The figures were published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the nation’s largest funder of health and care research.

 

Eilidh Ho’s son, Finlay, is taking part in the SOFTER trial at Guy’s and St Thomas’, which is testing whether using water softeners will help reduce the risk of developing eczema. Eilidh says: “You get great care and attention throughout the study and a trial is something that will hopefully benefit a lot of people in the long run.”


Celebrating the Windrush legacy
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrated the Windrush legacy with uplifting music, a photo exhibition and impassioned speeches from MPs.

 

The event marked the anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush arriving in Tilbury Docks, Essex, bringing the first Jamaican immigrants to Britain after World War Two.

 

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, who spoke at the event, says: “It’s important to think about the contribution of so many West Indian and Caribbean nurses, some of whom included my aunts and family, who came here and built the modern NHS.”


Staff show their Pride
 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ took part in last weekend’s Pride in London parade with a giant inflatable NHS rainbow badge.

 

The NHS rainbow badge scheme was pioneered at the Trust and around one third of other trusts across the country are planning to roll it out. 


The staff LGBT+ Forum also collected money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity throughout the Pride celebrations.


Royal Patron meets Evelina London patients
 

The Duchess of Cambridge met Evelina London patients at a special event to launch her Back to Nature garden.

 

Held at Hampton Court Palace, The Duchess, who is Evelina London Patron, joined patients for special outdoor activities, including looking for insects, exploring dens and a treasure hunt.

 

The Duchess spoke to patient Millie Allingham and her mum, Nicky. Millie says: “The Duchess was really nice and friendly. I asked her what Charlotte and George’s favourite part of the garden is, and she said they really like the waterfall.”


Cancer survivors strike a pose
 

Twenty models who have recently finished or are still undergoing cancer treatment strutted their stuff down the catwalk in an inspiring fashion show.

 

Now in its fifth year, the Cancer Survivors’ Day event also included talks, stalls, music, and a fundraising Celebration Walk.


David Cheesman, cancer programme director for Guys’ and St Thomas’, says: "I would like to thank everyone who attended and send a special thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make it such an uplifting and inspiring day.”


Tom Hanks surprises Evelina London patients
 

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks met Evelina London patients at a special screening of Toy Story 4 at the St Thomas’ Hospital MediCinema.

 

The actor, who voices the character Woody, joined patients and families for fun activities and made a special visit to Beach ward.

Tom met Leon Stacey and his 16-month-old son Roman. Leon says: “Meeting Tom Hanks was amazing. He was really down to earth and was very interested in Roman’s care. His visit really made our day.”


Two minutes with…our Maternity Assessment Unit
 

In each issue of the e-GiST we spend two minutes with a member of staff, or their team, to find out about the different clinical and non-clinical roles across Guy's and St Thomas'.

 

Our Maternity Assessment Unit is an A&E for pregnant women, which aims to assess every patient within 30 minutes. We spoke to them about how they care for women 24 hours a day.

 

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


What is the role of your team?
The Maternity Assessment Unit is an A&E for pregnant women, open 24 hours a day. We provide timely assessment and reassurance to women who are over 18 weeks gestation and up to six weeks after birth.

 

Tell us about a typical day
A dedicated team of midwives and maternity support workers see a large number of women, including those who are in early labour or who have broken their waters. We aim to assess every patient within 30 minutes of their arrival. Obstetric doctors are on hand to review those who are unwell and those in need of urgent management decisions for them and their babies.

 

What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing is being able to care for many different women and their partners throughout pregnancy in times of need, 24 hours a day. Our team of midwives, doctors and midwifery support workers regularly go above and beyond to ensure the women at Guy’s and St Thomas’ receive safe and evidence-based care.

MPs learn about services
 

Members of parliament have been learning about the different services available to patients at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

 

Chuka Umunna MP visited the Streatham Hill Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinic. He spoke to staff about the great work of the service and the challenges they face.

 

Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes, Keith Vaz MP, popped in to St Thomas’ Hospital to find out about the diabetes service. He spoke to patients and staff about their experience and found out how technology is used in the clinic.


Angina test reduces hospital visits
 

A 40-minute test for angina could help patients avoid an overnight stay in hospital, according to our research.

 

An international trial by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre found MRI scans could guide treatment decisions for angina patients. In many cases, this meant patients didn’t need a more invasive procedure, involving multiple hospital visits and an overnight stay.

 

Professor Eike Nagel, a consultant cardiologist who led the research, says: “Personalising patients’ treatment for angina will mean that we can target the more invasive treatments only to those patients that really need them.”


Support us
Guess the baby face
 

Fancy a trip down memory lane? Take part in Photo Challenge 150 with your team and see if you can guess each other’s baby photos.

 

Photo Challenge 150 is a fun game that everyone can play to raise funds for Evelina London in its 150th birthday year.

 

You will receive a toolkit with everything you need to get started. Join in the birthday buzz and sign up today.


How are we doing?
Find out about our performance
 

You can read about our performance in the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19.


Published last month, it sets out some of our key achievements from the past year and also describes some of the challenges we have faced.


A printed summary version of the document will also be posted to Trust members with the August issue of The GiST.


Patients rate 'very good' care
 

Patients have rated the overall care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ as 'very good', according to the results of the national NHS inpatient survey.

 

More than 500 patients gave their feedback and the overall experience of care rating was 8.5 out of 10. This is one of the best scores for trusts in London.

 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ performance, compared to other trusts, is better for eight of the 63 benchmarking indicators and about the same for the others.


Friends and Family Test – May
 

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

 

 

 

  • 94% of patients recommend our Inpatient Wards and Day Case / Day Surgery
  • 94% of patients recommend our Maternity care
  • 96% of patients recommend our Community Services
  • 92% of patients recommend our Outpatient clinics
  • 83% of patients recommend our A&E Department
  • 94% of patients recommend using our Transport Services

Video prize for researcher
 

A Guy’s and St Thomas’ researcher has won an award for a project to diagnose heart conditions in unborn babies.

 

The Research Impact Award provides the winner with £3,000 to make a film about their work. Dr David Lloyd won the award in an audience vote at the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London Annual Research Day.

 

Dr Lloyd says: “This project is the result of a huge team of people working together over the last few years. We want to tell the full story of what was involved in the research, including thanking the patients who volunteered.”


Nurses scoop award
 

Two Guy’s and St Thomas’ nurses have been given awards for providing outstanding care to patients.

May Manapat, deputy sister for the dermatological surgery unit and laser unit, and Neil Redmond, ophthalmology nurse, have both received a Cavell Star Award.

Cavell Star Awards are given to nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to patients and their families.


Funding boost for researchers
 

Evelina London has been awarded funding from the charity Duchenne UK for two new research posts.

 

It means that patients in London and the south east with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will have more opportunities to take part in clinical trials.

 

Meanwhile, three Guy’s and St Thomas’ clinicians have received Clinical Academic Research Partnership awards from the Medical Research Council. Dr Gaia Nebbia, Dr Peter Irving and Dr Dan Lumsden received research funding and support to work with other scientists.


In the news
Groundbreaking trial shows promising results
 

ITV London News, The Sun and South London Press highlighted the story of Sam Short. The schoolboy took part in a groundbreaking trial at Evelina London to help him grow.

 

Sam has achondroplasia – a type of dwarfism – that means his bones don’t grow properly. But since having the treatment at Evelina London his growth rate has increased by 50%.

 

He’s now able to do things that he couldn’t do before. He completed a triathlon and raised £4,000 for the hospital as a thank you.


Pioneering ‘wand’ used in kidney op
 

A six-year-old boy became the first child in the UK to undergo a keyhole operation on his kidney using a new medical device.

 

Alexander Pasek was treated at Evelina London after developing hydronephrosis, where one or both kidneys become swollen after a build-up of urine. Surgeon Massimo Garriboli used the FlexDex tool to insert internal stitches after unblocking Alexander’s kidney.

 

The wand-like device attaches to the surgeon’s wrist and precisely translates his hand, wrist, and arm movements within the patient’s body. Alexander’s mum told Evening Standard and News Shopper that his recovery has been “fantastic”.


Home in time for Father's Day
 

Evening Standard, Bexley Times and News Shopper featured the story of Richard Horley who is taking on Guy’s Urban Challenge.

 

He signed up for the urban triathlon to thank medics at Evelina London for saving his daughter’s life. Jessica was diagnosed with miliary tuberculosis, a rare and life-threatening bacterial infection.

 

She spent five months receiving specialist treatment at the hospital and was able to go home in time for Father’s Day.


Key dates
16 July – free autism in children seminar
 

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas' Hospital, on Tuesday 16 July.

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.


17 July – singing for breathing group
 

Patients with respiratory conditions are invited to come and experience the benefits of singing to improve lung health, breath control and wellbeing.

The free monthly sessions are run by Breathe Arts Health Research and take place on a Wednesday from 11am to 12.30pm. The next session will take place on Wednesday 17 July in the South Wing Committee Room, St Thomas' Hospital.

For more information and to register, email Hannah Dye or call 0203 290 2013.


17 July – sounds of Brazil
 

Brazilian band, Sambossa, will be performing in Atrium 1 at Guy's Hospital on Wednesday 17 July.

 

Join them from 1pm for music ranging from sultry bossa nova and grooving afrofunk to blistering samba.

 

Breathe Arts Health Research provides arts programmes throughout the Trust. For a full list of upcoming performing arts events please click here.


24 July – help shape local healthcare
 

Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL) is a partnership of local NHS organisations, councils and other groups interested in healthcare.

 

They are holding an event for Southwark residents to share their views and help shape the future of the NHS in the local area.

 

The event takes place at Garry Weston Library on Wednesday 24 July, from 12pm to 2.30pm. It’s free to attend but you need to register for a place.


12 September – Annual Public Meeting
 

Come along to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Annual Public Meeting on Thursday 12 September.

 

It will be held in the marquee at St Thomas’ Hospital from 6pm, with refreshments and information stands from 5.30pm.

 

There is no need to book your place, simply turn up on the day.