In this issue
Welcome
Pioneering migraine treatment offered
Circus performer thanks trial team
Porters make walks of art
Nominate Evelina 150 Stars
Complete our survey to win film prize
Disability confident employer
Opportunities to get involved
Be a superhero
Friends and Family Test – November
Young investigator award
New treatment hope
Spreading festive cheer
Christmas at home after pioneering treatment
7 February - Maternity open evening
Donate
Welcome

Happy New Year to all our e-GiST readers. This year Evelina London will be celebrating its 150th anniversary so we’re launching a new monthly award to recognise members of our staff who have gone above and beyond.

 

Whether you’re a patient, parent, family member or a member of staff, we want you to nominate outstanding Evelina 150 Stars so that we can highlight their fantastic work.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, find out how our porters are using the hospital’s artwork to start conversations with patients to help put them at ease, and read about a new migraine treatment that has transformed a grandfather’s life. You can also help us improve the information and online services we provide by completing a short survey about the e-GiST.

 

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Pioneering migraine treatment offered

A grandfather has credited a pioneering migraine treatment he received at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for transforming his life.


Barrington Simner’s migraines are now under control after receiving a treatment known as single pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS). Guy’s and St Thomas' headache centre is the only NHS service in the UK currently providing this treatment.

 

Barrington says: “I’m now able to volunteer and spend time gardening. The treatment has completely changed my life.”

 
Circus performer thanks trial team

A circus performer with diabetes has thanked the team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ who have helped her manage the condition.

 

Ruby Wain is taking part in the COMBAT Type-1 trial at Guy’s and St Thomas’. The trial aims to find out if a drug currently used to treat rheumatoid arthritis might help people recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

 

Ruby says: “People with diabetes are just normal people, and we can do everything anyone else can. Being on the trial has given me that extra layer of support.”

 
Porters make walks of art

A new project is helping porters at St Thomas’ Hospital to become experts in the artwork along their most walked routes.

 

Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the Art of Portering programme aims to engage the porters with the cultural heritage of the hospital. It provides them with talking points when escorting patients to and from their appointments.

 

The porters teamed up with the Charity, Breathe Arts Health Research and poet, Simon Mole, to curate a special artwork display along the corridors they use most.

 
Nominate Evelina 150 Stars

Throughout 2019 we’ll be celebrating Evelina London’s 150th birthday. We love hearing stories about our amazing staff so we’re launching a special award.

 

Every month, our panel will sift through your nominations to select our Evelina 150 Stars, who will each receive a token of appreciation.

 

To make a nomination or to find out more information, please visit our website.

 
Complete our survey to win film prize

We would like to know what you think of our monthly e-GiST newsletter. Please complete this short survey to help us improve the information and online services we provide.

 

You could also win a pair of tickets to a film of your choice at the BFI Southbank. With more than 2,000 classic and contemporary films a year the only problem is deciding what to see.

 

Just add your email address at the end of the survey and you will be entered into a free prize draw. The closing date for responses is Monday 4 February.

 
Disability confident employer

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is proud to have achieved Disability Confident Committed employer status.

 

We firmly believe in ensuring that people with disabilities and those with long term health conditions have the support and opportunities to fulfil their potential.

 

One of the ways the Trust is doing this is through its work with AccessAble, providing detailed guides for all of our departments, wards and services. Patients, visitors and staff can find a range of accessibility information on the AccessAble website and AccessAble App.

 
Opportunities to get involved

Health research is vital to provide better care for our patients. Would you like to help shape the research we do at Guy’s and St Thomas’?

 

Our Research Advisory Group is looking for people to join the group as a patient or carer representative. Meetings will be held quarterly and will start in Spring. Travel, childcare or carer expenses will be reimbursed and refreshments will be provided.

 

Find out what would be involved and how to apply on our Biomedical Research Centre website.

Support us
 
Be a superhero

Choose to do something exhilarating in 2019 that combines an amazing personal experience with raising vital funds for Evelina London.

 

Be a super hero and join us on Friday 10 May for our fifth year of St Thomas' Abseil. You'll abseil 160ft down the front of St Thomas' Hospital while taking in the extraordinary views across the river Thames.


It’s an incredible experience that you will never forget. Sign up today as an individual or team.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – November

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

 

 

 

  • 95% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 92% of women receiving maternity care
  • 97% of patients using our community services
  • 93% of outpatients
  • 87% of A&E patients
  • 95% of patients using our transport service
 
Young investigator award

Congratulations to cardiology registrar Dr Haseeb Rahman who was named Young Investigator of the Year 2018. The award was given by the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS).

Dr Rahman’s research aims to improve the investigations used to help diagnose patients with angina despite normal heart arteries.

Dr Rahman says: "I am thankful to the patients who have participated in this study. I hope we can continue to make great progress in our understanding of this very common but poorly understood condition."

In the news
 
New treatment hope

The world’s first genetic study of people with acne has raised the prospect of new treatments for those with severe cases.

 

The Guardian and Telegraph reported that researchers from Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London led the study.

 

They identified genetic differences that were more common in people with the skin condition. Scientists hope that the findings could pave the way for more effective drugs.

 
Spreading festive cheer

Mail Online and Metro reported that Hollywood actor, Idris Elba, and pop star, Rita Ora, delivered Christmas presents to patients at Evelina London.

 

The superstar duo visited patients, their families and staff in Penguin outpatients clinic, Savannah and Snow Fox wards. 

 

Patient Ryan Carter, 10, says: “I’m a huge fan of Idris. I had no idea he was coming. This was the best surprise in the world.”

 
Christmas at home after pioneering treatment

ITV London News featured Kitty Skrabski who spent her first Christmas in four years at home after pioneering treatment at Evelina London.

 

The 11-year-old had a kidney transplant from her dad but her rare blood disease returned. Dr Ania Koziell explained how an apheresis machine was used to remove the molecule doing the damage, a technique usually used to remove cholesterol from the blood.

 

Kitty says: “Last year I asked Father Christmas to make my kidney better so I could spend Christmas at home."

Key dates
 
7 February - Maternity open evening

Thinking of having a baby? Newly pregnant and want to find out more?

 

Come along to our open evening at St Thomas’ Hospital on Thursday 7 February from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

 

The sessions are run by midwives who will answer any questions you have about getting ready for pregnancy, being pregnant, and getting ready for birth.