In this issue
Welcome
Transplant recipient calls for more donors
Triumph at the Transplant Games
Trust scores highly on patient experience
Love Island boosts team working
Internationally renowned artist thanks hospital
Lambeth and Southwark volunteers needed
Improving blood disorder diagnosis
Guy’s Urban Challenge
Teenager designs charity cards
Friends and Family Test – July
Colorectal team win at Lammy Awards
Couple have matching life-saving transplants
One day that changed my life
Student thanks team that saved his life
13 September – Annual Public Meeting
13 September – World Sepsis Day
27 September – Patient workshop
4 October – Swap shop
20 October – Low Vision Day
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Welcome

I am delighted that Guy’s and St Thomas’ scored above the national average in all six categories of a national patient experience survey. We are very grateful to patients, families and visitors who take the time to provide feedback about their experience at our Trust.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, find out why a transplant recipient is encouraging people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register, and read about a team of patients from Evelina London Children’s Hospital who triumphed at the British Transplant Games.

 

Our Annual Public Meeting will take place at 6pm on Thursday 13 September at St Thomas’ Hospital. This is an opportunity for you to hear about the last year as well as our future plans.

 

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Transplant recipient calls for more donors

A man who started a family after his transplant is encouraging people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to donate.

 

Jide Akinola received a life-saving combined kidney and pancreas transplant at Guy’s Hospital in 2002. Before then he was suffering from major complications caused by type 1 diabetes.

 

One in five people who die waiting for a transplant are from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. However, only 7% of donors last year were from these backgrounds, with family refusal being the biggest obstacle to donation.

 
Triumph at the Transplant Games

A team of patients and families celebrated a triumphant trip to the British Transplant Games with a medal count of 61.

 

The team – Evelina VIPs – was made up of 35 patients who received care at Evelina London Children’s Hospital following a kidney transplant. The games celebrate organ donation and aim to increase public awareness of donation.

 

Dr Nick Ware, a transplant consultant, volunteered at the games for the first time. He said: “Listening to families and seeing children who were previously too unwell to run around now competing at sports was amazing.”

 
Trust scores highly on patient experience

Guy’s and St Thomas’ has been rated above the national average in all categories of a national patient experience survey.


The Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) showed improvements in five out of six scores since last year. The rating for providing a dementia-friendly environment improved by nearly 7%.


Peter Bennett, facilities services director at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “We continually welcome comments from patients about how we can make our services and facilities even better.”

 
Love Island boosts team working

Staff have been inspired by reality show Love Island to create an initiative to help teams work more closely together.

 

The senior management team for the Trust’s gastrointestinal medicine and surgery department “couple up” to form 12 pairs each week. They visit different areas within the department, which consists of around 400 employees, to meet staff and enhance workforce relations.

 

Anjali Joshi, general manager of the gastrointestinal medicine and surgery department, says: “The initiative has improved relationships and teams within the department are now working more closely together.”

 
Internationally renowned artist thanks hospital

An internationally renowned artist has donated 14 prints to Guy’s and St Thomas’ to thank staff for saving her mother’s life.

 

Tacita Dean’s handmade prints have been installed on the 1st floor of North Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital. The prints are based on stills taken from her project FILM, which was exhibited in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

 

Tacita donated the artwork in gratitude for the care her mother, Jenefer, received in 2014 following a cardiac arrest.

 
Lambeth and Southwark volunteers needed

Want to help people with long term conditions by sharing your own experiences as a patient?

 

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Lambeth Early Intervention and Prevention Service supports people living with diabetes and other long term health conditions. It is recruiting facilitators to help patients living in Lambeth and Southwark.

Training will take place over five days in November, December and January 2019. For more information please click here, or contact Shary Smith on 020 3049 4138 or Mel Francis on 0203 049 6365.

 
Improving blood disorder diagnosis

King’s Health Partners has launched a new joint Adult Haematology Referral Guide to help improve blood disorder diagnosis.

 

It aims to support GPs in referring patients with suspected blood disorders so they can provide more effective patient care.

 

The referral guide was produced by haematology consultants at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

Support us
 
Guy’s Urban Challenge

London's most thrilling 'urban triathlon' – Guy’s Urban Challenge – is back on Saturday 29 September and it’s not too late to sign up!

Run 2.4km around Guy's Hospital, spin 15km on a state-of-the-art Wattbike, and climb 29 floors to the top of Guy's Tower. Not sure about taking on the whole challenge by yourself? Then put a team together and do it as a relay.

Register now and raise money for Guy’s, St Thomas’, Evelina London or Guy’s Cancer.

 
Teenager designs charity cards

A teenager has designed two charity greeting cards to raise money for Evelina London Children’s Hospital after receiving life-changing spinal surgery.

 

Katie Braybrook, who successfully underwent surgery to straighten a curve in her spine, says: “The care that I’ve received has been amazing.”

 

The 15-year-old spoke about her experience at the Inspiring Youth Conference, which celebrates the involvement of young people in improving care.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – July

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

 

 

 

  • 95% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 93% of women receiving maternity care
  • 99% of patients using our community services
  • 93% of outpatients
  • 85% of A&E patients
  • 91% of patients using our transport service
 
Colorectal team win at Lammy Awards

Congratulations to the colorectal team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ on being recognised at the annual Lammy Awards.

 

Fiona Hibberts picked up the Working Together Award for adult services on behalf of the team. The chaplaincy team were also shortlisted for The Kindness Award.

 

Organised by NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, the event recognises people who go the extra mile to provide exceptional health and care support.

In the news
 
Couple have matching life-saving transplants

The Daily Mirror featured a couple who received the same type of ‘double’ transplant within weeks of each other.

 

Michelle Commons and Steven Jarvis both underwent combined kidney and pancreas transplants at Guy’s Hospital. They both suffered from chronic kidney failure caused by type 1 diabetes.

 

Michelle says: “The transplants have brought us even closer. We’ve looked after each other as we’ve been recovering at the same time.”

 
One day that changed my life

An episode of BBC One’s One day that changed my life included the story of 22-year-old Bethany. She was filmed at Guy’s Hospital having a blood test to find out if she was a carrier of a faulty BRCA gene.

 

Women who are carriers have an increased chance of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They also have a 50% chance of passing the faulty gene onto their children.

 

Roberta Rizzo, genetic counsellor at Guy’s and St Thomas’, gave Bethany the good news that she was not a carrier of the faulty BRCA gene.

 
Student thanks team that saved his life

Evening Standard, BBC Radio London and i News covered the story of Tom Boyce who thanked medics for saving his life.

 

While being treated in Cardiff, Tom’s organs started failing due to sepsis caused by pneumonia. In a last bid to save him, doctors contacted the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) team at St Thomas’ Hospital.

 

Tom says: “I’m eternally grateful to the team at St Thomas’. I received unbelievable care.” Next month his father David will walk the 171-mile route his son took to raise cash for the ECMO team at St Thomas’.

Key dates
 
13 September – Annual Public Meeting

Come along to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Annual Public Meeting on Thursday 13 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. 

 

It is your opportunity to hear about the last year in the life of Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals and community services – and our future plans.

 
13 September – World Sepsis Day

Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Without quick treatment, it can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure and death.

 

To mark World Sepsis Day, the Trust’s sepsis team will hold an information stand in Central Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital.

 

It will take place between 10am and 2pm on Thursday 13 September. Patients, visitors and staff can pop along to find out more about the serious condition.

 
27 September – Patient workshop

We are inviting people who have been an orthopaedic patient in the last 12 months to join our workshop.

 

This may have been an operation on your hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, hand or spine. The aim is to help us understand how we can further improve the surgery environment in our orthopaedic department.

 

The workshop will take place on Thursday 27 September between 5.30pm and 7pm. For more information and to reserve a place, please email getinvolved@gstt.nhs.uk or call 020 7188 9315.

 
4 October – Swap shop

The sustainability team’s next swap shop will be held in Central Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital on Thursday 4 October.

 

Bring your clothes, shoes and accessories to swap between 11am and 2pm.

 

For more information and to donate any items in advance, please email environment@gstt.nhs.uk.

 
20 October – Low Vision Day

Do you or someone you know have poor eyesight? Even with glasses? Join us on Saturday 20 October for Low Vision Day.

 

The annual event will take place between 10am and 2pm in Shepherd Hall, South Wing, St Thomas’ Hospital.

 

There will be lots of information on offer and you can try a whole range of low vision aids. No registration is required.