In this issue
Welcome
£1.8m to fight bladder cancer
Helping patients return home sooner
Supporting patients to read
Coming to our hospitals in August?
Sharing lessons from the Vanguard
What do you think about our website?
King’s Health Partners annual report
Fashion inspires on Cancer Survivors’ Day
Sign up for Guy’s Urban Challenge
Friends and Family Test – May
Patients rate their hospital care
Evelina London Zip Awards
Doctors save man during 10K race
Mysteries of sleep revealed
Tributes paid to nurse Kirsty Boden
18 July – free health seminar on pain management
21 July – Trust launches Accessibility Checker
14 September – Annual Public Meeting
Donate
Welcome
Over the weekend more than 100 staff from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Forum at Guy’s and St Thomas’ joined the festivities for Pride in London 2017 to celebrate the equality and diversity of our workforce and to promote our inclusive services. 

This year is the first time that the LGBT Forum was also part of the local events in Lambeth to recognise UK Black Pride.

I’m proud to lead an organisation as open-minded and diverse as Guy’s and St Thomas’, with staff from many different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities, sexualities and religions.
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What's new?
 
£1.8m to fight bladder cancer

A generous donation to fund research into a ‘forgotten’ cancer that kills 15 people every day in the UK is set to benefit patients at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

The money is being donated in memory of Graham Roberts who died of bladder cancer in July 2016 at the age of 58, following 20 months of treatment led by Dr Simon Chowdhury from Guy’s Hospital.

There were 5,400 deaths from bladder cancer in 2014 but it only receives 0.5% of cancer research spend in the UK.

 
Helping patients return home sooner

A new clinical trial has shown that specialised pre-operative assessments for elderly patients lead to shorter hospital stays and fewer complications. The research was carried out by researchers from Guy's and St Thomas' and King’s College London.


The study, published in the British Journal of Surgery, found that having the assessments shortened older patients’ average hospital stay by more than two days and reduced the rate of some complications, such as delirium (sudden confusion) and heart problems, by more than 50%, compared with standard assessments. 

 

Dr Judith Partridge, lead author of the study from the Department of Ageing and Health at Guy's and St Thomas', said: “We think the findings from our study, taken in the context of other research and quality improvement projects, are likely to be transferable to other types of operations, including cancer surgery.”

 
Supporting patients to read

Can you imagine being unable to read the results of your hospital test or a newspaper article without assistance? Now, thanks to new screen readers in the Knowledge and Information Centre (KiC) at St Thomas’, patients can read important documents without relying on others.

The screen readers, purchased through a grant from the Friends of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, turn text into spoken word and can be listened to on headphones or magnified to large print size on a screen.

Dr Sarah Janikoun, associate specialist in ophthalmology at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “It must be awful receiving a bank statement or a bill and not being able to read it privately." 

 
Coming to our hospitals in August?

If you are travelling to our hospitals in August please be aware that:




  • Train services to Waterloo station will be severely disrupted from 5-28 August when platforms 1-9 are closed as part of an £800 million programme to meet increased demand – most stations will have fewer train services and a small number of stations will be shut
  • From Friday 25 to Monday 28 August, platforms 1-14 will be closed
  • See South West Trains for full details
  • The latest phase of major works on the Thameslink project will take place from 26 August to 2 September.
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Sharing lessons from the Vanguard

A number of new materials have been produced by the Foundation Healthcare Group (FHG) Vanguard, Guy’s and St Thomas’ pioneering partnership with Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.

Three key reports which provide valuable insight into the clinical and organisational challenges experienced by the two trusts are now available to read - the End of Year Report, Clinical Faculties Report and Group Model Report.

Dr Catherine Meilak and Dr Anna Whittle have written a blog which describes their experience of being part of the clinical team delivering the innovative 'Proactive Care of Older People undergoing Surgery' (POPS) service at Darent Valley Hospital.

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What do you think about our website?

Take our website survey and you could win a family ticket to Westminster Abbey. The survey, which is anonymous and takes just two minutes to complete, will help us get the right information to patients, local people, staff and visitors.

We want to understand how useful and engaging the information on our website is. Your feedback matters and will help us improve the information and online services that we provide. The survey closes on Monday 7 August so tell us what you think.

 

Add your email address at the end of the survey if you wish to enter our free prize draw. If you have any questions about the survey or our web development plans, please email digitalteam@gstt.nhs.uk.

 
King’s Health Partners annual report

Find out about the progress made by the partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College London, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts in the last 12 months in King’s Health Partners annual report for 2016/17. 

 

Highlights from the report include:

  • The renewal of our two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centres, with a combined £130 million of funding
  • Progress made by our Clinical Academic Groups, as showcased in Innovation Impact Stories, demonstrating a wide range of clinical innovations 
  • Our IMPARTS programme (Integrating Mental and Physical Healthcare Research Training and Services) is live in 45 acute outpatient services, and has screened nearly 16,000 patients.
Support us
 
Fashion inspires on Cancer Survivors’ Day

Cancer survivors shared hope and inspired others as they strutted their stuff on the catwalk last month as part of the Trust’s Cancer Survivors’ Day celebrations.

 

A group of 16 cancer survivors from Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital wore designs made by Newham College and Stock Shop during a fashion show as they officially opened the third annual Cancer Survivors’ Day event at the Cancer Centre at Guy’s. 

Professor Arnie Purushotham, Director of King’s Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre, said: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the patients, families, carers, staff, volunteers, event organisers and exhibitors. Without them this incredible event would not have been possible.” 

 
Sign up for Guy’s Urban Challenge

Guy’s Urban Challenge is back - and bigger and better than ever!

 

Join us for our ‘urban triathlon’ on Saturday 30 September where you will run 2.5km, spin 15km and finally climb 29 floors to the top of the world’s tallest hospital building – Guy’s Tower then enjoy spectacular views of London and a well-deserved celebratory party.

 

Take on the challenge with friends and colleagues. You can even do a relay option and split the event between two or three participants. Don’t miss out – register now!

How are we doing?
 
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:



  • 97% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 91% of women receiving maternity care
  • 95% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 81% of A&E patients
  • 92% of patients using our transport service.
 
Patients rate their hospital care

90% of our patients rate the quality of care they receive at Guy’s and St Thomas’ as 7 out of 10 or higher, according to the results of the Care Quality Commission’s latest national inpatient survey.


A sample of adult inpatients discharged from our hospitals in July 2016 gave their feedback – the overall patient satisfaction rating is 2% higher than when the survey was carried out in 2015.

  • Areas in which our performance has improved significantly since the 2015 survey include:
  • Being offered a choice of hospital food
  • Help from staff to eat meals
  • Feeling involved in decisions about their discharge from hospital.
 
Evelina London Zip Awards

Fearless fundraisers took part in the Evelina London Zip last December and helped us raise over £1 million for a new Clinical Research Facility.   

The zip travelled from the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital to Victoria Tower Gardens by the Houses of Parliament – a distance of more than 463 metres. It required the efforts of 30 specialist firefighters from London Fire Brigade’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team to build.

 

Now the Evelina London Zip has been shortlisted and won several awards. It won a Gold award in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Case) Circle of Excellence Awards for Best Single Event and at the Corporate Engagement Awards it won Gold for Best Pro Bono Work for a Charitable Cause and Silver for Best Collaboration on a Single Event.  

In the news
 
Doctors save man during 10K race

The Evening Standard told how Paul Alexander, a father of two, thanked two “hero” doctors for saving his life after he had a cardiac arrest during a 10K charity run in central London.

Fellow runners Claire Barker and Rachael Mitchell, who work in the intensive care unit at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, stopped to help him during the Vitality 10K run. 

 

The doctors performed CPR chest compressions on Paul, 44, and, with the help of an A&E consultant from King’s College Hospital and a paramedic who were also on the scene, they used a defibrillator from a rapid-response car to shock his heart back into life. Paul was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital and was reunited with the doctors days later on his ward.

 
Mysteries of sleep revealed

The Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ was described as the country’s premier sleep clinic in a feature in the Daily Mail about people who live with extreme sleep conditions.

Dr Guy Leschziner, consultant neurologist and clinical lead of the Sleep Disorders Centre, was quoted stating everything from an individual’s psychological state to their environment, offer vital clues to the root of the problem.

 

The piece told the stories of patients involved in the More4 series, The Secrets of Sleep, which Dr Leschziner has featured in. He led a team that monitored, diagnosed and treated the patients, with the aim of transforming their lives.

 
Tributes paid to nurse Kirsty Boden

 

Chief Nurse Dame Eileen Sills was interviewed for the BBC News following the terror attacks in London Bridge.

She paid tribute to Kirsty Boden, a Senior Staff Nurse from Guy’s Hospital who was tragically killed during the incident.

 

Eileen spoke about the huge contribution that Kirsty made to the Trust in her role in Theatres Recovery, and how much she was respected and loved by colleagues.

Key dates
 
18 July – free health seminar on pain management

Tuesday 18 July, 6-7.30pm in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas’ Hospital. 

 

Our free health seminars for Foundation Trust members are very popular. Seminars include 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. 

 
21 July – Trust launches Accessibility Checker

Patients, staff and visitors, particularly those with disabilities, will be able to make their way around Guy’s and St Thomas’ more easily thanks to a new Accessibility Checker.

 

The new online resource will be launched at a special event on Friday 21 July at St Thomas’ Hospital, where Chief Nurse Dame Eileen Sills will be giving the keynote speech.

The event will take place in Central Hall from 11.30am until 3pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

 
14 September – Annual Public Meeting

This year’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Annual Public Meeting will be held at 6pm on Thursday 14 September at St Thomas’ Hospital. There will be refreshments and information stands from 5.30pm.

 

This is your chance to learn more about the last year in the life of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and our exciting plans for the future. You can also have your say in an open question and answer session with the Trust Board.

 

Everyone is welcome, no need to book a place in advance.