In this issue
Welcome
Fetal heart defects diagnosed earlier
Trust leads in London on research
Intelligent hearing aids tested
Worry Monster eats patients’ troubles
Palliative Care Outcomes Book published
Opportunities to get involved
Guy’s Urban Challenge
Friends and Family Test – June
Volunteers recognised for cancer support
Matron, Medicine and Me
Getting a good night's sleep
Inventing the impossible
4 September – looking for childcare?
4 September – free cardiology seminar
10 September – Totally Thames 2018
13 September – Annual Public Meeting
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Welcome

It is wonderful to know that Guy’s and St Thomas’ is the number one Trust in London for clinical research. New figures published by the National Institute for Health Research showed that we claimed the top spot in the capital for the number of clinical trials open for patients to join, and for the number of people who took part in research.

 

This is a great achievement for our research staff and we are incredibly grateful to all the patients and healthy volunteers who participate in studies, helping future generations of patients.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, you can read about one of our current pioneering trials, the EVOTION study, which is testing intelligent hearing aids that are controlled by a smartphone, and find out about a colourful toy which is helping our young patients to overcome their worries.

 

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Fetal heart defects diagnosed earlier

Heart abnormalities can now be detected in babies 12 weeks into a pregnancy, instead of 20 weeks, at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

 

Three new Superb Microvascular Imaging Toshiba i800 ultrasound systems provide higher quality and more detailed images than ever before. The scanners are based in Evelina London’s new fetal cardiology unit.

 

Rachel Slaughter was scanned with the new equipment to see if her unborn child had inherited her congenital heart condition. She says: “It was a huge relief to hear that the baby’s heart looked normal at 15 weeks.”

 
Trust leads in London on research

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is the number one Trust in the capital for clinical research.

 

Figures published by the National Institute for Health Research measured research performance at NHS trusts across the country. The Trust led in London for the number of clinical trials open and the number of people participating in research.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ was ranked second in England for the number of clinical trials with 533 studies open for recruitment. Between April 2017 and March 2018, 19,053 participants took part in research at Guy’s and St Thomas’

 
Intelligent hearing aids tested

A new hearing aid controlled by a smartphone is being tested by patients at Guy’s Hospital. The state-of-the-art technology could help reduce the risk of hearing loss caused by loud noise and slow down the early stages of dementia.

 

The hearing aid has four settings that are suitable for different environments, which can be controlled and monitored wirelessly through the phone app. They are being tested in the new EVOTION clinical study.

 

Jackie Faris lost her hearing in early childhood and has worn a hearing aid for around 40 years. She says: “The EVOTION aids are a real step up from any hearing aid that I have worn in the past.”

 
Worry Monster eats patients’ troubles

A colourful toy is helping young patients with allergies at Evelina London Children’s Hospital to overcome their fears.


Children visiting the allergy psychology clinic are encouraged to write their worries on a piece of paper and put it into the Worry Monster’s mouth.


Dr Polly James, paediatric clinical psychologist, said: “It encourages children to overcome their worries in a way that’s relatable to them.”

 
Palliative Care Outcomes Book published

King’s Health Partners has published the first outcomes book from its Palliative Care Clinical Academic Group (CAG).

 

Palliative care is for patients with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. This is to ensure the best possible quality of life for patients and those important to them.

 

King’s Health Partners is a collaboration between King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.The book captures how the organisations are integrating research, education and clinical practice in palliative care. 

 
Opportunities to get involved

Would you like to help us improve the way we communicate to our patients using mobile phones and internet services?

Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be inviting patients, their families and carers to get involved in this work. If you would like to take part, complete this survey or sign up here and we’ll be in touch as soon as other opportunities arise.

We care about your views and have published a new Patient and Public Engagement Strategy. We believe patients, their families and carers, together with staff and the wider community should be partners in the design, development and delivery of our services.

Support us
 
Guy’s Urban Challenge

London's most thrilling 'urban triathlon' – Guy’s Urban Challenge – is back on Saturday 29 September.

 

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.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – June

Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in June 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
  • 98% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 83% of A&E patients
  • 93% of patients using our transport service.
 
Volunteers recognised for cancer support

Congratulations to a team of information and support volunteers who won the Macmillan Service Team of the Year Award.

 

The volunteers give up their time in the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre, which is based at Guy’s Cancer at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup.

 

Anna Wooder, nurse specialist who nominated the team, says: “I have been so impressed by their extraordinary dedication and commitment.”

In the news
 
Matron, Medicine and Me

TV presenter Fern Britton found out how the NHS is combating germs though cleaning during BBC One’s Matron, Medicine and Me.

 

Fern got a crash course from Shona Perkins, lead nurse for Infection Prevention and Control at Evelina London. Fern also joined Agueda Guayaquil, the Trust's housekeeping team leader, and Joseph Banton, rapid response supervisor, to learn more about the methods used at Guy's and St Thomas'.

 

Speaking outside Guy’s Hospital, Fern said: “We mustn’t forget to wash our hands and also remember coughs and sneezes still spread diseases.”

 
Getting a good night's sleep

The Guardian reported an increase in people experiencing sleeping problems due to the UK's longest heatwave in 40 years.

 

Dr Michael Farquhar, consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, provided advice on how to get a good night’s sleep.

 

He says having a cool shower or glass of iced water before bedtime can help make it easier to sleep. Dr Farquhar also recommends wearing cotton pyjamas and using cotton bedding, as they help draw sweat away from the body.

 
Inventing the impossible

Graham was passionate about snowboarding until an accident dramatically changed his life. Despite the trauma he has suffered, Graham dreams of one thing – getting back on the slopes.

 

Episode 1 of the BBC 2 series Inventing The Impossible: The Big Life Fix features Graham’s story. He was filmed in the gait laboratory at Guy's Hospital with Dr Adam Shortland, consultant clinical scientist.

 

Together with his team, Dr Shortland is shown attaching sensors and cameras to Graham’s body to capture his movements in 3D. This information was then used to help create a special snowboard for Graham.

Key dates
 
4 September – looking for childcare?

St Thomas’ Hospital Day Nursery is opening its doors to prospective parents on Tuesday 2 September.

 

The drop-in sessions will be held from 10.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

 

To book a place, call 0207 188 6449 or email nurseryenquiries@gstt.nhs.uk.

 
4 September – free cardiology seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas’ Hospital, on Tuesday 4 September.

 

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

 
10 September – Totally Thames 2018

Join Trust Harmonix, Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff community choir, for contemporary pop, soul and jazz on Monday 10 September.

 

The event is free to attend and no booking is required. It will take place from 7pm in the marquee at St Thomas’ Hospital, which is based outside the Riverside Café.

 

This performance is part of Totally Thames, a season of events which brings London’s river to life throughout September.

 
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 an exhibition from 5.30pm in the Riverside Lounge.

 

All staff and members of the public are welcome to attend.