In this issue
Welcome
Happy 70th birthday NHS
Volunteers celebrate 250 years of service
Neuro navigators transform lives
Augmented reality system helps patient
Newly elected governors
Films for children with hearing loss
New evidence on multiple long-term conditions
Dialysis unit to open in Lewisham
Guy’s Urban Challenge
Cancer survivors strut their stuff
Friends and Family Test – May
Annual Report and Accounts published
Trust staff honoured by Queen
Double awards for cancer trials teams
Research midwife receives national honour
Mum thanks doctors for miracle baby
Could DNA test help fight infections?
Gift of life for Father’s Day
18 July – free skin cancer seminar
23 July - King’s Health Partners Summer School
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Welcome

The NHS celebrated its 70th birthday on Thursday 5 July, a momentous milestone that we can all be proud of. It was the perfect opportunity to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank our extraordinary NHS staff and volunteers – the everyday heroes.

 

I would like to congratulate all those elected in the recent Council of Governors elections, and welcome them to their new roles at the Trust. Our governors have a vital role to play in representing the interests of our patients, public and staff and in holding our Board to account.

 

In this month’s e-GiST, find out how people with neurological problems are being helped to avoid lengthy stays in hospital, and read about a technology that allows experts to assist medical teams remotely during robotic surgery.

 

Amanda Pritchard
Chief Executive

What's new?
 
Happy 70th birthday NHS

Staff across Guy’s and St Thomas’ celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS by raising a cuppa at the Big 7Tea parties.

 

Bill Simmons, a porter, and Louisa Batista, a chef, joined Deputy Chief Executive Ian Abbs as his special guests at a Westminster Abbey service.

 

The Trust also launched a new film poem called 'We Care' to celebrate its staff and everything we care about.

 
Volunteers celebrate 250 years of service

Volunteers from Guy’s and St Thomas' came together for a special afternoon tea in recognition of their contribution to the Trust.

 

Bernadette Burdge, 84, is one of the longest serving volunteers, having racked up 31 years at the Trust. She says: “I do this out of love for my hospital. It’s my way of saying ‘Thank you St Thomas’ for all you’ve done for me'.”

 

Volunteers carry out a range of tasks including welcoming and directing the public, providing administrative support and carrying out social activities. To find out more about volunteering, please click here.

 
Neuro navigators transform lives

People with neurological problems like brain injury and stroke are being helped to avoid lengthy stays in hospital and specialist rehabilitation centres.

 

In 2017, the South East London Neuro Navigation Service helped around 360 patients move smoothly through the different levels of care. This saved an estimated 4,800 bed days across several hospital and specialist rehabilitation centres in the south east.

 

Heather Campbell, head of the neurorehabilitation service, says: “A lot of what we do is working behind the scenes so patients get the right care.”

 
Augmented reality system helps patient

A technology which allows experts to remotely assist medical teams has been used for the first time during robotic prostate cancer surgery.


The novel platform, known as Proximie, was used during part of the robot-assisted procedure at Guy’s Hospital. Professor Prokar Dasgupta, consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s, instructed urology registrar Warren Lo through the platform.

 

Professor Dasgupta could be heard giving guidance through Proximie and his hand showed Warren where to make incisions on a screen. Patient Ian Titheridge described the procedure as "amazing". 

 
Newly elected governors

The results of the Council of Governors elections 2018 have now been published and the newly elected governors have taken up their posts.

 

There were 14 seats contested in the public, patient and clinical staff constituencies with 51 candidates for the seats being contested.

 

Congratulations to the successful candidates and a big thank you to all members who either stood for election or who voted.

 
Films for children with hearing loss

Three films have been specially created to introduce the Evelina London Children’s Hospital audiology centre to new patients and families.


They aim to provide support to parents of babies with hearing loss and give young people the chance to find out about others with similar conditions.


Sarah Adedeji, 17, is a patient who stars in the films. Sarah says: “I hope these videos let others know that they're not alone, and show deaf people that they can do anything.”

 
New evidence on multiple long-term conditions

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has published new research into multiple long-term conditions in Lambeth and Southwark.

 

Around three million people in the UK live with three or more long-term conditions. These include asthma, diabetes or depression for which there is currently no cure but can be managed with treatment.

 

Based on research by King’s College London, the report includes interviews with local people, including some of our patients.

 
Dialysis unit to open in Lewisham

A state-of-the-art facility for patients who need dialysis is being built at University Hospital Lewisham.

 

The purpose-built unit, run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ and dialysis providers Diaverum, is expected to open next spring. It will have five more dialysis stations than the existing centre in Forest Hill which it will replace.

 

Ros Tibbles, service improvement nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says the new unit "will bring vast improvements of comfort and privacy.”

Support us
 
Guy’s Urban Challenge

Join us for London's most thrilling 'urban triathlon' 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. But don't fear, if you want to take on the challenge with friends and colleagues, then try our relay option.

After conquering the challenge enjoy the spectacular views of London and a well-deserved celebratory party. All this whilst raising money for Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London or Guy’s Cancer. Register now!

 
Cancer survivors strut their stuff

More than 20 cancer survivors took to the catwalk as part of King’s Health Partners’ fourth annual Cancer Survivors’ Day.

 

Held in the Cancer Centre at Guy’s, the event included a fashion show, live music, numerous talks and information stalls. There was also a live link-up to four patients from Guy’s and St Thomas’ who competed in the first ever Oncology Games in Rome.

 

The day included a Celebration Walk taking in London’s sights to celebrate cancer survivorship and raise vital funds for Guy’s Cancer.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – May

Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in May 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
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 83% of A&E patients
  • 97% of patients using our transport service
 
Annual Report and Accounts published

Find out about our performance in the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18.

 

Published last month, the Annual Report and Accounts 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 autumn issue of the GiST.

 
Trust staff honoured by Queen

Three members of staff from Guy’s and St Thomas’ have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

 

Professor Charles Wolfe, Director of Research and Development, was made an OBE for services to stroke and public health medicine. He says: “This isn’t just for me – it’s for people I’ve worked with, particularly those in the field of stroke.”

 

Dr David Craig, consultant and head of sedation and special care dentistry, was made an MBE for services to dental patients. Meanwhile, Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram, specialist registrar in plastic surgery, received a British Empire Medal for services to surgery and innovation.

 
Double awards for cancer trials teams

Guy’s and St Thomas’ oncology and haematology clinical trials team triumphed in the Pharmatimes Clinical Site of the Year Award.

 

Nicholas Gomm, Catherine Rogers and Saoirse Daly were awarded gold. Michelle Wild, Jennifer Curley and Lucy Featherstone took bronze.

 

The team work closely with medical staff to recruit patients to clinical trials and ensure they are monitored throughout. Every year, more than 1,500 Guy’s and St Thomas’ cancer patients decide to take part in clinical trials.

 
Research midwife receives national honour

Guy’s and St Thomas’ research midwife Annette Briley has received a Royal College of Midwives Fellowship for her contribution to research.

 

Fellowships are given to a handful of midwives each year to honour outstanding leadership in the field. Annette was recognised for her work to improve care for women and their families.

 

Annette says: “The Fellowship was very much a team effort and I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support over the years.”

In the news
 
Mum thanks doctors for miracle baby

Songul Yildiz, who had breast cancer treatment while she was pregnant, has thanked doctors who safely delivered her ‘little miracle’.

 

Evening Standard, Metro Online and Harrow Times reported that Songul had chemotherapy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ before her daughter was born by caesarean.

 

Songul modelled with her two children in the Cancer Survivors' Day fashion show at the Cancer Centre at Guy’s.

 
Could DNA test help fight infections?

Sunday Express covered the opening of a new lab at St Thomas’ Hospital for assessing genome sequencing technology.

 

A genome sequencer uses electrical currents to map and identify strands of DNA in real time. Research will assess whether the sequencers could help same-day diagnosis of infections.

 

Professor Jonathan Edgeworth, consultant microbiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “This is the most promising thing to help tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance we’ve seen.”

 
Gift of life for Father’s Day

Great-grandfather Jerry Sherriff celebrated Father’s Day with his son who stepped forward to donate a life-saving kidney for a transplant.

 

ITV News, Mail Online and Telegraph Online reported how the 75-year-old had an incompatible blood group to his 48-year-old son, Matt. Surgeons at Guy’s Hospital ensured the transplant was a success by minimising the chance of the organ being rejected.

 

Matt says: “I would encourage other people to donate. I think there is a misunderstanding that you have to be a perfect match.”

Key dates
 
18 July – free skin cancer seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Robens Suite, Guy’s Hospital, on Wednesday 18 July.

 

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.

 
23 July - King’s Health Partners Summer School

For a week in July, local students will get experience of careers in health research at Guy’s and St Thomas’. The King’s Health Partners Summer School runs every year for GCSE students from Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

 

Students will take part in clinical training sessions at our Simulation and Active Learning centre. They will also talk to health researchers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ about research careers. 

 

To find out more about the week, visit the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre website.