Every year we encourage all our staff to get a flu jab to protect themselves, their patients and colleagues, and their friends and family.
Our annual flu campaign kicked off in October and I’m proud to be among the thousands of staff who have already been vaccinated. Last winter we vaccinated 70% of frontline staff who work directly with patients, and we are working hard to do even better this year.
In this month’s e-GiST, you can also read about our NHS rainbow badges that have been adopted by hundreds of other trusts across England, and find out how you can help shape our services.
Helping you stay well
Flu season is here and our staff are helping to get the message across about the importance of having your flu jab this winter.
So far more than 8,000 staff have had their jab to help protect themselves, our patients, colleagues and loved ones from the impact of flu.
Visit our website for more information about how you can also help us reduce the spread of infection and keep our patients safe this winter.
TV presenters Dr Ranj Singh and Dr Ronx Ikharia encouraged young people to “dream big” at the annual Evelina London Inspiring Youth Conference.
The event was attended by current and former patients and young people who live in Lambeth and Southwark, aged 11 to 16.
Dr Ranj and Dr Ronx spoke about their careers and looking after yourself. Dr Ranj says: “It’s really important that we nurture and support young people to dream big and become the best they can be.”
NHS rainbow badges
Six in 10 hospital trusts in England are introducing NHS rainbow badges for their staff to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients.
The scheme was developed by Evelina London and rolled out across the Trust in February. More than 4,000 Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff are wearing the badge.
Dr Michael Farquhar, NHS rainbow badge initiative lead and sleep consultant at Evelina London, says: “We’ve been amazed at how brilliantly people have embraced the scheme.”
New pacemaker trial
Guy’s and St Thomas’ is trialling new technology that helps position pacemaker leads in the most effective areas for patients with heart failure.
Doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans which are layered on top of an X-ray in real time. This allows cardiologists to quickly and easily calculate the best position for the lead.
David Butler, the first patient on the study, says: “I used to get tired very easily. The day after the operation I woke up and said ‘Wow, I feel great’.”
Funding youth workers in hospitals
The Mayor of London will continue to invest in youth workers in the emergency department (A&E) at St Thomas’ Hospital. In total, £4 million will be invested to increase the number of youth workers in thirteen hospitals across the city.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ provides a service with Oasis Youth Support to help steer young people away from violence. Evidence shows that it leads to reduced attendance at A&E, due to violence, for the young people it works with.
Tom Isaac, Oasis Youth Support manager, says: “We see young people who are too traumatised to leave the house after being attacked in their community. We take our service to them, on their terms and help them rebuild their lives in any way we can.”
Help assess our care environment
Would you like to join a team of patient assessors who help ensure our Trust maintains a high quality care environment?
Every year we take part in national Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE). This involves groups of staff and patients visiting services across our sites to provide feedback on accessibility, cleanliness and food.
We are looking for patient assessors to join our community assessments on Tuesday 12 November. To find out more about PLACE and how to take part, please email Anna Grinbergs-Saull or call 07824477715.
Two minutes with...Evelina London's service improvement team
In each issue of the e-GiST we spend two minutes with a member of staff, or their team, to find out about the different clinical and non-clinical roles across Guy's and St Thomas'.
We spoke to the service improvement team at Evelina London who support staff within the organisation to improve and develop services for our young patients.
If you, or your team, would like to appear in the e-GiST, please email Communications.
Opportunities to get involved
What is the role of your team?
We offer support, expertise and guidance to all Evelina London staff in setting up, running and delivering service improvement projects. This year we are focusing on theatres, length of stay and community pathways, looking at how we can reduce waiting times and improve the experience for the children and young people who use our services.
Tell us about a typical day
We plan and help deliver improvement projects and larger programmes of work across Evelina London. This includes producing planning documents, meeting with project teams, analysing processes and supporting teams to create innovative solutions to efficiency problems.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing is when projects start to make a real difference to patients and staff. It’s also great to see members of staff put the theory of service improvement into practice in their workplace and make real changes – big or small.
Would you like to help shape our services by joining one of our Trust forums?
The Trust Mortality Surveillance Group identifies opportunities for learning and improvement in the way in which we provide treatment and care for our patients. The group is keen to involve family and carer representatives to help develop information materials and guidance on supporting families.
For more information about the group, email Annette Fogarty or call 020 7188 3512.
Christmas gifts with a difference
Help us buy gifts for all the children and young people in our care.
Evelina London's brilliant play specialists have selected a range of gifts that will make our children smile this Christmas. Visit our virtual gift shop where you can donate towards board games, cot mobiles and playsets.
These gifts will bring joy and comfort to our young patients, making a stay in hospital that little bit easier. Visit the Christmas Smiles website for more information or to buy a gift.
Carols by Candlelight
Join us for our annual Carols by Candlelight - a joyful evening of singing, stories and festive readings by our supporters.
The service will take place at the beautiful St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey on Thursday 5 December. Afterwards, there will be a reception at prestigious One Great George Street to ring in the holiday season.
Book your tickets for ‘service only’ or ‘service and reception’. All funds raised will go to our hospitals.
Charity support for the Trust
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has published its Annual Report 2018/19 (PDF 6.30MB). It showcases how the Charity has worked with the Trust to drive change and improve health across our hospitals and communities.
The Charity created a new strategy to raise more income, and awarded £8.6 million in grants and charitable donations directly to support work across the Trust. This included funding the NHS Rainbow badges, which send a message of inclusion to LGBT+ patients and staff.
Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, says: “We’re as inspired as ever by the passion and innovation of our Trust colleagues and look forward to continuing our fundraising and support in the coming years.”
Friends and Family Test
Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in September would recommend the care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to their loved ones:
- 96% of patients recommend our Inpatient Wards and Day Case / Day Surgery
- 93% of patients recommend our Maternity care
- 95% of patients recommend our Community Services
- 92% of patients recommend our Outpatient clinics
- 85% of patients recommend our A&E Department
- 87% of patients recommend using our Transport Services
Celebrating award success
Congratulations to everyone working in our Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Service on their success at the Anticoagulation Achievement Awards.
They were named 'best comprehensive thrombosis management centre’.
The judging panel said: “This was a mature, multi-disciplined, highly reflective and responsive service.” The annual awards celebrate outstanding practice in the management, education and provision of anticoagulation services across the UK.
Allied Health Professional stars shine
Elizabeth Maclennan, who recently retired as head of occupational therapy, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Trust’s first Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) awards.
Elizabeth has been a therapist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for 35 years. She received the award for her dedication to the occupational therapy profession.
Find out more about the other award winners and watch our film to discover more about the AHPs at our hospitals and in the community.
Cardiac physiologist scoops award
Cardiac physiologist Dario Freitas has won a national award for research using three dimensional echocardiograms to diagnose heart conditions.
He won the British Society of Echocardiography Young Investigator of the Year award comparing 2D and 3D echocardiographic measurements.
Kelly Victor, chair of communications at the British Society of Echocardiography, says: “The insightful work of Dario, and the other young investigator of the year contenders, encourages and motivates the entire echo community.”
Superbaby to celebrate first birthday
The Sunday Mirror included the story of Théodore Clark Chamming’s who had emergency open heart surgery when he was just eight hours old at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
His parents, Alex and Amanda, are taking on charity challenges for Evelina London, including the Royal Parks Half Marathon and the London Marathon.
Amanda says: “Théodore really is our determined little Superbaby who has fought his way through. We go back to Evelina London quite often and each visit reminds us how lucky we are to have Théodore with us here today.”
CPR for schoolchildren
The Mail Online reported on a voluntary programme training children in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), led by a doctor from Guy’s and St Thomas’.
Some 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the UK every year, and fewer than one in seven survive.
Consultant anaesthetist, Dr Ada Ezihe-Ejiofor, says: “The Norwegians have a survival rate of one in four because they have been teaching CPR in schools since 1961. At school we have their attention, they are the right age.”
Premature baby becomes neonatal doctor
Dr Sabina Checketts, who was born two and half months early, is now a doctor that cares for premature babies at Evelina London.
The Daily Mirror and Mail Online reported that she weighed just 2lbs 10oz and was small enough to fit in the palm of her father’s hand.
Sabina, who works in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, says: “I feel like the NHS did me this huge favour and now I’m helping in my own way to pass that karma on.”
7 November – dermatology information
Come and learn more about psoriasis from our specialist dermatology team on Thursday 7 November, from 5pm to 7pm.
It will take place in the seminar room on the 9th floor of Tower Wing at Guy's Hospital.
There will be lots of opportunities to answer all your questions about the condition.
20 November – performing arts
Breathe Arts Health Research have a jam-packed performing arts programme for patients, visitors and staff, made possible by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.
The DEBUT trio will perform on Wednesday 20 November in Atrium 1 at Guy's Hospital, from 1pm to 2pm.
To find out what else is planned in November and December, visit the Breathe Arts Health Research website.
26 November – palliative care seminar
Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Robens Suite, Guy’s Hospital, on Tuesday 26 November.
The seminar on palliative care will take place from 6pm to 7.30pm and includes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 731 0319.