I am delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named Evelina London as their chosen charity for anyone wishing to make a donation to mark the birth of their third baby.
We have been exceptionally proud to welcome The Duke and Duchess to Evelina London three times in the past 15 months. On each occasion, they have been moved and impressed by the care and compassion provided to children, young people and their families.
In this month’s e-GiST, find out how we are giving the organ donation message a much needed lift, and read about a world champion powerlifter who says a pioneering research study saved his life.
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Evelina London Children's Hospital as their chosen charity to celebrate the birth of their third child.
Earlier this year we welcomed The Duchess to Snow Leopard Ward and The Duke to Beach Ward to meet staff, patients and families. The Duchess also opened Ronald McDonald House Evelina London last year.
Marian Ridley, Director of Evelina London, says: “We are very grateful for their support, and wish their family a happy and healthy future together.”
World champion thanks ‘lifesaving’ study
A world champion powerlifter has credited a pioneering research study with saving his life. Alan Luker, 68, joined the REVIVED trial at St Thomas’ Hospital after having an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted in 2013.
The study is assessing if patients with coronary artery disease benefit from having a stent inserted into their blocked artery. The multi-centre study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, recently recruited more than 400 patients out of 700.
Alan says: “Without the study I believe I’d be dead by now. I’m convinced both the stent and defibrillator have given me a quality of life I couldn’t have dreamed of.”
Trust gives organ donation a lift
Lifts at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals have been covered with powerful messages to raise awareness of organ donation.
Doors of lifts in North Wing at St Thomas’ and Borough Wing at Guy’s show artwork from NHS Blood and Transplant. It includes a barcode which staff, patients and visitors can scan with smartphones to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Sam Newman, specialist nurse for organ donation at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says he hopes the initiative will prompt people to think about organ donation.
New app could reduce unnecessary treatment
A new app that can help predict if a woman is going to give birth prematurely could reduce unnecessary treatment and hospital admissions.
The QUiPP app was developed by researchers from Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King's College London. It helps healthcare professionals identify and treat women who are more likely to give birth prematurely.
Jo Deery, who had seven miscarriages before being referred to St Thomas’ Hospital, had the QUiPP app used on her. She says: “My chance of going into preterm labour again was very, very small. I was able to go home and it gave me a brilliant peace of mind.”
Help for teens with pacemakers
Two former Evelina London Children’s Hospital patients have created a booklet to help young people who are living with a pacemaker.
Hannah Phillips, 22, and Katie Miller, 20, were born with congenital heart conditions and had pacemakers fitted at Evelina London. After their experiences, they teamed up with the children’s hospital to produce the booklet, Wired Up.
Katie says: “As well as answering questions that young people may have, I hope it acts as a guide to support them on their journey.”
Out-of-hours cancer helpline
Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Macmillan Cancer Support have launched a new helpline for cancer patients across south-east London.
The Acute Oncology Service (AOS) helpline provides advice and support to patients and carers worried about their symptoms and treatment. It means they can contact a senior nurse at night and on weekends for guidance and reassurance.
The service has been developed with patients who highlighted the difficulties they faced getting clinical advice out of hours. The Macmillan Acute Oncology out-of-hours service number is 020 7188 3754.
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Protecting your data
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Cancer Survivors’ Day Celebration Walk
As part of Cancer Survivors' Day we’ll be holding a fundraising walk to celebrate survivorship and to honour loved ones.
Taking place on Sunday 24 June, you can choose from 3.5km (fully accessible route), 6km or 11km walks along the Thames.
After the walk you’ll be able to join the celebrations at the main Cancer Survivors' Day event. Register now to help us continue the exceptional care and research for Guy’s Cancer.
Good luck to our abseilers
Good luck to our 300 brave supporters who will abseiling 160 feet down the side of St Thomas’ Hospital on Friday 11 May.
Lindsay Blake, a programme manager at St Thomas’, is one of our amazing fundraisers taking on the daredevil challenge. Find out why he’s raising money for Evelina London here.
If you’re around on the day, pop outside to watch and cheer on our abseilers!
Get support for your idea
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is encouraging Trust staff to apply for funding to improve the experience and care of our patients.
Jane Sivyer, senior play specialist on the intensive care unit at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, received funding to deliver Craft Angels. The weekly craft sessions are held for parents with a sick child at the hospital.
To explore other stories and find out how to get support for your own charity story, please click here.
Friends and Family Test – March
Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in February recommend the care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to their loved ones:
- 95% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
- 91% of women receiving maternity care
- 98% of patients using our community services
- 92% of outpatients
- 82% of A&E patients
- 87% of patients using our transport service
Health: Truth or Scare
An episode of BBC One’s Health: Truth or Scare highlighted the immunotherapy treatment offered to allergy patients at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
The report featured hay fever sufferer Amanda Smith who says immunotherapy at Guy’s Hospital changed her life. She was filmed during her appointment with Professor Chris Corrigan, consultant in allergy and asthma at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
Dr Adam Fox, consultant and joint clinical lead of allergy at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, explained how immunotherapy works. He also discussed the reasons why the number of allergy sufferers in the UK is increasing.
A trip down memory lane
Nursing Times featured a story about a group of nurses who trained at St Thomas’ Hospital 40 years ago.
The “Nightingale nurses” who graduated from the hospital’s Nightingale Training School took a trip down memory lane to celebrate the NHS turning 70.
They included Jenny Theed, who was 21 years old when she started training to be a nurse at St Thomas’ in 1978. She says: “It was a brilliant place to train and was absolutely at the forefront.”
Secrets of kidney cancer unlocked
Clinicians and patients from Guy’s and St Thomas’ have helped to make two crucial breakthroughs in the treatment of kidney cancer.
Mail Online, The Times, South London Press and Southwark News reported how scientists have discovered that kidney cancer can originate in childhood.
Tim O’Brien, consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ helped design the studies. He says: “I want to thank all of our patients that took part in these studies which further our understanding of kidney cancer.”
11 May – International Nurses' Day
Help us celebrate the outstanding work of our nurses and midwives on Friday 11 May to mark International Nurses' Day.
Come and get involved in our activities and events across the Trust between 10am and 2pm.
European Cancer Nursing Day will be celebrated on Friday 18 May between 9am and 3pm in the Cancer Centre at Guy’s.
15 May – free sleep disorders seminar
Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Robens Suite, Guy’s Hospital, on Tuesday 15 May.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 731 0319.
15 May – Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week
Help us celebrate Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week at Guy’s Hospital on Tuesday 15 May and St Thomas’ Hospital on Wednesday 16 May.
Interactive and informative roadshow events will be held between 11am and 2pm. They will include members of our safeguarding team, training team, dyslexia forum, LGBT forum, Disabled Go service and many more.
For information about the event at Guy’s Hospital, please click here, and for St Thomas’ Hospital, please click here.
21 May – have you used Guy’s pharmacy?
Help improve the service we provide by joining our focus group on Monday 21 May between 2pm and 4pm.
The Guy’s outpatient pharmacy team are looking at how patients experience their services and are hoping to make improvements based on patient feedback.
To get involved, please complete this online form and you will receive confirmation of your place. For more information, email email@example.com.
22 May – vote for your governor representatives
Nominations for this year’s Council of Governors elections have been received from patient, public and clinical staff members.
You will be able to vote if you became a member of the Trust on or before 4 May 2018. You will receive details about how you can vote via email or post when voting opens on Tuesday 22 May.
This is your chance to make your voice heard and have your say. Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 15 June.
22 May – International Clinical Trials Day celebrations
Clinical trials are vital to finding new treatments and improving the care patients receive. On Tuesday 22 May we’ll celebrate the past, present and future of trials at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
Find out more about the history of clinical trials, and meet the teams running trials now, to improve care for patients.
Stalls will be in Birdsong Corridor at St Thomas’ Hospital, and the atrium at Guy’s Hospital from 10am to 4pm. Or you can get involved on social media, by keeping an eye on the hashtag #ICTD2018.