In this issue
Welcome
Duchess launches nursing campaign
Teen diagnosed through 100,000 Genomes Project
Surgeons help budding footballer Jovel
Powerful MRI scanner to transform research
New Majors area opens
Benefits for staff
Use our free wills service
Friends and Family Test – January
National Maternity Survey
Tiny heart device transforms lives
Peanut allergy drug nears approval
A lifeline for heart patients
14 March – Healthcare Science Week roadshow
26 March – free genomics event
27 March – free hearing loss seminar
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Welcome

In this month’s e-GiST you can read about HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to St Thomas’ Hospital to launch the new Nursing Now campaign.

 

We are proud to support the global initiative as it is helping to promote the vital work of nurses around the world.

 

Our nurses have an enormous range of skills and responsibilities. It was fantastic that we were able to introduce Her Royal Highness to the specialist nurse-led team on Snow Leopard Ward, part of Evelina London Children's Hospital, who are dedicated to caring for children who need ventilation to stay alive.

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Duchess launches nursing campaign

The Duchess of Cambridge launched a global nursing campaign last week at St Thomas’ Hospital.

 

Nursing Now aims to raise the profile and status of nursing across the world. The Duchess met a range of nurses on Snow Leopard Ward at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’.

 

The specialist team help train carers and relatives how to use ventilation equipment safely to prepare them for when the child is home. Speaking at the launch event, The Duchess said nurses “are awe-inspiring”.

 
Teen diagnosed through 100,000 Genomes Project

A teenager who enrolled to the 100,000 Genomes Project has received a diagnosis for his rare genetic condition after years of speculation.

 

Alex Masterson, 19, was originally diagnosed with Noonan syndrome – a genetic disorder that can cause heart defects and distinctive facial features. But he did not have a mutation in the genes usually known to cause the condition.

 

Sequencing of his genome revealed that Alex has a related rare genetic disorder called Leopard syndrome. His mum, Kirsty, says: “I cried when we got the diagnosis because it was such a relief to have an answer.”

 
Surgeons help budding footballer Jovel

A promising footballer who injured his hip before a trial with a premier league football club is back on the pitch thanks to Evelina London Children's Hospital.

 

Jovel Jackson-Davis, 15, was one of the first patients to benefit from the hospital’s keyhole hip and knee surgery service. Evelina London is the first children’s hospital in London and the South East to have a service of this kind.

 

Mr Michail Kokkinakis, consultant children's orthopaedic surgeon, says the service is able to meet young patients’ unique needs. Jovel, from London, says: “Evelina London got me back on the pitch in record time. I had my operation in September and by January I was back training and free from pain.”

 
Powerful MRI scanner to transform research

The most powerful MRI scanner in London will arrive at St Thomas’ later this year. A clinical imaging research facility will support its use, allowing leading researchers to increase understanding of many conditions.

 

The MRI scanner operates with a strong 7T magnet rather than 1.5T or 3T magnets which most MRI scanners have. The higher magnetic field provides more detailed, higher quality images which can detect more subtle changes caused by diseases.

 

The pioneering equipment will be hosted by the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, King’s College London. The project is funded by King’s College London and the Wellcome Trust.

 
New Majors area opens

The project to create a new Emergency Floor at St Thomas' Hospital is almost complete.

 

It will ensure the 140,000 patients who visit our Emergency Department (A&E) each year are cared for in a better environment. A new Majors area opens today with 25 treatment cubicles, a more efficient, open layout and improved facilities for staff and relatives.

 

The final stage of the project will be completed in early May. This will see the Clinical Decision Unit move from its temporary location to a new home on the Emergency Floor.

 
Benefits for staff

Want to know more about the benefits of working for King’s Health Partners?

 

Some of the opportunities available to staff include education, training, funding resources and advice on conducting research across the partnership.

 

King's Health Partners brings together Guy’s and St Thomas’, King's College Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts and King's College London. It has a workforce of more than 40,000 people committed to excellence in healthcare.

Support us
 
Use our free wills service

Would you like to have a simple will written by a qualified solicitor for free? The fundraising team is offering this opportunity and in return all they ask is for you to consider supporting the amazing care our hospitals provide in future.

 

Click here to find out how some of our amazing supporters have made a real difference to staff and patients by leaving a gift in their wills.

 

There is no obligation to leave a gift in your will to Guy’s, St Thomas’ or Evelina London but it would be greatly appreciated if you choose to do so. For more information visit the fundraising website or call the team on 020 7848 4701.

How are we doing?
 
Friends and Family Test – January

Most patients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in January recommend the care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to their loved ones:

 

 

 

  • 96% of inpatients and day case/surgery patients
  • 90% of women receiving maternity care
  • 96% of patients using our community services
  • 92% of outpatients
  • 87% of A&E patients
  • 95% of patients using our transport service
 
National Maternity Survey

Maternity care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the best in London, according to the Care Quality Commission’s National Maternity Survey.

 

The Trust scored well in a number of key categories. These related to communication, support and responsiveness of staff caring for women during labour, birth and postnatal care in hospital.

 

Lynne Pacanowski, Director of Midwifery, says: “We are constantly striving to improve our maternity services at the Trust, and welcome ongoing feedback from patients to help to achieve this.”

In the news
 
Tiny heart device transforms lives

The One Show reported how a revolutionary device – the size of a grain of rice – is helping patients with heart failure.


Patient Jeffrey Wales was filmed having the procedure at St Thomas’ Hospital. Professor Aldo Rinaldi, consultant cardiologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, told Jeffrey that the WiSE device could help to get his heart beating normally again.


An hour after the procedure Jeffrey said he already felt better than he had done in years.

 
Peanut allergy drug nears approval

US biotech company, Aimmune Therapeutics, is on course to win approval for the world’s first peanut allergy drug, the Financial Times reported.


Professor George Du Toit, a consultant in children’s allergy at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, is a member of Aimmune’s scientific advisory board.


Professor Du Toit says: “The majority of patients on this trial were able to get up to eating two to four whole peanuts. What that means is you’d be safe against accidental exposure to small amounts."

 
A lifeline for heart patients

Radio 4 Inside Health highlighted how support groups set up at St Thomas’ Hospital are helping patients who have implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

 

Known as ICDs, the devices are used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest. Arrhythmia specialist nurse, Sharlene Hogan, started the sessions six years ago.

 

Speaking to patients in the programme, Sharlene says: "The ICD is there to help you live your life, to help you not be afraid."

Key dates
 
14 March – Healthcare Science Week roadshow

Healthcare Science Week aims to promote the amazing work of healthcare science professionals and the difference they make to patients' lives.

We will be celebrating in Central Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital, from 10am to 2pm, on Wednesday 14 March - come along to find out more.

For more information about the annual event, please email laura.carlisle@gstt.nhs.uk or katie.thomasson@gstt.nhs.uk.

 
26 March – free genomics event

Learn about genomics at our ‘Unlocking the secrets of your DNA’ event, including talks, interactive stands and lively discussions with experts and patients.

 

It will be held in Roben's Suite, 29th floor Tower Wing, Guy's Hospital, on Monday 26 March, from 5.30pm to 7pm. Special guest speaker, Simon Gillespie, British Heart Foundation chief executive, will share his motivation for joining the 100,000 Genomes Project.

 

For more information and to register, please click here.

 
27 March – free hearing loss seminar

Our next free health seminar for Foundation Trust members will be held in the Nevin Lecture Theatre, St Thomas’ Hospital, on Tuesday 27 March.

 

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.