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Gazette December 2011

Gazette December 2011

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The Gazette is St George's Healthcare's bi-monthly magazine that keeps you updated with all the going ons in the trust
The Gazette is St George's Healthcare's bi-monthly magazine that keeps you updated with all the going ons in the trust

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Published by: St George's Healthcare NHS Trust on Dec 15, 2011
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Sophie Raworth helps celebratenew neonatal unit role
proudly supported byDecember 2011issue26
2the gazette
the gazette
is written and published by thecommunications unit. The opinions expresseddo not necessarily represent those ofSt George’s Healthcare NHS Trust.If you are a staff member with a story for thegazette, please email:
Front cover page shows BBC newsreader SophieRaworth with 10-year-old Katie Stevens, a ‘graduate’of the neonatal unit at St George’s Hospital.With thanks to Yusuf Ozkizil for photographicservices.
A seasonal message
It is so dark and dismal sometimes during Novemberand December in the northern hemisphere that ifwe didn’t have bonfire night, Christmas and otherfestivals we would have to invent them to light upthe darkness and give us a sense of hope for thefuture when spring returns again!
It is a great joy to see towns, villages and homesand hospitals decorated during this special season,as we get together with colleagues, friends andfamily to celebrate across the holiday time. Something special about this time ofyear means that many of us are not content with just enjoying ourselves, we aresomehow inspired to reach out to one another in friendship and to be generouswith our charitable giving, whether that is our money, our time or our skills.Each year I am impressed with those who make their own cards and gifts to give tofamily and friends, it seems such a good way of saying to each one “I havethought especially about you and this is my card/gift for you.” It is the time of yearthat we reach out to those that we have lost touch with or not had time tocommunicate with much during the other seasons of the year. It gives us theopportunity to mend a broken relationship, but it also can also emphasise thedifficulties we are experiencing in a relationship and make us uncomfortable withthe way our life is now.As the chaplaincy team work alongside some of you this Christmas, we shall becelebrating with those who are recovering from illness and injury, and see that theyhave hope for their future. We shall be with you in supporting and listening tothose who are desperate about the difficulties of their situation, providing comfortwhere we can and offering the strength of our presence to all.Hilary Johnson,
chaplaincy team leader 
The Marfan Trust supports medical research into the cause and preventionof Marfan syndrome with the aim to provide better treatment for patients.
Marfan syndrome affects men, women and children, and occurs among people ofall races and ethnic backgrounds. It is one of the most common of more than 100inherited disorders of connective tissue. The primary purpose of connective tissue isto hold the body together and provide a framework for growth and development.In Marfan syndrome, the connective tissue throughout the body is defective anddoes not act as it should. Marfan syndrome can affect all the body’s systems,including the skeleton, eyes, heart and blood vessels, nervous system, skin and lungs.Dr Anne Child, clinical geneticist at St George’s Hospital, and medical director of theMarfan Trust, heads the UK research team. She said: “The research we do providesvital information to answer questions such as ‘What signs enable us to predictpatients at high risk of aortic rupture?’ and ‘Why do some affected children havelearning difficulties?’“It is also our aim to educate everyone about Marfan syndrome through articles andlectures to improve the diagnosis and management of families with the syndrome.”The Marfan trust funded the establishment of the internationally recognisedSonalee laboratory, based at St George’s, University of London, which detectsMarfan gene mutations to provide the basis for correct diagnosis.For more information visit www.marfantrust.org.
Marfan Trust – supportingmedical research
3A word from Miles
3New specialist staff willenhance care for sickle cellpatients
3Improved care for COPD patients
4First for St George’s as mumreceives daughter’s kidney intissue incompatible kidneytransplant
4Giving voice goes to Westminster5Major trauma care issaving lives
5MITIE’s passion for quality
6Spotlight on...hospital security7Long service awards dinnercelebrates staff7St George’s mortality ratesamong the lowest in England7First joint HR director for trustand university8/9View from the topChristopher Smallwood,trust chairman and Miles Scotttrust chief executive10Patient feedback10St Helier merger bid submitted10‘Better Services Better Value’review highlights need forchange11Past and present – McEnteeWard
11Consultation on plans toimprove neurorehabilitationservices
Hilary Johnson
the gazette3
December’s issue of thegazette, my first as chiefexecutive, provides an opportunityto take stock of the challengesahead as we work to secure ourlong-term future by becoming aFoundation Trust by 2014. In viewfrom the top this month ourchairman, Christopher Smallwood,makes clear his ambition to see theorganisation develop and thrivewhile I also outline the keypriorities for the trust which are asfollows:Delivering outstanding qualityand safetyBecoming a Foundation TrustLeadership and partnershipacross the health systemIntegrated care pathways acrossacute and community servicesFulfilling our academic potentialThe gazette also provides anopportunity to showcase thecontribution of colleagues fromacross the organisation. Thismonth the spotlight falls on oursecurity team while we alsointroduce our new neonatal familycentred care coordinators, as wellas important appointments in thesickle cell team. We also feature atissue incompatible kidneytransplant first for the trust, andreflect on the work of our majortrauma centre one year on from itslaunch.There is much to celebrate at thistime of year, with the Christmasand New Year holidays and otherfeast days for major religions to beobserved. However, this is also atime for reflection and I wouldencourage colleagues to read theseasonal message from CanonHilary Johnson, head of thechaplaincy team.The nature of the NHS means thatmany of our staff will be workingthroughout the holiday period toensure that patients can continueto access expert care. Whether youare working or relaxing withfriends and family may I wish you avery happy Christmas andbest wishes for the New Year.Miles Scott,
chief executive
A word from Miles
For any catering or cleaning enquiries at St George’s Hospital,please contact MITIE helpdesk on 020 8725 4000.
New specialiststaff will enhancecare for sickle cellpatients
Two new specialist appointments aredelivering improved care for local sicklecell patients.
Elizabeth Rhodes has joinedthe trust as sickle cell haematologyconsultant ensuring that patients living withthis condition will receive stabilised andconsistent care. Penelope Cream has beenappointed as clinical health psychologist, arole that is crucial in supporting patients inthe management of their condition as wellas dealing with the chronic and acute pain.Sickle cell anaemia is an inherited, life-longdisease and is the most common of thehereditary blood disorders.Ros Given-Wilson, the trust’s medicaldirector, said: “We are transforming oursickle cell services, working closely with NHSWandsworth, community nurses and GPs to deliver a multi-disciplinary service with morecare delivered closer to patients’ homes. This will mean that only those patients with themost complex healthcare needs will come into hospital.”
SPECIALIST CARE: (l-r) Elizabeth Rhodes and Penelope Cream
The trust’s respiratory team havebeen successful in improving thequality of care and length-of-stayfor patients with chronic obstructivepulmonary disease (COPD) with thehelp of a successful application forsupport from the NHS ImprovementTeam (Lung). This application was jointly applied for by the trust andNHS Wandsworth.
The project began with the teammapping out patient journeys from thetime patients came into A&E, through totheir discharge. This process identifiedgaps and bottlenecks which neededaddressing. As a result the inpatientsrespiratory nurse service has beenredesigned and patients are now seenby the respiratory nurse earlier in theadmission process. Patients arereviewed, assessed and issued with aCOPD discharge pack, all patients ondischarge are referred to the communityrespiratory team for follow up within 24hours and closer working relationshipswith the acute medicine unit, geriatricsand respiratory ward have beendeveloped.
Improved care for COPD patients
Sam Prigmore, respiratory nurseconsultant, said: “This is an importantissue to tackle. Around three millionpeople in the UK have COPD and it isthe second most common reason foradmission to hospital and one of themost costly inpatient conditionstreated by the NHS. We are pleasedwith the progress we’ve made andwould like to thank all wards anddepartments who participated in theprocess mapping exercise.”
TEAM WORK: The respiratory team areimproving care for their COPD patients

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