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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
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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