News and events


St George’s takes lead in fight against superbugs

ST GEORGE’S HOSPITAL in Tooting, London, has become the first to send a major party to the UK’s first ever Clean Hospitals Summit, on April 14-15. Nine delegates from the hospital will join top NHS figures, plus those from industry and concerned public organisations, to pool ideas and knowledge to …

2 Feb 2005 | Tags: MRSA Summit superbugs


A&E care is better, say patients

DOCTORS and nurses in the A&E department of St George’s Hospital may be treating people in record time, but now a new report says the care they give their patients is better than a year ago. An independent survey has found nearly 85 per cent of patients think that the …

2 Feb 2005 | Tags: poll survey


Hospital renames wards

ST GEORGE’S has today (Tuesday 1 February) renamed three of its wards to help patients and visitors find their way around the hospital. Benjamin Brodie ward has been renamed Florence Nightingale ward after the legendary nurse and public health reformer who was a Governor of St George’s Hospital towards the …

1 Feb 2005 | Tags: Florence Nightingale Hospital renames wards Ocean ward Trevor Howell


St George’s physio named NHS champion

A PHYSIOTHERAPIST from St George’s Hospital has scooped a top award for her work with children. Children’s physiotherapist Hilary Rattue was named an NHS Champion on Tuesday 18 January after being nominated for the award by three London families. The awards, which are run by The Evening Standard, the independent …

20 Jan 2005 | Tags: NHS champion


Trust must act to protect Bolingbroke patients

Elderly patients staying in beds at the Bolingbroke Hospital in Wandsworth are to be moved to different accommodation because the outdated nature of the building means it could be difficult to evacuate them safely in the event of a fire. It is hoped that the transfer of inpatients will be …

17 Jan 2005 | Tags: Bolingbroke patients


Clot-busting drug given to stroke victims

A DRUG which can stop stroke victims being permanently paralysed after an attack is being given to patients by brain specialists at St George’s Hospital. Doctors at the Trust are giving a thrombolytic drug called Alteplase to patients who have suffered strokes to break up blood clots before they destroy …

14 Jan 2005 | Tags: Stroke


Weathermen help hospital docs predict rise in patients

WEATHER experts from the Met Office have teamed up with doctors from St George’s Hospital to help them predict the number of patients needing treatment over the winter months. According to the scheme which began in November, the hospital receives two forecasts a week from the UK’s Met Office. Each …

12 Jan 2005


Miracle girl Jodie Duffin presents £20,000 cheque to her medical team

JODIE DUFFIN, the young girl from Morden who was the victim of a hit and run accident in June, returned to the hospital where she recovered from her injuries on Saturday 11 December 2004 to present a £20,000 cheque to her medical team. Jodie, aged 12, was joined by her …

19 Dec 2004


Local NHS issues advice for residents on Winter Vomiting Disease

Two local NHS organisations are teaming up to issue health advice for local residents, following an increase in cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community, which is probably due to Winter Vomiting Disease (also known as norovirus). Wandsworth Primary Care Trust (PCT) and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation …

16 Dec 2004 | Tags: norovirus


Actors entertain hospital kids

ACTORS FROM community theatre troupe Ladder to the Moon are back with more fantasy-fuelled mayhem for the children’s wards of St George’s Hospital. The theatre company has been weaving their magic at the Tooting-based Trust for the past two weeks, gathering ideas and stories from children and the staff who …

9 Dec 2004


Patients to quiz hospital staff over clean hands

PATIENTS at St George’s Hospital, London are to be given new powers to quiz doctors and nurses who forget to clean their hands. The announcement forms part of a wider crackdown on hospital-acquired infections at the Tooting-based Trust, where cases of MRSA have fallen in recent years. There were 93 …

2 Dec 2004


Health clinics to hunt for cancer gene in families

A NETWORK of health clinics for people who fear they may be at risk of cancer because their family has a history of the disease is being piloted by St George’s Hospital, London. The clinics, which will run at three GP surgeries and two hospitals in the South East of …

2 Dec 2004 | Tags: cancer gene


Safe sex plea by hospital

AS HEALTH activists across the world today promote World Aids Day (1 December 2004), safe sex campaigners at St George’s Hospital release new figures which show a 13 per cent rise in the number of HIV infections in the local community. Data published by the Health Protection Agency reveals the …

1 Dec 2004 | Tags: sexual health


Hospital staff honoured for long service

TO SPEND the better part of your career with one company may strike some people as unusual. Not so for 40 members of staff from St George’s Hospital who on Wednesday 24 November were praised for each giving more than a quarter of a century’s service to the Trust and …

26 Nov 2004 | Tags: long service


Hospital scoops top prize at NHS oscars

AN INNOVATIVE software program that monitors deaths at St George’s Hospital, London has scooped a top prize at the health service equivalent of the Hollywood Oscars. The computer system and the team who created it won second prize in the category of Improvement in Performance Management at the annual Health …

17 Nov 2004

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