News and events


Birthday honour for hospital Chaplain

A CHAPLAIN at St George’s Hospital has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours list. The Reverend Canon Ian Ainsworth-Smith, 65, was awarded the Membership of the Order of the British Empire at the weekend for services to the NHS. A chaplain at the hospital since 1973, …

19 Jun 2006


St George’s takes further action to reduce deficit

The St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been asked by the Department of Health to speed up its financial recovery plans and balance its books within one financial year. This means taking action above and beyond that already planned. On top of the £19 million that the Trust …

17 May 2006 | Tags: reduce deficit


Actors tour hospital in sonnet spree

A COMPANY of actors will swap the boards for the wards this week when they perform Shakespeare’s sonnets to patients at St George’s Hospital. Over the next five days, five actors from North London theatre company Lightning Ensemble will tour outpatient clinics and nine of the hospital’s wards, reciting the …

16 May 2006


We’re proud of our nurses, says hospital

ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust has today paid tribute to the “skill, dedication and achievements” of its 2,500 nurses and midwives. Speaking at an event held to mark International Nurses Day (Friday 12 May), the hospital’s Director of Nursing, Geraldine Walters, praised nurses and midwives for the outstanding care they …

12 May 2006 | Tags: nurses


Trust named heart attack centre for region

ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust has been named the official heart attack centre for South West London by paramedics. A bulletin sent to London Ambulance staff on 22 March named St George’s as one of nine heart attack centres in the capital. Other heart attack centres include King’s College Hospital, …

11 May 2006 | Tags: centre heart attack


Hospital Non-Executive Director to serve four more years

A SENIOR civil servant with the Tribunals Service is to serve a second term on the board of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Mrs Valerie Vaughan-Dick, aged 45 from Streatham, is Director of Finance and Resources at the Tribunals Service, part of the Department of Constitutional Affairs. She …

10 May 2006 | Tags: non-executive director


Trust sells hospital for £15m

THE ATKINSON Morley Hospital in Wimbledon owned by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been sold to a private developer for £15.1m. The sale of the hospital, which was home to the Trust’s neurosciences unit until 2003 when services transferred to the new Atkinson Morley Wing at St …

5 May 2006


Wedding bells and pastures new for Chief Executive

DR PETER HOMA, Chief Executive of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is set to take up a new job as Chief Executive of the fourth largest NHS Trust in the Country, the newly merged Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Peter Homa joined St George’s as Chief Executive in …

26 Apr 2006 | Tags: chief executive


Tooting girls’ school raises money for children at St George’s

OVER 250 girls aged 12 and 13 from Burntwood School in Tooting have raised an amazing £2,400 for the children’s intensive care unit at St George’s Hospital. Taking part in a sponsored walk around the school playing fields, the year 8 girls raised the money by convincing family and friends …

24 Apr 2006


A picture of health

FLYING the flag for St George’s at the London Marathon this year will be 38-year-old Louise Coast-Smith, a former patient of St George’s who wants to raise money for the surgeon who saved her life – Henry Marsh. Louise became seriously ill six years ago, when she collapsed without warning. …

11 Apr 2006


Nurse runs St George’s Day marathon to raise money for hospital

A NURSE in the children’s intensive care unit at St George’s Hospital is training hard in preparation for this year’s London Marathon and is enjoying the fact that her efforts on St George’s Day (23 April) will benefit St George’s Hospital. Vikki Cameron, who is running and fundraising with her …

3 Apr 2006


Hospital endoscopy unit ‘excels’, say Government and Royal College inspectors

THE ENDOSCOPY unit at St George’s Hospital is set to become a screening centre for bowel cancer after reviews by the Government and a group representing four Royal Colleges described it as an “outstanding” centre for patient care and medical training. The reviews, which were held in November 2005 by …

16 Mar 2006 | Tags: endoscopy


Wimbledon charity raises £48,000 for epilepsy dietitian at hospital

Children in south west London who suffer from a drug-resistant form of epilepsy will be able to try a special diet that can control their seizures from today following a campaign by a local charity to raise thousands of pounds for a specialist dietitian at St George’s Hospital. The Daisy …

15 Mar 2006 | Tags: epilepsy dietitian


Stay away from hospital if you have winter sickness bug

DO NOT come to hospital if you are suffering with the winter sickness bug, St George’s Hospital has warned. The winter virus which causes diarrhoea and vomiting is described as ‘unpleasant but rarely serious’ by doctors, but by bringing the virus into hospital you could be putting vulnerable patients and …

22 Feb 2006 | Tags: norovirus winter sickness bug


Hospital staff join police to improve security

STAFF at St George’s Hospital in Tooting are being asked to become Special Constables and patrol the hospital, acting as a powerful deterrent to crime and disorder. As part of the Metropolitan Police Force’s HospitalWatch scheme, staff would patrol the hospital site with experienced officers once a fortnight, training to a high …

15 Feb 2006 | Tags: police security