News and events


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


Nominate your nursing hero of the year

PATIENTS are being invited to nominate a nurse or midwife for a major new award launched today by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Nurse/Midwife of the Year award is being held for the first time this year to ‘celebrate and recognise the extraordinary contribution’ made to patient …

8 Feb 2006


Research shows new drug can stop mother-baby transmission of HIV

DOCTORS from St George’s Hospital have found that a new drug for treating HIV infections can prevent pregnant women infected with a drug-resistant form of the virus from transmitting it to their babies. Two case studies published by a team of virology, paediatric and sexual health experts from the hospital …

24 Jan 2006 | Tags: drug HIV mother-baby transmission


Radiologist appointed hospital Medical Director

A SENIOR radiologist has been appointed a medical director of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust announced today [17th January] that Dr Derek Dundas, 53, is the new medical director with responsibility for children’s and women’s services as well as the hospital’s diagnostic units and intensive care …

17 Jan 2006 | Tags: Dr Derek Dundas Medical Director


A year of progress for St George’s as waiting times fall

WAITING times for operations and outpatient appointments at St George’s Hospital fell to an all-time low in December after a year of ‘very strong progress’ for clinical care, according to one of its medical directors. Six months is now the maximum amount of time patients can expect to wait for …

11 Jan 2006 | Tags: waiting times


‘Put It Out’: Smoking banned from local hospitals

SMOKERS WATCH OUT: Next time you pay a visit to hospital, you will have to put out your cigarette before you step foot on its grounds. The three hospitals run by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust became smoke-free zones on New Year’s Eve. The ban on smoking, which …

3 Jan 2006 | Tags: smoking ban


Hospital ‘hotel’ opens for Mums and Dads

ST GEORGE’S Hospital has opened a ‘home away from home’ for parents whose children need long-term inpatient care. And the house has already received its first guest. Carly Gillard, 24, from Eastbourne in Sussex is the first parent to stay there while her six year old daughter, Nicole, receives treatment …

19 Dec 2005 | Tags: hospital hotel


Patients with winter sickness bug urged to stay away from hospital

PEOPLE who fall ill with a winter virus that causes diarrhoea and vomiting are being urged to stay away from St George’s Hospital to protect patients and healthcare workers. The virus, which doctors describe as ‘unpleasant but rarely serious,’ is spread easily from one person to another and lasts between …

12 Dec 2005 | Tags: norovirus


Hospital to be smoke-free by the New Year

ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust and its three hospitals are to become smoke-free by the end of the year, it has been announced. Smoking was banned from hospital buildings in 2003 but the scheme will now be extended to cover outside spaces too. The new ban will come into force …

11 Nov 2005 | Tags: smoke-free


“Think twice” before coming to A&E, patients told

PATIENTS are being asked to “think twice” before going to A&E at St George’s Hospital for treatment this winter. The announcement comes as doctors and nurses celebrate the news that they have successfully treated more than 90,000 patients within the Government’s target time of four hours. Figures show more than …

28 Oct 2005 | Tags: a&e


Charity raise £24,000 for NHS epilepsy dietician

THE PARENTS of a young girl who died from a rare form of epilepsy have raised thousands of pounds for a special anti-epilepsy dietician at the hospital where she was treated. Daisy Garland, the daughter of David and Sara Garland from West Wimbledon, died in her sleep in April 2004 …

20 Sep 2005 | Tags: dietician epilepsy