500,000th Pacemaker operation at St George’s

The 500,000th person in the UK to receive a life-saving heart pacemaker has had the procedure in the same London hospital that undertook the first implant more than 50 years ago. Karl Sidhu, 52, from Camberley in Surrey has had a biventricular ICD fitted, one of the latest generation of …
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23 Apr 2009

St George’s infection rate figures go online

Patients and the public can now check St George’s Hospital’s MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C.diff) figures and learn more about how staff are successfully fighting infection. Infection control is a top priority for St George’s and staff are working hard to monitor and prevent infections. The rates on the website date from …
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13 Feb 2009

The Stroke Association highlights St George’s as a beacon of good practice

As the Department of Health prepares to launch a major stroke awareness campaign, a new report by The Stroke Association highlights St George’s Hospital as a beacon of good practice. Jon Barrick, Chief Executive for The Stroke Association explains: ‘Just over a year ago the Government issued the National Stroke …
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10 Feb 2009

People with Winter Bug urged to stay away from hospital

People suffering with the winter sickness bug Norovirus are being urged to stay away from hospital and instead contact their GP or pharmacy. Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is generally unpleasant but rarely serious, but by bringing it into hospital people could be putting vulnerable patients and healthcare workers …
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9 Jan 2009

Health Minister and local MP get the inside track of patient experience at St George’s

Health Minister Ben Bradshaw and MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan visited St George’s Hospital yesterday (7 January) where they discovered how innovative ways of working are helping to improve patient care. Mr Bradshaw and Mr Khan were shown how the electronic Patient Experience Tracker (PET) helps patients to give immediate …
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8 Jan 2009

Specialist life support training helps save lives at St George’s

2500 St George’s nurses have now completed specialist training which is helping to save the lives of patients seriously ill patients in hospital. The immediate life support (ILS) training which includes an early warning system, teaches staff to recognise and prevent patients suffering cardiac arrests. Paula McLean, Resuscitation Service Manager …
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12 Dec 2008

St George’s staff mark World Aids Day

St George’s Hospital staff marked World AIDS Day on Monday 1 December by raising both public AIDS awareness and funds for HIV patients. It is estimated that six out of every 1,000 of Wandsworth residents aged between 15 and 59 have HIV, but a third of those have not been …
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2 Dec 2008

Local support for St George’s kids

Children being treated at St George’s Hospital got a welcome surprise on Thursday 27 November when the Paediatric ward received visits from two generous local groups. The ward’s Puffa charity fund received a £500.00 gift from Royal Mail’s South London Postal Sports Social Club, part of an annual donation from the group …
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1 Dec 2008

St George’s takes first step to becoming a Major Trauma Centre

St George’s Hospital has welcomed a decision this week by Healthcare for London that a bid it made on behalf of the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network will be considered to go forward to public consultation. David Astley, St George’s Chief Executive, said: “If successful, St George’s will …
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28 Nov 2008

Trust pleased with spot check report

The Healthcare Commission yesterday named St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust among five acute Trusts that passed recent hygiene spotchecks, showing that the hospital is successfully adhering to the government’s hygiene code. Inspectors found that of 51 Trusts checked the majority failed to meet standards introduced to fight hospital …
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25 Nov 2008

Big names queue up to support charity carol service

A fundraising carol service, organised by the Friends of the Neonatal Unit at St George’s Hospital, will feature special readings and performances from a host of famous faces and local groups at St Matthew’s Church, West Wimbledon on Tuesday 2 December. Television’s Ortis Deley and Michael Absalom, presenters of the …
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20 Nov 2008

News reader Sophie raises thousands for St George’s children

BBC news reader Sophie Raworth is on the run helping to raise thousands in sponsorship to help pay for neonatal equipment at St George’s hospital. Sophie, who is patron of the registered charity The Friends of the Neonatal Unit at St George’s, has so far raised more than £2,200 sponsorship …
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7 Nov 2008


Patients suspected of carrying the C diff bacteria should have their stool samples tested twice to avoid misdiagnosis, according to researchers at St George?s, University of London and St George?s Healthcare NHS Trust.? Currently, patients across the NHS are diagnosed with a single test, based on the level of a toxin produced …
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1 Nov 2008


The Annual Health Check results announced today (16th October) by the Healthcare Commission show that St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has improved its ratings for both quality of services and use of resources during 2007/08. The Commission’s report shows that St George’s is delivering improved services at a …
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16 Oct 2008


St George’s Hospital has welcomed the announcement that St George’s, University of London (SGUL) and Royal Holloway, University of London are set to merge to become a major player in higher education and health research and education in South West London. The merger will combine the excellence of the two …
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3 Oct 2008