News and Events

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

11 Nov 2005 | Tags: smoke-free