News and Events

Matrons rally against MRSA

SENIOR nurses from St George’s Hospital will join forces tomorrow to campaign for greater awareness of MRSA and the steps that must be taken to shield patients from infections of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The hospital’s thirty modern matrons will take to the foyers of Grosvenor Wing and Atkinson Morley Wing … Continue reading

19 Sep 2005 | Tags: MRSA

MS sufferer wins award

A WOMAN from St George’s Hospital who has battled with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years has won a major disability award. Margaret Morrison, Head of Facilities at the South London hospital, won the regional Remploy disability award last Wednesday (7 September) after being nominated by friends and colleagues … Continue reading

15 Sep 2005 | Tags: ms sufferer

First Touch Garden

Gorgeous George’s gardens win contest

AS SPORTING contests go, the competitors are more, well, flora than Paula. But the flower beds of one South London hospital were hailed as champions last week when the green-fingered groundsmen that tend them won first prize in a London-wide competition for the best-kept hospital gardens. Gardeners from St George’s … Continue reading

15 Sep 2005 | Tags: contest gardens hospital

St George’s is first hospital to publish all mortality rates

The NHS Trust which runs St George’s Hospital in South London has become the first in the UK, and possibly the world to publish all its death rates by individual clinical specialty. The death rates are published in the form of graphs on the Trust website. The graphs, for a … Continue reading

25 Aug 2005 | Tags: mortality rates

Work starts on hospital family hotel

WORK has begun at St George’s Hospital on a family ‘hotel’ that will offer free accommodation to parents of children needing inpatient medical care. The centre, which is described as a ‘home away from home’, will cost over ?750k to build and is due to be completed by the end … Continue reading

28 Jun 2005 | Tags: family hotel

MRSA infections fall by a third

BLOODSTREAM INFECTIONS of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA fell by a third at St George’s Hospital last year, according to new figures published by the Department of Health. There were 63 infections of MRSA between April 2004 and March 2005, compared to 93 cases in 2003/04. Dr Aodhan Breathnach, infection control … Continue reading

21 Jun 2005 | Tags: infections MRSA

Hospital improves heart attack care

VICTIMS of heart attacks are receiving rapid access to life-saving medication at St George’s Hospital, according to a new report published by the Royal College of Physicians. Figures from the Fourth Public Report of the Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project (MINAP) show 93 per cent of patients were given clot-busting … Continue reading

16 Jun 2005 | Tags: minap Myocardial Infarction National Audit Project

Hospital Director awarded OBE

A DIRECTOR of St George’s Hospital has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Karen Castille, Director of Service Improvement and Strategy for the hospital, received the Order of the British Empire for ‘services to the NHS’, according to St James’ Palace which announced the honours on … Continue reading

14 Jun 2005 | Tags: hospital director obe

First keyhole kidney transplant performed by hospital

SURGEONS from St George’s Hospital performed a landmark operation on Wednesday 26 May to remove a kidney from a live donor using keyhole surgery. The laparoscopic procedure, which was first developed fourteen years ago, makes St George’s only the fifth hospital in the country to offer the less invasive form … Continue reading

28 May 2005 | Tags: kidney transplant

“Renewing St George’s:” A Plan for Financial Recovery

THE ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust has launched its plan to tackle an overspend of around ?20 million by changing the way it works. The plan focuses on improving patient services by changing the way the hospital works, based on ideas provided by staff. Much of the plan, entitled Renewing … Continue reading

26 May 2005 | Tags: financial recovery

Hospital thanks nurses

ST GEORGE’S Hospital has paid tribute to the expertise of its 2,300 nurses. Speaking at an event to mark International Nurses Day (Thursday 12 May), which is held every year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the hospital’s Director of Nursing Geraldine Walters praised nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants … Continue reading

12 May 2005

Exposed: The new hospital gown that is less revealing

WORN by patients up and down the country, the traditional hospital gown often leaves wearers quite literally exposed. Now nurses from South West London have designed a new robe that promises to be less revealing. The gown, which is similar in style to a Japanese kimono, is being piloted by … Continue reading

11 May 2005 | Tags: hospital gown

Hospital fracture unit given million pound makeover

ST GEORGE’S Hospital has flung open the doors of its fracture unit again after a £1m refurbishment. The project, which was funded by the NHS Modernisation Agency as part of the Action on Orthopaedics scheme, has taken five months to complete. The unit has been completely refurbished and its layout … Continue reading

11 May 2005 | Tags: fracture unit

St George’s to be friendlier to the learning disabled

Staff at St George’s who wanted to find out what coming to was like for people with learning disabilities have done the obvious thing. They’ve asked them. St George’s have been working with a local organisation Generate, which supports people with learning disabilities, to try to make the hospital friendlier … Continue reading

5 May 2005 | Tags: learning disabilities

St George’s named ‘top performing hospital’

ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust has been named a “top performing hospital” by a company that measures clinical performance. Not only that, the Trust was named the most improved hospital for clinical care. The CHKS awards, now in their fifth year, were held on Tuesday 26th April in Birmingham and … Continue reading

28 Apr 2005 | Tags: benchmarking CHKS performance top performing hospital