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 …
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10 May 2006

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 …
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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 …
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26 Apr 2006

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 …
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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. …
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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 …
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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 …
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16 Mar 2006

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 …
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15 Mar 2006

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 …
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22 Feb 2006

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 …
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15 Feb 2006

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 …
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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 …
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24 Jan 2006

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 …
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17 Jan 2006

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 …
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11 Jan 2006

‘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 …
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3 Jan 2006