Press releases

C. difficile increases risk of death six-fold in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Patients admitted to hospital with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) face a sixfold greater risk of death if they become infected with Clostridium difficile, a new study has found. The researchers say IBD patients should be screened on admission to protect them from serious illness. IBD, consisting of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative …
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20 Apr 2011 | Tags: Clostridium difficile IBD inflammatory bowel disease

Partnership working combats crime

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust is helping local police ‘fill in the blanks’ of assault crimes in a bid to reduce violent offences in Wandsworth. The initiative, part of a Home Office and Department of Health joint project for safer communities, has been rolled out nationally over the past five …
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13 Apr 2011 | Tags: CDRP The Wandsworth Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership

A touch of magic comes to St George’s Hospital

Mickey and Minnie Mouse brought smiles to the children on the paediatric wards at St George’s Hospital on Wednesday, 6th April. Rosie Littleboy, lead play specialist, said: “the visit was kept a big surprise from the wards until the day and the children absolutely loved it. It was great to …
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12 Apr 2011

Foundation Trust delay will ensure quality and safety

The board of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agreed at its meeting held on March 31st to delay the timeline for its Foundation Trust (FT) application to April 2013. In taking this decision the board acknowledged that, while the trust had successfully met the clinical and governance standards …
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8 Apr 2011

Mixed sex accommodation declaration of compliance online

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has published its mixed sex accommodation of compliance online. The declaration includes details about the work St George’s undertakes to deliver mixed sex accommodation as well as the escalation procedure and action plan.

5 Apr 2011 | Tags: mixed sex accommodation

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust announces £55m savings target

St George’s Healthcare has today announced to staff that it is planning to save £55 million during 2011/12. The figure made up of a £40 million cost reduction programme (CRP) and £15 million related to quality, innovation, productivity, prevention (QIPP) targets. The £40m cost reduction target is linked to NHS …
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17 Feb 2011 | Tags: cost reduction programme CRP

Enhancing the healing environment at HMP Wandsworth

Thursday 27th January 2011 saw the unveiling of the newly refurbished central health unit at Wandsworth Prison. The unit has been completely overhauled, with what was formerly considered a grey, soulless, drab and depressing environment replaced by a vibrant and comfortable setting which has helped to encourage inmates to access …
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1 Feb 2011

Local children say hello to the national year of communication with balloon launch at Wandsworth Museum

The St George’s Healthcare community speech and language promotion and prevention team launched Hello, the 2011 national year of communication campaign, with a star studded ‘words will take you far’ balloon launch at Wandsworth Museum on 28th January 2011. The balloons were released by children from local day and community …
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31 Jan 2011 | Tags: national year of communication

Healthy eating event feeds public interest

More than 200 local people attended St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust’s first member event on Wednesday 19th January entitled Nutrition in a nutshell – how to eat healthy and live longer by Catherine Collins, principal dietitian. This was the first in a series of special member events aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles. …
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27 Jan 2011 | Tags: Catherine Collins principal dietitian

St George’s Hospital combat winter flu pandemic with new one hour test

St. George’s Hospital is coping well under the enormous pressures of the winter flu season thanks to a new rapid test that has enabled the microbiology and virology laboratories and the infection control team to offer round-the-clock services. The Xpert Flu test, which runs on Cepheid’s GeneXpert System, simultaneously detects …
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14 Jan 2011 | Tags: winter flu

St George’s commended for emergency training innovation

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust has been commended by the London Deanery for a pioneering initiative that has seen a major trauma manikin introduced in an emergency environment. A new simulation room has been located in the accident and emergency department at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. The new facility, the …
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7 Jan 2011 | Tags: emergency training innovation pioneering initiative simulation room

New Associate Non-Executive Director appointed

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Chair, Naaz Coker, has announced Sarah Wilton will be joining the trust as Associate Non Executive Director on 1 January 2011. Sarah is joining St George’s Healthcare from NHS Wandsworth, where she had been non executive director since April 2007. At NHS Wandsworth, Sarah was …
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22 Dec 2010 | Tags: Associate Non Executive Director Sarah Wilton

Warm reunion as ‘home away from home’ celebrates fifth year in Tooting

It was a warm reunion as staff and guests celebrated the five-year anniversary of Ronald McDonald House in Tooting this week. Ronald McDonald House staff were pleased to welcome back the Stone family, who stayed at the house in February 2010 when their nine-day-old baby, Sarah, was admitted to St …
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17 Dec 2010 | Tags: Elizabeth Stone Ronald McDonald House Sadiq Khan warm reunion

Queen Mary’s Hospital archivist receives Civic Award in recognition of saving local history

Gordon Jones, chairman of the Queen Mary’s Hospital archive and museum group, was honoured by the Mayor of Wandsworth with a Civic Award at a glitzy town hall ceremony in November in recognition of the significant contribution he has made to life of the borough. 10 years ago Gordon took …
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19 Nov 2010 | Tags: archivist Civic Award Gordon Jones recognition

Bionic ear inventor meets young cochlear patients at St George’s Hospital

On Wednesday morning children from across South West London and Surrey who have had their lives transformed by a cochlear implant, or bionic ear, got the chance to meet the device’s inventor Professor Graeme Clark at St George’s Hospital. Professor Clark met several children and their families, including seven year …
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10 Nov 2010 | Tags: Bionic ear cochlear implant Professor Graeme Clark

Local MP becomes St George’s 1000th Foundation Trust member

Tooting MP Sadiq Khan has become the 1000th member of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and is supporting its plans to become a Foundation Trust (FT) in 2011. As a FT St George’s will remain fully within the NHS but will have greater financial freedom to develop facilities and services …
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15 Oct 2010 | Tags: 1000th member Sadiq Khan

St George’s Healthcare gets energised about energy

St George’s Healthcare staff, patients and visitors renewed their commitment to cutting carbon at a special one-day event, Get Energised About Energy, held on Friday 8th October. The event marked a six-month milestone in the trust’s 10:10 campaign. Patients, visitors and staff pledged their support by signing the 10:10 banner, which will …
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8 Oct 2010 | Tags: cutting carbon David Astley Energised About Energy reducing carbon

Community Services Wandsworth to merge with St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

The boards of NHS Wandsworth and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust have given their approval for Community Services Wandsworth (CSW) to merge with St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust from 1st October 2010. The merger will offer local residents high quality, seamless healthcare from hospital to home. St George’s Healthcare, named …
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1 Oct 2010 | Tags: CSW merge merger

South London’s first patient panel for inflammatory bowel disease sufferers to be launched at St George’s Hospital

A group of health professionals and patients from South London aims to establish the area’s first independent patient panel for people suffering from debilitating bowel conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The new panel at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, will be launched at a public event on 16th …
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30 Sep 2010 | Tags: bowel colitis Crohn’s inflammatory inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative ulcerative colitis

St George’s report celebrates success of 2009/10

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has published its 2009/10 report and accounts, summarising key activity and achievements during the last financial year. The report examines the leading-edge care the trust provides to the local community and highlights how patients from across the country also benefit from its specialist …
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22 Sep 2010 | Tags: accounts report report and accounts