Press Releases


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. However, by bringing it into hospital, people could be putting vulnerable patients and healthcare workers …

14 Dec 2009 | Tags: norovirus winter sickness


New transplant technique will benefit local kidney patients

Local kidney patients are being given new hope from a pioneering transplant technique, which allows surgeons to transplant a kidney from donor to recipient even if their blood types do not match. This new technique, which was performed by the transplant team at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust …

30 Nov 2009 | Tags: Nicos Kessaris Steve Purcell technique transplant


St George’s named ‘Large Trust of the Year’

Dr Foster Intelligence, the publisher of the Hospital Guide, has named St George’s as its ‘Large Acute Trust of the Year’ for 2009. Each year, Dr Foster Intelligence aims to give patients the information they need to exercise choice with its guide, which is based on analysis of the routine …

30 Nov 2009 | Tags: Dr Foster survey Trust of the Year


Sticky solution to deadly lung problem

A revolutionary procedure that uses surgical BioGlue to prevent potentially life-threatening infection in lung surgery patients has been successfully carried out by a cardiothoracic team at St George’s Hospital, London. [1] Patients who undergo surgery on a lung can be susceptible to infection via a bronchopleural fistula, a hole that …

16 Nov 2009 | Tags: BioGlue cardiothoracic team lung surgery


St George’s Chair wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Naaz Coker, the Chair of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from an awards scheme recognising the contribution of Asian people to UK society and business. Lloyds TSB Jewel Awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate achievement and success of Asian people in …

10 Nov 2009 | Tags: Lifetime Achievement Award Naaz Coker


Men in Wandsworth failing to attend life-saving screening appointments

Wandsworth men may be putting their lives at risk by failing to attend life-saving screening clinics at St George’s Hospital.  As part of a national programme to cut deaths from abdominal aortic aneurisms (AAAs), men aged over 65 in Wandsworth were among the first in the country invited for free screening which …

29 Oct 2009 | Tags: AAAs abdominal aortic aneurisms


St George’s appoints Interim Director of Human Resources

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, has appointed Sally Storey as its interim Director of Human Resources (HR) and Organisational Development, to cover in the absence of Helen Gordon who recently took adoption leave. Sally has held Board level HR posts for over 12 years, managing large scale …

22 Oct 2009 | Tags: interim Director of Human Resources Sally Storey


St George’s appoints new Director of Nursing and Patient Safety

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, has appointed Alison Robertson as its new Director of Nursing and Patient Safety. Currently Chief Nurse at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, she will join St George’s in the New Year. Alison has worked in the NHS for over 25 …

20 Oct 2009 | Tags: Alison Robertso Director of Nursing and Patient Safety


New Cord Blood Unit opens at St George’s

A new centre for the collection of vital cord blood donations was opened at St George’s Hospital, London, on Monday (19th October) by Public Health Minister Gillian Merron. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after a baby is born. It is rich in …

20 Oct 2009 | Tags: cord blood unit


New NHS Cord Blood Collection Centre opens at St George’s Hospital

A new centre for the collection of vital cord blood donations will be opened on Monday by Public Health Minister, Gillian Merron. NHS Blood and Transplant and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have established the fifth site at which mothers can donate cord blood. Cord blood is the …

16 Oct 2009 | Tags: Cord Blood Collection Centre


Celebration of Maternity Services

Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, consultant and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George’s, University of London, officially re-opened the delivery suite on 29 September following a major refurbishment. The event celebrated both the changes that Maternity Service has undergone in the last year and Prof Arul’s knighthood which he was …

5 Oct 2009 | Tags: Maternity Services


St George’s Annual Report shows the hospital at work 24/7

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has published its 2008/09 annual report and accounts, summarising key activity and achievements during the last financial year. The report takes on the theme of 24/7 healthcare, and features key areas of the Trust’s work, such as its cutting edge robotic surgery and …

2 Oct 2009 | Tags: 2008/09 annual report


Gracious Golden Wedding

Marking their Golden Wedding Anniversary in style, Alan and Kay Pfeiffer had more than their 50 years of marriage to celebrate this summer. In recent years both Alan and Kay have battled the fight against cancer, but together have made full recoveries thanks to the care and support of each …

1 Oct 2009


St George’s appoints new Head of IT

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, has appointed John-Jo Campbell as its new Head of IT. Mr Campbell was previously on secondment at the Department of Health where his responsibilities included developing a major IT procurement project and leading the transition of live services in the south of …

1 Oct 2009 | Tags: head of it John-Jo Campbell


NHS Medical Director inspires St George’s clinical leaders

NHS Medical Director and prominent heart surgeon, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, addressed an audience of senior clinicians and directors from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the launch of the trust’s new leadership training programme on Monday 21st September. Engaging Leadership will see 21 clinicians who hold senior management …

23 Sep 2009 | Tags: Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh


St George’s pledges to cut carbon emissions

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to 10:10, an ambitious and radical national programme which aims to cut carbon emissions to help tackle climate change. Organisations across the country are taking part in the project, launched in September, and together aim to cut 10 per cent …

23 Sep 2009 | Tags: carbon emissions


St George’s ladies run for mums!

A team of St George’s Hospital staff took part in the Women’s 5k Challenge in Hyde Park on Sunday to raise funds for St George’s. Nine ladies formed the St George’s team, having trained together over the past few weeks. Weather conditions were good, with overcast skies and a cool …

15 Sep 2009 | Tags: charity run


Charity gig sell out!

A group of St George’s Hospital staff returned to GJ’s in Colliers Wood last week for a sell-out gig in aid of St George’s Hospital Charity. The Crazeefass duo – Shola Adegoroye, a general manager and Alan Thorne, a director – first took to the stage at GJs in January …

7 Sep 2009 | Tags: Charity gig


Become a fan of St George’s

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking to reach out to patients and the public via the social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. Followers can receive daily updates about the work of the hospital through Twitter and even become a fan of St George’s on Facebook. Information provided on these sites …

27 Aug 2009 | Tags: fan


St George’s becomes major trauma centre

St George’s will become one of only 4 major trauma centres in London following an announcement by Healthcare for London today, 20 July 2009. As a major trauma centre, St George’s will take patients in from south west London and Surrey with serious injuries for immediate access to specialist care …

29 Jul 2009 | Tags: major trauma centre