Press Releases


Associate non-executive director appointed to St George’s Trust Board

A new associate non-executive director has been appointed to the Board of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Moira Nangle is an Organisation Development consultant who has qualifications in teaching, training, coaching, counselling, person-centred psychotherapy and an MSc in Organisation Development. She has held senior Organisation Development roles in …

24 Apr 2009 | Tags: appointed appointment director Moira Nangle non-executive Trust Board


500,000th Pacemaker operation at St George’s

The 500,000th person in the UK to receive a life-saving heart pacemaker has had the procedure in the same London hospital that undertook the first implant more than 50 years ago. Karl Sidhu, 52, from Camberley in Surrey has had a biventricular ICD fitted, one of the latest generation of …

23 Apr 2009 | Tags: biventricular ICD cardiac heart pacemaker


St George’s infection rate figures go online

Patients and the public can now check St George’s Hospital’s MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C.diff) figures and learn more about how staff are successfully fighting infection. Infection control is a top priority for St George’s and staff are working hard to monitor and prevent infections. The rates on the website date from …

13 Feb 2009 | Tags: C.diff Clostridium difficile figures infection rate MRSA


The Stroke Association highlights St George’s as a beacon of good practice

As the Department of Health prepares to launch a major stroke awareness campaign, a new report by The Stroke Association highlights St George’s Hospital as a beacon of good practice. Jon Barrick, Chief Executive for The Stroke Association explains: ‘Just over a year ago the Government issued the National Stroke …

10 Feb 2009 | Tags: Jon Barrick Stroke


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

9 Jan 2009 | Tags: bug norovirus virus winter sickness


Specialist life support training helps save lives at St George’s

2500 St George’s nurses have now completed specialist training which is helping to save the lives of patients seriously ill patients in hospital. The immediate life support (ILS) training which includes an early warning system, teaches staff to recognise and prevent patients suffering cardiac arrests. Paula McLean, Resuscitation Service Manager …

12 Dec 2008 | Tags: ILS specialist training


St George’s staff mark World Aids Day

St George’s Hospital staff marked World AIDS Day on Monday 1 December by raising both public AIDS awareness and funds for HIV patients. It is estimated that six out of every 1,000 of Wandsworth residents aged between 15 and 59 have HIV, but a third of those have not been …

2 Dec 2008 | Tags: AIDS HIV World Aids Day


Local support for St George’s kids

Children being treated at St George’s Hospital got a welcome surprise on Thursday 27 November when the Paediatric ward received visits from two generous local groups. The ward’s Puffa charity fund received a £500.00 gift from Royal Mail’s South London Postal Sports Social Club, part of an annual donation from the group …

1 Dec 2008 | Tags: Colin Williams Gatton Primary Paediatric ward Puffa Yvonne Brown


St George’s takes first step to becoming a Major Trauma Centre

St George’s Hospital has welcomed a decision this week by Healthcare for London that a bid it made on behalf of the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network will be considered to go forward to public consultation. David Astley, St George’s Chief Executive, said: “If successful, St George’s will …

28 Nov 2008 | Tags: centre David Astley trauma


Trust pleased with spot check report

The Healthcare Commission yesterday named St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust among five acute Trusts that passed recent hygiene spotchecks, showing that the hospital is successfully adhering to the government’s hygiene code. Inspectors found that of 51 Trusts checked the majority failed to meet standards introduced to fight hospital …

25 Nov 2008 | Tags: Dr Geraldine Walters Infection Control spotcheck


Big names queue up to support charity carol service

A fundraising carol service, organised by the Friends of the Neonatal Unit at St George’s Hospital, will feature special readings and performances from a host of famous faces and local groups at St Matthew’s Church, West Wimbledon on Tuesday 2 December. Television’s Ortis Deley and Michael Absalom, presenters of the …

20 Nov 2008 | Tags: carol service fundraising neonatal unit NNU


News reader Sophie raises thousands for St George’s children

BBC news reader Sophie Raworth is on the run helping to raise thousands in sponsorship to help pay for neonatal equipment at St George’s hospital. Sophie, who is patron of the registered charity The Friends of the Neonatal Unit at St George’s, has so far raised more than £2,200 sponsorship …

7 Nov 2008 | Tags: neonatal Sophie Raworth


TWO-STAGE TESTING NEEDED FOR C DIFF

Patients suspected of carrying the C diff bacteria should have their stool samples tested twice to avoid misdiagnosis, according to researchers at St George?s, University of London and St George?s Healthcare NHS Trust.? Currently, patients across the NHS are diagnosed with a single test, based on the level of a toxin produced …

1 Nov 2008 | Tags: C diff bacteria Clostridium difficile stool samples


ST GEORGE’S MOVES UP THE RATINGS IN THE ANNUAL HEALTH CHECK

The Annual Health Check results announced today (16th October) by the Healthcare Commission show that St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has improved its ratings for both quality of services and use of resources during 2007/08. The Commission’s report shows that St George’s is delivering improved services at a …

16 Oct 2008 | Tags: quality ratings resources services


LOCAL PATIENTS TO BENEFIT FROM A NEW CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AT ST GEORGE’S

St George’s Hospital has welcomed the announcement that St George’s, University of London (SGUL) and Royal Holloway, University of London are set to merge to become a major player in higher education and health research and education in South West London. The merger will combine the excellence of the two …

3 Oct 2008 | Tags: excellence merger SWaN


TRUST MAKES STEADY PROGRESS IN CONTROLLING INFECTION

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed the publication of the latest figures showing substantial reductions in the incidence of both MRSA and Clostridium difficile at the hospital. The Trust has recorded a dramatic reduction in the number of MRSA bacteraemia cases, from 87 cases in 2006/07 to …

17 Jul 2008 | Tags: Clostridium control infection MRSA reductions


SPOTCHECK SHOWS ST GEORGE’S IS TOP AT INFECTION CONTROL

The Healthcare Commission has given St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust the top score of a triple green light after an assessment against national measures aimed at reducing hospital-acquired infections. St George’s Hospital, Tooting, was scrutinised by the health watchdog during an unannounced inspection in March. The results of …

11 Jun 2008 | Tags: spot check top score triple green light


EMERGENCY SERVICES PULL TOGETHER FOR ST GEORGE’S

TOOTING’s emergency services have chosen St George’s as the beneficiary of their combined effort to pull a 3350 kg ambulance through the streets of Tooting. As part of the Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) Midsummer Fun Day on Saturday 21 June, Tooting Fire Station, Tooting Safer Neighbourhood Team and …

11 Jun 2008 | Tags: BATCA Fun Day Gatton Muslim primary Midsummer St Augustine's Church


ST GEORGE’S TOP FOR REDUCING PATIENT WAITS

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been praised by the minister of state for public health for exceeding a government target to reduce patient waits – nine months ahead of deadline. The Trust is one of just 35 in England and one of six in the London area …

10 Jun 2008 | Tags: exceeding patient waits reduce


BREAST SCREENING ADVICE GOES ON THE WEB

The South West London Breast Screening Service is launching a web site to help inform local women about breast screening services. The web site – www.swlbreastscreening.co.uk – has been designed to allow women to get further information about breast screening from the comfort of their own home. It includes information on: having …

12 May 2008 | Tags: Breast breast screening Screening