Press Releases


New birth unit for top maternity service

A NEW midwifery-led unit is to open at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this summer, providing more choice for women who want to deliver without drugs or medical intervention. The aim is to create a ‘home away from home’ for families. The unit, which has yet to be …

6 Mar 2007 | Tags: birth unit


Who is your St George’s nursing hero of the year?

FOR THE second year running, patients and staff at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are being invited to nominate their nursing or midwifery hero of the year. The award is given in recognition of the extraordinary contribution made by each of the Trust’s 2,000 nurses and midwives to …

5 Mar 2007 | Tags: nursing hero


World Kidney Day

ARE YOUR kidneys okay? This is the challenge which will be made by doctors and nurses at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, on Thursday 8th March, World Kidney Day. Healthy kidneys remove waste and toxins from our blood, so these can be excreted, along with excess water, as urine. But as …

26 Feb 2007 | Tags: world kidney day


Awards for St George’s leaders

TUESDAY 13th February, was a proud day for St George’s as its leaders were honoured for their work and achievements within the NHS. Chief Executive David Astley received his OBE from the Queen during a ceremony of investiture at Buckingham Palace. The award, one of those announced in the New …

22 Feb 2007


Dragon Children’s Centre opens its doors

A SIX-MONTH project to refurbish St George’s Children’s Clinic is complete , creating a bright and child-friendly space which will now be known as the Dragon Children’s Centre. The first clinics took place in the refurbished department on Monday 29 January. Formerly known as the Children’s Outpatients Department, the Centre …

6 Feb 2007


Life-saving cancer screening comes to Sutton and Merton

A NEW NHS initiative will help people in Sutton and Merton to defeat one of the biggest cancer killers in the UK. Bowel cancer affects one in 20 people, and kills more than 16,000 people in the UK every year. Men and women aged between 60 and 69* are being …

5 Feb 2007 | Tags: cancer screening


New Chief Exec awarded OBE

THE NEW Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list. David Astley, who joined the Trust in December, received the award for services to the NHS and said he was shocked but honoured to have been given the award: “I must …

2 Jan 2007 | Tags: chief executive obe


First anniversary raffle

A SPECIAL house for families of children staying at St George’s Hospital is celebrating its first anniversary of opening with a festive raffle. Children may travel a long distance to receive specialist treatment at St George’s and Ronald McDonald House provides free accommodation in eight en suite rooms to provide …

5 Dec 2006


Mother returns to hospital with gift of life

EVER since Natasha Kearns’ daughter was admitted to the children’s intensive care unit at St George’s hospital in Tooting, she’s wanted to give something back to the fantastic staff there. And last week, she did just that. Natasha, husband Stuart and baby daughter Sorcha, returned to St George’s to present …

28 Nov 2006


Tooting nursery raised money for children at St George’s

THE CHILDREN’S Intensive Care Unit at St George’s Hospital in Tooting received a cheque for £3,200 today [Tuesday 21 November 2006]. The Looking Glass Nursery in Macmillan Way, Tooting nominated the Unit as its chosen charity of the year. Staff at the nursery took part in a sponsored walk from …

21 Nov 2006 | Tags: Looking Glass Nursery


Trust honours its “stars”

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust paid tribute to the dedication and loyalty of its staff and volunteers recently with a special dinner. Ten members of staff who have each worked 25 years at the hospital received a glass rose bowel for serving an amazing quarter of a century. …

20 Nov 2006


Health Check results good for St George’s

ST GEORGE’S has been listed in the top 36 per cent of the best NHS Trust’s in the country for our quality of service in the national Annual Health Check, independently run by the Health Commission. St George’s was given an overall rating of ‘good’ for the quality of its …

12 Oct 2006 | Tags: health check


New Chief Executive for St George’s

David Astley, the founding Chief Executive of the East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, has been announced as the new Chief Executive of St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In 1999 David and his team brought together three Hospital Trusts from Ashford, Margate and Canterbury and combined them into one …

11 Oct 2006 | Tags: chief executive


Bolingbroke Hospital

Today we will start a four week engagement process with our staff and stakeholders about where to provide the services that are currently being provided from the Bolingbroke Hospital in Battersea. Once we have feedback from everyone involved with the Bolingbroke Hospital, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will …

10 Oct 2006 | Tags: bolingbroke hospital


MP opens hospital health info centre

SADIQ KHAN, MP for Tooting, was the guest of honour at a special ceremony to open a new information centre for patients at St George’s Hospital. The Health Information Centre is run by volunteers and stocks a wide range of free information about health, diseases and operations. Opening the new …

10 Jul 2006


Birthday honour for hospital Chaplain

A CHAPLAIN at St George’s Hospital has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours list. The Reverend Canon Ian Ainsworth-Smith, 65, was awarded the Membership of the Order of the British Empire at the weekend for services to the NHS. A chaplain at the hospital since 1973, …

19 Jun 2006


St George’s takes further action to reduce deficit

The St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been asked by the Department of Health to speed up its financial recovery plans and balance its books within one financial year. This means taking action above and beyond that already planned. On top of the £19 million that the Trust …

17 May 2006 | Tags: reduce deficit


Actors tour hospital in sonnet spree

A COMPANY of actors will swap the boards for the wards this week when they perform Shakespeare’s sonnets to patients at St George’s Hospital. Over the next five days, five actors from North London theatre company Lightning Ensemble will tour outpatient clinics and nine of the hospital’s wards, reciting the …

16 May 2006


We’re proud of our nurses, says hospital

ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust has today paid tribute to the “skill, dedication and achievements” of its 2,500 nurses and midwives. Speaking at an event held to mark International Nurses Day (Friday 12 May), the hospital’s Director of Nursing, Geraldine Walters, praised nurses and midwives for the outstanding care they …

12 May 2006 | Tags: nurses


Trust named heart attack centre for region

ST GEORGE’S Healthcare NHS Trust has been named the official heart attack centre for South West London by paramedics. A bulletin sent to London Ambulance staff on 22 March named St George’s as one of nine heart attack centres in the capital. Other heart attack centres include King’s College Hospital, …

11 May 2006 | Tags: centre heart attack