The St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust today published its annual report and annual accounts 2011/12.

The report has been published in a number of formats to try and cater for everybody’s needs. The best way to read the report is on the St George’s Healthcare website. The report is optimised for mobile phones so the layout will automatically adjust to your phone’s screen size, and there are also versions available for e-readers and Kindles, as well as a PDF version and a summary report on the website that will also be available around St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals and health centres across Wandsworth.

Miles Scott, chief executive, said:

“The report looks back over an exciting year in which the trust cemented its status as one of the country’s leading healthcare institutions.

“This year we have been named by the Dr Foster report for the Department of Health in the group of trusts with the lowest mortality rates in the country.

“We have also continued to deliver strong performances in Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Royal College audits and assessments.”

Christopher Smallwood, chairman, said:

“Over the last year we have redeveloped A&E, where the new Acute Medicine Unit, Clinical Decisions Unit, Children’s Emergency Department and Paediatric Assessment Unit are making a real difference for patients.

“The opening of the new Rose Centre for breast screening, the new state-of-the-art simulation centre and our redevelopment of neurorehabilitation facilities are further signs of our investments for the future benefitting our patients now.

“The backdrop to all of this was the delivery of a £5.7 million surplus, which will be invested on improving our frontline services. This was the fifth year in a row the trust has returned a surplus, and has enabled us to pay off the final instalment of our historic debt to the Department of Health.”

Anybody who would like to be sent a copy of the annual report summary in the post should contact the communications team on 020 8725 5151 or at

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Annual General Meeting

Our AGM takes place between 18.30 and 20.30hrs on Thursday 27th September 2012 in the Monkton Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of Grosvenor Wing at St George’s Hospital. There is no need to book, you can find our more on our website

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About St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare providers in southwest London. Its main site, St George’s Hospital in Tooting – one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals – is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. As well as acute hospital services, the trust provides a wide variety of specialist and community hospital based care and a full range of community services to children, adults, older people and people with learning disabilities. These services are provided from Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, 11 health centres and clinics, schools and nurseries, patients’ homes and Wandsworth Prison.
  • St George’s Hospital, Tooting, is one of London’s four major trauma centres. In 2011/12 the emergency department at St George’s Hospital treated an average 447 patients each day, with 95.06 per cent of patients being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
  • St George’s Hospital is one of eight hyper acute stroke units in London. The trust’s stroke services were rated as the best in the country by the National Sentinel Audit 2010, and in the top four in 2011.
  • St George’s Hospital has one of the biggest and busiest of the eight heart attack centres in London. The heart attack centre at St George’s Hospital was rated as having the best response rate for treating heart attack patients in London in the 2012 Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP).
  • The trust is an accredited centre of excellence for trauma, neurology, cardiology and cancer services, and the national centre for family HIV care and bone marrow transplantation for non-cancer diseases.
  • In 2011 the trust was named by the Dr Foster report for the Department of Health in the group of trusts with the lowest mortality rates in the country. The trust was one of only 14 in the country to have statistically significant lower than expected mortality rates.
  • The trust passed all national cancer treatment and diagnosis targets in 2011/12, improving the prospects for thousands of cancer patients.
  • In April 2012 the trust reported its lowest ever infection rates, with a 95 per cent reduction in MRSA over the last five years and only one MRSA bacteraemia (blood stream) infection in 2011/12.
  • The 2011 Care Quality Commission (CQC) national inpatient survey has confirmed that the trust is achieving results expected of a major healthcare provider, ranking ‘about the same’ as similar trusts in the country in all 77 survey questions.
  • The trust has returned a financial surplus for the last five years and has no historic debt. This has allowed the trust to invest in front line services and estate and facilities development, including the recent redevelopment of the A&E unit, the opening of a state-of-the-art regional breast cancer screening centre, and the development of a new pre-operative care centre. The trust is also developing state-of-the-art neurorehabilitation services at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals.