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  1. Kingston residents invited to show their livers some love

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    Kingston residents are invited to have a liver scan and a chat with local NHS experts at Liver Week events running throughout the borough on 25, 26 and 27 January 2023.

    Appointments on the liver health bus take less than 10 minutes and let participants know how healthy their liver is and what they can do to improve and keep it healthy in the future. The check-up involves a scan and a finger-prick blood test and those showing signs of possible liver damage will be offered further support.

    Events will be held:

    Wednesday 25 January 2023, 9am – 1pmMerritt Medical Centre, 60 Merritt Gardens, Chessington, KT9 2GY (St George’s bus)
    Thursday 26 January 2023, 9am – 4pmUnited Reformed Church, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6DR
    Friday 27 January 2023, 10am – 2pmKingston Churches Action on Homelessness, St Peter’s Church Hall, London Road, Kingston, KT2 6QL

    Find out more.

  2. London Ambulance industrial action – Maternity services

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    There is strike action planned by staff working for London Ambulance Service on Monday 23 January. Ambulances will not be available to take you to hospital, unless it is a life-threatening emergency. 

    Our maternity services will be running as usual. 

    Please plan how you would come to hospital on that day if you needed to.  

    If you have any worries, or think you’re in labour, please contact us for advice as early as possible on 020 8934 2802.

    If you are planning a homebirth around this time, your midwife will speak to you about what this means for your care. 

  3. Kingston’s maternity service placed top five in London following National Maternity Survey

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    This week, the Care Quality Commission has published findings of the National Maternity Survey 2022.

    A total of 200 service users who received care in Kingston Hospital’s maternity services took part in the survey in February last year, which invited them to rate their antenatal care, experience of labour and birth, and postnatal care.

    The results put Kingston Maternity in the top five London Trusts for all eight parameters which are assessed and categorised as follows:

    • The start of your care during pregnancy
    • Antenatal check-ups
    • During your pregnancy
    • Your labour and birth
    • Staff caring for you
    • Care in hospital after birth
    • Feeding your baby
    • Care at home after birth

    Nic Kane, Chief Nurse for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are really proud of our results in the National Maternity Survey 2022, which are testament to the hard work and dedication of our maternity teams. I would like to thank my colleagues for all the work they do which places us within the best performing trusts for maternity services in London. Thanks also to everyone who responded to the survey and shared their valuable feedback.”

  4. How to access care during ambulance service strike action

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    On 11 January, there will be fewer ambulances on the road and fewer staff in ambulance control rooms triaging 999 calls, due to strike action.

    The London Ambulance Service is advising patients only to call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency. This includes unconsciousness, chest pain, difficulty breathing, a server loss of blood or when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

    Patients whose conditions are not life-threatening are unlikely to get an ambulance during the strike. If you need medical help fast, please use 111 online to get assessed and directed to the care you need. If required, you may need to arrange alternative transport to hospital.

    For more information on the industrial action, please visit the London Ambulance Service website.

    We are always here for those who need care.

    Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

    For those driving to our emergency department in a medical emergency, please follow instructions from staff marshalling the hospital site and do not park on or obstruct our roads.

    If you need care, but it isn’t an emergency, there are a number of options available:

    If you have an urgent healthcare need but it isn’t an emergency, contact NHS 111 online as your first port of call, as this service can quickly advise you where to go and what to do next.

    Your local pharmacy can also provide advice on minor health concerns from skin rashes to earaches and flu. Many pharmacies open late and no appointment is needed. Find your nearest pharmacy here.

    Contact your GP surgery for appointments about illnesses or injuries that won’t go away. Many GPs offer an out of hours service.

    Find out more about where to go if you need medical advice, but it’s not an emergency.

  5. Help improve sexual and reproductive health services

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    The London Boroughs of Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth with the NHS are working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of people in the area. To help us with this, we would like to find out more about your awareness and experience in accessing local sexual and reproductive health services and your views on how you may want to access services in the future to ensure they work for you. 

    Find out more and complete the online survey.

  6. Unpaid carers survey – South West London

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    Have you cared for or are you caring for a person living with a terminal illness or at the end of their life?

    Do you receive support as an unpaid carer of a person or loved one? Please share your experience of caring for someone and any support needs you have. Is anything missing? What can be done to improve your current situation?

    If you or the person you’ve cared for / caring for live in South West London (Kingston, Richmond, Croydon, Wandsworth, Sutton or Merton), we would like to hear from you.

    Either via a focus group, one-to-one meeting (f2f or virtual), phone call or online survey.

    Please contact Ali or Urooj: email a.epton@nhs.net / urooj.khan2@nhs.net or telephone / text 07779 657 216.

  7. London Ambulance industrial action – Maternity services

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    There is strike action planned by staff working for London Ambulance Service on Wednesday 11 January, between noon and midnight. Ambulances will not be available to take you to hospital, unless it is a life-threatening emergency. 

    Our maternity services will be running as usual. 

    Please plan how you would come to hospital on that day if you needed to.  

    If you have any worries, or think you’re in labour, please contact us for advice as early as possible on 020 8934 2802.

    If you are planning a homebirth around this time, your midwife will speak to you about what this means for your care. 

  8. Allied Health Professional Career Days – Wednesday 18 January and Thursday 19 January

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    Allied health professionals (AHPs) are key to patient care and are the third largest workforce in the NHS. AHPs include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, radiographers, speech and language therapists and dietitians, and all play an important role in delivering high quality care to patients across a wide range of care pathways.

    If you are interested in a career in any of these areas, join us on Wednesday 18 January or Thursday 19 January (9.30am – 4.30pm) to meet some of our staff and learn more about allied health professional roles at Kingston Hospital. There will also be an opportunity to shadow some of our AHPs.

    Our Allied Health Professional Career Days are open to anyone aged 16 years or over.

    Register online by Monday 16 January. We hope you can join us.

  9. Help and support from local charities

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    Kingston Hospital works with local charities to make sure patients and carers get the help they need whilst in hospital as well as back at home.

    This winter, we are pleased to partner with local charities including Staywell, Nightingale, Kingston Carers’ Network and Richmond Carers Centre to enable them to reach out to patients and carers much earlier in their healthcare journey.

    Laura Greene, Head of Volunteering and Community Partnerships, said “We feel strongly that local charities have expertise and services that are key to improving our patients’ and carers’ wellbeing both in hospital and back home in the community. By connecting people with local charities to support them whilst they are in hospital, patients and carers are receiving the help and support they need from their local voluntary sector during a crisis. By working in partnership with the hospital, charities can also provide greater continuity of care between hospital and home, joining up the help and support patients and carers receive regardless of where that care is needed.”

    Read more about some of our active partnerships with local charities.

  10. Strike action – how to access care and how we are continuing care

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    It has been announced that the London Ambulance Service will be striking on Wednesday 21 December from midday to midnight. The following days may also be affected as a result.

    While our staff and services will be working as normal, we are expecting our services to be busier than usual and ask you to use services responsibly and think NHS 111 first so we can prioritise our sickest patients.

    Regardless of any strike action taking place, it is really important that patients who need urgent medical care continue to come forward as normal, especially in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

    We are always here for those who need care.

    Please read the information on this page for further information and advice.

  11. Nominations now open for Kingston Hospital’s governor by-elections

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    Nominations are now open for Kingston Hospital’s governor by-elections for the constituency of Elmbridge. Two positions are available – one term to expire in November 2023 and one to expire in November 2024. The person polling the most votes will take the longer term.    

    Nominations are open from Tuesday 20 December 2022 to Tuesday 17 January 2023, and the election will take place from Friday 3 February to Friday 24 February 2023.

    Find out more about Kingston Hospital’s Council of Governors and the governor by-elections.

  12. Operation ‘Sleigh Bells’ – getting patients home this Christmas

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    This festive season, we want to help as many of our inpatients as possible to get home, so they don’t have to spend Christmas in hospital. That’s why we’ve launched Operation ‘Sleigh Bells’.

    Over the coming days, our inpatient teams will be assessing patients’ health and doing everything they can to get them home in time for Christmas.

    We will be working with families and carers to ensure that people who can go home are able to do so safely and with the right support in place, such as transport or additional equipment.

    Flyers are available for patients and relatives with more details about the campaign. Please speak to a member of staff to find out what you can do to help get your loved one home this Christmas, if safe to do so.

    If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one returning home for Christmas, please let the staff on the ward know.

  13. London Ambulance industrial action – Maternity services

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    There is strike action planned by staff working for London Ambulance Service on Wednesday 21 December, between noon and midnight. Ambulances will not be available to take you to hospital, unless it is a life-threatening emergency. 

    Our maternity services will be running as usual. 

    Please plan how you would come to hospital on that day if you needed to.  

    If you have any worries, or think you’re in labour, please contact us for advice as early as possible on 020 8934 2802.

    If you are planning a homebirth around this time, your midwife will speak to you about what this means for your care. 

  14. Know where to go if you need medical advice, but it’s not an emergency

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    Pharmacy
    Your local pharmacy is a first port-of-call for minor health concerns. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can help with lots of illnesses, from skin rashes to earaches and flu. Many pharmacies open late and offer private consultations, no appointment needed.

    Your GP
    Call your GP practice or visit their website to make an appointment for an illness or injury that won’t go away, or access your GP’s out of hours service.

    NHS 111 (24/7)
    Call NHS 111 FREE for urgent medical advice, or access the service online at 111.nhs.uk.
    If NHS 111 advise that you attend the Emergency Department, ask them if they can book you an appointment.

    Richmond Urgent Treatment Centre
    (8am-8pm, every day)
    The Richmond Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Teddington Memorial Hospital is for when you need urgent medical attention, but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

    The service is run by nurses and other healthcare professionals, supported by a GP.

    Contact your current healthcare team
    If you are already receiving care or treatment from a particular healthcare team, contact them first to see if they can help.

    Healthier Together children’s health website
    Created by experts, Healthier Together is a new website in south west London which provides pregnant people, parents and carers with trusted information on common childhood illnesses.

    Visit www.swlondon-healthiertogether.nhs.uk.

    Mental health support (24/7)
    If you live in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth and you need mental health support in a crisis you can call our 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line on 0800 028 8000.

    The Mental Health Crisis Line offers emotional support and advice to people who are affected by urgent mental health issues, at any time of the day or night. It is open to children and adults of all ages, and to people who haven’t previously accessed mental health services.

    If you are in a mental health crisis or need urgent support you can also go to:

    Connected Kingston
    If you need to access community support, visit www.connectedkingston.uk.

    Connected Kingston is run by the Royal Borough of Kingston Council and Kingston Voluntary Action, and is dedicated to helping Kingston residents navigate local services.

    Warm Spaces
    Kingston Council and Richmond Council have opened a network of warm spaces this winter, in partnership with the voluntary and community sector. To find your nearest warm space, search online for ‘Kingston warm spaces’ or ‘Richmond warm spaces’.

  15. Kingston Hospital’s maternity service rated good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

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    Kingston Hospital’s maternity service has been rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of their national maternity inspection programme. The programme aims to provide an up-to-date view of the quality of hospital maternity care across the country, and a better understanding of what is working well to support learning and improvement at a local and national level.

    You can read the full inspection report here on the CQC’s website.

    Nic Kane, Chief Nurse for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are proud to have retained our ‘good’ rating for Kingston’s maternity services. I am grateful to our staff who are totally committed to delivering a high standard of care to local women and their families, every day of the year.”

    The CQC praised Kingston maternity services for an open culture and the fact that staff enjoy working at the Trust. Staff are also clear about their roles and accountabilities and the service engages well with women and the community to plan and manage services. The inspectors described staff who are focused on the needs of women receiving care and committed to continual improvement of services.

    However, the report highlighted that during the visit the service did not always have enough staff to keep women safe. Midwifery staffing is a national issue and at Kingston the workforce in maternity is flexible and staff will move around to fill any gaps. Furthermore, the team has recently undertaken a recruitment drive and although our staffing position has improved since the inspection, we continue to focus our attention in this area.

    At the time of their visit, the inspectors also observed that the security of the unit could be enhanced in order to reduce the risk of women and babies being unsafe. The Trust has since completed a thorough review of the security of the unit, which included undertaking an abduction exercise, and taking action to address all of the issues raised.

    The team at Kingston has a rolling programme of audit and improvement in place to ensure that we continually improve and sustain the high standards of care that women are accustomed to at Kingston Hospital.

    On the back of this inspection, in addition to being rated ‘good’ overall following the inspection, the CQC has confirmed that: “Kingston Hospital’s maternity service was rated ‘good’ for being well-led and ‘requires improvement’ for being safe. Ratings for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, are unchanged by this inspection. It remains outstanding overall.”

    Nic Kane, Chief Nurse adds: “All of our services have been under pressure for a prolonged period of time, and so this rating is a positive endorsement of the care we’re providing, and I am confident that team will continue to lead further improvements in the good service that we provide.”

    Cathy Warwick, Board Maternity Safety Champion for Kingston Hospital said: “It is always very helpful to have an external review of our service and we welcome the CQC report.

    “The fact that the service at Kingston was noted to be well led with a positive culture is excellent and I know that the maternity leadership team with the support of the Trust Board is taking immediate action to address all of the areas identified for improvement. I feel confident that women coming to Kingston can expect safe and compassionate care.”

  16. Listen to episode 4 of Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast

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    Episode 4 of Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast focuses on the topic of lung cancer and is hosted by Dr Bill Oldfield, Chief Medical Officer at Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH).

    Hear from Emily Holton (Faster Diagnosis Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist), Helena Oliveira (Clinical Nurse Specialist for medical oncology) and Sam Haviland (Kick-It stop smoking service) as they discuss lung cancer patient pathways, signs and symptoms, and ways to reduce the risk of lung cancer.

    Listen now: https://kingstonhospital.nhs.uk/get-involved/become-a-member/health-talks-podcast/

  17. Healthier Together – a new website for families in South West London

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    Worried about your child’s health?

    Created by local experts in child health, Healthier Together is a new website which provides information on common childhood health concerns such as fever and breathing problems.

    On the website you will find information about a range of health concerns, all of which have been created by child health specialists, GPs and clinicians in South West London.

    Healthier Together is designed to support pregnant women and parents and carers of children in South West London. Young people can also use the website to find information on topics such as mental and sexual health.

  18. Volunteer falls prevention programme wins British Geriatric Society award

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    Kingston Hospital colleagues have recently been awarded the Eva Huggins prize for the best Nurse/AHP poster at the British Geriatric Society’s autumn conference.

    The poster features the work of the volunteering and physiotherapy teams and their community exercise programme, which was established last year in partnership with Helpforce charity, to reduce the risk of falls, deconditioning and loneliness in elderly residents across Kingston.

    The teams’ poster included findings from the programme so far, which show fear of falls reduced by as much as 50% among patients in the programme’s initial pilot phase, and 100% of these patients showing improvements on functional fitness tests.

    View the winning poster.

    The volunteer falls prevention programme is open to local residents aged 65 years or older, who have had a fall in the last 12 months, are at risk of falling, or are worried about falling. For more information, speak to your Kingston Hospital physiotherapist.

  19. Scarlet fever and Group A strep

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    The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year.

    The information below is from the UKHSA. Full details can be found here: UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive Group A strep – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    Scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, but it is highly infectious. Therefore, look out for symptoms in your child, which include a sore throat, headache, and fever, along with a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel. On darker skin, the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a sandpapery feel.

    Contact NHS 111 or your GP if you suspect your child has scarlet fever, because early treatment of scarlet fever with antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia or a bloodstream infection. If your child has scarlet fever, keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

    Scarlet fever is caused by bacteria called group A streptococci. These bacteria also cause other respiratory and skin infections such as strep throat and impetigo.

    In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS). While still uncommon, there has been an increase in invasive Group A strep cases this year, particularly in children under 10. There were 2.3 cases per 100,000 children aged 1 to 4 compared to an average of 0.5 in the pre-pandemic seasons (2017 to 2019) and 1.1 cases per 100,000 children aged 5 to 9 compared to the pre-pandemic average of 0.3 (2017 to 2019) at the same time of the year.

    So far this season there have been 5 recorded deaths within 7 days of an iGAS diagnosis in children under 10 in England. During the last high season for Group A Strep infection (2017 to 2018) there were 4 deaths in children under 10 in the equivalent period.

    Investigations are also underway following reports of an increase in lower respiratory tract Group A strep infections in children over the past few weeks, which have caused severe illness.

    Currently, there is no evidence that a new strain is circulating. The increase is most likely related to high amounts of circulating bacteria and social mixing.

    There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, colds and coughs circulating. These should resolve without medical intervention. However, children can on occasion develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them more unwell.

    As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

    • your child is getting worse
    • your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
    • your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
    • your baby is under 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher
    • your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty
    • your child is very tired or irritable

    Call 999 or go to A&E if:

    • your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
    • there are pauses when your child breathes
    • your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
    • your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

    Good hand and respiratory hygiene are important for stopping the spread of many bugs. By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading infections.

  20. Storm Building Limited donate spring bulbs for staff

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    Kingston Hospital staff recently planted 1,000 spring bulbs, generously donated by Storm Building Limited.

    Daffodils, crocuses to allium were planted in the new garden and meeting space which opened in October, and in various shared green spaces and planters around the hospital site, to bring colour to these areas for patients and staff to enjoy.

  21. Thom Lafferty takes up role of Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy

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    On 28 November, Thom Lafferty joined Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH) as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy across both organisations.

    Thom brings with him a wealth of experience having previously been the Director of Strategy at Royal Cornwall Hospitals, and having held various senior roles at other NHS Trusts, including Chelsea and Westminster.

  22. Homecare Pharmacy Services – Fraud alert

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    There have been recent reports nationally, of patients using the Homecare Pharmacy service being asked for their bank or credit card details.

    Patients are reminded that there is no charge for using this service and Homecare providers will never ask for your bank or credit card details.  

    If you think you have been a victim of fraud or attempted fraud, report it to Action Fraud via www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by calling 0300 123 2040.

  23. £2.1million boost for diagnostics at Kingston Hospital and HRCH

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    More vital tests, scans and checks will be provided to local patients thanks to a successful bid for £2.1million government funding.

    This funding will enable teams at Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH) to deliver nearly 10,000 more physiological tests per year for cardiology and respiratory conditions. The money will enable Kingston Hospital to reconfigure and refurbish part of its existing outpatients service, to increase capacity and improve access for patients to these important diagnostic tests.

    This builds on previous successful bids to increase Kingston Hospital’s endoscopy and CT scanning capability, and introduce non-obstetric ultrasound at Teddington Memorial Hospital for over 5,000 scans per year (running alongside existing x-ray services, which provides direct access to walk-in and primary care patients).

    This is part of the Government’s focus on Community Diagnostic Centres, which are designed to speed up the diagnosis of conditions from cancer to heart to lung disease for all patients.

    Tracey Moore, Chief Operating Officer at Kingston Hospital, said: “I’m delighted we have made another successful bid to expand our diagnostic capability. This will mean more patients get the tests they need to get diagnosed and treated more efficiently.”

    Tom Penman, Assistant Director Clinical Services (Richmond and South West London) at HRCH, said: “This is fantastic news and builds on our ongoing work to deliver more vital tests and scans for our local communities, including ultrasound at Teddington Memorial Hospital.”

  24. Improving the hospital environment

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    This year we have continued with our ambitious building developments on the hospital site.

    In October, a new gynaecology outpatient building located at the hospital entrance on Galsworthy Road opened to patients. The new Willow Building is purpose-built for the Trust’s gynaecology service, which sees over 2,000 patients each month. Outpatient and procedure clinics now take place under one roof, benefiting patients and staff.

    Work to develop a three-story extension of the Bernard Meade Wing also began in October, coinciding with Kingston Hospital Charity reaching its revised £2m fundraising goal. Extending the Royal Eye Unit on the ground floor will create a dedicated area for the retinal service to treat the growing number of patients with age-related macular degeneration and other conditions that affect the back of the eye. Extending Sunshine Ward at first floor level will also create the space needed to develop a self-contained day oncology unit for children undergoing cancer treatment. This extension represents the second phase of works, following enhancements to the Royal Eye Unit’s acute referral centre last year.

    Work also recently started on site to build our new ENT (ear, nose and throat) and audiology outpatients department, located at the centre of the hospital site. The new single storey modular build will provide dedicated audiology consultation rooms, audiology booths, examination and procedure rooms, a hearing aid lab, and additional administration areas, improving the environment and experience for patients and staff. Work is due to be completed in early 2023.

    Further improvement works are also planned for the Sir William Rous Unit, the Emergency Department and our radiology services.

    To help make these improvements a reality for our patients, there may be some disruption to normal activities. If possible, patients and visitors are asked to use public transport or to be dropped off at the hospital, as traffic flow and car parking spaces are currently limited.

    If you are coming to hospital for an appointment, please only bring one person with you as waiting areas are under pressure at this time. Due to building works, space in waiting areas is particularly limited in the Emergency Department and the Royal Eye Unit.

    Thank you for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.

  25. Immunisations webinar for parents

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    South West London NHS are hosting an online webinar for parents or carers of children aged 1 to 9 years old.

    Join us to hear more and get your questions about immunisations answered by local healthcare professionals. Also hear about Healthier Together, a brand new website, https://www.swlondon-healthiertogether.nhs.uk/, which provides trustworthy healthcare advice and directs you to the best care for your child.

    You can join us by using the link https://bit.ly/3sCK5LM or register in advance to receive the joining link via email https://bit.ly/3U3fse8

  26. Careers in health and care

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    Are you aged 14 or over and interested in a career in health and care?

    Find out more about some of the careers in our local area and the ways you can get involved with our hospital, in our short film:

  27. Maternity colleagues presented with Chief Midwifery Officer Silver Awards

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    This week, Regional Chief Midwife for London, Kate Brintworth, visited Kingston Hosptial’s Maternity Unit.

    Kate met with midwifery colleagues and on behalf of Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer for England, presented Balvinder Reehal (Screening Lead) and Pippa Sparks (Sonographer) with Chief Midwifery Officer Silver Awards, in recognition of their work and dedication to the unit and to those who use Kingston Hospital’s maternity services.

    Congratulations to Balvinder and Pippa.  

  28. Kingston Hospital Charity marks Free Wills Month and thanks local resident for legacy gift

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    To mark Free Wills Month, Kingston Hospital Charity has teamed up with will-writing service Guardian Angel and local solicitors Lodge Brothers Legal Services, to offer an opportunity to write or update a simple will for free.

    A gift left by local resident, Karen Hindle, in her will, recently helped to fund a new garden and meeting space for staff at Kingston Hospital.

    Karen’s husband, Pete Wylie, said: “Karen drew up her first will when she turned 60, in 2016. There were no surprises. As a long-time volunteer dog walker and a donor to animal welfare charities, the will reflected her interests. We didn’t expect to have to change it at all. But four years later the pandemic hit, and legions of health workers fought for our lives. 

    “In September 2021, Karen got an unexpected cancer diagnosis. It was incurable but treatable, so the oncology teams at Kingston Hospital and the Royal Marsden went to work. Unfortunately, the melanoma had already swept through her body. The treatment weakened her so much she contracted a serious pneumonia which landed her in Kingston Hospital for two weeks. Though she recovered, the oncologists told us her body couldn’t take any more treatment. The respiratory team worked with the palliative care team who liaised with the discharge team and Karen was home for Christmas.

    “Karen realised that knowing you’re dying changes everything. Those pension plans? That will? They can become a potent force for good. In the three months left to her Karen reviewed it all and with her recent experiences still fresh, she wanted to find a way to help improve the working lives of the hospital staff, even by a little bit.

    “We had both heard about the work of Kingston Hospital Charity. She didn’t want her money to go on a clinical building or machinery. She wanted to invest in the wellbeing of those people who worked to save her. Karen exhumed the old will and re-directed money to Kingston Hospital Charity. I am sure she would be pleased knowing that her gift has helped to provide a new garden and meeting area for staff.”

    Rob Aldous, Director of Kingston Hospital Charity, said: “Those that leave gifts in their wills are very often grateful patients, like Karen, who want to show their gratitude for the care they receive. My thanks go to Karen and her family, and to all who leave a gift in their will in support of our hospital. Gifts in wills are a significant source of support for Kingston Hospital Charity and help us to enhance care in many different ways for the benefit of patients now and in the future.

    “There is no obligation to leave a gift to Kingston Hospital Charity when using our free will services, but, after taking care of loved ones, any gift you do decide to make will be greatly appreciated.”

    For more information, please visit www.khc.org.uk

  29. Kingston Hospital hosts heart education event for local students

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    On Wednesday 12 October, Kingston Hospital welcomed a group of Year 9 and Year 10 students from Chessington School, to a ‘Your Heart Hospital’ event.

    The Your Heart Hospital initiative is supported by the British Cardiovascular Society and is a nationwide event involving NHS Trusts across the country. 

    Hosted by consultant cardiologists Dr Tapesh Pakrashi and Dr Simon Pearse, the programme aims to support local school pupils to understand more about heart disease and the cardiology services run by Kingston Hospital, as well as teaching resuscitation skills, and providing insight into careers in health and care. Talks and demonstrations were given by members of staff from across the hospital, ranging from doctors and physiologists, to nurses, resuscitation officers, and physician associates.

    Students were given the opportunity to learn more about each of the roles that play a part in caring for cardiology patients with heart rhythm problems and treating heart attack patients, as well as hearing about wide-ranging career pathways and opportunities for working within the NHS.

  30. Maternity services receive Ockenden assurance visit

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    NHS England’s regional maternity team recently visited Kingston Hospital’s maternity services to provide assurance against the 7 immediate and essential actions from the interim Ockenden report (December 2020).

    Kingston Hospital’s maternity services have met all the requirements arising from the report. An overview of findings of the latest regional Ockenden assurance visit can be viewed here.

  31. New staff garden and meeting space officially open

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    A new garden and meeting space for staff was officially opened at Kingston Hospital at the start of October, by Chair of Kingston Hospital and HRCH, Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs.

    The renovations were funded by Kingston Hospital Charity and made possible thanks to the generosity of The Friends of Kingston Hospital, The London Full Gospel Church in Raynes Park, The Victoria Foundation and a gift kindly left by Karen Hindle in her will.

    Sukhvinder was joined by Jo Farrar, some of the charity’s supporters, and colleagues from across the hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Committee, to celebrate the opening.

    Nic Kane, Chief Nurse and Chair of Kingston Hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Committee, said: “The wellbeing of our staff is really important to us here at Kingston Hospital. In response to what we have been hearing from colleagues around the value of having more meeting spaces and places to get together and to take their breaks, we are pleased to have been able to officially open this relaxing and accessible outdoor space. Thank you to Kingston Hospital Charity and to those who have so generously contributed to the project, for making this wonderful new garden possible.”  

  32. Nurse led pulmonary nodule service wins national patient experience award

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    Kingston Hospital’s lung (pulmonary) nodule service lead, Candice Stephenson, was presented with the ‘Fiona Littledale’ award at the Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) which took place on Wednesday 28 September.

    The PENNA awards recognise best practice in patient experience across health and social care in the UK and the ‘Fiona Littledale’ award celebrates an oncology nurse who has demonstrated personal commitment to developing skills and understanding in their field. Kingston Hospital’s nurse led pulmonary nodule service was also shortlisted for the ‘Cancer Experience of Care’ award.

  33. Dermatology nursing team awarded ‘Team of the Year’

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    This month, Kingston Hospital’s dermatology nursing team were awarded ‘Team of the Year’ for 2022, at the British Dermatological Nursing Group’s annual awards, which took place in Harrogate.

    The award was introduced in 2008 to celebrate teamwork among dermatology nursing colleagues across the country and Kingston’s team were presented with the award for their exemplary advanced nursing practice. Congratulations to the dermatology nursing team.

  34. Royal Eye Unit consultants perform life changing surgeries in Bangladesh

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    This summer, Dr Haque and Mr Sherafat, consultants in Kingston Hospital’s Royal Eye Unit, visited Bangladesh in their spare time, to perform life changing cataract surgery for some of the poorest people in the country. Approximately 90% of the population in Bangladesh live in rural areas, with no facilities for cataract operations.

    Supported by the Global Aid Trust, Mr Sherafat and Dr Haque performed 146 cataract operations during their visit.

    Dr Haque said: “Being a trustee and the current chair of Global Aid Trust I feel proud to do such a brilliant job. Our next target is to establish rural eye hospitals in different parts of the country in the future to prevent and cure blindness.”

    Mr Sherafat said: “The experience is truly humbling and a reminder of the very many uncompromising, often elementary standards that we have grown to expect and take for granted in the Western world and we should remain grateful for. These are infinitely rewarding and enlightening experiences and one of the most exciting periods of the year, which I plan and look forward to with great anticipation and some trepidation. Now that we have hopefully put COVID behind us, we can do these trips more regularly.”

  35. New paediatric garden officially opened by CBBC star

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    Patients, families, and staff at Kingston Hospital were joined by special guest Kimberly Wyatt, star of CBBC series Almost Never and ITV’s Dancing on Ice, to celebrate the official opening of a new paediatric garden, made possible thanks to charity funding.

    The garden has been transformed to provide a bright and accessible outdoor space for young patients receiving treatment at the hospital.

    The garden’s renovations were funded by Kingston Hospital Charity, thanks to the generosity of their donors and fundraisers, and with support from The Friends of Kingston Hospital, Tom and Sheila Springer Charity, and Optima Medical Ltd.

    Kimberly Wyatt joined Kingston Hospital’s Chief Nurse, Nic Kane, to cut the ribbon and to officially declare the garden open.

    Julie Morris, Play Specialist on Kingston Hospital’s paediatric ward, said: “The newly renovated garden will make a real difference to the children, young people and families who come to Sunshine ward. It has given us a fantastic new space for play and relaxation. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this project possible – we are so grateful for your support.”

  36. Bank holiday services, Monday 19 September

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    Due to the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen, Monday has been declared a national bank holiday.

    As is usual for a bank holiday, urgent and emergency services will continue to run from Kingston Hospital. Some planned appointments and surgery will be postponed.

    If you are due to come into Kingston Hospital on Monday, if we haven’t already been in touch, we will contact you if your appointment needs to be re-scheduled.

    Thank you.

  37. Korean Arts Festival raises funds for Kingston Hospital Charity

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    On Sunday 4 September, the Korean Culture & Arts Centre presented a Korean Arts Festival at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, with proceeds from the event donated to Kingston Hospital Charity. During the performance, a certificate was presented to the Korean UK Nurses Association (KUNA) represented by a group of nurses from Kingston Hospital, in appreciation of their dedicated work during the COVID pandemic.

    Since the start of the pandemic the wider Korean community, including Korean Senior Citizens UK, Korean Residents Society, London Full Gospel Church and the Korean Chamber of Commerce have donated over £75,000 in support of Kingston Hospital, and this is the second consecutive year that the Rose Theatre has hosted a performance of traditional Korean music and dance to raise funds for Kingston Hospital Charity.

    Jo Farrar, Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare, attended the event to thank the Korean community for their generosity and continued support.

  38. Kingston Hospital awarded for commitment to patient safety by NJR for third consecutive year

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    Kingston Hospital has been named as a National Joint Registry (NJR) Quality Data Provider for the third year running, following the successful completion of a national programme of local data audits.

    The NJR monitors the performance of hip, knee, ankle, elbow, and shoulder joint replacement operations to improve clinical outcomes primarily for the benefit of patients, but also to support orthopaedic clinicians and industry manufacturers. The registry collects high quality orthopaedic data in order to provide evidence to support patient safety, standards in quality of care, and overall cost-effectiveness in joint replacement surgery.

    The ‘NJR Quality Data Provider’ certificate scheme was introduced to offer hospitals a blueprint for reaching high quality standards relating to patient safety and to reward those who have met registry targets.

    In order to achieve the award, hospitals are required to meet a series of six ambitious targets during the audit period 2021/22.

    The NJR Data Quality Audit investigates the accurate number of joint replacement procedures submitted to the registry compared to the number carried out and recorded in the local hospital Patient Administration System. The audit ensures that the NJR is collecting and reporting upon the most complete, accurate data possible across all hospitals performing joint replacement operations, including Kingston Hospital.

    Sarah Joseph, Matron for Trauma and Orthopaedics at Kingston Hospital, commented: “We are delighted to have been named as a National Joint Registry Quality Data Provider, for the third year running. The award is a testament to our commitment to patient safety here at Kingston Hospital, and I would like to congratulate the team of staff who have been involved in this work.”

    National Joint Registry Medical Director, Mr Tim Wilton, said: “Congratulations to colleagues at Kingston Hospital. The Quality Data Provider Award demonstrates the high standards being met towards ensuring compliance with the NJR and is often a reflection of strong departmental efforts to achieve such status. Registry data provides an important source of evidence for regulators, such as the Care Quality Commission, to inform their judgements about services, as well as being a fundamental driver to inform improved quality of care for patients.”

    Further information about the NJR’s Quality Data Provider certificate scheme can be found online at: https://www.njrcentre.org.uk

  39. Kingston Hospital holding virtual AGM and Annual Members’ Meeting

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    Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Members’ Meeting on Thursday 22 September 2022 at 6pm.

    The event will be held virtually as a Microsoft Teams meeting and members of the public are welcome to join.

    The meeting will chart Kingston Hospital’s achievements and focuses of the last year and will include information about our forward plans. Find out more.

  40. UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Award unveiled at Kingston Hospital

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    Doreen Mundy, Kingston Hospital’s first infant feeding lead, and Richard Wilson, the Trust’s first paediatric consultant, recently visited Kingston Hospital to officially unveil the maternity unit’s UNICEF UK Baby Friendly award.

    Kingston Hospital was awarded the prestigious Baby Friendly Award from the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), last year.

    “This award from the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to increase breastfeeding rates and improve care for all mothers at Kingston Hospital. We set out to ensure that all mothers and babies are supported to form a close and loving relationship – whatever their choice of feeding method – as this is the best start for every baby” said Kingston Hospital’s Infant Feeding Lead, Breda Murphy.

    The Baby Friendly Initiative is a global programme which aims to transform healthcare for babies, their mothers and families as part of a wider global partnership between UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). In the UK, the Baby Friendly Initiative works with public services to better support families with feeding and developing close, loving relationships in order to ensure that all babies get the best possible start in life. The award is given to hospitals after an assessment by a UNICEF UK team has shown that recognised best practice standards are in place.

  41. South Asian Heritage Month – Santi’s story

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    One in 20 of us can trace back our heritage to South Asia. To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month, an opportunity to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories and communities, we have invited staff with South Asian backgrounds to share their stories.

    Santi Pokar, Red Bag Co-ordinator at Kingston Hospital, was born and grew up in Malaysia.

    Read Santi’s story.

  42. Deputy Chief Executive appointed for Kingston Hospital and HRCH

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    Following a formal recruitment and selection process, Thom Lafferty has been appointed as Deputy Chief Executive for Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH).

    Thom is currently Director of Strategy and Performance at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust – a role he has been in since October 2018, having joined the Trust as Director of Corporate Affairs in January 2017.

    Previously, Thom was Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and prior to that, has held similar roles at other NHS Trusts.

    Thom says: “It will be a great privilege to join Kingston Hospital and HRCH as Deputy Chief Executive. Both Trusts have excellent reputations, and I am particularly excited to be joining two organisations that place such an emphasis on clinical transformation and staff wellbeing.”

    Thom will be joining Kingston Hospital and HRCH at the end of November.

  43. Developing our objectives for the year ahead

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    As we continue to work in a more integrated way across Kingston Hospital, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare, and Your Healthcare, we have been engaging with partners on a set of shared objectives for the year ahead.

    We would like to invite members of the public to let us know if these objectives are in line with where our focus should be.

    You can read the objectives and share your views in our short online form: https://form.jotform.com/221633972696366

    Your feedback is important to us – thank you for getting involved.

  44. Visiting during the heatwave

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    If you are coming in to visit a patient in Kingston Hospital during the current heatwave, it is recommended that you visit during the cooler parts of the day. This will help us to reduce footfall in the hospital which will help to keep you and our patients safe. In line with the hospital’s heatwave procedures, you are asked to limit visits to either 12-1pm, or 6-8pm.

    Compassionate visiting will continue as normal during the heatwave. This includes visiting people receiving end of life care, people with dementia or a learning disability or those with complex mental health needs.

    Thank you for your support.

  45. Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather

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    Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. 

    With temperatures due to soar over the weekend and into next week, south west Londoners are being urged to stay safe in the sun and look out for each other.

    Thousands of people end up in hospital each year because of heat, with conditions including severe sunburn, heat exhaustion and sun and heatstroke.

    Getting out and about in the hot weather can also trigger allergies, with some people admitted to hospital due to the effects of pollen or being stung by wasps, hornets, and other insects.

    The risk of serious illness is much higher for the older people, children and young people, and those who already have health conditions, including heart and breathing problems. Which is why it’s important to check on neighbours and older people relatives while the temperature remains high.

    Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know is available on the NHS website (www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather)

    Those with less serious conditions are encouraged to ‘talk before they walk’, by getting advice from the free NHS 111 phone and online service to check symptoms and decide on the best course of action.

    People with minor injuries or mild conditions which can be better dealt with at home or with over-the-counter remedies and advice from community pharmacists are reminded not to go to A&E and call NHS 111 if they are unsure.

  46. AHP colleagues attend Chessington School careers fair

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    Earlier this week, a team of allied health professionals (AHPs) from Kingston Hospital attended a careers fair at Chessington School. The team shared interactive displays, activities and information with students, to spread the word about careers in the NHS and in the allied health professions.

    Find out more about the role of AHPs in the NHS: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/we-are-the-nhs/allied-health-professionals

  47. Level 3 Heatwave alert – stay safe in the hot weather

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    The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave warning due to the high temperatures expected all this week (11-17 July 2022) and possibly into the following week.

    Why is a heatwave a problem?

    The main risks posed by a heatwave are: 

    • not drinking enough water (dehydration) 
    • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
    • heat exhaustion and heatstroke

    Who’s most at risk?

    A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

    • older people – especially those over 75
    • those who live on their own or in a care home
    • people who have a serious or long term illness – including heart or lung conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease or some mental health conditions
    • those who may find it hard to keep cool – babies and the very young, the bed bound, those with drug or alcohol addictions or with Alzheimer’s disease
    • people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places – those who live in a top floor flat, the homeless or those whose jobs are outside

    Tips for coping in hot weather

    • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
    • stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
    • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
    • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
    • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
    • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
    • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
    • avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day

    For more information visit the NHS website.

  48. For quick health advice, visit your local pharmacist

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    As qualified health professionals your local pharmacist offers a wide range of services. For example, NHS services such as health checks and vaccinations or private services such as travel vaccinations.

    For a full list of services and details of where to find your local pharmacy, search ‘NHS find a
    pharmacy’
    .

  49. Teams shortlisted for national NHS Parliamentary Awards

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    Kingston Hospital’s Acute Emergency Department (ED) Frailty team and the Kingston and Richmond Proactive Anticipatory Care (PAC) Programme team have been shortlisted in the national NHS Parliamentary Awards.

    The Acute ED Frailty team is a multi-disciplinary team primarily based within Kingston Hospital’s Emergency Department and Clinical Decision Unit. The team works in the background, ensuring elderly patients are fully assessed and safe to be discharged, and preventing admissions by making sure support is available. The team includes a Geriatrician, SpR Frailty Registrar, Frailty Nurse Consultant, Frailty Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Pharmacist. Between 77% and 90% of patients seen by the frailty team at Kingston Hospital are discharged home, which alleviates pressure on the whole hospital system, by reducing the risks associated with acute admission of older people with frailty, which include deconditioning, delirium, increased mortality, and long lengths of stay. The Acute ED Frailty team were nominated by Sarah Olney MP and have been shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care Award’.

    The Proactive Anticipatory Care (PAC) Model has been developed in conjunction with system partners across Kingston and Richmond in response to increased demand across health and social care. The MDT-focused model improves the identification and support of people with rising health and social care risks and complexities. PAC aims to improve the lives of patients by utilising a patient-centred approach and enabling professionals to work collaboratively towards a shared goal – the goal is to support people to stay at home longer and feel more resilient. The PAC team were nominated by Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey MP and Sarah Olney MP and have been shortlisted for the ‘Future NHS Award’.

    Winners of the NHS Parliamentary Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday 6 July.

  50. Survey: Maternity services in South West London

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    Have you had recent experience of maternity services in South West London? We would love to hear from you.

    Share your views on using online information and digital records during your pregnancy, in this short survey.

    Your feedback will help shape the future strategy for use of digital technology in maternity services, at Kingston Hospital and other NHS Trusts in South West London.

  51. Join Kingston Hospital Charity for a Night to Remember

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    Kingston Hospital Charity is calling on the local community to raise funds to support bereaved families at Kingston Hospital, by taking part in their Night to Remember event this Autumn.

    The event, which is taking place on Saturday 1 October, is Kingston Hospital Charity’s first memory walk, providing an opportunity for family, friends, and colleagues to come together and celebrate the lives of loved ones, whilst walking a route of five miles or 15 miles, starting and finishing at the Market Place in Kingston.

    Proceeds from the sponsored walk will help Kingston Hospital to expand its support for bereaved families.

    Husband and wife, Garett and Alison Farrell, from Wimbledon will be taking part in a Night to Remember along with their eight-month-old son Axel, in memory of their first child, Finn.

    Alison said: “Our first baby, Finn, was born sleeping in August 2020 after a cord accident at 20 weeks. Words cannot describe our grief and how hard it was to give birth to and say goodbye to our little boy all in the space of a few dreadful days. Thankfully we were in the amazing hands of the Kingston Maternity Unit team in the purpose-built Daisy Room, which made this incredibly hard time bearable and gave us a chance to say a proper goodbye.

    “Since then, we have been blessed with a second son, Axel (middle name Finn), and again the wonderful people of Kingston Maternity Unit carried us through the worries of this pregnancy with extra special care. We’re forever indebted to them for the support they gave us that means we’re here today as a happy family unit. We will be taking part in a Night to Remember for our darling Finn, but also for all the other babies and families affected by loss who are never forgotten.”

    Clinical psychologist and Founder and CEO of the Loss Foundation, Dr Erin Hope Thompson MBE, provides support to bereaved families at Kingston Hospital’s maternity unit. 

    A £100 donation or sponsorship raised for Kingston Hospital Charity, funds one session with Erin for a bereaved family.

    Erin said: “The money raised from a Night to Remember will go towards providing bereavement support to families who experience the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth. I have been providing support to families who have experienced baby loss for nearly three years and have witnessed how vital this support is during such a difficult time. 

    “Experiencing the death of a child is life altering, and not having support in place can be hugely isolating and can put people at risk of further mental health struggles. It is my privilege to provide a space for people to talk, to get support, to keep connection to their baby, and to manage anxiety around future pregnancies. Thank you for taking part in a Night to Remember and helping us to continue to support people during the most difficult times in their lives.”

    Registration for the event costs £20 for adults and £10 for children, and each participant will receive a t-shirt and a medal.

    For more information or to sign up, visit www.khc.org.uk/events/nighttoremember/ or contact Fundraising Manager, Tracey Shaw – email tracey.shaw17@nhs.net or call 020 8973 5040.

  52. Volunteer falls project recognised by British Geriatrics Society

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    Kingston Hospital’s falls prevention community exercise programme has been selected to be showcased at the British Geriatrics Society’s Frailty and Urgent Care conference in July.

    The programme has been set up to help elderly residents across Kingston and Richmond to maintain their independence by matching trained volunteers to people who need support to complete exercises following a fall or injury.

    Falls are one of the biggest issues resulting in hospital admission in Kingston and Richmond boroughs and this programme, run alongside Helpforce charity, who work with healthcare organisations to increase volunteering opportunities, is already leading to improved outcomes.

    Through this initiative, launched in October 2021, volunteers can spend up to 8 weeks supporting patients at home by helping them to complete their exercises safely. With many of these people living alone, as well as the practical support the programme offers, patients have spoken positively about the social and emotional benefits of having regular contact with someone.

    Find out more about volunteering at Kingston Hospital.

  53. Temporary closure of main entrance – Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July

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    This weekend, we will be carrying out routine cleaning of the external canopy, outside the hospital’s main entrance. To ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, the main entrance will be closed between the hours of 7am and 5pm on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July.

    The main reception desk and Costa Coffee will remain open. To access the hospital during these hours, please use the Outpatients entrance. View a map of the hospital.

    Any vehicles arriving at the main entrance will be diverted to an alternative entrance.

  54. Tell us about your experience of mental health services in South West London

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    The NHS in South West London is developing a new three-year all-age mental health strategy and we want your views.

    We want to hear from a range of people to make sure the strategy reflects what matters most to people who use our services, the people who care for them, and our residents.

    We want to ensure that everyone at risk of developing a mental health condition can get help early, and in a way that works for them. We want to build on the best of our current services so we can provide high quality, accessible mental health and wellbeing services across our boroughs.

    This survey asks about your experiences of mental health services, how you look after your mental wellbeing, and your ideas about how things could be better.

    Everyone that completes the survey can choose to take part in a prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.

    The survey is open until 31 July 2022.

    Click here to take the survey.

  55. Plan ahead for appointments – significant travel disruption expected next week

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    With strikes planned on Transport for London’s transport network and on national rail services next week, patients are encouraged to plan ahead for appointments.

    In addition to significant disruption to rail travel from Tuesday 21 June to Sunday 26 June, there is likely to be more traffic on the roads and car parks may be busier than usual, so we would recommend travelling to the hospital by alternative means, if possible.

    For up-to-date information about planned strikes, visit the TfL website.

  56. Sharing insight into the importance of reasonable adjustments for patients with learning disabilities

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    This month, Gracie Holt, Kingston Hospital’s Learning Disability Liaison Practitioner, was approached by the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Programme to be involved in a short film which aims to inform healthcare professionals and families about the importance of reasonable adjustments. Find out more and watch the film.

    The film was shared at a two-day national healthcare conference run by NHS Confederation, NHS England and NHS Improvement. Gracie was also invited to join a panel of guest speakers for a Q&A session at the conference, which took place in Liverpool on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 June.

  57. Healthy living in Richmond

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    Eating healthy, staying active, and our overall lifestyle can have a significant impact on our physical health and wellbeing, but these behaviours can be hard to maintain. Have you ever tried to improve your lifestyle? What were the biggest barriers? What helped you?

    Whether you are happy about your current lifestyle, or feel like it could be improved, we want to hear from you! Tell Healthwatch Richmond what services you need to help you lead a healthy life. Your answers will help to shape services in Richmond.

    Take part in our survey: https://forms.gle/YY5TyADDr3aDCT5i7

    Find out more at https://www.healthwatchrichmond.co.uk/news/2022-04-01/healthy-lifestyle-research-take-part

  58. Physiotherapist recognised for service to the NHS during COVID-19

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    Rachel Perry, Physiotherapist at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded a British Empire Medal by The Queen, for her service to the NHS during COVID-19.

    Rachel was nominated by a patient who was cared for by her when Rachel and her physiotherapy colleagues were redeployed in early 2020, to support with non-invasive ventilation for patients on Kingston Hospital’s high dependency unit.

    Rachel was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2022, published in June to mark the contributions and service of people across the United Kingdom.

    Chief Executive, Jo Farrar, said: “During the pandemic so many colleagues came forward to be redeployed to different areas, at times putting their own health and wellbeing at risk. It is wonderful that Rachel’s outstanding efforts have been recognised and she should be really proud of this achievement. Congratulations, Rachel.”

    Rachel commented: “I feel honoured to have been awarded a British Empire Medal. It’s lovely to have been nominated by a patient and to know that I had such an impact during their time in hospital.

    “I’m really proud to have been part of the Physiotherapy and Kingston Hospital team during the pandemic – none of this would have been possible if we didn’t have such an amazing and supportive team. Everyone across the hospital worked really hard during the pandemic and I feel that this award is for all of us.”

  59. Kingston Hospital Charity’s ‘Night to Remember’

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    On Saturday 1 October, Kingston Hospital Charity will be holding its first memory walk.

    ‘Night to Remember’ is an opportunity for family, friends, and colleagues to come together and celebrate the life of loved one, whilst walking a route of five miles or 15 miles, starting and finishing at the Market Place in Kingston.

    Proceeds from the event will help Kingston Hospital to expand its support for bereaved families.

    For more information, visit https://www.khc.org.uk/events/nighttoremember/

    Book before the end of June and pay only £20 registration fee. Entry includes a bespoke t-shirt, which can be collected and worn on the day, and a medal.

    If you would like to take part but are unable to participate in the official walk, why not consider undertaking your own virtual walk? Kingston Hospital Charity can help you to plan your own activity – contact Tracey Shaw (Fundraising Manager) on tracey.shaw17@nhs.net or call 020 8973 5040.

  60. ‘Night Club’ installation supports staff working night shifts

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    Over three nights this month, an award-winning health support programme designed specifically for key workers arrived at Kingston Hospital.

    The ‘Night Club’ installation allowed staff working night shifts the opportunity to speak to a sleep expert and to find out tips and advice on improving their sleep and wellbeing.

    Staff were able to drop in to the exhibition between the hours of 8pm and 3am, or 10pm and 5am, to access information and to pick up food and drinks, to help keep them energised.

  61. Jubilee partygoers reminded about staying safe in hot weather and bank holiday NHS services

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    With thousands in south west London gearing up for a royal celebration outdoors the NHS remains open and here for local people if they need urgent care.

    If someone is struggling with their mental health, they should seek help via the 24/7 crisis lines – for Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Sutton or Wandsworth ring 0800 028 8000. For Croydon call 0800 731 2864 (Option 1)

    GPs are offering more appointments, including evenings and weekends, for people with urgent health needs.  Most appointments will be by telephone or through video consultation, but face to face appointments are still offered if necessary. 

    Practices will let their patients know how to access urgent medical help between 8am and 8pm, with contact information also available on practice websites. People can also visit 111online or call 111 at any time, where they will be asked some questions about symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. 

    Using 999 is for emergencies and should only be called if the situation is life-threatening. 

    Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam, lead GP for Merton, said: “Many of us enjoy being outside in hotter weather with family and friends but none of us want that to be spoiled by the need for medical treatment.

    “So, whether you’re having a Jubilee street party or heading off out for the day with family or friends, it’s important to take simple precautions like drinking plenty of water, using high-factor sun cream and remembering to take allergy medication if you need it.

    “Taking these simple steps will help avoid preventable illness and I would like to wish you all a fantastic weekend of joyful celebrations.”

    On where to seek urgent help if needed, Dr Gnanapragasam said: “NHS services continue to be very busy, and you can also help us by using 999 only in emergencies for life-threatening situations such as chest pain, blackouts, a serious injury, or if you think you’re having a stroke.  If you think you need help but aren’t sure where to go, contact NHS 111 first, by phone or online.

    If you need urgent health care

    · If it is a life-threatening emergency, then call 999 

    · If you are told to go to hospital, then you must go. The NHS will help you get the care you need. 

    If you need urgent mental health care 

    · For Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Sutton or Wandsworth ring the 24/7 crisis line at South West London St George’s 0800 028 8000 – https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/patients-carers/crisis-support/mental-health-support-line  

    · For Croydon call South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust  on 0800 731 2864 (Option 1) https://slam.nhs.uk/contact-us

    If you need advice from a pharmacist 

    · For minor medical problems, not related to coronavirus, many local pharmacies will be open and are able to help this weekend – although their opening times may be different 

    · A number of pharmacies in London will be open for longer hours – search for a pharmacy at www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy

    If you think you need urgent dental treatment

    · Call your dentist 

    · If you cannot contact your dentist, or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service or call if you cannot get online 

    · If an appointment is necessary, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre. 

    If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms

    · Stay at home and visit http://nhs.uk/coronavirus for health advice  

    · Do not go to your GP practice, pharmacy or A&E 

    · If your symptoms worsen, or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please visit the NHS111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you cannot get online or you’ve been told to do so. 

    If you think you need advice from a GP

    · GP services are available this Bank Holiday weekend 

    · Contact your practice online or by phone to be assessed 

    · If your practice is not open but an appointment is necessary, you will be advised of the next steps. Your appointment may be at another nearby service. 

    Coronavirus vaccine

    · Vaccine clinics remain open across south west London, details available here – https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/

    · Vaccines are available for: 

    · 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over 

    · boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old 

    · spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system 

    · additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over.

  62. Listen to episode 3 of Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast

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    Episode 3 of Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast focuses on the topic of diabetes and is hosted by Sam Armstrong, Director of Corporate Affairs at Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH).

    Hear from Claire Neely (Diabetes Nurse Consultant and joint Clinical Lead at Kingston Hospital) and Michelle Hooper (Diabetes Dietitian and Clinical Service Manager at HRCH) as they discuss the signs and symptoms, as well as services and support available at Kingston Hospital and within the local community, for those with diabetes.

    Listen now

  63. Rapid Diagnostic Cancer Clinic launches at Kingston Hospital

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    Kingston Hospital has launched a Rapid Diagnostic Cancer Clinic to support early and faster diagnosis of cancer.

    The new clinic will provide a much-needed service to patients who have non-specific symptoms which may be hard to diagnose.

    Jane Stephenson (Cancer Patient Partners Group, Kingston Hospital) said: “The launch of the Rapid Diagnostic Cancer Clinic is great news for patients who may well have been struggling to receive a diagnosis for their worrying symptoms. It will help to reduce stress, speed up diagnosis and therefore save lives.”

    Elizabeth Crowther (Acting Lead Nurse for Cancer and Acute Oncology Service Lead at Kingston Hospital) said: “The Rapid Diagnostic Cancer Clinic at Kingston Hospital will provide high quality personalised diagnostic care, for patients in our local community with vague symptoms that are suggestive of cancer. Previously these patients may have presented multiple times to their GP, and had several investigations and referrals to secondary care, over long periods of time. Many of these patients may have then presented at a late cancer stage to Kingston Hospital’s emergency services.

    “With the new clinic in place, our local GP partners will now have a clear pathway to direct these patients to and the service will reduce the number of duplicate referrals and unnecessary attendances, whilst achieving what really matters to patients – early and faster diagnosis.”

    Nic Kane (Chief Nurse at Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare) said: “I am delighted to be expanding our cancer services here at Kingston Hospital. As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, it is really important that we are able to provide local people with the care they need at the right time, and our Rapid Diagnostic Cancer Clinic will support this.”

    Find out more about the Rapid Diagnostic Cancer Clinic.

  64. NHS services in south west London over the May bank holiday weekend

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    South west Londoners needing urgent mental health care over the bank holiday weekend are being reminded help is on hand.

    The local NHS is telling people that if they are struggling with their mental health, they should seek help.

    In Merton, Wandsworth, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond people can call the crisis line on 0800 028 8000 at any time for support. Find out more at https://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/patients-carers/crisis-support/mental-health-support-line  

    In Croydon people are asked to contact 0800 731 2864 and use option 1. Alternatively, they can get more information at  https://slam.nhs.uk/contact-us

    The NHS remains very busy so people who have a problem with their physical health are being encouraged to use A&E and 999 only in an emergency.

    GPs are offering more appointments, including evenings and weekends, for those with urgent health needs. 

    Most appointments will be by telephone or through video consultation, but face to face appointments are still offered if necessary. 

    GP practices will let their patients know how to access urgent medical help between 8am and 8pm, with contact information also available on practice websites.

    People can also visit 111online or call 111 at any time, where they will be asked some questions about symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. 

    Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam, lead GP for Merton, said:  

    “Our teams are working incredibly hard to provide Londoners with the best possible care should they become unwell.

    “If you need urgent mental health care this bank holiday weekend, please contact one of the 24-hour numbers so that you can be directed to the right support service for you.

    “We have extra GP services and more appointments on evenings and weekends – if you have a health concern over the long weekend, contact your GP practice or use their website to find out what your local arrangements are, or use the NHS 111 online service for health advice. 

    “We are also urging people to support the NHS and remember that 999 is for emergencies and should only be called if the situation is life-threatening, such as chest pain, blackouts, a serious injury, or if you think you’re having a stroke. 

    “Despite the NHS being extremely busy, frontline staff continue to work to address the Covid-19 backlogs and roll out the NHS spring booster programme, so please do come forward for your Covid-19 jabs.” 

    If you need urgent health care 

    • If it is a life-threatening emergency, then call 999 
    • If you are told to go to hospital, then you must go. The NHS will help you get the care you need. 

    If you need urgent mental health care  

    If you need advice from a pharmacist  

    • For minor medical problems, not related to coronavirus, many local pharmacies will be open and are able to help this weekend – although their opening times may be different 
    • A number of pharmacies in London will be open for longer hours – search for a pharmacy at www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy 

    If you think you need urgent dental treatment 

    • Call your dentist 
    • If you cannot contact your dentist, or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service or call if you cannot get online 
    • If an appointment is necessary, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre. 

    If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms 

    • Stay at home and visit http://nhs.uk/coronavirus for health advice  
    • Do not go to your GP practice, pharmacy or A&E 
    • If your symptoms worsen, or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please visit the NHS111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you cannot get online or you’ve been told to do so. 

    If you think you need advice from a GP 

    • GP services are available this Bank Holiday weekend 
    • Contact your practice online or by phone to be assessed 
    • If your practice is not open but an appointment is necessary, you will be advised of the next steps. Your appointment may be at another nearby service. 

    Coronavirus vaccine 

    • Vaccine clinics remain open across south west London, details available here – https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/ 
    • Vaccines are available for: 
    • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over 
    • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old 
    • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system 
    • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over.
  65. Emergency Department access over the Easter weekend

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    Due to construction work, the access road and pedestrian pathway to our Emergency (A&E) Department will be closed between the hours of 6am and 6pm on Friday 15 April, Saturday 16 April, Sunday 17 April and Monday 18 April.

    To access the department during these hours, please use the main hospital entryway from Galsworthy Road.

  66. NHS services in south west London over the Easter weekend 

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    South west Londoners are being asked to support their local NHS over the bank holiday weekend by only using 999 and A&E in emergencies. 

    The NHS remains very busy, but people can continue to get urgent care – GPs are offering more appointments, including evenings and weekends, for people with urgent health needs. 

    Most appointments will be by telephone or through video consultation, but face to face appointments are still offered if necessary. 

    GP practices will let their patients know how to access urgent medical help between 8am and 8pm, with contact information also available on practice websites. People can also visit 111online or call 111 at any time, where they will be asked some questions about symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. 

    Using 999 is for emergencies and should only be called if the situation is life-threatening. 

    Dr Vasa Gnanapragasam, lead GP for Merton, said:  

    “Our teams are working incredibly hard to provide Londoners with the best possible care should they become unwell. We have extra GP services and more appointments on evenings and weekends – if you have a health concern over the bank holiday weekend, contact your GP practice or use their website to find out what your local arrangements are, or use the NHS 111 online service for health advice. 

    “We are also urging people to support the NHS and remember that 999 is for emergencies and should only be called if the situation is life-threatening, such as chest pain, blackouts, a serious injury, or if you think you’re having a stroke. 

    “Despite the NHS being extremely busy, frontline staff continue to work to address the Covid-19 backlogs and roll out the NHS spring booster programme, so please do come forward for your Covid-19 jabs.” 

    If you need urgent health care 

    • If it is serious or a life-threatening emergency, then call 999 
    • If you are told to go to hospital, then you must go. The NHS will help you get the care you need. 

    If you need urgent mental health care  

    If you need advice from a pharmacist that is not related to coronavirus 

    • For minor medical problems, not related to coronavirus, many local pharmacies will be open and are able to help this weekend – although their opening times may be different 
    • A number of pharmacies in London will be open for longer hours – search for a pharmacy at www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy 

    If you think you need urgent dental treatment 

    • Call your dentist 
    • If you cannot contact your dentist, or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service or call if you cannot get online 
    • If an appointment is necessary, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre. 

    If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms 

    • Stay at home and visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for health advice  
    • Do not go to your GP practice, pharmacy or A&E 
    • If your symptoms worsen, or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please visit the NHS111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you cannot get online or you’ve been told to do so. 

    If you or people you live with do not have coronavirus symptoms and you think you need advice from a GP 

    • GP services are available this Bank Holiday weekend 
    • Contact your practice online or by phone to be assessed 
    • If your practice is not open but an appointment is necessary, you will be advised of the next steps. Your appointment may be at another nearby service. 

    Coronavirus vaccine 

    • Vaccine clinics remain open across south west London, details available here – https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/ 
    • Vaccines are available for 
    • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over 
    • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old 
    • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system 
    • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over 
  67. Helping our patients to ‘Spring home for Easter’

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    This Easter, we want to help as many of our inpatients as possible to get home, so they can recover in familiar surroundings, close to family and friends. That’s why we’ve launched our ‘Spring home for Easter’ campaign.

    Over the coming days, our inpatient teams will be focusing on getting patients well enough to go home and working with families and carers to ensure that people who can go home are able to do so safely and with the right support in place.

    Speak to a member of staff to find out what you can do to help get your loved one home this Easter, if safe to do so.

    If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one returning home for Easter, please let the staff on the ward know.

  68. Statement from Kingston Hospital and Kingston Maternity Voices in response to the Ockenden Report

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    In light of the national report that was recently published investigating the care provided by Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust Maternity Services, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Kingston Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) would like to provide reassurance to local families that all our hospital staff and all our volunteers within the MVP are here to offer support.

    We are really proud of our maternity services and we are committed to ensuring you receive excellent standards of safety and high quality care.

    The safety of women and their babies is our top priority. If you have any questions or concerns at any point in your pregnancy, or after you have had your baby, please speak to your midwife who will be very happy to help you.

    We share our heartfelt condolences and well wishes to all the families affected by the cases outlined within the Ockenden Report.

  69. Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs becomes Chair of Kingston Hospital

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    Today (1 April 2022), Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs has taken up her role as Chair in Common of Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH), following the retirement of Sian Bates at the end of March.

    Previously, Sukhvinder was Vice Chair at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and led Workforce and Education for 7,000 employees.  She also chaired the Quality and Safety Committee for the GP Care Group in Tower Hamlets – a vanguard primary care federation.

    Currently, she is Chair of the Thames Water Customer Challenge, a Board Member of the Regulator for Social Housing and Chair of Regeneration for the London Legacy Development Corporation.
     
    Sukhvinder is an accomplished CEO having led two high profile organisations (Barrow Cadbury and Runnymede Trust), through major change programmes and onto success in influencing government policies on inclusion, diversity and social justice. She is passionate about putting people first – staff, patients and the communities we serve.

    Sukhvinder said“I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair in Common of the Trusts and I really look forward to working with the teams to build on the well-established collaborative working arrangements already in place.

    “I’ve been really impressed by everything I have heard from the staff, patients and volunteers that I’ve met so far from both of the Trusts and I know from the conversations I’ve had already that there is a real opportunity for us to keep working to join up local health and social care for residents.

    “I’m very much looking forward to working in partnership with staff and all of the stakeholders to support the delivery of outstanding care.”

    Jo Farrar added: “I’d like to welcome Sukhvinder to the Boards of both Trusts. It’s a really exciting time to join HRCH and Kingston Hospital and I’m sure that Sukhvinder will enjoy working with us and leading our organisations through times of change.

    “We have a lot to do in the months and years ahead and I really look forward to working with Sukhvinder in 2022 and beyond.”

  70. HSJ Partnership Award winners

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    Colleagues in Kingston Hospital’s estates and procurement teams were recently awarded a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Award in the category of ‘Best Estates Optimisation Project’, alongside Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and Steris (a global provider of products and services supporting patient care) for their work in creating an innovative, purpose-built sterilisation and decontamination facility.

    The Steris Chessington decontamination facility opened in July 2021 following an extensive programme of construction work, which continued throughout the COVID pandemic. Designed and built in partnership with South West London Procurement Partnership (SWLPP) it is the UK’s largest sterilisation and decontamination facility, and is equipped with industry leading Infection Prevention Technologies (IPT) and reprocessing equipment. The new facility has a processing capacity of over 15 million instruments per annum.

    Judges said: “The collaborative approach demonstrated innovation and trust across the partnership, breaking down clinical barriers through high quality data to support innovation as well as, improve practice and service models, reducing variation. They also recognised the achievement of a sustainable solution that demonstrated excellent clinical, workforce and operational outcomes alongside a high level of social value. The quality of the build, the capacity modelling and the working environment showed the commitment of all partners to the estate and scheme.”

    Kingston Hospital originally delivered decontamination services for reusable surgical equipment on site, however outsourcing this to the Steris Chessington facility allows for a number of service and quality improvements. The circular nature of the services delivered at the centre means that the Trust benefits from the latest products and innovations in surgical instrument decontamination, low temperature processing for surgical robotics and endoscopes and on-site instrument repair and procurement.

    The HSJ Partnership Awards ceremony was held at Park Plaza, Westminster in Central London, and was attended by leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds.

    For more information on the HSJ Partnership Awards visit: https://partnership.hsj.co.uk/

  71. Introducing our ICARE programme for HCAs

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    Our Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) are valued members of our multi-disciplinary teams here at Kingston Hospital. Thanks to feedback and insight from staff across the Trust, we have created a new programme offering development opportunities and support to all our Band 2 Healthcare Assistants.

    The ICARE programme offers:

    • A ‘buddy’ to provide 1:1 support and guidance through the first two weeks in their allocated ward or department
    • An 18-month pathway to develop skills and support staff in progressing to Band 3 positions
    • Monthly open forums to share ideas, education and training
    • Access to a dedicated Wellbeing Chaplain, offering support, a listening ear and providing the opportunity for confidential conversations at any time

    Find out more about working at Kingston Hospital and view our current vacancies: https://kingstonhospital.nhs.uk/work-for-us/

  72. Congratulations to Pauline Woods MBE

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    Congratulations to Pauline Woods MBE, former Kingston Hospital employee and founder of neonatal charity Born Too Soon.

    Pauline was invested with her MBE this week at Windsor Castle, for her services to parents and young people.

  73. Kingston Hospital opens Admissions on the Day Unit to support elective recovery

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    A new unit for patients undergoing planned surgery has recently opened at Kingston Hospital, to support the recovery of elective care.

    The Admissions on the Day Unit is located next to the hospital’s theatres, enabling patients to arrive at the unit on the morning of their surgery and to move quickly into theatres, for their procedure.

    Sarb Sandhu, Kingston Hospital’s Chief of Surgery and Planned Care, said: “This new unit will provide a much more efficient way for us to manage elective care. Patients coming in for planned procedures will be able to stay in one place, as opposed to being on wards across the hospital, and will benefit from a significantly smoother and quicker pathway, from arrival for their surgery through to having their procedure.

    “Not only will this make a difference to our patients’ experience, but it will also mean we can see a greater number of patients for elective procedures, in a shorter space of time.”

    Every patient attending Kingston Hospital for elective surgery will start their admission within this dedicated unit.

    Watch a short video tour of the Admissions on the Day Unit:

  74. Kingston’s maternity service placed top in London following National Maternity Survey

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    Findings from the Care Quality Commission’s National Maternity Survey 2021 have placed Kingston Hospital’s maternity service as the top performing maternity service in London.

    A total of 242 service users took part in the survey, which invited them to rate their antenatal care, experience of labour and birth, and postnatal care.

    Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare’s Chief Nurse, Nic Kane, said: “We are delighted with the results of the National Maternity Survey 2021, which reflect the great dedication of our maternity teams at a time of significant challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud of the outstanding care that my colleagues deliver on a daily basis to the women of South West London and their families, and I would to thank them for all that they do. I would also like to thank everyone who responded to the survey, your feedback is so important to us.”

    Key results for Kingston Hospital, which were published this month as part of the survey’s national benchmarked findings, include:

    Antenatal care:

    • 100% said they were spoken to in a way they could understand
    • 99% felt involved enough in decisions about their care
    • 99% said they were given the help the needed by midwives
    • 97% of service users said that had enough time to ask questions or discuss their pregnancy

    Experience of labour and birth:

    • 100% of staff introduced themselves during labour and birth
    • 99% were spoken to in a way they could understand
    • 97% felt they were involved in decisions about care
    • 96% said a birthing partner was involved as much as wanted

    Postnatal care:

    • 99% of respondents felt listened to by midwives once they were back at home
    • 97% said their found their decisions about to how to feed their baby were respected by midwives
    • 96% had confidence and trust in postnatal midwives
    • 88% of respondents found that their partner was able to stay with them as long as they wanted following birth


    Benchmark reports for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) National Maternity Survey 2021 can be viewed here: https://nhssurveys.org/all-files/04-maternity/05-benchmarks-reports/2021/

    The response rate to the survey at Kingston Hospital was above the national average among NHS maternity services, with 66% of service users taking part.

    Women currently receiving care from Kingston Hospital’s maternity service will be invited to take part in the CQC’s National Maternity Survey 2022.

  75. Tinnitus Week 2022 – watch our patient story

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    This week is the British Tinnitus Association’s Tinnitus Week. Did you know, around 30% of people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives?

    In the following short film, Jan shares his experience of living with tinnitus and explains how Kingston Hospital’s audiology team and Tinnitus Support Group have helped him along the way:

    Find out more about Kingston Hospital’s Tinnitus Support Group.

  76. Operation ‘Sleigh Bells’ – getting patients home this Christmas

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    This festive season, we want to help as many of our inpatients as possible to get home, so they don’t have to spend Christmas in hospital. That’s why we’ve launched Operation ‘Sleigh Bells’.

    Over the coming days, our inpatient teams will be assessing people’s health and doing everything they can to get them home in time for Christmas.

    To do this, we will be using of our new Transfer of Care Hub for Kingston and Richmond, which has been set up to bring together the expertise of community and hospital teams in one place, to facilitate safe and effective transfers of patients into and out of hospital.

    We will be working with families and carers to ensure that people who can go home are able to do so safely and with the right support in place, such as transport or additional equipment.

    Thomas Edwards, Integrated System Discharge Lead, said:

    “It’s important to identify patients now who will be able to go home for Christmas so we can make sure that any care needs are put in place ahead of time. If patients are unable to go home, but don’t need to be in hospital, the Transfer of Care Hub will aim to arrange patient transfers to community settings.”

    Flyers are available for patients and relatives with more details about the campaign. Please speak to a member of staff to find out what you can do to help get your loved one home this Christmas, if safe to do so.

    If you have any concerns about yourself or a loved one returning home for Christmas, please let the staff on the ward know.

  77. Specialist Audiologist presented with ‘Audiologist of the Year’ award

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    Geoff Whitby, Specialist Audiologist at Kingston Hospital, has been presented with the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) ‘Peggy Chalmers Audiologist of the Year’ award. This prestigious award recognises an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to patient care, and who has gone above and beyond to put patients first. 

    Geoff was nominated by Justine Sweet, Head of Audiology, who said in her nomination “As the COVID numbers surged after the initial outbreak, volunteers to be redeployed to our COVID wards were sought. Geoff didn’t think twice! Within 24 hours he was receiving orientation on our COVID ITU and over the coming weeks and months he showed extraordinary dedication and commitment. Geoff has since led our post COVID hearing screening service, supporting patients who report hearing and tinnitus concerns. All ITU staff have since highlighted how inspirational he is. We are so very proud of him.” 

    Geoff commented on the award, saying “A big thank you to the BAA committee for awarding me the ‘Peggy Chalmers Audiologist of the Year’ award. Peggy Chalmers, along with Dr J Knight, Graham Frost and Asker Mirtsa, were my tutors on the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear hospital course in the early 1980’s. This award is for all my fellow Audiologists I have met over the years, each and every one of you made me the Audiologist I am today. I would add a massive thank you to all on Kingston ITU for supporting me during my redeployment. During this time I saw the NHS and multi-disciplinary team work at it’s finest.” 

  78. New studies in the Research and Innovation department

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    The following new studies are now open in Kingston Hospital’s Research and Innovation department:

    Poetic study (Pre-Operative Endocrine Therapy for Individualised Care with Abemaciclib):
    The main aim of this study is to determine the benefit of adding the drug ‘Abemaciclib’ to endocrine therapy in breast cancer patients who are exhibiting early evidence of sub-optimal endocrine responsiveness and a high risk of disease relapse.

    The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is the study sponsor, with Professor Stephen Johnston as the Chief Investigator. The study is funded by Lilly and Cancer Research UK (via ICR Clinical Trials and Statistics Unit (ICR-CTSU) programme). ICR-CTSU is responsible for the central co-ordination of the trial, on behalf of the sponsor.

    COPE study (Carboprost or Oxytocin Postpartum haemorrhage Effectiveness):
    The COPE study aims to compare carboprost with oxytocin as initial treatments for women with clinically diagnosed Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH) after giving birth in UK hospitals. The study will assess the relative cost-effectiveness of the use of carboprost and oxytocin as initial treatments for women with clinically diagnosed PPH and will explore the views of participants and their carers about their experiences of the two treatments and the consent process.

    The University of Liverpool is responsible for managing this study as the sponsor, with Prof Andrew Weeks as the Chief Investigator. The Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre has the overall management responsibility for the trial and responsibility for the co-ordination of centres. This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme.

    Find out more about research at Kingston Hospital.

  79. Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs appointed Chair in Common at HRCH and Kingston Hospital

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    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs as Chair in Common of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Kington Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, from 1 April 2022.

    Sukhvinder will take over the reins from Sian Bates, whose term as Chairman comes to an end on 31 March 2022.

    This appointment will further support the work HRCH and Kingston Hospital teams are doing together to improve health services for the people of Hounslow, Kingston and Richmond.

    Sukhvinder is currently Vice Chair at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and Chair of the Thames Water Customer Challenge.

    She is also an accomplished CEO having led two high profile organisations (Barrow Cadbury and Runnymede Trust), through major change programmes and onto success in influencing government policies on inclusion, diversity and social justice. 

    Sir David Sloman, Regional Director for the NHS in London said:  “Sian’s contribution has been significant; providing excellent leadership as Chair of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for a fantastic eight years and more recently as Chair of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, enabling closer team work which has improved care for local people.   

    “Sukhvinder brings a wealth of experience in healthcare and I welcome her as Chair in Common, as we move towards even more collaborative ways of working to deliver the best care for patients in South and North West London.”  

    Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs said“I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair in Common of the Trusts and I really look forward to working with the teams to build on the well-established collaborative working arrangements already in place.

    “I’ve been really impressed by everything I have heard from the staff, patients and volunteers that I’ve met so far from both of the Trusts and I know from the conversations I’ve had already that there is a real opportunity for us to keep working to join up local health and social care for residents.

    “I’m very much looking forward to joining the Trusts next year and to working in partnership with the staff and all of the stakeholders to support the delivery of outstanding care and address emerging inequalities.”

    Jo Farrar, Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital and Interim Chief Executive of HRCH added: “I’d like to welcome Sukhvinder to the Boards of both Trusts and to congratulate her on her appointment. It’s a really exciting time to join HRCH and Kingston Hospital and I’m sure that Sukhvinder will enjoy working with us and leading our organisations through times of change.

    “I’d like to thank colleagues from NHSEI for their support in our Chair recruitment, along with the many partners from SW, and NW London who supported us with the Chair recruitment and to the Foundation Trust Governing Body for the important role they have played too.

    “We have a lot to do in the months and years ahead and I really look forward to working with Sukhvinder in 2022 and beyond.”

  80. Young fundraiser inspires Pampers donation to Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit

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    Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit has received the generous gift of a recliner chair from Pampers, in partnership with Bliss charity. The chair is especially intended to provide parents with a comfortable place to bond with their premature babies and has been frequently utilised since its arrival.

    During the early development of babies, touch is vital and contributes to the regulation of the infant’s heartbeat, improves their sleep quality, and helps them connect with the world around them. Kingston Hospital is committed to ensuring that parents are offered the space and facilities to bond with their babies, where appropriate, and therefore the recliner chair has been a wonderful addition to the Neonatal Unit.

    Eight-year-old Dhillon Manku, a young ambassador for the ‘Pampers for Preemies’ campaign, inspired Pampers to donate the special chair, as he was born prematurely at Kingston Hospital and was cared for on the Neonatal Unit. Dhillon began fundraising to help premature babies at the age of four and has so far raised an impressive £21,000.

    Matron Marie Richter said, “We want to give a big thank you to Pampers for donating this reclining chair to the Neonatal Unit. It has been in constant use since its arrival, giving parents a comfortable place to give skin to skin contact, or to hold their premature infant. It makes such a difference. Also, thank you to Dhillon who is an amazing fundraiser with a passion for helping to raise money to help premature infants.”

  81. Research team thanked for “outstanding” personal contributions to GenOMICC Study

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    Rita Fernandes, Rosaleen Herdman-Grant, Richard Simms and Dr Anna Joseph from the Kingston Hospital Research team have been thanked by GenOMICC’s Chief Investigator Dr Kenneth Baillie, for their “outstanding” personal contributions to the GenOMICC study.

    GenOMICC is a global research study that aims to discover specific genes that control the processes that lead to life-threatening illness. Once these processes are understood, there is potential to design effective treatments for infections, including COVID.

    Dr Baillie thanked each member of the team personally for their “consistent, fastidious, and diligent contributions to making this study happen” and acknowledged the difficult circumstances faced by the team, who tirelessly continued their screening and recruitment of patients, regardless of the obstacles created by COVID. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the team have succeeded in recruiting over 200 patients in the last 18 months, and Kingston Hospital has consistently been placed within the top 10 recruiting sites for the study.

    GenOMICC is the largest consented research study in the history of UK critical care medicine, leads the world in genetic discovery in COVID, and has so far found 25 genetic associations with critical illness. It has already informed the selection of drugs in large scale clinical trials and continues to find new insights into the molecular mechanisms of disease. Dr Baillie highlighted his confidence that, with the help of Kingston Hospital’s research team, there is potential to use these insights to combat critical illness syndromes such as sepsis and influenza over the coming years. Congratulations to the team on their efforts and outstanding contribution to this significant international and world renowned research.

  82. Our Emergency (A&E) Department is currently very busy

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    Our Emergency (A&E) Department is currently very busy. If you think you need to come to A&E, contact NHS 111 first and avoid busy waiting rooms by booking an appointment.

    Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111 for free from a landline or mobile phone.

    If it’s an emergency and you do need to come in, we are working really hard, so please be kind to our staff.

    Alternatively, if you’re in the Teddington area and need urgent care you may be seen more quickly in Teddington Urgent Treatment Centre – open until 8pm. Find out more about Teddington Urgent Treatment Centre.

  83. New volunteering programme helps elderly patients stay safe following hospital discharge

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    A new volunteering programme, which aims to help prevent falls among elderly patients at home, launched in October. 

    The “Falls Prevention – Community Exercise Volunteers” programme, which is run by the volunteering service at Kingston Hospital and supported by Helpforce charity, sees volunteers providing one-to-one support to encourage patients to complete exercises at home. This new volunteering programme will help ensure patients receive the right support at home and reduce the risk of being re-admitted due to falls.

    It is estimated that about 40% of older adults fall within six months of discharge, with 50% of these incidents resulting in injury (Said et al. 2016). It is widely recognised that exercises focused on improving strength and balance can reduce risk of falls and research indicates that a tailored exercise programme can reduce falls by as much as 54% (NICE, 2018).

    Volunteers will support patients to undertake a physiotherapy prescribed exercise programme at home after being discharged from hospital, with the aim of improving strength, mobility and balance, and in turn reducing the risk of falls, as well as restoring wellbeing and independence for patients.

    Nic Kane, Chief Nurse for Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “I am delighted to support this piece of work, which is a fantastic example of collaborative working between community trusts, acute hospitals and the voluntary sector. Thank you to everyone involved in this project, which will make a real difference to patients.”

    Volunteers who take part in this programme will visit patients at their home once a week for a duration of eight weeks, to demonstrate the exercises and provide encouragement.

    Find out more about volunteering at Kingston Hospital.

  84. My experience as a COVID-19 vaccinator

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    Caroline Ellis, a Senior Practice Development Nurse at Kingston Hospital, works in the Practice Development Team, providing education and support to registered nurses, nursing associates and nursing assistants. Here, she shares how her role at the hospital was transformed due to the pandemic and her experience of being redeployed as a COVID-19 vaccinator.

    “The main thing I remember feeling back at the start of the pandemic was a great deal of uncertainty about what was to come. Would the team be redeployed? If so, to where? It felt strange to still be heading in to work every morning, while the rest of the world scrambled to work remotely or was furloughed.

    “Soon we had some clarity that our team would remain in a support capacity, ensuring that redeployed staff from specialist areas had the skills to care for patients in ward environments. My lasting feeling from these months is pride: pride in a team that very swiftly developed new ways of working. Throughout this period a vaccine was the Holy Grail. When we were asked to help with the vaccination programme, it felt momentous, although like with anything new, there was an element of apprehension.

    “The Practice Development Team ran the patient vaccination programme out of the Day Surgery Unit. Like any new service (especially one put together at short notice) there were challenges to overcome – not least in running a drop-in clinic while trying to maintain social distancing. Luckily, as we were already a close-knit team, we knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The whole process brought home to me how well the organisation can work together.

    “I think what struck me most about the experience, was how isolated many of our patients had become during the pandemic. Many had barely seen family and friends for nine months; some were struggling to come to terms with life-changing diagnoses while being cut off from their usual sources of support. For some, sitting down in the vaccination room was when they really began to process news they had been given earlier in the day.

    “When we revived the clinic for second doses three-months later, it was lovely to see people again. Overall, the vaccination programme was something really special to be involved in. In those early days, when COVID vaccines were only just beginning to be rolled out, people were so thankful to be offered a vaccine, and the vaccine offered the first glimmer of hope that life would begin to return to normal.”

  85. Vaccinations available at Kingston Hospital’s antenatal clinic

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    The following vaccinations are now available at Kingston Hospital’s antenatal clinic for all women attending antenatal or postnatal appointments:

    • COVID-19 – available Monday to Saturday, 9am – 4.30pm
    • Influenza
    • Pertussis (whooping cough)

    If you are coming to Kingston Hospital’s Maternity Unit for an antenatal or postnatal appointment and would like to receive your vaccination(s), let a member of Kingston Hospital staff know – there’s no need to book an additional appointment.

    For more information, please call 020 8934 2290.

  86. Medical Director appointed at Kingston Hospital

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    Following a formal recruitment and selection process, Dr William Oldfield has been appointed as Kingston Hospital’s new Medical Director.

    Bill joined Kingston Hospital on 1 October 2021, from University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, where he was appointed Medical Director in 2018.

    Kingston Hospital’s Chief Executive, Jo Farrar, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bill to Kingston Hospital and look forward to working with him to ensure we continue to deliver outstanding care to our patients.”

    Bill said: “Kingston Hospital has an outstanding reputation for the delivery of high quality, safe and innovative practice and it is a privilege to join the Trust as Medical Director.”

  87. Proceeds from bespoke print run of children’s book will go to Kingston Hospital Charity

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    Anstee Bridge, an alternative learning programme for young people aged 14-16, and Bounce Theatre, a London based theatre company, have collaborated to release a children’s book called HOPE. The narrative was written by Louise Pendry from Bounce Theatre and is a story about a little girl whose world has turned grey, following her journey of discovery which highlights the importance of being kind to yourself.

    Anstee Bridge has arranged a bespoke print run for local schools and groups. Copies of the book and an accompanying zine are being sent to schools for children to draw and collage their own version of HOPE as a fund-raising activity, with proceeds going to support Kingston Hospital Charity.

    The author, Louise Pendry from Bounce Theatre said “the last time we had an event with Anstee Bridge before the pandemic was to celebrate 70 years of the NHS in Kingston. Staff from the hospital gave time and support to help us. As we emerge from the pandemic, this is our chance to give something back.”

    To find out more about Kingston Hospital Charity, please visit: www.khc.org.uk

  88. Listen to episode 2 of Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast

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    Episode 2 of Kingston Hospital’s Health Talks podcast focuses on the topic of dementia, and is hosted by Nic Kane, Chief Nurse at Kingston Hospital and Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust.

    Hear from Lydia Russell (Service Lead for Dementia and Delirium at Kingston Hospital), Lou Scarlett (Dementia Carers’ Support Worker for Kingston Carers’ Network), and Vanessa Loftus (Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People and Clinical Lead for the Kingston Memory Service) as they discuss the services and support available at Kingston Hospital and within the local community, for those with dementia and their carers.

    Listen now

  89. Roy Dominy Ophthalmology Acute Referral Centre opens at Kingston Hospital

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    The acute referral centre in Kingston Hospital’s Royal Eye Unit re-opened this month, following an enhancement and expansion project, to create more space and to improve the experience for patients.

    The refurbishment project was made possible thanks to a generous bequest left to Kingston Hospital Charity by the late Roy Dominy, a resident of Hampton for 80 years. The acute referral centre, which sees patients requiring urgent eye care, has been named after Roy in recognition of his generous support.

    Roy Dominy, a former engineer for the Central Electricity Generating Board, left the majority of his estate to Kingston Hospital Charity after he died in Kingston Hospital in May 2017.

    Ahead of National Eye Health Week (17 September – 24 September 2021) a formal opening and a tour of the new referral centre was attended by Sian Bates, Chairman of Kingston Hospital, Ian and Kate Cole, neighbours of Mr Dominy, and Ian and Fiona Hughes, long-standing friends of Mr Dominy.

    Vijay Shanmuganathan, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Kingston Hospital’s Royal Eye Unit, said: “This week is National Eye Health Week and we are delighted to be able to welcome patients to the new Roy Dominy Ophthalmology Acute Referral Centre, which has been planned to support more efficient and better care.”

    Ian Hughes, said: “It was a privilege and a pleasure to have been invited to formally open the Roy Dominy Ophthalmology Acute Referral Centre, to mark Roy’s bequest to Kingston Hospital Charity. On more than one occasion Roy said to me that it was important that I have my eyesight regularly checked. It is therefore fitting that his bequest has been used to help fund a busy department within Kingston Hospital’s Royal Eye Unit that is serving a community that Roy was part of for all his life.” 

    Director of Kingston Hospital Charity, Rob Aldous, said: “We are extremely grateful to Roy for the very generous gift left in his will. Many of the projects that we support across the hospital are made possible thanks to people like Roy who, after taking care family and friends, choose to leave a gift in their wills that will benefit patients now and in the future.”

  90. Nominations now open for Kingston Hospital’s governor elections 2021

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    Nominations are now open for this year’s governor elections at Kingston Hospital.

    There are 7 public governor vacancies open for election, representing:

    • Kingston  
    • Elmbridge  
    • Richmond  
    • Sutton  

    Nominations are open from 6 September 2021 to 4 October 2021 and the election will take place from 25 October 2021 to 18 November 2021.

    Find out more about Kingston Hospital’s governor elections.

    Find out more about Kingston Hospital’s Council of Governors.

  91. Kingston Hospital holding virtual AGM and Annual Members’ Meeting

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    Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Members’ Meeting on Thursday 23 September 2021 at 6pm.

    The event will be held virtually as a Microsoft Teams meeting and members of the public are welcome to join.

    The meeting will chart Kingston Hospital’s achievements and focuses of the last year and will include information about elections to the Trust’s Council of Governors, which take place in November 2021.

    Find out more.

  92. Living with Long COVID?

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    Healthwatch are working with the NHS in South West London to gain insight into people’s experiences of Long COVID, to help improve the support and services that are available. Fill in our Kingston survey here and help shape the support you need.

    If you would like help to complete the survey, please call 020 3326 1255 or email info@healthwatchkingston.org.uk to arrange support from a member of our Healthwatch Kingston team.

  93. Local NHS to ‘super-size’ the South West London vaccination effort this weekend

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    Many walk-in NHS COVID-19 vaccination sites will be operating this weekend and anyone aged 18 or over can reserve a slot or walk in on the day. First and second dose are available, second dose with a minimum eight week gap.

    For information about walk-in and pop-ups visit https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/where-can-you-get-vaccinated/vaccination-walk-in-clinics/    

    It has never been easier to get protected and NHS staff are pulling out all the stops to make jabs convenient for young adults, with vaccination sites including football stadiums, arts venues, and shopping centres, offering the protection of the Pfizer vaccine.

    A football focused vaccination event, which aims to give thousands of jabs daily, will also be held at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park football ground. To guarantee a vaccine on the day people are encouraged to book an appointment. They can book at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or walk in on the day, subject to vaccine availability.

    We all have different priorities, whether that is hugging your granny, watching sport in a packed stadium, going to a club, or experiencing university, getting vaccinated is the best way to get back to normal.

    The uptake we have seen among 18 to 29-year-olds in the last week shows how many young adults recognise the importance of getting protected, we hope that you can help us spread the message.

  94. HPV research project with Kingston University

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    Last year, Kingston Hospital and Kingston University teamed up to launch a PhD studentship, studying HPV and its effect on upper gastrointestinal cancers, thanks to funding from Kingston Hospital Charity and the Laurie Todd Foundation. The project investigates the role of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in the development of upper gastrointestinal cancers (oesophageal and gastric), which are major health problems worldwide. It is hoped that this research will provide insight into the causes and treatment of these increasingly common cancers, via early screening and vaccination.

    Dr Helen Matthews, Kingston Hospital’s Research Director and Consultant Gastroenterologist, recently attended a meeting to hear an update on the work being done and had this to say regarding the project:

    “I would like to sincerely thank the endoscopy team for helping collect 51 samples of Upper GI patients to date in the space of 10 months. This is amazing work and the fact that we managed to keep this important work going during COVID-19 is especially impressive.  Osama (who has been appointed to the 3 year PhD studentship) particularly wanted me to highlight how welcoming and friendly the endoscopy team were. I was very proud to be representing endoscopy team and the preliminary results are very exciting.”

  95. Laurie Todd Foundation to raise funds for Kingston Hospital research project with ‘Sculpture Garden Open Day’

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    The Laurie Todd Foundation, who are funding a joint research project between Kingston Hospital and Kingston University, investigating the role of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in the development of upper gastrointestinal cancers, are hosting a ‘Sculpture Garden Open Day’ on Thursday 24 June, 2pm – 5pm, at 5 Neville Ave, KT3 4SN.

    The open day will showcase sculptures by Michelle Castles, Adam Aaronsen, Paul Cox and others, who will be donating a percentage of their sales to the Foundation, which was established in the name of Laurie Todd, who died six weeks after being diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in August 2018.    

    Tea and homemade cakes will be available and included in the entry price.

    Director of Kingston Hospital Charity, Rob Aldous, said: “We are so grateful to The Laurie Todd Foundation for their continued support. They recently raised over £6,000 with a virtual charity walk, and the Sculpture Garden Open Day is another great way to support the Foundation – any donation will make a huge difference to continuing the vital research of Kingston Hospital and Kingston University.” 

    Find out more about The Laurie Todd Foundation at www.laurietodd.org.uk or follow The Laurie Todd Foundation on Twitter @LToddFoundation .

  96. Welcoming volunteers back to Kingston Hospital

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    Carys Williams was the first volunteer back on site at Kingston Hospital. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been very different for Carys and for the other volunteers who give their time to support the hospital.

    Many volunteering roles had been paused, but Kingston Hospital is now welcoming some of its volunteers back to the hospital, either virtually or in person, in a phased approach beginning with those that are low risk and double vaccinated.

    Speaking about her time as a volunteer, Carys said: “I decided to become a volunteer for a few different reasons – I’ve always liked helping other people and I am also hoping to study medicine next year. Originally I volunteered as a dining companion, because I wanted to gain some experience of being on a hospital ward, which I’ve never really had, because thankfully I’ve never been in hospital. I have really enjoyed giving my time to the hospital and I love being able to come here and help out.

    “More recently, I’ve been able to take up one of the hospital’s new virtual volunteering roles which has been brilliant, but for a time at the start of the pandemic, I wasn’t volunteering at all and that was hard because I wanted to be able to help the hospital in any way I could. It was difficult not being able to come in and I missed seeing the patients. I had been visiting one lady in hospital every week in my role as a dining companion, so not coming in and seeing her was hard – not going on to the wards and seeing the patients was strange.”

    Carys was able to continue with some of her volunteering between March and July last year and was recently awarded Kingston Hospital’s “Inspiring” volunteer award for her commitment during the first wave of the pandemic. Although unable to visit the hospital wards during this time, Carys volunteered on a weekly basis, handing out drinks and snacks to staff, as well as helping to distribute various donations that were gratefully received by the hospital from individuals and businesses in the local community.

    This month, Carys and a number of other volunteers have returned to the hospital site to help distribute PCR testing kits to all Kingston Hospital staff, as part of Kingston Council’s surge testing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    When asked how it feels to be back, Carys said: “It feels really good. It is so nice to be able to interact with people again and to help out.”

    Carys hopes to return to her volunteering role as a dining companion in the not too distant future, as more volunteering roles are reintroduced at the hospital, following refresher training for all volunteers.

    All volunteers returning to Kingston Hospital are adhering to strict infection prevention and control measures, in line with Kingston Hospital’s COVID-19 protocols and current government guidance.

    Laura Shalev Greene, Head of Volunteering at Kingston Hospital, said: “Carys is a fantastic ambassador for our volunteers, supporting the delivery of outstanding healthcare at Kingston Hospital. We have had a fantastic response to our call for volunteers to support the distribution of PCR test kits and our volunteers are giving over 60 hours over the three week distribution period. This is the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel for volunteering, with our valued volunteers beginning to return in a controlled way to Kingston Hospital.”

    If you are interested in volunteering at Kingston Hospital, you can call the volunteering team on 0208 934 2549 or email khft.volunteering@nhs.net  

  97. Founder of Kingston Hospital’s neonatal charity awarded for services to parents and young people

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    Pauline Woods, former Kingston Hospital employee and founder of the charity Born Too Soon, has been titled MBE by The Queen for her services to parents and young people.

    Pauline, who lives in Surrey, formed the charity Born Too Soon in 1985 alongside other parents and health professionals, to support premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at Kingston Hospital. Previously a member of Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal  team, working as Parent Support, Pauline also supported fundraising, giving talks to schools and at events. Pauline retired in December 2018, leaving a lasting impact on the unit which provides intensive care, high dependency care and special care to babies that are born early or unwell. Pauline remains an Ambassador for Born Too Soon and is still an active fundraiser.

    Born Too Soon provides information and support to parents, as well as helping to fund specialist equipment for Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit and supporting bereaved families. Items recently funded by the charity include high flow oxygen ventilation equipment, which is an alternative to more invasive ventilation, and bilisoft machines to enable infants to receive treatment for jaundice. Born Too Soon’s latest and largest project is the refurbishment of the neonatal unit including new parent facilities, which is ongoing.

    Pauline was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021, published in June to mark the contributions and service of people across the United Kingdom.

    Marie Richter, Neonatal Unit Matron at Kingston Hospital, said: “Pauline has been an inspiration to all of us. Her dedication and tireless efforts supporting parents on the unit and actively fundraising, has had a profound effect on the neonatal unit. She was one of the reasons I came to work in Kingston Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, after watching her support new parents. Her compassion and ability to emotionally support very worried families through what can be a rollercoaster journey, is amazing. Pauline thoroughly deserves this MBE in recognition for over 30 years of dedication to families.”


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