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  1. National Day of Reflection – 23 March 2021

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    Kingston Hospital participated in a National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23 March, the anniversary of the first UK lockdown, to reflect on our collective loss, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

    To mark the day we planted a weeping blossom tree and laid a rainbow wreath. Please watch our film of the tree planting in remembrance of those affected by the pandemic.

    Marie Curie and Hospices UK are taking a lead nationally to facilitate the National Day of Reflection and have arranged a series of free online talks and conversations, produced by Good Grief Festival. Find out more.

  2. Mobile operating theatres to open at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton

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    The new facility – opening in the Spring – will support faster treatment for local patients waiting for day-surgery as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Four mobile day-surgery theatres will open on the Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton site in Spring 2021. The theatres are being set up as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to longer waiting times for patients waiting for routine operations and procedures across south west London.

    The mobile theatres and dedicated recovery areas are standalone, and will be located on a section of the hospital’s existing car park. These will be staffed and run by the NHS in south west London, and will enable surgical teams to carry out many extra operations for a range of routine, day-case procedures.

    Patients will benefit from the creation of this dedicated, standalone day-surgery service, that will be separate from the other main hospital sites in south west London, ensuring a much reduced risk of cancellations. All pre- and post-operative care will still be provided at a patient’s usual local hospital.

    All other patient services on the Queen Mary’s Hospital site will continue as usual. The new theatres will be Covid-secure and comply with the very latest infection prevention and control standards. Preparatory works to install the operating theatres will begin shortly, with the modular units installed in early March, and operational in the Spring.

    The facility is not yet operational. Further communications – including information for patients – will be shared in due course.

  3. Not a target campaign

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    We have recently launched our Not a target campaign which was devised by the Trust’s equality, diversity and inclusion committee.

    This is in response to an increase in the numbers of staff who reported (through the annual staff survey) that they had experienced physical abuse or harassment from patients or visitors.

    The messaging is on posters around the hospital, on the hospital screens, on the website and on our social media channels.

    Thank you to everyone who has helped with this campaign.

  4. Chief Executive appointed to lead Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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    Jo Farrar has been formally appointed by the Trust Board and Council of Governors as Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, following a successful period as Interim Chief Executive over the past five months. 

    Announcing the appointment, Sian Bates, Chairman of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

    “Kingston Hospital is in a strong position with an Outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), one of our regulators, and very positive feedback from the patients we serve. Jo’s impressive track record of leadership in NHS organisations, along with his values and commitment to our patients and staff, will provide aspirational leadership to the Trust as we build on our success to continue to do the best we can for the population we serve. 

    “Our goal to work with local organisations to develop a joined -up health system for South West London that delivers the right care, at the right time in the right place is matched by Jo’s enthusiasm to build and drive forward collaborative partnerships to make this happen.”

    Jo joined Kingston Hospital in 2015 from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he had been the Director of Finance since March 2010. Previously he was the Interim Director of Finance at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, acting Chief Executive of NHS London’s Provider Agency, and Head of Compliance at Monitor. 

    Jo Farrar, Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said of his appointment:

    “I am honoured to be appointed as Chief Executive of this fantastic hospital and looking forward to continuing to work with our partners in delivering on our shared ambition to ensure that the local population is appropriately supported and cared for. I am thrilled to be leading this great organisation and am totally committed to empowering our staff be the best they can be so that we continue to deliver outstanding services to our patients.”

    During Jo’s five months as Interim Chief Executive, he has already achieved many successes for the Trust including working with health and care organisations across South West London to drive forward partnership working to collectively deliver the very best for our local population, our patients and our staff. He is also supporting our staff by focusing on the development of initiatives that encourage staff to take the time to look after their health and wellbeing.

  5. Animated short films to help inform patients being discharged from hospital

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    Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been leading on a new project called Homeward Bound, created to produce a short animated film to help inform patients about the risks of deconditioning in hospital and to provide practical advice to help patients leave hospital sooner.

    In October last year, the hospital began working with a group of undergraduate students from the University for the Creative Arts, who were tasked with creating a number of short animations. They received input from staff, patients, carers, volunteers, governors and other community partners to help shape the content to make sure it would be useful and informative to patients. The films include information about planning for discharge from the hospital and facts about the risks of deconditioning – including research that has shown that for every 10 days an elderly patient spends in a hospital bed, their muscles can age by 10 years.

    This collaborative project is being funded by a small grant from the Health Innovation Network and the team have now shortlisted four of the animations, which are being put to a vote. The winning animations will then be shown to patients, carers, relatives and staff at Kingston Hospital and will be used on the Trust’s website and social media channels. 

    A panel of judges, including hospital chairman Sian Bates and representations from the Health Innovation Network and Sky television, have already voted for which animation they think is the best. Now members of the public can view the four animations and vote for which one they think should be used to educate patients, relatives and carers about discharge.

    The four shortlisted films can be watched and voted for online via the hospital’s social media accounts. Find us on Twitter @KingstonHospNHS or Facebook @KingstonHospitalNHSFT. Voting will be open until 3 June 2019 and the winners will be announced on 4 June 2019.

  6. Kingston Hospital opens new Maxwell Thorne Haematology Day Unit

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    Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has this week opened its doors to haematology patients receiving chemotherapy in the new Maxwell Thorne Haematology Day Unit.

     With the support of Kingston Hospital Charity, the Trust built a third floor onto the Sir William Rous Unit, the building that provides cancer services at Kingston Hospital, to allow a new Haematology Day Unit to be housed there. The new unit can accommodate 3000 patients every year and comprises 12 treatment chairs, a ‘Quiet Room’ for patients, a new waiting area and a roof top terrace for patients to sit outside after their treatment. 

    The Maxwell Thorne Haematology Day Unit was officially opened on Thursday 21 March by the family of the late Maxwell Thorne, who left a generous bequest to the hospital in his will, and the family of Sir William Rous, who the building was named after when it opened 10 years ago. At the opening, the Trust’s Chairman Sian Bates paid tribute to the late Maxwell Thorne for his remarkably generous contribution, without which the development of this new floor would not have been possible.  

    Sarah Evans, Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Kingston Hospital, said: “The new Haematology Day Unit will provide a calming environment for patients while they receive treatment, and allow the hospital to deliver chemotherapy to more haematology patients every year. The new unit also gives staff a pleasant environment to work in, which boosts morale and in turn allows them to deliver the very best care to our patients.”  

    Sian Bates, Trust Chairman, said: “I wish the Haematology Day Unit team all the best in their environment. They already provide an outstanding service to our haematology day patients and I look forward to seeing how the improved environment will enhance the patient experience even further as the number of patients requiring this service increases. I would like to thank everyone involved across the hospital that has made the new Haematology Day Unit a reality for us and our patients.

  7. KHFT’s Eye Clinic Liaison Officer wins Ophthalmology Unsung Hero award

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    Sabeena De Saram, Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, won the Unsung Hero Award at the 2018/19 Ophthalmology Honours presentation on 7th March 2019. The Ophthalmology Honours programme is facilitated by Bayer and supported by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB); it recognises the excellent work of multi-disciplinary ophthalmology teams and individuals throughout the UK.    

    With the help of her guide dog Neima, Sabeena has made an exceptional contribution to both patients and staff at Kingston Hospital’s Royal Eye Unit (REU) by increasing the awareness of the impact of sight loss.

    The Unsung Hero award at the Ophthalmology Honours recognises non-clinical professionals who demonstrate excellence in all aspects of their role while making an outstanding contribution to patient experience. Sabeena was acknowledged for being an inspiration for patients facing visual impairment and consistently giving comprehensive, authentic advice with compassion, energy and enthusiasm.

    Miss Vasuki Sivagnanavel, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Sabeena has become an example to everyone through the achievements she has made while living with sight loss. She has worked extremely hard to increase staff awareness around the challenges patients face and has taught the team practical skills, inspiring a greater level of compassion among staff.

    “Sabeena is greatly respected and admired by both patients and is incredibly deserving of this award. She is a great example of how adversity can be turned into a positive attribute, and gives people hope.”

    Dr Jackie Napier, Medical Director, Ophthalmology & Neurology, Bayer said: “We are very proud of the Ophthalmology Honours programme, and in particular of all the entrants who have demonstrated outstanding work, resulting in advancements in ophthalmology and ultimately improved patient care. The programme supports and acknowledges the importance of multi-disciplinary and innovative working in the NHS, both of which Bayer wholeheartedly support as part of our commitment to transforming lives.”

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