Our first ever Chairman’s Awards have been created to recognise the best staff ideas in NHSGGC. They are open all ye...
Our first ever Chairman’s Awards have been created to recognise the best staff ideas in NHSGGC.
They are open all year round for nominations from staff, patients and visitors. We want to hear about dedicated teams and individuals who go to extraordinary lengths to provide exceptional care for people who use our health services.
We are not just looking to celebrate the tremendous efforts of our staff, we are also looking for services that staff has moulded to patients’ needs or projects that have transformed the way we work.
Scott Smart (pictured) is our first every winner of the Chairman’s Awards. He is a senior occupational therapist with the Mental Health Partnership. He scooped the award for “The Tackling Recovery Project”. This is a mental health project using football as therapy, bringing together 10 men aged 18 to 35 with mental health issues to complete a 12-week football coaching programme.
The award was presented at NHSGGC’s Annual Review by Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing,
Scott put together the initial concept and research with the work then being taken forward by a Multi Disciplinary Group leading to the launch of the 'Tackling Recovery' pilot football initiative in partnership with Queen's Park Football Club and the Scottish Football Association.
The scheme ran earlier this year when players from around the world were competing for World Cup glory, and while Scotland failed to qualify, a home-based squad were achieving their own personal goals.
The project was aimed at people suffering from mental health issues and the 12-week football coaching project, based at Lesser Hampden Park, used the sport as therapy for the client group.
Ten of the sessions, each lasting 90 minutes, not only developed playing skills, but also looked at the therapeutic benefits of involvement in football.
Referrals for the project came from any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the support and care of the service user.
The scheme targeted male patients between the ages of 18-35 who were involved in community mental health teams, specialist services or who are inpatients.
This is the second year of these awards and we are delighted and impressed with the enthusiasm shown by patients and ...
This is the second year of these awards and we are delighted and impressed with the enthusiasm shown by patients and their relatives and healthcare professionals in identifying worthy nominees.
With just over 120 nominations this year – and every single one of them had its own powerful reason for being there
For every nomination there must be at least hundreds of others who also go that extra mile to make a special difference to the lives of patients and their families at this time of great need.
There are eight categories award winners – each represents the ethos of NHS care and dedication.
The Awards recognise some of NHSGGC’s most hardworking and dedicated staff in one of the UK’s biggest health boards, honouring staff who have gone that extra mile to make a special difference to the lives of patients and their families as well as services which have been specifically designed to make life easier and better for patients.
One of these award winners will be presented with the Chairman’s Award of Excellence for his outstanding dedication and commitment to his profession and patients.
Nurse Specialist Chris Kelly who works at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital will pick up this top award from Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy.
Chris, who lives in Greenock, is the only inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurse specialist in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital. He was nominated by patients he has cared for as well as nurses and doctors he’s worked with. Despite his busy schedule and heavy workload, nothing detracts from his attention to detail and commitment to going that extra mile for his patients.
He was described as the “glue that holds the team together” but Chris maintains he couldn’t do his work without the support of the consultants and medics around him. “I am part of a great team and can go to any of the doctors with any issues that arise.”
One colleague, consultant gastroenterologist Dr Mathis Heydtmann, said of Chris: “In my entire career in medicine I have never met a nurse like him.”
RAH consultant surgeon Andrew Renwick added: “He has shown phenomenal dedication to his role and continually goes far, far beyond the call of duty. He has helped co-ordinate the care of a most difficult group of patients and has undoubtedly improved the quality of care in this group.”
However Chris remains very modest about his success saying he has an equal amount of respect for his colleagues and he wouldn’t have been able to advance the service and his skills without their full support. He added he was honoured to even be considered for the award let alone win.
Chris said: “It was really great to receive the award but I really couldn’t have done the work without the support of the consultants and medics. I am part of a great team and can go to any one of the doctors with any issues that arise.”
One of the reasons Chris has proved to be such an asset to the team is his willingness to take on new projects and develop them. One of the many initiatives Chris has taken forward is the creation of advice podcasts aimed at younger patients who really didn’t connect with more traditional printed patient leaflets.
He spends as much time with each patient as they want and need (and he can manage!) as well as studying for his masters. All that and he still managed to set up an advice helpline which responds to patients individually within 24 or 48 hours.
Chris Kelly sitting with Nicola Sturgeon surrounded by his fellow award winners.
This year we have received a tremendous 175 entries involving hundreds of staff members and every single one of them ...
This year we have received a tremendous 175 entries involving hundreds of staff members and every single one of them had its own powerful reason for being there.
Today there are fourteen winners across the ten categories – each one representing the ethos of NHS care and dedication.
In addition to the entries received there are hundreds of other members of staff who are going that extra mile to make a special difference to the lives of patients and their families at the time of greatest need.
To present these awards we are delighted that Alex Neil, cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing recognises the importance and has agreed to present to the winners.
We are struck by the enthusiasm, commitment and excursive of the highest professional skill by our staff.
Our Chairman Andrew Robertson would like to congratulate the best of them and applauds them all.
The awards have gone from strength to strength. These winners are excellent examples of how we can showcase the best of NHS services.
The Centre was officially opened in November by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, who met staff and patien...
The Centre was officially opened in November by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Alex Neil, who met staff and patients during his visit.
This significant investment of over £20 million brings together a variety of services delivering modern health care within a new state-of-the-art facility and is a key element in the Board’s delivery of the Vision for the Vale.
A new speedy sexual health testing service for gay and bisexual men was launched by our Sandyford service in partners...
A new speedy sexual health testing service for gay and bisexual men was launched by our Sandyford service in partnership with Gay Men’s Health.
The Sandyford’s Steve Retson Project and Gay Men’s Health is running HIV and other sexual health tests at a drop in service in Glasgow’s Merchant City where Gay Men’s Health is based.
The service provides quick HIV test results to gay and bisexual men who can also get tested for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and hepatitis B.
Work on Glasgow’s New South Glasgow Hospital’s Campus took a significant step forward in June with the completion of ...
Work on Glasgow’s New South Glasgow Hospital’s Campus took a significant step forward in June with the completion of the structural frame of the new adult and children’s hospitals.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, marked the milestone by performing a ‘topping out’ ceremony on the top floor of the new adult hospital.
The project - which is the largest single NHS hospital building project ever undertaken in Scotland – is on track to be delivered on time and on budget at the beginning of 2015 by contractor Brookfield Multiplex.
We are the first NHS Board in Scotland to introduce extended visiting hours to all our adult acute wards. This summer...
We are the first NHS Board in Scotland to introduce extended visiting hours to all our adult acute wards. This summer new standardised visiting hours are rolled out in our hospital wards following requests from patients and relatives to change the times of visiting in adult wards in all our acute hospitals. Traditionally patients could only see visitors at certain times of the day but now new flexible visiting times will be in place on the majority of wards, with visitors getting to spend time with patients between 1.30 and 8.30 pm every day.
The 2013 Chairman's Awards were hosted by Andrew Robertson our Chairman and presenting to the deserving winners wa...
The 2013 Chairman's Awards were hosted by Andrew Robertson our Chairman and presenting to the deserving winners was Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
To be nominated by your peers or your patients for such an honour is an achievement in itself - and this year 156 individuals or teams of staff were nominated which says a huge amount about the depth of dedication and professionalism amongst our staff.
For the 16 selected winners it is truly something of the highest recognition. We are proud and honoured to congratulate each and every one of them.
The stories behind each of the category winners are something that should make us all proud to be part of the NHS in Scotland and in particular the NHS in Greater Glasgow and Clyde family.
To look at photographers from the day please look on the Flickr gallery below or click onto this link.
The 200th renal patient at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill successfully received a kidney transplant...
The 200th renal patient at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill successfully received a kidney transplant – transforming her life. Rebecca suffered from MPGN type 1 and chronic kidney failure. The illness meant that Rebecca had to start dialysis treatment in 2013 three times a week.
Patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill got a surprise in July when three Team Scotland gold med...
Patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill got a surprise in July when three Team Scotland gold medal winners dropped into visit them. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Judo champions Chris Sherrington and sisters Kimberly and Louise Renicks thrilled the young patients as they toured the hospital with their medals.
A new state-of-the-art £15 million laboratory which has just opened at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has already been...
A new state-of-the-art £15 million laboratory which has just opened at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI) has already been highly commended in the Design Award category by NHS National Services Scotland.
The new Lister Laboratory is named after Joseph Lister who is famous for his ground breaking work in the prevention of wound infection.
He worked at GRI between 1861 and 1869 and his work during this time with carbolic acid changed the face of surgical procedures making it much safer for patients.
February - an innovative new £10 million Health and Care centre opened its doors in Possilpark. The new health and ca...
February - an innovative new £10 million Health and Care centre opened its doors in Possilpark. The new health and care centre will provide a base for a range of services including: four GP Practices, general dental practitioner services, physiotherapy, podiatry, community dental services, community consulting rooms, district nursing, health visitors, social work, addiction services and health improvement teams offering a range of services from smoking cessation support to information on health screening.
This is the fifth year of the Staff Awards Event and yet again the nominations were of a tremendously high standard. ...
This is the fifth year of the Staff Awards Event and yet again the nominations were of a tremendously high standard.
From more than 200 nominations we have 80 category winners. This year more than 160 individuals and teams of staff and volunteers were put forward for an award.
The challenge faced by the judges in creating a shortlist is a tough one....and also a tremendously inspiring experience.
Recognising and celebrating success and achievement is a vital part of showcasing the best of what the NHS is all about and encouraging others to aspire to greater levels of service, patient care and an effective healthy economy.
Have a look at the evening event by clicking into the flick gallery below or following this link.
Over the years dating as far back as 1874, Glaswegians have been well served by the renowned Western Infirmary, Victo...
Over the years dating as far back as 1874, Glaswegians have been well served by the renowned Western Infirmary, Victoria Infirmary, Southern General, Mansionhouse Unit, and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.
These buildings – and the staff who worked in them – have been at the centre of a rich social history reflecting the growth and development of this great city and its people. The staff in these hospitals were in the vanguard of pioneering medicine and this proud legacy to Glasgow has now been captured in a series of four commemorative brochures.
There is a limited print run of these wonderfully collectable coffee table brochures but if you’re not lucky enough to get one of the printed copies, then you can download a PDF edition via the links below, and enjoy a look back in time to bygone eras.
On this pages is a glimpse into the history of the five hospitals.
A special event was been held to mark the centenary of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings . When opened in 1915...
A special event was been held to mark the centenary of one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings .
When opened in 1915, the Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s (GRI) medical block, formally known as the Queen Victoria Jubilee block, was in the forefront of hospital design with stress being laid upon minimising noise and the importance of cleanliness.
The original Royal Infirmary building was opened in December 1794 on the ruins of the Bishop’s Castle which dated from at least the 13th century. It was a huge achievement of the time, being the first permanent facility offering emergency care to the city.
When first opened, the hospital, designed by Robert Adam, had just 136 beds. The GRI is now a large teaching hospital with more than 1,000 beds, a range of local and national services including one of the busiest emergency departments in Scotland.
By the 1890s it was felt that there was an urgent need to replace the old infirmary buildings due to a lack of bed spaces and outdated operating facilities.
The building comprises of 10 medical wards, housing 171 beds.
The Glasgow Royal Infirmary is a facility that has played a central role in not only caring for the sick, but has revolutionised healthcare around the world. Joseph Lister pioneered antiseptic surgery while at the GRI, it was the first hospital in the world to have systematic training courses for nurses and the first hospital known to have an X-ray unit.
The GRI has provided treatment for people across the west of Scotland for more than two centuries. During that time, some remarkable people have been at work in its wards
The Public Health minister launches the smokefree grounds campaign telling the public smoking on NHS grounds is drawi...
The Public Health minister launches the smokefree grounds campaign telling the public smoking on NHS grounds is drawing to a close. All NHS grounds across Scotland are to become smokefree by 31st March 2015. Patients, visitors and staff will be asked to wait until they are off NHS grounds before lighting up. This ambitious move is part of a national drive to create a tobacco-free generation within Scotland by 2034.
The Spring and Summer see the biggest relocation of NHS services ever undertaken in Scotland as four of the city's ol...
The Spring and Summer see the biggest relocation of NHS services ever undertaken in Scotland as four of the city's older hospitals close and staff and patients move to one of Europe’s biggest new hospitals.
One of Europe’s biggest new hospitals which will revolutionise healthcare in Greater Glasgow opened its doors to the first patients in April. The stunning world-class new hospital is now ready to service the people of Glasgow and beyond and surgical and orthopaedic patients attend their first outpatient appointments. The new adult acute hospital will see patients and staff move in a phased timetable with the majority of adult acute services being in place at the new hospital by the end of May. The new Royal Hospital for Children will see staff and patients move in June but already the impressive new building welcomed the first outpatients.
An innovative new £10 million Health and Care Centre was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison. The new modern, state-of-the-art Possilpark Health and Care Centre provides a base for a range of services including: four GP Practices, general dental practitioner services, physiotherapy, podiatry, community dental services, community consulting rooms, district nursing, health visitors, social work, addiction services and health improvement teams offering a range of services from smoking cessation support to information on health screening.
The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, today performed the topping out ceremony of the new £12.4 million Health and Social Care Centre in Maryhill.
Work began on the state-of-the-art facility in December 2014 and is planned to be completed by spring 2016.
An award winning new £2.7 million Health and Care Centre has been officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison.
The new Shields Health and Care Centre is a modern, purpose built facility for the people of East Pollokshields.
The innovative new centre offers local people the ability to see a wide range of community services all under the one roof – and also includes a self-sustaining community garden which is managed by a third sector organisation, Urban Roots.
July - Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the new Glasgow hospitals and Teaching and Learning Centre at a specia...
July - Her Majesty the Queen officially opened the new Glasgow hospitals and Teaching and Learning Centre at a special ceremony attended by 300 guests.
Following the official opening ceremony the three centres of excellence are named:
- The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
- The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow
- The Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre – Stratified Medicine Scotland
Accompanied by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty toured The Royal Hospital for Children and The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and met with patients and staff.
This year’s Celebrating Success will be the last for our retiring Chairman, Andrew Robertson. Andrew along with the ...
This year’s Celebrating Success will be the last for our retiring Chairman, Andrew Robertson.
Andrew along with the very glamorous host for the evening - Gina McKie from Radio Clyde will be presenting to over 400 people.
The winner and all the entries tell the story of a dedicated workforce. A staff blessed with individuals who produce the very finest examples of quality patient care and endeavour that raises the bar to new heights.
This year the judge’s panel unanimously agreed to make a special judges award. This is only the second time in the six year history of our Chairman’s Awards that the judges have felt the need for such special recognition.
The nomination came in from a colleague who was struck by the compassion, care and thoughtfulness of this particular young nurse.
The entry told a story of how this nurse went the extra mile to help support a most vulnerable young mum who had just suffered a heartbreaking bereavement.
The judges felt this entry summed up all that is worth celebrating within the NHS culture of caring.
The nurse in question worked in the Schiehallion Unit of the Royal Hospital for Children at the time.
She has since gone to work in Robin House, a children’s hospice on the banks of Loch Lomond.
We recognise the outstanding nursing qualities Louise McPhail.
For pictures on the evening please click on this link or look in the Flickr gallery below.
NHSGGC joins forces with the charitable organisation, Raising Malawi, to deliver desperately needed medical equipment...
NHSGGC joins forces with the charitable organisation, Raising Malawi, to deliver desperately needed medical equipment to a new paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in Malawi.
From wellies to an ECG machine much needed equipment is being donated to the new health facility in the southern region of Malawi. A 50 bedded children’s extension to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the country’s commercial district of Blantyre is desperately in need of healthcare equipment and basic furniture to treat the many children who visit the facility for surgery and critical care.
Following the closure of the children’s hospital at Yorkhill, the old Southern General and the old Victoria and Western Infirmaries, NHSGGC has a surplus of equipment which will ship to Malawi, avoiding waste.
The £12.4 million Maryhill Health and Care Centre opened its doors to the local community for the first time on Mond...
The £12.4 million Maryhill Health and Care Centre opened its doors to the local community for the first time on Monday, 19 September.
Men in the west of Scotland are being given access to world-leading robotic technology in the fight against prostate ...
Men in the west of Scotland are being given access to world-leading robotic technology in the fight against prostate cancer where 1 in 10 Scottish men are likely to develop the disease.
Now, as the result of a partnership between West of Scotland Health Boards, the Scottish Government and Prostate Scotland, we are able to offer radical prostatectomys using robotics. Around 300 men each year will benefit from this new technology.
Consultant Urologist Mr Hasan Qazi said: “Until recently, men with prostate cancer had few surgery choices, which predominantly involved an open prostatectomy, involving large incisions, higher blood loss, slower return to continence and in general, a longer period of convalescence.
“With the new state of the art Da-Vinci Xi Dual console system at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, we hope to see better results for men undergoing radical prostatectomy, in getting them cancer free and continent early after surgery and where possible, preserving potency. This represents a huge development for Cancer Surgery in Scotland.”
Roger Daltrey CBE; Sarah, Duchess of York; and Kevin Bridges open the Royal Hospital for Children's new teenage cance...
Roger Daltrey CBE; Sarah, Duchess of York; and Kevin Bridges open the Royal Hospital for Children's new teenage cancer unit
The replacement for the charity’s previous facilities at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill provides care for young people aged 13 to 16 across the West of Scotland. Almost £400,000 has been invested in creating the unit as well as specialist staff and running costs.
The unit is designed to feel more like a home from home than a hospital ward. They are places where young people with cancer can receive expert, specialist care and meet others going through similar experiences, so they feel less alone and scared.
This year’s Celebrating Success Awards was the first for our Chairman, John Brown and the last for our Chief Executiv...
This year’s Celebrating Success Awards was the first for our Chairman, John Brown and the last for our Chief Executive, Robert Calderwood.
Another great year with for the judging panel to preside over this difficult task.
When the panel went through the entries, they were overwhelmed with the standard of the various categories, showcasing the true quality of our workforce and their commitment to delivering the best in patient care.
One particular nomination stood out for the judges. They were so impressed by this entry they agreed, for only the second time in the six years that the Chairman’s Awards have been running, a Special Judges Award of Excellence. They felt it really captured the spirit of the NHS and its core values of putting patients at the heart of everything we stand for.
The winner was announced on the night. This being Staff nurse Jade Gilmore. She was singled out by the judging panel for special recognition for her outstanding care, compassion and decisive life-saving intervention.
Jade's concern for a patient when they didn't show up for a regular appointment saved his life.
Jade went above and beyond to locate the patient and the patient is in no doubt he wouldn’t be alive today had she not acted the way she did.
For Jade's story please watch the video below.
To see the pictures taken on the evening look on our Flickr gallery below or click on this link.
Glasgow is leading the world on managing patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study in t...
Glasgow is leading the world on managing patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.
The international study found that a scoring system developed in Glasgow to identify which patients need to be admitted to hospital following an upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleed was the best way to assess and manage these patients around the world.
The Glasgow Blatchford Score (GBS) was developed by now retired Glasgow Public Health Consultant, Dr Oliver Blatchford in 2000 and is being used in hospitals around the world including the USA, Europe, New Zealand and Singapore. The GBS looks at a patient’s description of symptoms, pulse and blood pressure, as well as blood tests which are available in the first hour after they attend hospital.
Building work on Orchard View, the £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, is compl...
Building work on Orchard View, the £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, is completed.
The contemporary healthcare facility, located in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds, is set to provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care mental health accommodation, with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.
A community midwife in Glasgow has been selected to be part of the first group of Queen’s Nurses in 48 years. Hilary...
A community midwife in Glasgow has been selected to be part of the first group of Queen’s Nurses in 48 years.
Hilary Alba, a community midwife manager with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Special Needs in Pregnancy (SNIPS) team, will now take part in the professional development programme run by The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS).
Once they have completed the development programme, the modern Queen’s Nurses will work to promote health improvement and delivery of services in the local community.
Hilary’s role is focused on providing community midwifery service to women who are asylum seekers, have experienced people trafficking or female genital mutilation.
She has been combining a managerial role in community midwifery with lecturing at the University of the West of Scotland.
Forty young people have been celebrated at our awards ceremony following the successful completion of their Modern ...
Forty young people have been celebrated at our awards ceremony following the successful completion of their Modern Apprenticeships (MA).
NHSGGC offers apprenticeships in 14 different job roles to help young people gain access to quality training opportunities in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College.
All apprentices signed up to a learning programme with on-the-job training roles including nursing assistants, radiotherapy assistants, healthcare support workers and administrators.
In addition to the 40 graduates, another 60 have been confirmed in roles for the third cohort.
At the ceremony, Craig Monteith was declared Modern Apprentice of the Year for demonstrating consistently outstanding ability and commitment during the course.
Runner up awards were presented to Connor Stepney, a multi-skilled estates technician and Ross McGruer, a digital print assistant in medical illustration. All three awards were supported by public service unions Unite and Unison.
This year over 400 people attended to celebrate success of staff members who have gone beyond their normal duties. T...
This year over 400 people attended to celebrate success of staff members who have gone beyond their normal duties.
The judges received well over 300 entries in the seven award categories of the Chairman’s Awards. Other spotlights on the night were the 18 Local Staff Awards, 2 William Cullen Prizes and gold and silver awards.
One other highlight was the Special Judges Award of Excellence. This was presented to a team of staff who were nominated by the family of a patient who told a story of exceptional compassion and care that absolutely wowed the entire judging panel.
Please read the story and watch the video about the outstanding staff at Ward 18 and 19 of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
“At 87-years and suffering severe sepsis and an ischemic bowel condition Ken Barrett knew he was dying. From his hospital bed in ward 18/19 of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary he only wanted one thing… to go home and be with his beloved family. His condition was such that this was never going to be possible.
Instead of going home his wife, his children, his grandchildren and the entire NHS care team worked their own little miracle and brought the family home to his hospital room.
His favourite books and family photographs, mementos of a life well lived all adorned his room. For three weeks his family took turns to always be with him. And they witnessed what they described as the most compassionate and loving care from everyone involved in his care – from the domestic, clerkess and student nurse through to the auxiliaries, registered nurses and right up to the registrar and consultant in charge.
Daughter Gillian said: “With the incredible support of everyone in this ward we turned Room 1 into our home and the family moved in! Ken never asked to go home again. We were treated with the utmost respect. The difference they all made to the last few weeks of my dad’s amazing life is immeasurable”.
Watch Gillian with her mother Jennifer talking about the care Ken received during his time at the GRI.
For pictures from the night of all of the awards please look at our Flickr gallery below. Or click on this link.
The Beatson is the world’s first cancer treatment centre to prepare highly complex radiotherapy treatment plans for h...
The Beatson is the world’s first cancer treatment centre to prepare highly complex radiotherapy treatment plans for head and neck, gynaecological and prostate cancer patients in a matter of minutes.
The Radiotherapy Physics team is first in the world to apply revolutionary multi-criteria optimisation software, which allows the planner to produce multiple treatment plans and determine the optimal and individualised solution for that patient. At least 20-30 potential treatment plans for the patient are produced. This new way of working has led to some patients having their dose of radiation to healthy tissue reduced by 20-30 per cent. It substantially lessens the probability of adverse reactions for the patient while having no detrimental effect on the effectiveness of the treatment.
Garry Currie, head of radiotherapy physics, said: “I didn’t expect us to reach this stage during my career...this is a real game changer...Around 200 of our patients are now benefiting from these rapid and high-quality treatment plans every month...the results will continue to improve as more cancer centres start working in the same way and more and more collaborations take place... we’re now learning with teams and centres as far afield as Australia.”
Pioneering work at the Royal Hospital for Children is helping parents and children on life support machines share spe...
Pioneering work at the Royal Hospital for Children is helping parents and children on life support machines share special family milestones for the very first time – the only work of its kind in the UK.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is leading the way by working with patients – many of them on ventilators - and their families to embrace early movement. This has led to families being able to share a number of key milestones. Parents have been able to spend time with their child outside for the first time or get their very first family photo where the child isn’t confined to bed.
The Move on Ventilation Early (MoVE) programme was a year in the planning with the aim of tackling Intensive Care Unit acquired weakness that can quickly affect seriously ill patients confined to a hospital bed.