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27/08/15: Annual lecture was a success

IMG 3603The history of military medicine over the last 100 years was the focus of this year’s annual charity lecture.

The event, organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, saw Dr Emily Mayhew and Major Dafydd Edwards present ‘From Battlefield to Bastion to Blighty, 1914-2014: an extraordinary century of military medicine’.

During the talk, attended by more than 60 people, Dr Mayhew spoke about the similarities between modern military medicine and the model created in the First World War, such as the use of stretcher bearers to transport casualties and the development of base hospitals to treat them.

Meanwhile, Major Edwards spoke about his experience in providing medical care in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as his research to help reduce the number of soldiers who are seriously injured in future.

Ian Lush, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “Dr Mayhew and Major Edwards were compelling speakers, vividly telling the story of the last hundred years of military medicine.  

“We are very grateful to them both for giving their time to take part in this lecture, part of the charity’s ongoing arts engagement programme, and we were delighted to see so many Trust and Imperial College staff present.” 

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25/08/15: Extra date added for abseil down the QEQM building at St Mary's Hospital

DSCF2189 - smallImperial College Healthcare Charity is looking for more brave fundraisers to abseil down the QEQM building at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.

The charity, which raises funds for the Trust's five hospitals, has been inviting people to sign up for an abseil from the top of the QEQM building on Monday 21 September as part of its Charity Week.

And due to popular demand, with just a few spaces left for the 21 September event, the Charity has organised a second abseil to take place from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 24 September.

The event will see people abseiling 10 storeys down the side of the QEQM building.

Staff, patients and members of the public are all invited to take part.

You will experience the stunning rooftop views of London before courageously abseiling back to firm ground.

Our abseils are open to everyone (minimum age 18 years).

No previous experience is necessary; you will receive training on the day.

The registration fee for the abseil is £30 and the minimum sponsorship target is £70.

We will be supporting you every step of the way to make sure you reach your fundraising target.

We will send you our fundraising pack containing sponsorship forms, information about setting up an online fundraising page and details about the day.

To sign up, click here.

17/08/15: Dad to thank hospital for care by taking part in Sure Run to the Beat 10K

AdamWhiting familyA father is set to run 10K to thank the hospital that looked after him as a baby.

Adam Whiting, of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, was cared for at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital in White City, London, after he was born prematurely.

And now the 37-year-old is taking part in the Sure Run to the Beat 10K on 13 September to raise funds for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises money for five London hospitals, including Queen Charlotte’s.

“I know only too well how vital these hospitals are, not only because they looked after me as a baby but also having my own kids makes me realise just how important they are,” he said.

Adam, who is father of Harry, 13, Tom, six, and Scarlett, two, will join thousands of runners for the 10K route around Wembley Park, London.

The artisan baker is hoping to complete the race in less than an hour to raise hundreds of pounds for Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s Birth Centre Appeal.

The £500,000 appeal aims to renovate and expand the birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s.

AdamWhiting babyAs well as the appeal, Imperial College Healthcare Charity also raises funds for research, training and equipment at St Mary’s, Hammersmith, Western Eye, Charing Cross and Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea hospitals.

Adam was admitted to Queen Charlotte’s after he was born almost three weeks prematurely on 22 June, 1978 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

“There was an infection in the baby unit at St Bartholomew's so to be safe I was transferred to Queen Charlotte’s by ambulance that afternoon,” he said.

“My mum was discharged and I was looked after at Queen Charlotte’s for the first week of my life before being transferred back to St Bartholomew’s.

“Mum said Queen Charlotte’s was brilliant at the time and I want to raise money for the hospital now to help other families receive great care too.”

Run to the Beat will include sets from some of the world’s best DJs, including Danny Howard, Jameela Jamil and Marvin Humes.

To sponsor Adam, visit www.justgiving.com/Adam-Whiting2.

To take part in Run to the Beat for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, click here.

04/08/15: Project supports dozens of young stab and gunshot victims at St Mary's Hospital

IMG 0703More than 80 young stab victims have received support from a youth violence intervention project at St Mary’s Hospital since it launched in October.

The £200,000 a year project sees specialist workers from Redthread (pictured), which helps young people change their risky lifestyles, engaging with 11-25 year olds while they are still in hospital during what is known as ‘the teachable moment’.

The initiative, which is partly funded by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, has engaged with 81 stab victims as well as four gunshot victims and four victims of child sexual exploitation in the last 10 months.

Robbyn Linden, Redthread programme manager, said: “Research around the teachable moment suggests if you can get to a young person when this traumatic event has just happened you can help them make different choices. If the interaction happens later then the moment has been lost.”

A total of 115 stab victims have been referred to the project, with 81 of them engaging successfully with the team. In March alone, the project engaged with 15 young stab victims, as well as 14 in April, 17 in May and 18 in June.

Aman Jaswal, team leader of the project at St Mary’s, said the team is making an impact on the young people’s lives.

“There was a patient who was stabbed for the second time in a year. After speaking to us on the ward, they decided they were ready to make a change. We got them moved to another borough and they’re beginning a new life. They’re really grateful,” he said.

When the young people leave hospital, Redthread offers ongoing support, including help with employment. There’s been a similar project at King’s College Hospital for ten years, and it’s now at Royal London Hospital and St George’s Hospital, too.

Lara Ritchie, matron for the paediatric and adult emergency department, said the project provides support the hospital couldn’t give before.

“Before we used to treat them for their physical injuries but we weren’t able to support them outside the hospital and help to prevent them from needing to come in again,” she said.

“The youth violence intervention project can find a safe place for them to go and follow them up in the community.”

The project is part of Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s £1million Major Trauma Centre Appeal to pay for research, equipment and training to help save lives.

The charity raises funds for five London hospitals, including St Mary’s Hospital, and is looking for support to raise the final £300,000 for the appeal.

The youth violence intervention project is the result of a partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Redthread and Imperial College Healthcare Charity which has helped partners and funders work together to make the initiative possible. Funders include The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), The J Isaacs Charitable Trust, the Home Office, the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster, The NWL Major Trauma Network, and other third sector partners.

 

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