November 2015

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26/11/15: St Mary's Hospital More Smiles Appeal is given royal seal of approval

royalHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is supporting a major fundraising appeal to expand and improve the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at the hospital where her children were born.

The St Mary’s Hospital More Smiles Appeal was launched on Tuesday by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and charity COSMIC.

It aims to raise at least £2million towards a £10million project to create a bigger, state-of-the-art facility. The remainder of the costs are to be funded by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

The Duchess was so impressed by the care she received at the hospital in Paddington when she had daughter Charlotte in May and son George two years earlier that she is lending her support to the appeal.

The Duchess said: "The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent. The commitment to expand and transform the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital will vitally guarantee more space to treat more children and support more families.

“As someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary's, I am delighted to support the Children's Intensive Care Appeal, and commend the important work of all those involved in the project.''

Every year, around 400 patients are cared for in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s but it also turns away hundreds more critically ill children because it does not have enough beds.

This means children may have to be transferred hundreds of miles for treatment. Last year, the unit had to turn away 233 children, more than half the number actually admitted.

The new unit will have 15 beds, almost doubling the current number, allowing more than 200 extra children to be cared for each year.

There will also be new equipment, a dedicated parents’ room and a private room allowing space for doctors and nurses to provide emotional support and care to families whose children are very seriously ill.

Earlier this week, actress and writer Fay Ripley, whose niece was treated at St Mary’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit, helped to launch the appeal.

The unit is a world leader in the understanding and treatment of serious infections in children including meningitis and septicaemia, as well as specialising in other life-threatening conditions such as seizures, asthma, sickle cell disease, severe injuries and helping children recover after major surgery.

Dr Simon Nadel, Children’s Intensive Care Unit consultant and clinical lead, said: “Our More Smiles Appeal will enable us to upgrade our facilities and offer our exceptional care to even more patients.

This unit is one of only five general children’s intensive care units in London. Our campaign will save more lives and help us give even better care to more critically ill children and their families. We are most grateful for the Duchess of Cambridge’s support and warm wishes.”

Josephine Watterson, director of fundraising and communications at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “There are so many ways to support our More Smiles Appeal. Everyone can make a difference. Please get in touch via www.moresmiles.org.uk to find out how you can help.

To find out more about the St Mary’s Hospital More Smiles Appeal, visit www.moresmiles.org.uk or telephone 020 3312 6179.”

24/11/15: St Mary's Hospital launches major fundraising appeal to help treat more critically ill children

MoreSmilesAppeal logo RGBA major fundraising appeal is being launched today to help expand and improve the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

The ‘St Mary’s Hospital More Smiles Appeal’, led by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and COSMIC, is looking to raise at least £2 million towards a £10 million project to create a bigger, state-of-the-art facility. The remainder of the costs are to be funded by the Trust and Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

Actress and writer Fay Ripley, whose niece was treated at St Mary’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit, is supporting the campaign.

Every year, around 400 patients are cared for in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s but it also turns away hundreds more critically ill children because it does not have enough beds. This means children sometimes have to travel as far afield as Birmingham for treatment. In 2014, the unit had to turn away 233 children, more than half the number admitted.

The redeveloped unit will have 15 beds, almost doubling the current number, allowing more than 200 extra children to be cared for each year. There will also be new equipment, a dedicated parents’ room and a private room allowing space for doctors and nurses to provide emotional support and care to families whose children are very seriously ill. 

Consultant Dr Parviz Habibi set up the St Mary’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit in 1992 with just one bed, one nurse and one consultant. Today, the eight-bedded unit treats a range of medical, surgical and trauma patients. It is a world leader in the understanding and treatment of serious infections in children including meningitis and septicaemia, as well as specialising in other life-threatening conditions such as seizures, asthma, sickle cell disease, severe injuries and helping children recover after major surgery.  

Dr Parviz Habibi said: “Today, we take a big step towards securing bigger and better facilities for our young patients so that they match the high quality of care we provide as staff.  

“We hope as many people as possible will support our appeal to allow us to care for even more children.”

Around 7,000 children, from newborn to 18 years old, have been treated at St Mary’s Hospital Children’s Intensive Care Unit since it opened. Patients have come from all over the country including as far afield as Devon, Jersey and Northern Ireland. However, the once modern facility has aged and staff and patients are now in desperate need of more space, more beds and up-to-date facilities.

Actress and writer Fay Ripley said: “My niece is a fit, healthy, bright and beautiful teenager. However without the extraordinary care she received a few years ago at the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital her story may well have ended differently. I am so grateful for hers and all of the happy endings to come out of the unit.”

John Earl’s daughter Amelia was also cared for at St Mary’s Hospital Children’s Intensive Care Unit when she contracted meningitis.  He said:  “The care my daughter received can only be described as ‘world class’. From the moment we arrived, it reassured us to know she was in such good hands. However, creating a bigger and more state-of-art unit will mean more patients can receive the same level of care Amelia received. Every child needs the best chance of survival.” 

Dr Simon Nadel, Children’s Intensive Care Unit consultant and clinical lead, said: “We are excited at the prospect of being able to give our exceptional care to even more children. We will be able to save more lives and give better care to more critically ill children and their families. However, we cannot do this without support.”

Josephine Watterson, director of fundraising and communications at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “There are so many ways to support our More Smiles Appeal.  Everyone can make a difference.  Please get in touch via www.moresmiles.org.uk to find out how you can help.”

There are five general children’s intensive care units in London and 25 in the UK.

To find out more about the St Mary’s Hospital More Smiles Appeal, visit www.moresmiles.org.uk or telephone 020 3312 6179.

19/11/15: Write a festive message for your hospital Christmas tree

IMG 4619We are inviting everyone to take part in our Christmas Wishing Tree Appeal by sending a festive wish or message.

If you want to wish a Merry Christmas to your team, patients, or your family and friends, or thank the medical team who cared for you, the Imperial College Healthcare Charity Christmas Wishing Tree is waiting for you.

Your message will be displayed on the Christmas tree of your choice at one of the Trust’s five hospital sites for patients, staff, families and friends to read.

With every Christmas wish made, the charity is asking for a minimum donation of £5 to help make a difference to some of the sickest children in London, who will be spending this festive season in hospital away from their loved ones.

The charity is also inviting everyone to its Christmas tree lighting ceremony at St Mary’s Hospital, with lights to be turned on by Trust chief executive Tracey Batten, from 4pm to 4.30pm on 8 December. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital at from 4pm to 4.30pm on 7 December.

Money raised from this winter appeal will go towards the children’s Christmas party, as well as supporting families throughout the year, including fun days out, providing respite days and vital equipment for the children’s wards.

To take part, click here.

18/11/15: Fundraiser's muddy half marathon to help stroke patients

JosephineMorrisjpg2An occupational therapist pulled on her running shoes at the weekend to help improve the hospital experience of stroke patients.

Josephine Morris, who works in stroke services at Charing Cross Hospital, took part in the 13.1 mile Dirt Half Challenge in Bedfordshire on Saturday (14 Nov) to raise funds for Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

The charity raises money for equipment, training and research at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s five hospitals, including Charing Cross, where Josephine has worked for two years.

Josephine, of Dalston, said: “As an occupational therapist, I try to help patients engage in activities and participate in learning to help their rehabilitation. I wanted to try to help improve stroke patients’ lives by raising money for games, personal radios and CD players, puzzles and art equipment.

“The race was a tough one with rain, mud and a never ending hill, but knowing I was raising money for such a great cause really helped to spur me on.”

A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Survival rates for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust stroke patients are among the highest in the country. The Trust admits approximately 1,700 patients per year through its hyper acute stroke unit.

“Engaging activities make a big difference to stroke patients both physically and psychologically. The games, puzzles and art equipment will help to encourage patients to communicate and talk again, while the personal radios and CD players can help to bring comfort,” said Josephine.

“All that can contribute to their rehabilitation and help with their recovery.”

The Dirt Half Challenge was mainly off road and followed the canal towpath north to Stoke Hammond, through Great Brickhill and Stockgrove Country Park then back to the start.

It was the first time the 29-year-old had taken part in a half marathon and she completed it in two hours five minutes, raising more than £375 for the charity.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an independent charity that aims to improve patient care and support staff development at Charing Cross, St Mary’s, Western Eye, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and Hammersmith hospitals.

To sponsor Josephine, go to www.justgiving.com/Josephine-Morris

09/11/15: Get crafty for Christmas fairs at Hammersmith Hospital

Craft5Are you a super sewer, keen knitter or do you want to take up a new hobby?

The charity is looking for creative adults and children to donate homemade festive items for its Christmas craft fairs.

Why not try making some beautiful baubles out of felt (left), gift wrap using brown paper and an ink stamp or Christmas cards using collage?

If you want to make any of these items or have your own ideas to create, we would love to hear from you.

The craft fairs will take place on 25 November and 1 December in the canteen at Hammersmith Hospital from 10am to 2pm.

If you would like to make anything, please email lauren.levy@imperial.nhs.uk

02/11/15: Music workshops help to put a smile on young patients' faces

IMG 4588Young patients at St Mary’s Hospital were treated to a music workshop this weekend thanks to an event organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

The charity has arranged for rock and pop music academy The Rhythm Studio to make a series of visits to patients in children’s services, including some of the most seriously ill children in the hospital.

A session on Saturday saw patients playing a variety of percussion instruments, and the charity’s arts administrator, Natalie Craven, said it was a great success.

“It was brilliant to see so many smiling faces. The Rhythm Studio did an amazing job of engaging not only with the patients but also with siblings and families who were visiting,” she said.

“The staff and families seemed really grateful and it was great to be a part of it. We want to thank The Rhythm Studio, especially Katherine and Stacey, for all their fantastic work.”

The next workshops will take place on 14 November, 28 November and 12 December.

 

 

 

 

 

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