News en Trust clinicians appointed to roles at leading cardiothoracic institutions <span>Trust clinicians appointed to roles at leading cardiothoracic institutions </span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/08/2020 - 16:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-08-11T12:00:00Z">11 August 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>A number of Trust consultants in cardiovascular medicine at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals have been chosen for leading roles at professional external organisations. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Five members of staff have been appointed to roles on the main board, committees, and working groups of the <a href="">European Society of Cardiology</a> (ESC). The organisation represents more than 95,000 clinicians and is recognised as a world leader in the discovery and dissemination of best practices in cardiovascular medicine. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The Trust also has new representation on the NHS North-London Operational Delivery Network, which was set up to bring together clinicians from primary, secondary and tertiary care to improve the way care is delivered to patients in specific clinical areas, and the <a href="">Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery</a> (SCTS), the </span><span><span><span><span><span>representative body for cardiothoracic surgery in Great Britain & Ireland</span></span></span></span></span>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Appointments include:</span></span></span></span></p> <p class="darktext"><strong><span><span><span><span>The European Society of Cardiology (ESC)</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span>Professor Martin Cowie, consultant cardiologist, has been re-appointed chair of the ESC Digital Health Committee</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Professor Thomas Lüscher, consultant cardiologist and director of research, education and development, has been elected board secretary/treasurer and a member of the ESC’s Management Committee </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Dr Alexander Lyon, honorary consultant cardiologist, is chair-elect of the sub-specialty council, the ESC Council of Cardio-Oncology  </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Dr Antonis Pantazis, consultant cardiologist, becomes the new chair of the ESC’s Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Disease</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Professor Susanna Price, consultant cardiologist and intensivist, has been elected board councillor at the ESC and appointed chair of the Education Committee.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p class="darktext"><strong><span><span><span><span>NHS North-London Operational Delivery Network</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span>Dr Shelley Rahman Haley, consultant echocardiologist, becomes chair of the Imaging Workstream of the NHS North-London Operational Delivery Network. The workstream is tasked with tackling the backlog of imaging cases that has built up during the Covid-19 pandemic at secondary and tertiary care hospitals in London and Greater London.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p class="darktext"><strong><span><span><span><span>Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span>Dr Sunil Bhudia, consultant cardiac surgeon, has been appointed meeting secretary at the SCTS, responsible for delivering the society’s annual meeting </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Dr Shahzad Raja, consultant cardiac surgeon, becomes consultant education lead at the SCTS, responsible for delivering and developing the portfolio of education resources for consultant members.</span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span><span>Dr Mark Mason, medical director at the Trust, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone on these achievements. The range of these appointments is testament to the extraordinarily high level of expertise among our clinicians.”</span></span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:17:51 +0000 S.Anand 2741 at Film captures the experiences of Trust staff as they treated patients battling Covid-19 <span>Film captures the experiences of Trust staff as they treated patients battling Covid-19 </span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Fri, 17/07/2020 - 12:24</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-20T12:00:00Z">20 July 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Between 19<sup>th</sup> March and 31<sup>st</sup> May 2020, teams at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals cared for more than 180 patients with Covid-19. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This film shines a light on some of the people who made this possible. We hear from the nurses who saw their regular roles change overnight to care for some of the sickest patients in the region; corporate teams who stepped away from their desks to mobilise a production-line that would go on to make over 30,000 surgical gowns for front-line colleagues; staff who found novel ways for families to see and speak to loved ones in hospital; and many others.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The stories may be individual, but what brings them together is how each lived experience has touched – and saved – the lives of many. This film is dedicated to the patients we treated, in recognition of the individual battle each one of them fought against the virus.   </span></span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-vimeo video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=""></iframe> </div> </div> Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:24:41 +0000 S.Anand 2732 at Trust research shows link between blood vessel disease and severe COVID-19 <span>Trust research shows link between blood vessel disease and severe COVID-19</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Fri, 17/07/2020 - 15:10</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-17T12:00:00Z">17 July 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Research published in the </span><em><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine</span></em> <span>has shown clinical observations, imaging tests <span>and</span> point-of-care blood tests are all important indicators of pulmonary angiopathy (blood vessel disease) in COVID-19 and could help determine disease severity.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Preliminary results released earlier in the year from the Trust’s <span><span>critical care service established a clear link between Covid-19 and blood clotting, by using hi-tech CT scans to take images of lung function in patients most seriously affected by the disease. Results found that all of those tested suffered a lack of blood flow, suggesting clotting within the small vessels in the lung. The research paper<em> Pulmonary Angiopathy in Severe COVID-19: Physiologic, Imaging and Hematologic Observations</em> is available <a href="">here.</a> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The research examined 39 patients with Covid-19 induced respiratory failure, who were either mechanically ventilated or put on<strong> </strong><span><span>extracorporeal membrane oxygenation</span></span> and had undergone CT pulmonary angiography, including where feasible, DECT (hi-tech imaging scans). </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span>Key findings from the study: </span></strong> </span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>Clinical observations, point-of-care testing and imaging data showed an increased likelihood of hypercoagulability (<span><span>the increased tendency for their blood to clot)</span></span> </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>A markedly impaired blood flow was observed in the lungs of 21 out of 33 patients, with CT scans indicating abnormally dilated blood vessels – likely caused by blood vessel disease and thrombosis</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and acute pulmonary embolism was observed in 15 out of 39 patients CT scans and although DVT occurs commonly in critically ill patients, the research suggests that in Covid-19 patients there may be two causes at play - acute pulmonary embolism from DVT and widespread pulmonary angiopathy. </span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span>The paper concluded that these observations made through imaging, coupled with biological and haemotologoical features, point to major pulmonary vascular involvement in severe cases of COVID-19. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Dr Brij Patel, senior intensivist and clinical senior lecturer at Royal Brompton <span>Hospital</span> and Imperial College and lead author of the paper, said<span><span>: </span></span>“This multi-modal approach to describing Covid-19 in the intensive care unit maps our multi-disciplinary team approach to severe acute respiratory failure. Indeed, the lung physiology, imaging and blood tests all point to a spectrum of lung failure which significantly, involves damage to the blood vessels within the lung. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The question is if these manifestations are treatable traits allowing more targeted interventions to treat the damage to the blood vessels. Although this is only part of the complex picture of Covid-19 induced lung failure, we feel these observations are very important to enable others around the world really find a treatment for this devastating condition.”</span></span></span></span></p></div> Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:10:21 +0000 S.Anand 2734 at Royal Brompton Hospital designated National Rare Cystic Lung Disease Centre <span>Royal Brompton Hospital designated National Rare Cystic Lung Disease Centre</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Mon, 13/07/2020 - 15:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-13T12:00:00Z">13 July 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>NHS England has designated Royal Brompton Hospital as the leading centre for a new national rare disease network, in collaboration with Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. The two centres have developed world-leading expertise in the management of patients with cystic lung diseases. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Royal Brompton Hospital has a dedicated cystic lung disease service, led by Dr Maria Kokosi, that treats patients with rare lung disorders characterised by multiple cysts, such as lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), pulmonary Langerhans’ cell histiocytosis (PLCH) and Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome. The service is part of the hospital’s interstitial lung disease (ILD) unit, which is the largest unit of its kind in Europe with more than 4,000 patients. </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>Queen’s Medical Centre hosts the NHS England commissioned National Centre for LAM led by Professor Simon Johnson. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dr Peter George, lead for the ILD unit, said: “We are very grateful to NHS England for giving us the opportunity to develop and lead a new national cystic lung disease network with the goal of transforming the care for patients throughout the UK who suffer with these rare conditions.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dr Maria Kokosi, lead clinician for the service, said: “</span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span>This is an exciting opportunity to improve the standard of care for our patients and to further develop expertise and research in the field of cystic lung diseases, not only at a national but international level as well.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><a href=""><span><span><span>Find out more about our interstitial lung disease (ILD) unit</span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p></div> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:25:36 +0000 S.Anand 2731 at Trust’s care rated ‘better than expected’ by patients <span>Trust’s care rated ‘better than expected’ by patients</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/07/2020 - 09:49</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-03T12:00:00Z">3 July 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals have </span></span><span>been named as performing “better than expected” in the Care Quality Commission’s 2019 Adult Inpatient Survey.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For the survey, which covers different aspects of care and treatment, the CQC looked at the experiences of more than 654 patients who stayed in our hospitals. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Trust was named better than other trusts in eight of the 11 areas covered. Each area consists of a number of specific questions, on a variety of subjects such as waiting to get a bed, being informed about the next steps in treatment and being offered emotional support.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Patient feedback from across both hospitals showed:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>• <strong>99 per cent </strong>of patients felt they were <strong>treated with dignity and respect</strong> always or most of the time</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>• <strong>Over 98 per cent</strong> of patients had <strong>confidence in all the staff who treated them</strong>, including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians and other allied health professionals </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>• <strong>96 per cent</strong> of patients felt they were <strong>involved in clinical decision making.</strong> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Areas which showed the biggest improvements since last year included elements of the discharge process:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>• Harefield – a rise of 8 per cent to 88 per cent of patients being given printed information advice to take home.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>• Royal Brompton – an 11 per cent rise to 89 per cent of patients reporting staff discussed the need for further health or social care services.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While the results were very positive, the patient and public engagement team will be working to identify key themes and build an action plan to address areas where there is room for further improvement.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Penny Agent, director of allied clinical sciences with oversight of patient experience, said: “We can be very proud of the patient feedback we have received in this survey. It’s a reflection of the brilliant work that everyone does at the Trust. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“There are many positives from this year’s survey particularly the number of patients who took part. The response rate increased from 37 per cent last year to nearly 53 per cent this year, giving us a more reliable information base. We achieved the rise by running a targeted publicity campaign throughout our hospitals encouraging patients to take part, during the period when the survey was being sent out. It’s just one example of how seriously we take this survey and demonstrates that we are always keen to listen and improve.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Visit the CQC website to read the <a href="">Trust’s report</a>. </span></span></span></p></div> Fri, 03 Jul 2020 08:49:26 +0000 S.Anand 2728 at Pulmonary rehabilitation team celebrate national first <span>Pulmonary rehabilitation team celebrate national first</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/07/2020 - 17:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-07-01T12:00:00Z">1 July 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>The pulmonary rehabilitation team at Harefield Hospital has become the first service in the country to receive full accreditation in a scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in association with the British Lung Foundation and the British Thoracic Society.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Launched in 2018, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services Accreditation Scheme (PRSAS) aims to improve the quality of pulmonary rehabilitation services throughout the UK. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Patients with long-term respiratory conditions often face shortness of breath, which can make it difficult to move around and carry out day-to-day activities without getting breathless. Pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients manage this through a tailored programme of exercise classes and education workshops designed to build their tolerance of physical activity and improve their quality of life.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Dr Claire Nolan, senior research physiotherapist, said: “This accreditation is the equivalent of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection for pulmonary rehabilitation services. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“There are about 250 pulmonary rehabilitation services in the UK, and Harefield pulmonary rehabilitation team is the first to achieve full accreditation.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>“It’s a mark of quality which we can highlight to clinical referrers and commissioners, and major kudos to be the first, and currently only, team to have met these standards. We can be proud that the clinical service we provide is second to none.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Gaining accreditation took two years and involved hundreds of hours of work culminating in a two-day visit from three inspectors last October. The Harefield team then had to respond to key actions and recommendations set out by the inspectors which involved submitting further written evidence and audits for assessment.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Dr William Man, consultant chest physician, said: “I am so proud of the team. Obtaining accreditation was a long journey and every team member played an important part of the success. This will be a ‘stand-out’ in our careers. It’s very rare to have the opportunity to be the first at achieving something that is nationally recognised.<br /><br /> “It may not be as headline-grabbing as doing the first heart or lung transplant, but it is as good as it gets in the pulmonary rehabilitation world.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Harefield Hospital hosts the largest single-site pulmonary rehabilitation programme in the UK with more than 1,000 referrals per year. Since launching the service in 2009, the hospital’s expert team has highlighted the value of pulmonary rehabilitation in improving the quality of life for people with respiratory conditions such as COPD. Several other centres around the country have adopted the Harefield model.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:34:58 +0000 S.Anand 2726 at Trust experts welcome ‘life-transforming’ treatment for cystic fibrosis <span>Trust experts welcome ‘life-transforming’ treatment for cystic fibrosis</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/07/2020 - 11:35</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-30T12:00:00Z">30 June 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>NHS England has today announced that NHS patients in England will be some of the first people in Europe to benefit from a new treatment for cystic fibrosis (CF).</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Three in five patients with the genetic condition could benefit from the ‘triple combination’ treatment produced by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, called ‘Kaftrio’, or ‘Trikafta’ in the US. The treatment tackles the underlying causes of CF by helping the lungs work effectively. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The landmark deal, which has been negotiated ahead of a licence being granted by the European Medicines Agency, means that clinicians can start prescribing the triple treatment to English patients as soon as the licence is granted, in the coming weeks.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Commenting on the news, the directors of the Trust’s paediatric (Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn) and adult (Dr Susan Madge) CF centres, said: “Today’s announcement from NHS England is wonderful news for our CF patients, and we are thrilled that they will be among the first in Europe to benefit from this life-transforming treatment.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This is particularly welcome news as our CF patients have been shielding at home during Covid-19. We look forward to being able to provide these medicines to eligible patients as soon as possible to help them live longer, healthier lives.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The European licence for the triple combination therapy will cover patients 12 years and older at this stage. Younger children will continue to benefit from the <a href="">previous deal struck by NHS England</a> giving them continued access to Orkambi, Symkevi and Kalydeco, where clinically appropriate, with access to the triple therapy to follow automatically, if the European regulators approve the move.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Royal Brompton Hospital’s paediatric and adult CF centres are one of the largest in Europe and treat almost 1000 people with CF each year.</span></span></span></p></div> Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:35:05 +0000 S.Anand 2724 at Double lung transplant recipient spends Father’s Day with his family <span>Double lung transplant recipient spends Father’s Day with his family</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Tue, 23/06/2020 - 09:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-23T12:00:00Z">23 June 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Harefield Hospital patient Ben Wolfenden recently spoke publicly about his joy at being able to celebrate Father’s Day at home with his family, thanks to a life-saving double lung transplant performed at the hospital last year.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis (CF), Ben contracted flu in February 201</span></span><span><span>9 and after eight weeks in his local hospital was rushed to Harefield Hospital, where he was put on life support via an Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine as his lungs were not functioning well enough to keep him alive.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben was put on the urgent transplant list and last May Harefield Hospital’s consultant cardiac and transplant surgeon Mr Balakrishnan Mahesh carried out his life-saving operation. A year on, Ben is at home enjoying life with his two young children. </span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"><img alt="Ben with surgeon" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="aacaf670-4d39-4d67-b381-bad4022c17f3" src="" /><figcaption><em>Photo credit: the Sunday Mirror</em></figcaption></figure><p><span><span>Speaking about the operation, Mr Mahesh told the <em>Sunday Mirror</em>: “Last May I knew Ben was on the super-urgent waiting list for new lungs, so the clock really was ticking. He was basically being kept alive by a life-support machine which is prone to complications and problems, so we were talking just days to find new lungs if Ben wanted a real chance of survival.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Incredibly I learned within 24 hours of him going onto the list that suitable new lungs had been found – and that means matching his blood group, as well as being within 10 percent of the size of his old ones. And one healthy new lung wouldn’t do – with CF the other, unhealthy lung would infect the new healthy one, so we needed two, and very quickly. He was super lucky.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“The moment I knew the new lungs were good we had Ben in theatre prepping him. Donor lungs are put on ice and realistically only survive for 10-12 hours out of the body, about the same time as the operation to put them into a patient, so every minute can count. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“I headed a team of 10 that day – I was the primary surgeon with two assistant surgeons, there were two nurses, two people running the life support machine, and three anaesthetists. Each of us is as important as any other. We took a break after four hours after the first lung had been implanted, and then again four hours later after the second had been put in, then two hours later we’d finished. It’s a long procedure, but the buzz from the adrenaline and the knowledge that you’re saving someone’s life, it gives you all the energy you need. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“I used a minimally invasive approach using two 12-13cm incisions, one on each side, through which I extracted and inserted the lungs – this is much better for the patient than using one 35cm-long incision, but much harder for the surgeon! Ben’s own lungs had suffered so many infections they were really stuck inside him, removing them was perhaps the hardest part of this. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Harefield Hospital is one of the few centres in the world which can do these procedures, performing a transplant of this type on a patient on life-support. Elsewhere the patient wouldn’t be put on life-support and wouldn’t make it. So, Ben’s lucky on many fronts.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“I knew straight away that the surgery had gone well, and informed his beautiful family with the good news. Of course you never know how things will pan-out in the next few years, but the success rate is around 90 percent after a year, and typically 50 percent of patients are alive after seven years. But Ben’s young and healthy, so you never know. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>“It’s been a privilege to operate on Ben, to see him thrive and know he’s at home with his family now. I love my job, and to see these results makes all the hard work worthwhile. He’s a very special person and I wish him years of health and happiness.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Speaking about receiving the news that a suitable set of lungs had been found, Ben said: “[My wife] Daisy and I wept with joy. In the best-case scenario, people with CF wait for around a month, sometimes up to three years, but too often, never.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“It’s hard to explain the happiness that donor and their family gave us last year, ripples of positivity.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>“During isolation, other dads might see Father’s Day as just another day stuck at home. For me, every day alive and with my family is beyond my wildest dreams.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Ben’s comments first appeared in the <em>Sunday Mirror</em>. You can read more about Ben’s story <a href="">here</a>.</span></span></p></div> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 08:44:15 +0000 S.Anand 2714 at “I’m going home”: Royal Brompton Hospital patient shares his Covid-19 ‘journey' <span>“I’m going home”: Royal Brompton Hospital patient shares his Covid-19 ‘journey'</span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Mon, 15/06/2020 - 15:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-15T12:00:00Z">15 June 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Covid-19 patient Sam McQueen was transferred to Royal Brompton Hospital from Northwick Park Hospital on 22 March with severe Covid-19 related lung disease. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>On 29 May, 72-year-old Sam was discharged in time to celebrate his son’s birthday.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Sam’s dignity, kindness and humour made him very popular with hospital staff, a number of whom gathered to wish him well on the afternoon of his discharge.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>In this moving video Sam shares his struggles battling Covid-19: from time on Royal Brompton Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, to gaining use of his hands and legs again, to the ‘infusion of energy’ he received at the thought of going home, and his gratitude to the NHS for saving his life.</span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-vimeo video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=""></iframe> </div> <p><span><span>Teams at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust have treated more than 250 Covid-19 patients throughout the first phase of the pandemic. As a specialist cardio-respiratory centre, with additional expertise in intensive care, the Trust’s clinicians are caring for some of the sickest Covid patients with severe acute respiratory failure. These include more than 50 patients on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a form of life support. Royal Brompton Hospital is one of five centrally-funded adult ECMO centres in England.</span></span></p></div> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 14:20:05 +0000 S.Anand 2709 at Important information for patients: face coverings <span>Important information for patients: face coverings </span> <span><span>S.Anand</span></span> <span>Tue, 16/06/2020 - 17:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-06-15T12:00:00Z">15 June 2020</time></div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>From Monday 15 June all patients coming to our hospitals for outpatient appointments must wear a face covering while in our buildings. This is in line with new government guidance to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in all hospital settings and keep you and our staff safe. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>When entering our hospitals, please ensure you: </span></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span>Wear a face mask or covering at all times that covers your mouth and nose. This does not have to be a medical/surgical mask, it can be made of cloth and be as simple as a scarf that ties behind the head while allowing you to breathe comfortably. If you do not bring a face mask/cover with you, you will be given one on arrival by a staff member at the hospital entrance. See </span><a href=""><span>government guidance</span></a><span> on how to make a face covering </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser as soon as you enter the hospital, and frequently thereafter. You should also avoid touching your face, wherever possible, and wash/sanitise your hands before putting on and removing your face covering  </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span>Keep a two-metre distance between yourself and anyone you come across during your visit. You may see markings on the floor in our buildings to help you comply with this. </span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p>Patients who fall within the following groups <strong>do not </strong>need to wear a face covering when visiting our hospitals: </p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Children under the age of 3</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li>Anyone with respiratory conditions or breathing difficulties</li> <li>Anyone unable to use a face covering without assistance.</li> </ul><p><span><span>If you fall into any of these groups, please contact the relevant department in advance<strong> </strong>so that any necessary arrangements for your visit can be made.</span></span></p> <p><strong>Please note:</strong> visitor restrictions are still in place at our hospitals. Visitors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances outlined <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Thank you for helping keep our patients and staff safe. </span></span></span></span></p></div> Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:37:01 +0000 S.Anand 2710 at