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27/09/16: Charity walk in honour of Met police officer raises thousands for Hammersmith Hospital

Keyur groupA Met police officer has raised thousands of pounds to thank the hospital where he is being treated for cancer.

About 85 people joined Keyur Patel, known as Kiwi, for ‘Kiwis Kick Ass Cancer Walk’, a 1K, 5K or 10K walk around Osterley Park in Osterley, west London, on Sunday (18 Sept).

The event raised more than £3,000 for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which fundraises for research, equipment and projects at Hammersmith Hospital where Kiwi, of west London, is being treated for chronic myeloid leukaemia.

The condition is common in adults around 60-years-old but the trainee detective constable was diagnosed when he was just 30.

He said: “The staff at the hospital are angels disguised as doctors and nurses. They’re the people who help in more ways than you could ever imagine and now I want to give something back. Every time I go there, it doesn’t matter how busy or stressed they are they always have time to smile.”

Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells and tends to progress slowly over many years.

Kiwi was diagnosed after he collapsed at work five years ago.

The 35-year-old, who was a detention officer at the Met and special constable at Thames Valley Police at the time, said: “I had a bit of a cold so I took a paracetamol but wasn’t feeling any better. I was standing in the kitchen and a police officer asked me if I was alright. The last thing I remember is blacking out. Luckily my sergeant was holding on to me.

“When I got to hospital they said my spleen was enlarged six times bigger than it should have been. They ran blood tests and I remember seeing the two doctors talking to each other very seriously. I saw one saying to the other ‘the test can’t be right, run it again’ and he replied ‘I’ve run it twice’.

“He then came to me and said my blood count should have been between 6,000 and 11,000 but mine was at 275,000 and they suspected it was leukaemia.

“The first thing I said was ‘how do we beat it?  I’m not going to let cancer kill me’. Every time I went to Hammersmith Hospital I saw people who were much less fortunate than me and were having to take much worse medication. That’s what makes me say I’m very lucky,” he said.

Keyur and sister“With the medication I am on you can live a normal life.”

Kiwi is a Scout leader and members of his group helped out at the walk on Sunday.

“I was only expecting about 20 or 30 people. I want to thank everyone who took part – it means a lot to me. I made the routes 1K, 5K and 10K so they are accessible to everyone,” he said.

Kiwi is hoping to make the walk an annual event.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for five London hospitals within Imperial College

Healthcare NHS Trust: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals.

Since 2009, the charity has awarded more than £34 million in grants to over 470 pieces of clinical research and healthcare projects across the hospitals, all of which aim to improve patient healthcare.

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26/09/16: Schwartz Rounds provide a safe space for all Trust staff to share and reflect

SchwartzTrust staff are invited to reflect on the personal, social and emotional aspects of working in healthcare in the cross-disciplinary forum, Schwartz Rounds.

The sessions, which are funded in part by the Trust’s charity, Imperial College Healthcare Charity, take place every one-two months and rotate between St Mary’s, Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals.

The purpose of Schwartz Rounds is for staff to come together and share the challenges and rewards that are intrinsic to caring, not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care.

During the sessions, a multi-disciplinary panel present on their personal experiences of a shared case before audience discussion.

Feedback for the sessions has been very positive. One participant said: “I think it’s very useful to have a space to talk and reflect on these sensitive and complex topics.”

Another attendee said: “I loved hearing the stories and really connecting with them. It was a great space to talk openly about our feelings.”

Schwartz Rounds has attracted more than 800 attendances so far since it began in July 2015. More than 95 per cent of those who gave feedback said that they would attend Schwartz Rounds again and recommend it to a colleague and nine in ten said that they had gained a greater sense of self-awareness and an insight into how others care for their patients.

Dr Alex King, consultant clinical psychologist and project lead for Schwartz Rounds, said: “For staff to be the best they can be, it’s important that they’re looked after and feel supported. People say they get a sense of community coming to Schwartz Rounds and it’s good to know that they’re not alone in feeling the impact of this work. Others say it gives them time to reflect, reconnect to their values and remember what person-centred care is all about.

“Broad mixes of people attend, including doctors, nurses, therapy staff, clerical and management staff, from the very junior to the very senior alike. There are some very poignant stories and you really see the best of your colleagues.

“We are very grateful for the funding and advice we’ve had from the charity. They enabled us to better promote the programme, strengthen our evaluation and provide lunch for attendees as a token of appreciation by the organisation.”

The next Schwartz Rounds are:

Monday 17 October at Hammersmith
Friday 4 November at Charing Cross
Tuesday 22 November at St Mary’s

20/09/16: New exhibition at St Mary's is a celebration of colour

IMG 6532Vibrant works by acclaimed London-based artist, Tim Head, have gone on display in the Cambridge Wing Gallery at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. 

Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which manages the art collection at all five Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals, has organised the display of Tim Head’s visually stimulating prints as part of the charity’s aim to improve the hospital environment for staff, patients and visitors.    

Tim Head’s work has been displayed internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, Modern Art Oxford and Whitechapel Gallery. His work is held in many public collections including Tate; the British Council Collection, Arts Council Collection, British Museum and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York. 

Lucy Zacaria, arts manager at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “It’s wonderful to have such colourful artworks brightening up the hospital for staff and patients. We are proud to be working with Tim and his gallery, Parafin, on this show, which brings the healing power of colour to patients, staff and visitors.”

The exhibition will be on display at St Mary’s Hospital, Cambridge Wing, ground floor, from 13 September 2016 until March 2017.

Tim Head said: “It is a real pleasure to have been given this opportunity to show my prints at St Mary’s Hospital within such a vibrant and distinguished programme of exciting art. I hope these prints may open up various avenues of pleasurable distraction and speculation.”

Ben Tufnell, director at Parafin, said: “It is both exciting and an honour to be involved in the art programme at St Mary's, which does so much to create a stimulating environment for patients and staff at the hospital.”

The works exhibited at St Mary’s Hospital showcase Tim Head’s investigation of the digital medium and the illusory depth of chromatic intensity with which he experiments. 

Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises money for research, equipment and projects to improve patient experience at all five Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals.

As part of this, the charity has an extensive art collection which is on display in wards and departments throughout the Trust.

The charity’s current exhibitions include the Staff Art Exhibition at Charing Cross Hospital, which displays over 60 artworks by Trust staff and their families and Capturing the Light at Hammersmith Hospital, which focuses on three artists and their exploration of light.

15/09/16: New standardised critical care transfer bag rolled out across the Trust thanks to charity

IMG 6510The first ever standardised critical care transfer bags have been rolled out across the Trust thanks to full funding from the charity.  

The bag contains everything needed when moving critical care patients between wards and hospitals, making it faster for staff to find what they need in the case of an emergency, particularly when staff work or train across different organisations. 

Developed collaboratively through the North West London Critical Care Network, the bag will help make transporting vulnerable patients in critical care a smoother experience. 

Lindsay Benjamin, outreach and resuscitation team leader at the Trust, said: “If there’s an emergency and a patient deteriorates en route to another hospital, we can be really responsive to what the patient needs at that time.

“We’re making that process safe, knowing that we have the full, standardised set of equipment for the patient and also cutting the time needed to check the equipment inside.

“We are extremely grateful to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which has funded these 30 bags, enabling us to hold this launch where staff can take these bags back to their units across the Trust.”

A total of 125 clinicians were involved in developing the new bags, and a review has been published in the Journal of Intensive Care.


13/09/16: Son takes on charity challenges to thank hospital for caring for dad

Jayjit shahThe memory of a devoted father has inspired a fundraising drive for the hospital that treated him.

Jayjit Shah is taking on the Richmond Half Marathon on 18 September and the Five Peaks Challenge on 15 October to raise money for Hammersmith Hospital in honour of his father, Shantilal, who died of kidney failure in January 2015 after five years of treatment.

Money raised by the network engineer, of Uxbridge, will go to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises funds for equipment, research and projects at Hammersmith Hospital.

Jay, 48, said: “Dad had fantastic service at Hammersmith Hospital. The quality of care and professionalism of staff was excellent and now I want to give something back.

“I know he would be happy if he could see what I’m doing. I feel like he is pushing me and giving me the energy and strength that I need to complete these challenges.”

It is thought Jay’s father’s condition was triggered by his diabetes. The Kingsbury resident received dialysis at Hammersmith Hospital three times a week for five years to manage his symptoms. He died at the hospital at the age of 69.

“Dad was a very courageous man and he always had a smile on his face. He was always building friendships with everyone - even when he was having treatment in hospital,” he said.

Jay, who has already completed a 10K, has been training to run the 13.1 mile route in less than three hours. It starts in Kew Gardens, continues along the River Thames and finishes in Old Deer Park.

He will also climb the five peaks in the Lake District in a single day on 15 October to raise further funds for the hospital. He will walk 14 miles, including a 1,300m climb, tackling five of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike.

Jay has raised £838 so far and is hoping to take on the London Marathon for the charity next year.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for five London hospitals within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals.

Since 2009, the charity has awarded more than £34 million in grants to over 470 pieces of clinical research and healthcare projects across the hospitals, all of which aim to improve patient healthcare.

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