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Chelsea and Westminster named best hospital for low mortality rates
Dr Foster Hospital Guide

Chelsea and Westminster is the only hospital in England with low mortality rates across all four mortality indicators included in the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, an annual independent healthcare survey published on the 28 November.

The Hospital Guide says: “This is an impressive achievement and warrants a special mention.”


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Hospital services recognised at HSJ Awards

Staff working in Cancer Services and Research & Development were shortlisted for this year's Health Service Journal Awards which were presented at an awards dinner in London on the 15 November.

The Acute Oncology Service, led by Consultant Dr Tom Newsom-Davis and Clinical Cancer Services Manager and Macmillan Lead Nurse Catherine Gillespie, was shortlisted in the ‘Clinical Service Redesign’ category and their entry was Highly Commended by the judges.

R&D staff were shortlisted in the ‘Research Culture’ category.

The NHS North West London Integrated Care Pilot (ICP), in which the Trust is a key partner, won the ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ category of the Health Service Journal Awards and was also shortlisted in the ‘Improving Care with Technology’ category—the ICP aims to integrate the care of patients aged 75 and over and also patients living with diabetes.


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New Non-Executive Directors join Trust Board

Three Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to the Trust Board.

Sir John Baker, Jeremy Loyd and Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy—who have been serving as Non-Executive Director designates since December 2010—joined the Trust Board as full Non-Executive Directors in October.


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Service Updates
Pregnancy of unknown location
Clinical quick guide

Pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) is a term that was introduced about 15 years ago describing the scenario where a woman has a positive pregnancy test but there is no visible intrauterine or extrauterine pregnancy using transvaginal ultrasound (TVS).

Approximately 10% of women seen in an early pregnancy unit will have this classification at first attendance (around 500 per year at Chelsea and Westminster), of whom 10% are ultimately diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.


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Pathology and radiology results software

We are deploying new software allowing us to share pathology and radiology results generated from our hospital consultant requests with GP practices. Results can be accessed via the internet on your N3 network and requires no installation.

Would you like access?


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HIV at home and away

An estimated one in four of all individuals with HIV infection remain unaware of their sero-status. Time and again, evidence emerges of missed opportunities in the timely diagnosis of HIV.

In areas of high HIV prevalence, such as here in North West London, we need to consider implementing large scale, routine, screening programs in both primary and secondary care to diagnose the undiagnosed in our population.


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Training and Events
The Future of Obesity Treatment
A multidisciplinary update

The Weight Loss Surgery team are delighted to invite you to attend a state of the art International Symposium on 3 February 2012 at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

London 2012: The Future of Obesity Treatment aims to review the current status of obesity treatment and to discuss how best to address the challenges in the future. We are privileged to have the world's leading authorities to address this challenging topic and we aim to make the meeting as interactive as possible with expert panel discussions and a final debate on the different treatment options.

The meeting is open to general practitioners, surgeons, physicians, diabetologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, endoscopists, commissioners and managers, all of whom face their own specific challenges in this evolving field.

Download the information and registration form here.

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Prostate cancer update
Lunch meeting

Bijan Khoubehi the Trust’s lead Urological surgeon will be hosting a lunch time education update on the current treatment options in prostate cancer on the 14 December from 12.30pm in the Post Graduate Centre at the Chelsea and Westminster. The session open to all primary care professionals.

You can download further information and a registration form here.

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Patient Experience
Greater infomation for our patients
Transparency section

Monday 28 November saw the launch of a new Transparency section of our website with information for patients and the public about everything from infection and mortality rates to waiting times in A&E. It has been developed in partnership with Foundation Trust Governors who are elected representatives of patients, members of the public and staff.


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