Improving the care of some of most sick and vulnerable children at St George’s Hospital

Care provided to very sick children at St George’s Hospital was the focus of a visit by two of South West London’s most senior NHS leaders.

The local Integrated Care System’s Chair Designate Millie Banerjee and Chief Executive Designate Sarah Blow were given a tour of the Tooting hospital’s paediatric services.

The visit was led by Clinical Director for Paediatrics and Consultant Neonatologist Sijo Francis and Anita D’Souza, Head of Nursing for Newborn Services, with staff on hand to provide more information about their specialist work.

Their first stop was the paediatric intensive care unit, with the team particularly focusing on cancer care. The role of St George’s as the only paediatric major trauma centre in south west London was also highlighted.

They moved on to the Pinckney ward, one of three paediatric wards at the hospital, and the breadth of services provided was set out.

The last stop was the neonatal unit, where the highly specialised treatment for the most unwell babies was discussed, along with the status of St George’s as the regional centre for the South West London Neonatal Network.

Sarah Blow, said: “I was really impressed with the paediatrics service at St George’s and all the great work they do for patients.

“They are a fantastic team providing amazing care, and myself and Millie would like to thank everyone that hosted us for our visit.”

Millie Banerjee said: “It was extremely helpful to see first-hand the range of children’s services provided by St George’s.

“I was very impressed with the expertise, dedication and compassion shown to very sick children and their families by all the colleagues we met in the wards.

“I felt very proud to have such an impressive facility in the SWL NHS system.”

Sijo Francis, Clinical Director for Paediatrics and Consultant Neonatologist, said: “We were really pleased to have a visit from Millie and Sarah from the ICS who we were able to show around our paediatric intensive care unit, our paediatric wards and also the neonatal unit.

“They met a number of our key staff and were able to hear about all the wonderful work we do for children at St George’s with a particular focus on children with cancer who we look after along with our colleagues at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

“They were able to understand some of the complexities of the care that we deliver and how the variety of different specialties and teams in children’s services really come together to deliver the outstanding care that we are known for, for children with cancer but also for children with many other complex problems.

“We were really pleased to have had them and it was really good to hear from them because it gave them a much greater understanding of the breadth of services at St George’s.”