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The GP – Issue 5 – 18/04/19

The GP is a brief newsletter aimed at keeping you up to date with all things King Edward VII’s Hospital.
This week’s read time: 4 mins.

Are you offering your patients FIT testing screen for Bowel Cancer?

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month so we are reminding referring GPs that you can order FIT testing kits from King Edward VII’s Hospital, offering your patients the most accurate bowel cancer screening available. Our Urgent Bowel Cancer Service offers patients rapid access to a consultation with a leading bowel cancer specialist within 48 hours, and seamless referral to on-site diagnostics where required.

Order FIT kits for your practice

Urgent Bowel Cancer Service

Digestive Health Speed Networking – Tuesday 30th April 2019

King Edward VII’s Hospital invites all NHS and Private GPs to join us for this event. This evening will provide an opportunity for both networking and learning from our esteemed Gastroenterologists and Colorectal Surgeons.


6.00-6.45pm: Registration, networking and refreshments

6.45-8.15pm: Rotating small group discussions

Speakers and their areas of interest include:

Dr Bu’Hussain Hayee, Consultant Gastroenterologist  – IBD

Mr Alex Chung, Consutlant Colorectal Surgeon – Laparoscopic colorectal surgery

Dr Jason Dunn, Consultant Gastroenterologist – Dysphagia/Bravo

Mr James Kinross, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon – Hernias

Professor Bobby Prasad, Consultant Gastroenterologist

8.15-8.30pm: Open discussion forum and networking opportunities


Introducing new Consultants

Dr Michael (Mike)  Beckles, Respiratory Medicine
BSc (Hons), MB ChB, FRCP

Dr Beckles is very actively involved in acute medicine, currently participating in a consultant led one in four on-call service at the Royal Free Hospital. He is therefore very familiar with the acute presentation of the variety of medical problems and their management.

Consequently, Dr Beckles is involved both in inpatient care and follow-up in the outpatient clinic. Dr Beckles sees patients with a variety of acute respiratory and general medical diagnoses, such as pneumonia, breathlessness, a new or persistent cough and patients who present coughing up blood (haemoptysis).

Dr Beckles’ specialist areas include:

  • Respiratory medicine
  • Respiratory failure
  • Lung cancer
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Asbestos-related conditions
  • Intersitial lung disease

Mr Graham Lawton, Plastic Surgery – Hand and Wrist

Mr Lawton is a Consultant Plastic Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon with special interests and expertise in extremity reconstruction after trauma, hand surgery and peripheral nerve injury.

His plastic surgery training was based out of the Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead and he went onto complete fellowship training in extremity reconstruction at Imperial, major trauma reconstruction at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and peripheral nerve injury at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore.

Research into traumatic haemorrhage led to him being awarded a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Newcastle University. His current research interests are as part of a coordinated programme of works into regenerative medicine and combat wounding within the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma.

His military career has included spells in Kenya, Oman, Canada, Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

Mr Lawton’s specialist areas include:

  • Extremity reconstruction
  • Hand surgery
  • Nerve injury
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Scar revision

A peek inside our new reception

On Friday 12th April 2019 we opened the doors to our new reception and we are delighted with the results:

Front desk at the main reception

The Library – waiting room 1, with King Edward VII above the fireplace

View from inside The Library, with Sister Agnes in her new home

The Study – waiting room 2, offering additional, more discreet space

KEVII rated “Good” by the CQC

As you know the CQC have informed us that they have revised their rating of the hospital and we are delighted that they upgraded our rating to “Good” and noted many improvements since their last visit. We were rated good in all five domains and for all of our services.

Click here to see the full report.

Falls at the Hospital reduced by 40%

In January 2018 we appointed a Falls Project Lead, Jenny Earl, with aims to reduce inpatient falls, improve patient safety and promote positive change. (Guided by: Clinical audit, Nice CG161, Staff opinion, Analysis of reported falls incidents, The Royal College of Physicians, the National Audit of Inpatient Falls and in consultation with colleagues who work in falls safety.)

Over the last year we have reduced our falls rates by 40%!

We are absolutely committed to creating the safest and most caring environment for your patients.

Hay fever is on the rise in the UK!

Hay fever is on the increase in the UK, with estimates suggesting that over 30 million people in the UK will suffer with hay fever by 2030. We have written a guide for patients featuring expert tips and advice from King Edward VII’s Hospital Consultant in Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, Dr Runa Ali.

Read it here.

Useful Contacts

We are here for you, so please do not hesitate to pick up the phone or send us an email:

Louisa Cole – GP Liaison Officer
T: 020 7467 4555
W: For Health Professionals

Matt Williams – Consultant Engagement Officer
T: 020 7467 4368