Recruitment to clinical trials at St George’s tops 10,000 patients in a year for the first time

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, working with St George’s, University of London, has recruited over 10,000 patients into clinical research trials this financial year – the first time this important milestone has been reached during a 12 month period.

Since April 2018, 10,000 patients have been recruited into a wide variety of clinical trials based at the Trust, spanning a range of clinical specialties.

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‘Physician Associates’ an asset to hospital medical and surgical teams, study finds

The first study into the impact on the NHS of a new type of health worker in hospitals, Physician Associates, has found that they benefit medical and surgical teams and their patients over a wide range of specialities.

Researchers found that Physician Associates safely supported the workloads of clinical teams and helped provide team continuity, as well as positively contributing to patient experience and patient journey.


10 top tips for saving money

This week is National Student Money Week. To mark it, our Student Finance team have compiled their ten top tips on how to improve your money habits.

1. First of all, as simple as it may sound, work out how much money you have. Start off by working out how much money you will have coming in each term (include things like your student funding, regular contributions from family/friends, expected income from part-time work during term-time and holidays, as well as scholarships or other external bursaries if applicable). Then work out the period of time this total income will need to cover. Divide the total income for the term by the number of weeks it needs to cover (term dates can be found on the Portal at https://portal.sgul.ac.uk/org/lis/reg/student-centre/ - remember to factor in the holidays!) and you have your weekly budget. Now stick to it!

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50-year spina bifida study shows surprising improvement in independent living

A unique study of spina bifida patients found that while mobility tended to decline in later life, surviving adults were more likely to live independently.  

In a study of 117 cases of spina bifida with 99% 50-year follow up, the percentage who could walk more than 50 metres dropped from around half at 9 years of age to a quarter at 50 years of age.

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Innovative diagnostic test could revolutionise cervical cancer screening

Coinciding with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, researchers at St George’s are working on a field study to fine-tune an exciting new method of human papilloma virus testing that could revolutionise care for women in low and middle income countries.

The research team have partnered with molecular diagnostics firm QuantuMDx for the study, using the company’s Q-POC™ platform and its human papilloma virus (HPV) assay. The Q-POC™ compresses a molecular diagnostics laboratory into a simple-to-use, portable, affordable and battery-operated device that can be used anywhere, from basic rural settings to clinics and hospitals.

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