News: October 2019

18 Oct 2019

Teacher saved by bystander after cardiac arrest organises for school kids to learn CPR

A teacher whose heart stopped and a bystander who helped medics to save her have joined the appeal for Londoners to ‘step in and be a lifesaver’.

Rachael Eckley suffered a cardiac arrest while meeting a friend for coffee. Judy Domoney, who was in the café at the time, gave chest compressions as medics worked to get Rachael breathing and restart her heart.

The pair were reunited at Coteford Junior School, Pinner, for a special assembly on Wednesday’s Restart a Heart Day organised by Deputy Head Rachael as part of a week of events at the school to promote first aid training and CPR classes.

On Restart a Heart Day, London Ambulance Service called on people to step in to save a life as figures published show less than half of Londoners would help a stranger in cardiac arrest.

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Winning the Freedom To Speak Up Index 2019 award

18 Oct 2019

We’re named the most improved NHS Trust for our freedom to speak up culture

We’ve been recognised as the most improved NHS Trust in England for our speaking up culture in the Freedom to Speak Up Index 2019 awards. 

Our FTSU Guardian, Katy said: “I’m really proud we have been presented this award. It’s not just a measure of FTSU, but reflects all the changes we’ve made to improve our response to concerns raised by our staff, managers, unions and previous guardians.”

Thanks to the work of that team, our FTSU culture had improved by an impressive 18%, the highest of any NHS Trust in the country.

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Perfect Day call a colleague desk

2 Oct 2019

A ‘Perfect Day’ for those in need of urgent and emergency care in north east London

On Monday 30 September, we joined our health partners in north eat London to embark on a ground-breaking event to reduce the number of people being taken unnecessarily to hospital by ambulance, while delivering better patient care and outcomes.

On the ‘Perfect Day’, just 48.9% of the 505 patients who needed assistance from 999 between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm needed to go to hospital, meaning that over 51% of patients were able to be treated at, or nearer to, home.

Lowering the number of patients being taken unnecessarily to hospital and treating more patients closer to home is better for patients, better for families and better for the NHS.

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