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CONNECTED - Keeping you up-to-date on Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals’ education, news and opportunities.
 
Welcome to Connected – Issue 5
 
 
 
Education and events
 
Here is a selection of some of the upcoming training and research events hosted by or featuring our consultants.
 
 
Virtual Grand Rounds 2020
 
Virtual Grand Rounds
 
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust's Grand Rounds showcase a series of expert-led, state-of-the-art lectures to attendees from the UK and overseas.

On the 15th September Professor Catherine Boileau, leading genetics expert at Bichat Hospital, Paris, will present the next update. The talk will focus on PCSK9 – impacts of gene coding discovery.

Find out more. Unable to attend? Subscribe to receive a link to past Grand Round lectures.
 
 
European Society of Cardiology
 
ESC Congress 2020
 
The European Society of Cardiology Congress 2020 is going digital. Experts from Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals, and other international speakers, will present the very latest cardiovascular updates and share important COVID-19 insights.

The four-day virtual event will commence on the 29th August 2020.

Register your attendance
 
 
Cardiology Update India 2020
 
Cardiology Update India 2020
 
Professor Thomas Lüscher, consultant cardiologist will be co-hosting Cardiology Update India 2020.
The virtual update will take place on the 19th-20th September 2020.

This programme will provide an up-to-date overview of cardiovascular disease prevention, new developments and innovations that will all affect cardiovascular diagnosis and management in everyday practice.

Register your place
 
 
12th Advanced Symposium on ACHD
 
12th Advanced Symposium on ACHD
 
An international faculty of experts will come together virtually on the 21st – 22nd September 2020 at the 12th Advanced Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD).

During the online symposium, Professor Michael Gatzoulis and leading clinicians will share challenges and discuss opportunities in the treatment of adult congenital heart disease.

Register now
 
 
Education on the go
 
Connected subscribers can watch an exclusive selection of educational and research talks. Click the videos below or visit our website to learn about new advances at your own convenience.
 
 
Cardio-Oncology
 
 
Dr Alexander Lyon Grand Rounds update provides insights on the past, present and future of cardio-oncology – a new medical subspecialty.
 
 
 
The First Angioplasty Guide
 
 
Dr Jonathan Hill Grand Rounds lecture explores percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): From the balloon to complex interventions.
 
 
 
Classic Covid-19
 
 
Professor Simon Padley shares thoracic imaging challenges and insights to help tackle the pandemic The front line: Pulmonary imaging of COVID-19.
 
 
 
Key Insights
 
 
Professor Susanna Price addresses important points about “acute coronary syndromes during COVID-19 and how to get your unit ready” during a European Society of Cardiology COVID-19 and Cardiology update.
 
 
 
Royal Brompton & Harefield
NHS Foundation Trust news
 
 
Coronary heart disease in the age of COVID-19
 
 
Coronary heart disease in the age of COVID-19
 
A small number of complex COVID-19 cases have shown symptoms resembling that of a heart attack. However, x-ray images have not shown any blockages in the main arteries, instead, there have been signs of inflammation to the heart in response to the virus.

Dr Simon Davies, explains, “The risk factors of contracting COVID-19, and potentially dying from it, are tied to the leading risk factors associated to cardiovascular disease. Heart health must be taken very seriously during the pandemic.”

Read more
 
 
 
Leading centre for rare cystic lung disease
 
 
Leading centre for rare cystic lung disease
 
NHS England has designated Royal Brompton Hospital as the leading centre for a new national rare disease network, in collaboration with Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. The two centres have developed world-leading expertise in the management of patients with cystic lung diseases.

“We are very grateful for this opportunity and our goal is to transform care for patients throughout the UK who suffer with these rare conditions” explained Dr Peter George.

Find out more
 
 
 
Professor Roxy Senior
 
 
Trust consultant leads CHD trial
 
An international study shows patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) who undergo invasive interventions do not respond better than patients who take medications only.

Formally known as the ISCHEMIA trial, led by Professor Roxy Senior, recruited over 5000 patients across 37 countries, and the results could fundamentally change the way patients with CHD are managed.

Professor Senior hopes that the results will be used to help inform CHD treatment guidelines.

Read more
 
 
 
COVID-19: Do allergies make a difference?
 
 
COVID-19: Do allergies make a difference?
 
Professor Stephen Durham recommends patients with allergies should continue their regular treatment, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.

One in four people suffer with hay fever and it’s possible they may be carrying the virus without showing any obvious sign of infection. However, the symptoms of hay fever are absolutely distinct from COVID-19 so it is important for suffers to use regular treatment to control symptoms, such as sneezing and nose blowing, because this can spread the virus.

Learn more
 
 
 
Professor Jane Davies recognised with leadership award
 
 
Professor Jane Davies recognised with leadership award
 
Congratulations to Professor Jane Davies for being awarded a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator award.

Professor Davies is one of 28 academics newly appointed the role by the NIHR this year, and the award is given to the most outstanding leaders of patient-based research. She explains, “Cystic fibrosis affects around 10,000 people in the UK, the role of a senior investigator will allow vital research to progress even further”.

Find out more
 
 
 
‘Freezing’ lung procedure improves symptoms
 
 
‘Freezing’ lung procedure improves symptoms
 
According to a recent study led by Professor Pallav Shah, a 30-minute lung ‘freezing’ procedure can improve symptoms in patients with chronic bronchitis.

The study, used the RejuvenAir System, a medical device which releases freezing liquid nitrogen in specific areas of the lungs, in patients with chronic bronchitis. The liquid nitrogen destroys the defective cells whilst simultaneously encouraging the growth of healthy cells.

Read more
 
 
 
The future of monitoring CF related hearing loss
 
 
The future of monitoring CF related hearing loss
 
Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) have an increased risk of hearing loss due to the effects of antibiotic treatment. A study led by Dr Anand Shah, consultant respiratory physician, is the first to show that you can accurately detect drug-related hearing loss using easy-to-use portable equipment, allowing experts to detect problems at an earlier stage.

Dr Shah said, “In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic the team are continuing to develop accurate remote web-based monitoring.”

Find out more
 
 
RB&HH Specialist Care
private patient news
 
International webinars
 
International webinars
 
In collaboration with Ain Shams University (ASU) Cairo, the Trust is bringing industry experts together for a series of webinars.

The first webinar featured the hospitals' CEO, Robert Bell, and ASU’s president, Mahmoud El-Meteini. Together they discussed how both institutions responded to COVID-19 and the growing importance of international collaboration.

Watch the webinar
 
 
Case Notes magazine
 
Case Notes magazine
 
Each edition of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care’s magazine includes a round-up of the latest news and mix of articles.

In the latest edition, find out how Mr Shahzad Raja performed a life-saving beating heart bypass for a high-risk patient. Read about how we’re using a new, safer tool to diagnose lung cancer. Furthermore, discover the minimally invasive sutureless aortic valve replacement technique pioneered at Harefield Hospital.

Read the full edition
 
 
Video consultation service
 
Video consultation service
 
We are now offering video consultations as an option for our patients in addition to face to face and telephone consultations.

Our secure video platform, provides patients the benefit of having a consultation in a place that’s convenient to them using a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop.

Learn more
 
 
Social news feed
 
Social news feed
 
During the COVID-19 crisis our team of experts have been exceptionally busy providing treatment for critically ill patients while contributing to clinical research trails to help combat the virus.

You can keep up to date with all our latest news by following our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
 
 
 
Job opportunities
 
 
NHS Jobs
 
 
We are always looking to take on talented and motivated staff.
Current openings at the Trust include:
 
•  Locum Consultants (x2) - Microbiology & Infection Control – Royal Brompton Hospital
 
•  Clinical Fellowship - Paediatric Intensive Care – Royal Brompton Hospital & St Mary's Hospital
 
•  Bronchoscopy Lead Nurse - Respiratory Medicine – Royal Brompton Hospital
 
•  Theatre Scrubs Practitioner - Theatre Services – Harefield Hospital
 
View a list of all vacancies at the Trust.
 
 
 
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