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Royal Brompton Hospital triumphs at NHS London Innovator Awards



Thursday, 10 December 2009


Royal Brompton Hospital triumphs at NHS London Innovator Awards


The groundbreaking work of two Royal Brompton Hospital consultants has been recognised by the prestigious NHS London Innovator Awards 2009.


The annual awards celebrate the achievements of healthcare innovators who are instrumental in developing new techniques which bring benefits for patients.


Judges used criteria such as originality and market potential, and despite fierce competition and a very high standard of nominations, representatives from Royal Brompton Hospital won two categories.


Mr. Eric Lim, consultant thoracic surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital, was chosen for the Healthcare Services Award, in recognition of his pioneering work to develop a tailored chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer patients.


The technique offers patients a course of chemotherapy designed to their own unique medical needs, by assessing how each individual’s cancer cells will respond to a number of treatment options. Medical teams can then choose the chemotherapy treatment which is most likely to be successful.


Speaking about his award win, Mr Lim said: “I am delighted to win the Healthcare Service Award in recognition of this new treatment. It means that there will now be a greater awareness of the technique among healthcare professionals.


“And, patients and their families will benefit from knowing that their treatment has used the most effective combination of chemotherapy for them.”


This year’s Healthcare ICT Award went to Royal Brompton Hospital’s paediatric intensive care consultant, Dr. Gillian Halley and database administrator James Woods.


Named by award judges as by far the strongest nomination in its category, e-VENT is a database which shares information, so that care packages for children on long term ventilation (LTV) at home are better co-ordinated by all those involved in their treatment.

Children who need LTV are usually medically stable, but require a mechanical aid to help them breath. 


The ability of children on LTV to lead ordinary lives and enjoy their childhood requires effective communication between patients, their families and hospital and community services. The aim of the database is to improve communication between hospital and community services and help children on LTV to go home more quickly, while making sure that their medical needs are fully met.


Dr. Gillian Halley: “We were both very excited when it was announced that e-VENT had won, and it was fantastic to get such strong support from the judges. Winning the award means that we can now attract further funding, and move forward with the next part of the project, which is to test how the database works in practice.


“My hope is that the database will eventually be introduced into hospitals across the country.”


Part of the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Brompton Hospital’s award success this year will further strengthen the Trust’s reputation as leaders in the field of research and practice-based innovation; pioneering new techniques; and treatments which can be adopted by other hospitals.




For further information, please contact:


Shima Islam, Head of media relations

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 020 7351 8672 (Brompton)

Tel: 01895 828 877 (Harefield)

Mobile: 07866 536 345

Email: S.Islam@rbht.nhs.uk


Notes to Editors:


To find out more about the awards and NHS Innovations, go to www.nhsinnovationslondon.com


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