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Inside Story

Children's cancer charity

scores with Lineker


Fighting fraud


Celebrating Ramadan

Inside Story is the UCLH staff magazine

Caring for carers

UCLH will be highlighting carers’ rights

on 7 December, national Carers’ Rights


The day will be used to highlight the

rights carers are entitled to and the

specific support available to carers at the

trust, and will also be launching the

UCLH carers’ policy. This sets out a

framework to enable clear and effective

communication between patients’ carers

and staff. The policy also aims to raise

staff awareness around carers’ issues

and inform good staff practice when

identifying carers’ needs.

On the day, carers and visitors will be

offered a leaflet with information about

claiming benefits for carers and

accessing practical support. The UCLH

welfare rights advisor and family and

carer support workers from the Camden,

Islington and Westminster Carers’

Centres will be available to give personal

advice sessions. UCLH’s multi-faith

chaplaincy will also be available to offer

pastoral and spiritual support.

Michael Lee, carer representative on

the UCLH governing body said: “UCLH

has done more than most other trusts to

recognise the important role that carers

play in maintaining the health of patients,

and the importance of assuring the

physical and emotional well-being of

carers themselves. The newly-approved

carers’ policy will help to ensure that this

recognition is translated into action.”

NEW faces @UCLH

Jacqui is a counselling psychologist based at Oasis. Before coming to UCLH

she worked for an eating disorder service, and in primary care

assessing people for psychological services. She also has 15

years’ experience in human resources management and

thought she’d combine her skills to work in staff counselling.

“There’s a stigma attached to counselling services. People

think they’re being weak or self-indulgent if they ask for help,

but the truth is that the randomness of life can deal us any

type of predicament.”

Khadine has started working with the medical specialities and

therapies team as an information analyst, and her first project is to

analyse clinic cancellations with a view to reducing the numbers.

She comes from the University of East London, and is looking

forward to gaining NHS experience and the flexible working policy

which gives her time to look after her two-year-old daughter.

Stephan lives within walking distance of UCLH and is glad to be rid of the

morning commute. “I no longer have any excuse for being late,” he says.

Stephan joins the Jules Thorn telemetry unit as a staff nurse at

the NHNN, and his job is to assess patients with seizures, who

are admitted for a five-day observation and videotaped for 24

hours. He likes to swim and go to the theatre. At the time of

writing, he had just watched the 400th performance of the ballet

Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House and declared it

“definitely worth waiting for”.

Your views count

The staff survey is your chance to have

your say. UCLH needs to hear your views

about your job and working environment.

If you receive a questionnaire please

complete and return it as soon as

possible. Questionnaires will be returned

to an external contractor, so no one in the

trust will be able to see individual

responses. The deadline for completing

the questionnaire is 7 December.

Get your season ticket now!

Season ticket holders: beat the price rise! Most ticket prices

will go up from January 2008. To ensure that you receive your

season ticket warrant in time to buy your ticket at 2007 rates,

send in your form by 7 December, and collect your warrant by

21 December. Watch out: if your form arrives later than 7

December, it cannot be guaranteed that your warrant will be

produced in time. Make sure you use the new application form,

available in the Staff Room section of Insight. For details,

contact Carron in the trustees’ department on ext. 9743, or



The cleanyourhands campaign is about to begin its third year

in all NHS hospitals in England and Wales. This is an initiative

from the National Patient Safety Agency to promote the

importance of hand hygiene. A reduction in hospital-acquired

infection rates of 10 to 50 per cent can be achieved just

through compliance with hand hygiene principles. Posters and

campaign materials have previously only been delivered to

wards at UCLH but from this month, all wards and clinical

departments will automatically receive a range of posters.

Please alternate them regularly to alert staff and visitors to this

important message. For details visit www.npsa. or contact Duncan Burton, divisional

senior nurse and UCLH cleanyourhands campaign lead.

Martin Bruce, charge nurse for the infectious diseases unit,

says: "We work hard to enforce good practice: getting basics

right and following guidelines. It's about keeping side room

doors closed, keeping sleeves rolled up, not wearing a

wristwatch, washing your hands at appropriate times. Infection

is massive at the moment in the press, and in the public and

political eye. We don't want to be the next Maidstone. If we do

this well, it shouldn't be a chore—it's just part of our job."

Front page: Gary Lineker with Julia Solano, Radiotherapy and Yvonne Delane, Fight for Life

Bonfire night celebrations at the Middlesex

Young patients at the Middlesex are celebrating Guy Fawkes' day with sparklers and a visit from BBC star Wilfred Pickles in

this photo from the UCLH archives. "They're outside in November" says archivist Annie Lindsay, "so it may well have been a TB

ward. We don't know the exact date when this photo was taken, but Wilfred Pickles was a BBC presenter from the 1940s to the


Burning bright: sparklers and a celebrity

visitor for a young TB patient.

Therapeutic legacy of footcare pioneer

A memorial service for footcare pioneer Dr Taufiq Khan, who

died on 7 June, was held on 11 October at the RLHH. Dr Khan

was honorary director and consultant clinician at the Marigold

Clinic at the hospital from 1992 until 2007.

Dr Khan qualified in 1973 as a state registered podiatrist. He

pioneered research into the use of the tagetes species of

marigold for medication, applied in conjunction with podiatric

treatment. The first marigold clinic was at St Pancras hospital

in 1981, and then came to the RLHH, initally under the

umbrella of the Marigold Trust charity. In 1993 it became part

of the services of the hospital.

At an RLHH event in 1999 Dr William Davey, then the

Queen’s homeopathic physician, paid him tribute: "Taufiq Khan

has persevered against all the odds in establishing his

treatments, for which foot sufferers can be very thankful."

Professor Peter Houghton, pharmacognosist of King's

College Department of Pharmacy, University of London, was

equally forthright. "What is known as orthodox science can

have just as closed a mind to things it doesn't quite at first

understand as any other establishment regime. To convince

the sceptics, you have to present evidence based on their

terms. Dr Khan has done just that. He has done properly

conducted clinical trials with

patients, and the evidence is there

that his treatments work. Ultimately

that is what matters, especially if

you are a patient."

Dr Khan was elected a fellow of

the Linnean Society of London, the

Institute of Biologists and the Royal

Society of Medicine. In 2003 he

was awarded honorary fellowship

of the Faculty of Homeopathy for

research and development of the

new specialty of homeopathic

podiatry, in which marigold therapy

is first line treatment.

Dr Taufiq Khan:

podiatric pioneer

Contact archivist Annie Lindsay for more information on the trust’s archives - ext 3717

Ramadan at paediatric outpatients

The paediatric outpatients waiting room is glowing with

brightly coloured pictures depicting Ramadan. Senior play

specialist Liz Wilkinson has been encouraging children who

visit the clinic to colour in and write about the festival, and

pasting the results into a vivid collage which has become a

talking point for young patients.

“We like to embrace every ethnicity, culture and religion

here. We value everybody’s diversity and send that message

from an early age. Doing this has really got the young Muslim

and non-Muslim patients talking to each other, sharing

experiences, and their parents have joined in too. We’ve all

learned so much from it: it’s been lovely to share the festival

with patients.”

Eid, which marks the end of the Ramadan fast, was

celebrated with a donation of Indian sweets from the Ambala

Sweet Centre in Drummond Street. “They were so generous”

says Liz. “They made up a beautiful box of sweets for us. And

the pistachio ones were to die for…”

Making chemo easier

The teenage cancer unit in T12 received an unexpected gift from the family of patient

Jonathan Yung, who died in the unit. Jonathan’s mother and aunt raised funds for three

hydration backpacks for young

chemotherapy patients.

“The patients have chemo on day one,

and post-hydration for three days

afterwards” said teenage chemotherapy

co-ordinator Abi Lee. “They can use the

backpacks so they can go off the ward and

don’t have to be tied to a drip stand. They

can go to the gym or out for breakfast.”

The family’s fundraising was so

successful—a total of £5,000—that as well

Jonathan’s grandmother Sybil Diamond,

aunt Penny Dymond, mother Jennifer Yung

and brother David Yung present gifts in his


as the backpacks they donated a

PlayStation, portable DVD players, and a

range of DVDs and games for the unit’s

activity room.

Legends launch the fight for life

England football legend Gary Lineker and leading hair-stylist Nicky Clarke this week

gave their support to a £2m appeal to improve cancer treatment for children (front page

picture). The duo were at UCLH recently for the dedication of a new PET CT scanner

which will be supported by the charity Fight for Life. UCH houses the largest

radiotherapy referral treatment centre for children in the UK: the scanner will help

revolutionise children’s cancer care. This will be the only centre with a dedicated

scanner of this type in the whole of the UK. The scanner costs £2m and the Fight for

Life is committed to funding its use over the coming years.

Gary Lineker, a patron of the charity since it was established, said: “I’ve been helping

this charity for a long time because it paves the way to save more children’s lives. My

son had leukaemia when he was a tiny baby. Luckily he didn’t have to have

radiotherapy but we knew a lot of kids at the time who did, and state-of-the-art

equipment like this gives them a chance of ultimately surviving. It is an amazing

department—it’s an eye opener, something beyond my comprehension but it is a

fabulous facility, and it is great to have been part of a team that has helped that come

to fruition.” Nicky Clarke, also a patron, said: “I think the fact that the charity is for

children is always going to be a major factor of its success. There is nothing more

satisfying than being involved with something like this—especially when you see the

kids go through the treatment. It helps them remarkably. The charity has saved a

number of lives: there is no doubt about that.”

Mrs Mahmood, whose son attends the clinic every week,

also appreciated the sweets and Liz's efforts. “We come on a

Thursday and Eid wasn’t until Friday, but Liz set aside some

sweets for him so he didn’t miss out. We’ve been coming to

the clinic for a long

time. There were no

activities for the

children when we

started coming, but

Liz has really

brightened things

up. She puts a lot of

effort into it. My son

really looks forward

to it now: he has a

snooker match with

Liz every time he


A young patient celebrates Ramadan

T11’s midnight


A corner of the playroom on T11

turned into a midnight eastern

garden when young patients worked

with resident artist Frances Newman.

Frances was funded by the Friends

of UCLH to run a series of art

workshops, encouraging children to

make artwork either independently or

with their parents. Much of the

artwork grew into a small interactive

installation for children and parents

to enjoy.

The workshops provided a wide a

range of art activities and positive

experiences and created an

atmosphere of fun and creativity for

children and parents to share.

“UCLH’s play specialist team

valued the presence of a trained

artist to implement art sessions as a

therapeutic way of helping children

to be distracted from their illness,

and staff, children and parents all

had a wonderful time,” says Cynthia

Burton of the Friends of UCLH.

A helping hand for the

eastern garden project

Don’t forget the festive open event - see back page for details.

Under the hammer

A successful auction and curry night to raise funds for the UCLH

ambulatory cancer centre has raised £6,510.

The funds were raised with a

raffle, an auction of items

ranging from a laptop to a

day's fly fishing, and a 'human

auction' where senior staff

offered their services. Deputy

director of finance Lee

Outhwaite acted as auctioneer.

Chief executive Robert

Naylor's time was auctioned off

for £80: see below for further details.

Deputy chief executive Mike Foster's

one to one salsa class was bought by

Annie Pearce, deputy director of

capital investment for £200.

IT project manager Chris Goward

bought a massage from chief nurse

Louise Boden for £120.

Director of workforce David Amos's

services were bought for £85 by head

of workforce Maureen Holas, who plans

to get him to tidy her desk.

Director of strategic development Neil

Griffiths' time was bought for £150 by

his PA, Lydia Pierre, whose plans for

him may include staffing reception.

Project and works manager Richard

Seaton and commercial manager

Justin Pereira will be offering their

services to contract monitoring

manager Nives Pupovac, who

paid £100 for their work and

plans to get them to put up


Watch this space for details of

auction organisers Maureen

Browne and Deborah

Glastonbury’s next fundraising

exploit—they’re doing a

sponsored cycle across India.

David Amos with

auctioneer Lee Outhwaite

Auction organisers Maureen

and Deborah in Indian dress

Lucky bidder: Lydia Pierre

wins Neil Griffiths

Bidders taking a break

from the auction

Sold to the highest bidder

At the cancer charity fundraising auction, UCLH chief

executive Robert Naylor was auctioned off for £80 to modern

matron Janet Saunders, oncology PA Isobel Nissen, and

consultant nurse Kay Eaton.

They put him to work in the front line of the oncology

department in the UCLH Rosenheim Wing. Robert is a wellknown

champion of the proposed ambulatory cancer centre

and is keen to help fundraise for what will become the

oncology department’s new home.

Robert was supposed to clean a few bedpans or staff

reception, but he spent most of his time asking patients

what they thought about the service. He ended up talking to

Janet and Kay about plans for the cancer centre.

“It all went really well,” said clinic manager Lorna Tullis.

“He spoke to the staff, and wanted information on the

problems they have—things like casenote tracking.”

Fundraising to beat


UCLH Charitable Foundation is the main

fundraising charity for key research, building

and equipment projects

across the trust,

including the


cancer centre. If

you would like to

get involved in

fundraising for the


would like

details of



marathons and

treks, or would like

copies of the ‘Hands

up if you hate cancer’

leaflet explaining more,

contact chief executive John

Gray at 3rd floor east, 250

Euston Road.

Rolling Stones fan Peter

Elias, building manager of

Maple House, snapped up a

screenprint of a tiger by

guitarist Ronnie Wood for

£800 at the fundraising

auction. "I just like animals -

I'm a cat lover. It'll complement

my new flat nicely. But the most

important thing was that it was

going to a good cause."

on the wall

Robert said: “It was very interesting. I haven’t done anything!

But I’ve had really positive feedback. The overriding message

from patients was how highly they regard the medical and

nursing care — they really struggled to find things to complain

about, except the

building itself, and I

could tell them our

plans for the future. My

father-in-law’s being

treated here at the

moment too, and I

have to say his

treatment has been

excellent. Well done to

Planning for the future: Robert Naylor,

Janet Saunders and Kay Eaton.

Peter Elias:

big cat lover

everyone and thanks

for the experience.”

Birdwatcher or bellydancer? Call ext 4386 and tell us about your secret life!

UCLH will be piloting a scheme to

reduce the amount of paper in patient

notes, starting in the new year. From

the second week of January, letters

for outpatient clinics in the tower of

UCH which are available on the CDR

system will no longer be filed in

patients’ medical records; nor will

paper copies of results. Later in the

spring, letters currently stored on

shared servers will be transferred to

the CDR. In early summer the

remainder of letters on shared

servers, plus those stored on other

servers will be transferred.

The scheme is believed to be one of

the first of its kind in the UK.

Eventually, the plan is for all letters to

be available on the CDR system

throughout the trust. Although the

medical records folder will still be

available for the foreseeable future,

the hope is that it will make medical

records less bulky, and make it harder

for letters to get lost in the system.

“The tower was designed to be

paperless” says medical records

operations manager Kevin Tomkinson.

“This will bring it one step closer.”

First, however, it is essential that

managers of clinical teams ensure

that clinicians and other staff know

how to use and access CDR. Details

from the training centre on ext


18 Weeks update

The RLHH has come top of the UCLH

league for the first fortnight of

recording 18 Week treatment status

data and clock stops, with a

completion rate of 97.1 per cent. “The

key has been close liaison between

reception staff and doctors” says

patient services manager David


We stressed the importance of good

data collection and good

communication. We also explained

exactly how to complete forms. There

was a concern about how long

recording data would take,” says

David. “The process has become part

of the medical records prepping: this

process has worked very well.” RLHH

medical records staff complete the

minimum data fields and ensure they

are delivered to the consulting rooms

with medical records. This has

ensured that completion of forms has

had little to no impact on the clinical

time allocated to patients.

When Lisa Cipolotti travelled from

Padua in northern Italy to UCL to study

as a postgraduate she didn't think she'd

still be there almost twenty years later.

She was, in fact, offered the post of head

of neuropsychology at NHNN within two

years of completing her PhD. “I suppose

it was a bit of a gamble at the time: I was

a young woman, and foreign.” She is still

head of neuropsychology, and has just

been awarded the honour of an

academic chair at the Institute of

Neurology at UCL, which is unusual for a

clinician who works entirely in the NHS.

"I'm very settled in London now," she

says, pointing to a photo on her desk

"and I have a lovely five year old


Lisa heads the largest clinical

neuropsychology department in the UK,

treating over 2,400 patients a year. The

department has doubled in size under

her leadership and has an international

reputation for its clinical services and

research. But what exactly is


“It's the investigation of cognitive

functions in patients with suspected or

confirmed brain damage" says Lisa.

"Brain damage can affect memory,

intelligence, language, your ability to pay

attention, your social behaviour. It can

affect what we call 'executive' functions,

including reasoning and judgement.

“Memory is often impaired during

neurological damage. You might think of

memory as a single function, but it’s not.

We each have many different kinds of

memory, located all over our brains.

Short-term memory enables us to retain

a limited amount of information

immediately; long-term memory enables

us to retain a large amount of information

for longer periods of time. And there’s

more than one type of long-term memory.

Episodic memory holds information about

incidents which happened at a particular

time. And semantic episodic memory

holds our knowledge of concepts and

facts, as well as words and their


"Assessing cognitive functions in braindamaged

patients is crucial in

diagnosing, monitoring, treating and

researching many neurological


Clinical and theoretical research is also

crucial to the department's success: "We

aim to improve diagnostic and

rehabilitation techniques, and to improve

understanding of brain function.

Understanding how a damaged brain

Lisa Cipolotti: mapping memory

functions can help us to understand

better how normal brains functions. The

research we do is internationally

recognised, and focused on improving

NHS services for people with

neurological disabilities.”

Lisa is particularly proud of the

department's new outpatients’

rehabilitation services, such as the brain

injury clinic, run jointly with Dr Richard

Greenwood. The department is

developing world-class rehabilitation

services. "Last week, my senior

colleague Dr Kizzy Alner piloted a brain

injury education group, which advises

patients and carers on resources to help

them cope with their cognitive disabilities.

We have had extremely encouraging

feedback from both patients and carers.”

Senior clinical neuropsychologist Dr

Gail Robinson says: "We're continually

asked for treatment. One of the benefits

of group treatment is that people

understand that they are not alone. We

can help them with strategies and

techniques to compensate for their

disabilities and improve their cognitive

functions. For example, for patients with

memory problems, techniques might

include using a diary or a notebook, and

summarising information. These types of

treatments have a positive impact on

patients’ quality of life.”

The department has been very active

over the past three years, and has

launched seven new neuropsychological

services, for both neurological and

neurosurgical patientsneurosurgical

patients. “Three more are due”, says

Lisa, “including a nationwide clinic for

survivors of childhood brain tumours, a

service for the National Prion Clinic, and

David Ferrier Ward, the new inpatient

rehabilitiation ward.”

Do you have a colleague who’s shown outstanding service commitment? Cont

Secret lives

Karl Winder’s desk gives a hint of his secret life: there’s a

Soviet army cap perched jauntily on top of the PC. “I bought

that in Red Square on my last trip to Moscow,” says Karl.

Karl’s job—managing environmental services for the EGA,

Rosenheim building and the National—covers a large area,

but in his spare time he ranges a lot further. He has been

travelling abroad to England football matches since 1990.

Had he travelled much before that? “To be honest, no.

Rome in 1990 was my first trip. But I’ve got the bug

now: it’s my passion. It’s the

camaraderie and the

travelling as much as the

game. I just woke up one

morning and decided I would

go. I just decided ‘that’s for

me’. I even gave up alcohol

for it!”

In the last seven years Karl

has gone to between six and

You can keep your hat on:

sampling a Russian banya

eight overseas games a year,

as well as home games,

missing only matches in the

US and Japan. “I’ve been to South Africa, Russia, Israel,

Azerbaijan, Albania, Bulgaria… And every single eastern

bloc country, apart from the really far flung ones like

Uzbekistan, where England haven’t played a match yet.”

He has seen lots of other countries along the way: “I’m a

member of the England Supporters’ Club, but I always travel

independently with a few friends. We never fly direct—we

like to fly via another country. We’ve been to Armenia and

Georgia, and we’re flying to Bratislava in Slovakia before the

next England match in Vienna.”

His favourites so far have been South Africa and eastern

Europe. One eastern European attraction is romance: “I met

my girlfriend a few years ago on a trip to Poland, in

Katowice: we just happened to get talking, because I wasn’t

drunk and everybody else was. I go to Poland quite regularly

now.” Highlights of his trips have included visiting townships

in South Africa—“We were warned not to go there, but the

people were lovely”—and a banya

(Russian sauna) in

Moscow, complete with

a cold plunge and being

beaten with birch twigs.

England fans abroad

still suffer from an

undeserved reputation

for hooliganism, he says:

I’ve made friends from

all over the world—I’ve

had visitors from Finland

and Macedonia, people I

met when I was


At an England - Germany match

A day in the life...

Counter fraud specialist - Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown has been UCLH’s counter fraud specialist

for five months. She is employed by ParkHill, working on

behalf of the Counter Fraud and Security Management

Service (CFSMS) which is responsible for the prevention,

detection and investigation of fraud and corruption in the

NHS. Hannah started her career as an investigation officer

for the General Medical Council.

“ A significant part of my role is investigating people who

commit fraud, but I also deliver fraud awareness

presentations, carry out assignments, and review policies

and procedures to make sure they’re fraud-proof.

“Only a minority of staff are willing

to commit fraud, but their actions

affect everyone, staff as well as

patients: it takes valuable resources

away from the trust. I try to educate

staff that fraud is not acceptable.

The commonest referrals I

investigate are discrepancies in

timesheets, or allegations that an

employee is working elsewhere

whilst on sick leave. I often get cases

where forged or altered documents

have been provided as though they

were the real copy.

Beating the fraudsters:

Hannah Brown

“One case recently was a nurse who was found to have

completed 16 shifts at a different trust whilst certified unable

to work at a NHS trust in Wales. Another case which was

successfully prosecuted was that of two patients who

submitted duplicate travel expense claims to the value of

£300,000. And an agency staff manager in Ellesmere Port

transferred £300,000 of staff funds into his own bank account

before absconding to Thailand, only to have his bank

account suspended prompting his return to the UK and arrest

at the airport.”

Following investigations, UCLH staff have been dismissed

for committing fraud against the trust. Action has also been

taken against external organisations attempting to defraud

the trust. All cases are referred to the appropriate professional

body such as the Nursing Midwifery Council or

General Medical Council: individuals can lose their

professional registration, preventing them from working in

their field.

“With fraud levels within the NHS considered to be in

excess of £2 billion a year,” says Hannah, “it’s vital staff

know they have a role to play in keeping fraud to a


If you have a concern about possible fraud, contact

Hannah on ext 9593 or in

complete confidence.

tact the communications unit on ext 4386 and we’ll feature them in Inside Story.


This month you can win a fabulous £100 Habitat voucher. To enter, all you

have to do is tell us:

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?

Email your entry to or send it to the communications unit, 2nd floor

central, 250 Euston Road via internal post. Closing date is Friday 30 November.

Off to walk the wall: Jane

Bowley and Lisa Ferguson

Great Wall of China trek

Haematology nurses Jane Bowley and Lisa

Ferguson have trekked the Great Wall of

China. After seeing posters for previous treks,

the duo took up the challenge and raised funds

for a new £3,000 monitor for their ward to

measure pulse, heart and oxygen rates.

Christmas carols

Join the National Hospital Development Foundation and the Brain

Research Trust for Christmas carols and festive readings on 13 December

at 7pm at St George’s Church, Queen Square. Tickets cost £15; UCLH

and ION staff tickets £10. For details, telephone 020 7829 8724.

Christmas cards for a good cause

The Leukaemia and Lymphoma unit is selling

fund-raising Christmas cards. Baubles is taken

from an original design by aspiring young artist

and patient, Jack Girling, 13. Packs of ten cards

cost £4.50. For details of these and other cards,

contact Sara Goldman on 020 7380 9526: make

cheques payable to UCLH Charities 0099.

Tea and cakes at the NHNN

Staff, patients and visitors at the

NHNN raised more than £230 for the

British Epilepsy Association at a

National Epilepsy Action tea party.

Staff baked cakes reflecting their

cultural background. Organisers Lesley

Morton and Lauranis Gregory from the

Multicultural cakes at the

Epilepsy Action tea party

Young artist’s

Christmas sparkle

Department of Neuropsychiatry and Sir

Jules Thorn telemetry unit would like to

say a big thanks to everyone involved.

There are two corrections to last month’s issue of Inside Story. On page

2, Chris Webster was described as outpatients manager at the Eastman:

he is in fact the clinic co-ordinator manager. On page 6, Sue Braun was

renamed Sue Brain. Our apologies.

What’s in your fridge?

The fridge detectives

are at it again…

Dietitians Yvonne

Goodison-Burke and

Avril Leach went to

investigate what staff

on T10 like to eat

during their busy day

at work.

There were lots of

Healthy eating on T10

sugary drinks, including Lucozade and Pepsi.

These delights are useful for a short-time

energy boost, but the high content of sugar can

leave you feeling worse by the end of the

day—so remember to have them in

moderation. Milk is a very good source of

calcium: if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s

important to remember that semi-skimmed and

skimmed milk have as much calcium and other

nutrients as the full fat variety.

It’s important to stay well hydrated throughout

the day to aid concentration, and drinking water

(bottled or tap) is a great way to ensure this

happens. Orange juice has the added benefit

of vitamin C, and one glass a day goes towards

your five a day fruit and veg total.

There was a good array of food, including

houmous, Muller Light yoghurts and fruit.

Houmous (made from chickpeas) is great with

some bread for lunch and as it is high in protein

will leave you feeling satisfied for longer.

There were number of homemade lunches

visible, including sandwiches and pasta. Pasta

for lunch is good, but creamy sauces can be

calorific, so try to go for the tomato-based

sauces more often as these are healthier.

Sandwiches are fine for a balanced lunch,

especially if they contain some salad


Well done, T10—a fridge to be proud of!

Festive open event: a date for your diary

Staff and their families are invited to the UCLH festive open event at UCH on 6 December from 4 - 7pm. As

well as the official Christmas tree lights ‘switch-on’ by celebrity Gloria Hunniford, there will be carols, music

and mince pies and the chance for you to catch up with colleagues from other departments and find out what

everyone else is up to!

Try out a host of interactive displays showcasing research, treatments and services at UCH and the specialist

hospitals: learn life-saving techniques, climb into a chemical suit, have your lungs tested in the mobile TB unit,

discover how much—or how little—you know about aromatherapy oils, find out the best way to research your

family history from our archivist, and lots more. There will also be tours of UCH departments.

Visitors are expected to include local residents, school children, patients, health professionals and students.

This year, the display stands will be situated in the ground floor corridor leading to the café, and the corridor and seminar room

on the second floor (leading to gastroenterology). Hope to see you there! For further details, check Insight or call ext 9897.

October’s competition winner: Rina Lochan

Barbara Windsor:

star of 2006 event

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