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         Welcome to issue                                                         Top children’s surgeon says ‘poverty’ bone
         27 of Connect                                                            disease has returned in Southampton
         In this issue...                                                         A poverty-linked bone disease that                                  Rickets, a condition that causes         foods, is
         SUHT in the news                                          2              disappeared over 80 years ago, but                                 children’s bones to become weak           important in
         Hospital open day/                                                       resurfaced in northern parts of the                                and bowed, was endemic in poor            supporting
         Hands-free CPR                                          3                UK this year, is now being discovered                              Victorian England, but was written        growth and
         Miracle girl Lizzie                                   4/5                in high numbers of young patients in                               off by many orthopaedic surgeons by       maintaining
         Journey of a biopsy/Cycle to Work                       6                Southampton.                                                                         1928 following          strong
         Growth of “sci-art”/Spouting off                        7                                                                                                     the discovery of        bones.
         Dear Connect/                                                                                                                                                 vitamin D in 1922.        “The return of rickets in northern
         The fundraising connection                                8                                                                                                     However, the          parts of the UK came as a surprise
                                                                                                                                                                        disease is now         despite the colder climate and lower
         Tell us what you think...                                                                                                                                      making a comeback      levels of sunshine in the north, but
         Let us know what you think of Connect,                                                                                                                         due to low vitamin     what has developed in Southampton
         plus tell us what news and features you’d                                                                                                                      D levels caused        is quite astonishing,” said consultant
         like to see in future editions.                                                                                                                                 predominantly by      orthopaedic surgeon Professor
                                                                                                                                                                         lack of exposure to   Nicholas Clarke.
                                                                                                                                                                         sunlight and also       “In my 22 years at Southampton
         Write to                                                                                                                                                         poor diet – though   General Hospital, this is a completely
         Communications, Mailpoint 18,                                                                                                                                    it had not been      new occurrence in the south that has
         Southampton General Hospital,                                                                                                                                    uncovered in         evolved over the last 12 to 24 months
         Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD                                                                                                                                Southampton until   and we are seeing cases across the
                                                                                                                                                                           now.                board, from areas of deprivation up
         Telephone 023 8079 4853
                                                                                                                                                                             This vitamin,     to the middle classes, so there is a real
         Website                                                                                                                                           found in a small    need to get national attention focused
                                                                                                                                                                            number of          on the dangers this presents.”
         Connect is produced by SUHT’s
         communications team.
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                                                                                  Southampton heart experts implant
                                                                                  Europe’s first ‘slinky’ stent
                         Expert part                                              Heart specialists at Southampton                                   artery rather than remain rigid.
                        of glaucoma                                               General Hospital recently became
                                                                                  the first in Europe to implant an
                                                                                                                                                       Consultant cardiologist Dr Iain
                                                                                                                                                     Simpson, who performed the first
                       breakthrough                                               innovative ‘slinky’ coil to open a                                 procedure using the coil, said: “The
                                                                                  patient’s blocked artery.                                          new stent is more flexible for getting
         One of Southampton’s leading                                               Stents are used to create permanent                              around twisty arteries, giving us
         eye specialists is part of a team                                        blood flow in previously blocked                                   another option when treating patients
         of international experts that has                                        arteries of coronary heart disease                                 with coronary heart disease or those
         discovered a gene mutation that                                          or heart attack patients during                                    who have suffered a heart attack.”
         causes glaucoma.                                                         angioplasty, a procedure in which
          Professor Andrew Lotery, fellow                                         cardiologists inflate an artery with
         consultant ophthalmologists at                                           a small balloon, clear it and insert a                              The Daily Echo
         Southampton General Hospital’s                                           permanent coil.                                                     ran a front page
         eye unit and scientists at the                                             The new advanced design, known as                                 and double-page
         University of Southampton, along                                         the Resolute Integrity Stent System, is                             spread on plans
         with colleagues in Iceland, Australia,                                   more flexible than other types and can                              for Southampton
         Hong Kong, China, Sweden and the                                         be used to reach narrow or difficult                                General Hospital
         USA, have all contributed to the                                         blood vessels – its bendy design also                               to become one of
         research, which may lead to earlier                                      means it has an improved ability to                                 only a handful of
         detection of the condition.                                              mould to the shape of an individual’s                               new major trauma
                                                                                                                                                      centres, which will
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                                                                                                                                                      see critically ill
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                                                                                  covered by the Daily Echo, BBC
                                                                                                                                                      patients from across
           covered by the Daily Express,                                          Radio Solent, Heart FM, Wave 105 FM, the
                                                                                                                                                      the region brought
           the Daily Echo, ITV Meridian, The                                      Press Association, Medical News Today,
                                                                                                                                                      directly to the city
           Breeze 107.8 FM, Optician Online, Medical                              the Belfast Telegraph, Irish Daily Star and
                                                                                                                                                      for specialist care.
           News Today and Optometry Today.                                        Hospital Management.
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    ISSUE 27
                                                 When you have finished with this magazine please recycle it. Printed on environmentally friendly paper.
                                                                                                                          Hands-free CPR

                                           Teddy bear hospital
                                                                                                                          Anyone who has ever experienced
                                                                                                                          giving cardio pulmonary resuscitation
                                                                                                                          (CPR) will know how difficult it can
                                                                                                                          be – but a new hi-tech gadget at
                                           proved a hit with the                                                          Southampton’s teaching hospitals is
                                                                                                                          revolutionising practice.
                                           kids and treated a large                                                         Staff in the cardiac catheter laboratory
                                           number of patients                                                             at Southampton General Hospital are
                                                                                                                          using an innovative mechanical CPR
                                           during the day                                                                 device that provides chest compressions
                                                                                                                          automatically, cutting out the need for
                                                                                                                          hands-on involvement.
                                                                                                                            CPR is given during a cardiac arrest
                                                                                                                          – when the heart beats abnormally or
                                                                                                                          stops – to try to restore blood circulation
                                                                                                                          around the body and deliver oxygen
                                                                                                                          to the tissues. It is achieved by use of
                                                                                                                          a defibrillator to correct
                                                                                                                          rhythm and external
                                                                                                                          cardiac massage,
                                                                                                                          where, traditionally,
                                                                                                                          a person
                                                                                                                          up and
                                                                                                                          down on
                                                                                                                          the chest
                                                                                                                          to promote
                                                                                                                          a problem,

Hospital open day
                                                                                                                          when a patient
                                                                                                                          goes into cardiac

                                                                                                                                                                        Photograph courtesy of ZOLL.
                                                                                                                          arrest during treatment for a heart attack

attracts over 2,000 visitors
                                                                                                                          because they require continuous x-ray
                                                                                                                          examination that staff cannot be exposed
                                                                                                                          to, meaning CPR cannot be maintained
                                                                                                                          and the procedure is halted.
Members of the public had another opportunity to see behind the                                                             But the new machine – Autopulse
                                                                                                                          – gives a cycle of chest compressions
scenes of their local hospital at this year’s action-packed open day.                                                     independently and allows a short break
                                                                                                                          for the patient to be given oxygen.
This was the second year running staff    versions of games Operation and        in the NHS had the chance to               “Autopulse offers the heart attack team
at Southampton’s teaching hospitals       Buzzwire.                              experience working life in many fields   the opportunity to continue treating
welcomed people through the doors          Those interested in a future career   of medicine, including the eye unit,     some of the most severely unwell patients
and the event did not disappoint,                                                cystic fibrosis, pathology and cardiac   when, in the past, their procedure may
with over 2,000 visitors experiencing                                            short stay.                              have been stopped in order to allow
the ‘patient journey’.                                                             The University of Southampton’s        manual CPR to be undertaken,” said
  Visitors came from as far away as                                              school of medicine opened its doors      consultant cardiologist Dr Huon Gray.
Birmingham, Exeter, Surrey and even
Denmark to enjoy the day.
                                               in                                on the day, showing how closely we
                                                                                 work on research projects.
                                                                                                                            As part of the heart attack procedure,
                                                                                                                          a tube is inserted into the body through
  A welcome addition this year was          figures                                The Wellcome Trust Clinical Research   which drugs and specialised devices such
a giant inflatable colon manned by                                               Facility and the Southampton Cancer      as stents can be delivered and blood
colorectal surgeon Alex Mirnezami to                                             Research UK Centre demonstrated          pressure can be accurately measured.

raise awareness of colon cancer.                                                 how treatment is taken straight from       During a recent procedure for the
  Other attractions included the                                    visitors     the laboratory to our patients.          treatment of a heart attack patient, Dr
opportunity to scrub up on the                                                     Mark Hackett, chief executive, said:

                                                                                                                          Gray and his team were able to see how
theatre tours, get arms plastered                                                “This event gets bigger and better       effective Autopulse was through blood
in the casting room and look                                staff involved       each year. The open day was a great      pressure readings when the patient went
through the world’s most powerful
microscopes in the biomedical                200 arms plastered                  opportunity for the community to
                                                                                 come in and see how their hospital
                                                                                                                          into cardiac arrest.
                                                                                                                            He said: “The device achieved blood

                                             400 faces painted
imaging unit.                                                                    functions on a daily basis and why       pressure readings twice as good as those
  Teddy bear hospital proved a hit with                                          we are a world-class centre for both     we had initially been achieving with
the kids and saw a large number of                                               treatment and research.                  external manual CPR and, while the need
patients during the day, all of whom
responded well to treatment!
                                             600 teddies treated                   “Once again, feedback has been
                                                                                 excellent and this event has become
                                                                                                                          for such a machine is very rare, it can
                                                                                                                          make the difference between being able
  Children also had the chance to
test their steady hand skills on giant       1,200 tour slots                    a regular feature in the hospital
                                                                                                                          to continue with a life-saving procedure
                                                                                                                          or not.”

                                                                                                                                                                    ISSUE 27                           3
         It was the moment they thought they would never see.
         Three-year-old Lizzie Rodway’s parents        a family holiday at Longleat, which left      intensive care unit (PICU) and a team        and confused,” said Karen, of Ilton in
         feared they could lose their precious         Lizzie with life-threatening head injuries.   led by Dr Iain Macintosh arrived in their    Somerset. “Our clothes were in tatters,
         daughter after she was horrifically injured     While her parents were taken by             dedicated PICU ambulance to collect her.     having been cut in hospital, and then we
         in a car crash, but now – just months         ambulance to Salisbury District Hospital        Lizzie’s injuries included a significant   were faced with the prospect of thinking
         later – she is back at pre-school and         and given the all-clear soon afterwards,      skull fracture and multiple facial           we were going to lose our daughter.”
         caring for her favourite toy bunny.           Lizzie was flown in by air ambulance as       fractures. In addition, the damage to her      Although given some initial hope five
           Though it could have been so different      her condition was rapidly deteriorating.      head was complicated by poor blood           days later when Lizzie was deemed stable
         for mum Karen and dad Adrian following          A call was made to Southampton              flow to the brain.                           enough to be moved out of PICU, she
         the accident on their way home from           General Hospital’s specialist paediatric        “We arrived at Southampton dazed           took a turn for the worse and was rushed

    ISSUE 27
    for surgery to remove part of her skull         early as on PICU,” he said.                    months, the swelling on
    due to dangerous levels of brain swelling.        “This reinforces their ability to function   her brain had reduced
      “Lizzie came to us with an array of           which, in turn, increases the amount of        and her therapy was
    complex injuries, but the addition of           recovery that can be achieved.”                producing good results,
    severe brain swelling created further             When the physiotherapy team began            so Lizzie underwent
    concerns,” said consultant neurosurgeon         their work in the early days of admission,     surgery to replace the
    Dorothy Lang.                                   Lizzie was unable to even lift her head or     missing bone in her skull
      “It was vital we were able to remove          sit up.                                        with a custom-made
    part of her skull so quickly, as swelling         Damage to her brain from the crash in        titanium plate created
    in any patient, let alone a very young          February affected her functional ability,      on-site.
    child, causes pressure inside the head          meaning she suffered problems sending            Jenni Palmer,
    to become critically elevated, denying          messages to the left side of her body          paediatric neurology
    the brain of the sufficient oxygen and          from her head down.                            physiotherapist, said:
    nutrients it needs to survive.”                   Karen explained: “Lizzie was receiving       “After intense work,
      As a result of having a section of            physio twice a day and occupational            Lizzie has made an
    skull removed, Lizzie was fitted with a         therapy twice a week. This proved to be        excellent physical
    protective helmet to cover the vulnerable       as tough a time for us as the worst early      recovery here and is
    area until the swelling had subsided            days when we thought we would lose             now able to stand
    enough to have a metal plate replace her        her, as we were faced with not knowing         independently, walk
    missing bone.                                   if she would walk again, have any use of       independently while
      The helmet became a symbol of her             her left arm or sight in her right eye.”       wearing a splint on

                                                                                                   her left foot to aid
    Bursledon House will always be a special                                                       balance and is starting
                                                                                                   to incorporate the use
    place, as it is where we saw Lizzie take her                                                   of her left arm into day to day activities   home, but Lizzie is coping well
    first independent steps again…                                                                 and play, which is fantastic.”               with her continuing therapy.
                                                                                                     A week after having her plate fitted,       “We just feel so indebted to all
    recovery for Karen and Adrian, both 30.           But, two and half months after the           Lizzie was back at home and has since        of the staff. If there was not such a
      After a further three days in intensive       accident, Lizzie was fit enough to move        been receiving weekly physiotherapy and      wonderful team, I really think we would
    care following surgery, Lizzie was moved        across to Southampton University               occupational therapy in Somerset.            not have our beautiful daughter here
    to the paediatric high dependency unit          Hospitals NHS Trust’s specialist                 Karen, who has now taken a                 with us today.”
    and then the paediatric medical unit,           rehabilitation centre, Bursledon House,        career break from her job as a senior         Karen and Adrian are now raising
    where she spent the next 11 weeks               where staff accommodated Karen in a            audiologist to care for Lizzie, added:       funds for the paediatric medical unit
    recovering and undergoing rehabilitation.       family room with her daughter.                 “We’re all finding it a little strange       and paediatric physiotherapy team
      Given the nature of Lizzie’s head injuries      During her time at the centre, Lizzie        settling into our new normal life back at    through Southampton Hospital Charity.
    and her age, not only did she require the       made good physical progress and began
    services of the neurosurgeons, but also         to regain the ability to walk, talk, play
    early intervention by consultant paediatric
    neurologist Professor Colin Kennedy and
                                                    and laugh.
                                                      “Bursledon House will always be a
                                                                                                      Bursledon House
    his specialist team to manage repair of         special place, as it is where we saw
                                                                                                      Dr Claire Phillips, the associate specialist in paediatrics who oversaw
    her brain function.                             Lizzie take her first independent steps
                                                                                                      Lizzie’s care in Bursledon House, said: “In Bursledon House we are
      “We have to take advantage of every           again and then become more and more
                                                                                                      able to provide a more homely environment in which to continue the
    opportunity that arises in the natural          confident on her feet – it is also where
                                                                                                      rehabilitation started on the wards. Lizzie was able to continue to have
    course of brain healing to capitalise on        she spent most time with her protective
                                                                                                      her intensive therapeutic input while also starting to do more of the
    the flickers of function that first appear to   helmet, which became an iconic symbol
                                                                                                      normal things a lively three-year-old girl should be doing and we are
    engage the recovering parts of the brain        of her journey,” said Karen.
                                                                                                      delighted to see her doing so well.”
    in useful activity – this can begin even as       As her stay in Southampton neared five


    Car crash on            Team from               Five days in            Her immediate          Swelling on the       Given a                Further three       Spent the next 11
    way back                SGH arrive              PICU with               care involved          brain requires a      protective             days in PICU,       weeks recovering
    from holiday            in dedicated            significant skull       surgeons from          piece of skull to     helmet until           moved to            and rehabilitating
    in Longleat,            ambulance to            fracture and            neuro, oral and        be removed            swelling               paediatric high     with help of
    airlifted to            bring her back          multiple facial         maxillofacial                                subsides and           dependency and      consultants,
    Salisbury               for specialist          fractures               and                                          titanium plate         then paediatric     nurses and
    District Hospital       treatment                                       ophthalmology                                can be fitted          medical unit        physios

    Required skills         Two and half            Mum Karen                                      She made              At five months,        A week later,       Is now back at
    of renowned             months after            stayed with                                    good physical         Lizzie was able        she returned        pre-school and
    neurologist Prof        accident,               Lizzie at                                      progress and          to have the            home with her       playing with
    Colin Kennedy           Lizzie moves            Bursledon                                      began to regain       titanium plate         parents and         her favourite
    to repair brain         to Bursledon            House                                          the ability to        fitted                 has continued       toys again
    function                House Children’s                                                       walk, talk, play                             therapy in the
                            Centre                                                                 and laugh                                    community

                                                                                                                                                                                           ISSUE 27   5
         The journey of a biopsy
          Have you ever wondered what happens to a biopsy specimen at the laboratory?
          Dr Adrian Bateman, consultant histopathologist, explains how one is processed.

          1                                       2                                         3                                     4
           The first step                          It’s all about                           A good cut                            Diagnosis
           The specimen arrives at the
           main pathology reception and
                                                   preparation                              Biomedical scientists use a
                                                                                            machine called a microtome
                                                                                                                                  The slide is ready for diagnosis
                                                                                                                                  and sent to a histopathologist.
           is recorded on computer. The            A pathologist or biomedical              (similar to a hi-tech bacon slicer)   Using a microscope, they
           audit trail starts here, with           scientist records the                    that cuts into the paraffin           examine the tissue sections on
           each specimen given a unique            characteristics of the                   blocks to create very fine tissue     the glass slides and interpret
           number for identification. It           specimen. For large specimens,           strips that float into a water        the appearances of these in
           is then sent to the specimen            representative tissue samples            bath. These strips are then           the context of the clinical
           description and dissection              are chosen to create microscope          placed onto a glass slide using       information about the patient
           room. Almost all specimens are          slides; for small biopsies, all the      forceps and stained – most            – e.g. the patient’s medical
           received in a formalin solution,        material is used in the slide-           commonly with a combination           history, why the biopsy was
           which preserves the specimen                                                     of pink and blue – so that            taken, and what the results of
           throughout its journey.                                                          the cells can be seen under a         other tests have been.
                                                                                            microscope. A thin glass ‘cover         Histopathological examination
                                                                                            slip’ is put onto the specimen to     is usually seen as the gold
                                                                                            protect it from scratches.            standard for the diagnosis
                                                                                              The slides are checked              of many cancers and non-
                                                                                            for quality, labelled and             cancerous diseases.
                                                                                            entered into the audit trail as         A pathology report is created
                                                                                            being ready for microscopic           and sent back to the patient’s
                                                                                            examination. These sections are       GP or to the hospital doctor
                                                                                            kept in the hospital archives for     who requested the biopsy.
                                                                                            15 to 20 years, although they do        The whole process takes two to
                                                                                            fade with time.                       five days, but longer if additional
                                                                                                                                  tests are required on the tissue.
                                                                                                                                    In emergency situations, this
                                                   making process.                                                                process can be a lot quicker
                                                     The tissue to be processed is                                                through the use of frozen
                                                   put into small colour-coded                                                    specimens – this is when the
                                                   containers, which indicates                                                    specimen is cut into sections
                                                   information such as the                                                        after freezing rather than
                                                   specimen type and how quickly                                                  being set in wax. This method

                                                   it needs to be dealt with. For                                                 can give doctors results about
                                                   example, green equals urgent.                                                  a patient during an operation,
                                                     The specimen is then                                                         but the quality of specimens
                                                   deposited into a machine,                                                      in this process are not as good
              The number of specimen
                                                   which uses a chemical process to                                               and do not last, which is why
               requests the pathology
                                                   remove water and impregnate                                                    this process is only used in
             department at SUHT deals
                                                   it with paraffin wax, which                                                    clinical emergencies.
             with in a year, one of the
                                                   supports the tissue and makes
           busiest in the UK. This equates
                                                   it possible to prepare sections.
             to approximately 600 per
                                                   This process can take between
               week and 100 per day.
                                                   one to 12 hours.

         On your bike!
                    Enda Smyth, a nurse in      contend, so I take the option of cycling
                    the paediatric assessment   11 miles from home in Winchester,”
                    unit, has made it his       he said.
                     mission to encourage us      “I am fitter and healthier than ever
                     to get on a bike through   and feel, with a bike, mudguards and a
                     the Cycle to Work          helmet, anyone could join me in cycling
                      scheme.                   to work.”
                       “I am from a one-car       If you’d like to join Enda and find out
                      family and have three     more about the Cycle to Work scheme,
                      daughters and a wife to   visit

    ISSUE 27
    Hospital at                                                                                                                 pouting
    the centre                                                                                                                of f with…
    of growing                                                                                                                Dr Mark Wright

    modern                                                                                                                    “All good things
                                                                                                                              come to an end” –

    art form
                                                                                                                              that’s what I told
                                                                                                                              my little boy after
                                                                                                                              his 10th birthday
                                                                                                                              party. It’s a curious
                                                                                                                              expression, one I picked
                                                                                                                              up from my history teacher. He was
    It’s not every day a teaching hospital                                                                                    referring to the Roman Empire.
                                                                                                                                At the party, I had some thoughts
    can lay claim to some of the                                                                                              about what’s happening in the NHS
    country’s finest modern artwork.                                                                                          (really, I did).
                                                                                                                                After the kids filled up on fizzy drinks
                                                                                                                              and chocolate, I still had 30 minutes to
                                                                                                                              fill. I thought musical chairs would be
                                                                                                                              fun. It was. To start with.
    But a novel collaboration between          “Having                                                                          To start with there are plenty of
    a laboratory team based at               artists                                                                          chairs – like any resource really. Then
    Southampton General Hospital and         working                                                                          the chairs start disappearing. No
    leading professional artists makes       with us                                                                          one’s too bothered at first, but slowly
    that a reality.                          provides                                                                         people start paying attention.
      Although better known for indepth      a different perspective on our work      “art-speak” is                            All of a sudden there are not enough
    analysis of medical samples and          and helps us to look at things in a      often much more obscure.”               chairs. Then the fighting starts and, if
    biopsies using some of the world’s       different way. It can also create some     And Dr Page’s vision of joining       you’re not careful, you end up with
    most powerful microscopes, the           fierce debate about the way we           forces to advance scientific            tears and a wrecked house.
    biomedical imaging unit (BIU) has a      look at things and how we interpret      understanding has resulted in four        One idea would be to get those
    growing attachment with the arts.        them,” he said.                          current collaborations with popular     without chairs to start clearing up. A

                                                                                      artists Pauline Pratt, Martha Davies,   bit like getting the unemployed to
    “Having artists working with us provides a                                        Kathleen Rogers and Seran Kubisa.       pick up litter I suppose…
                                                                                        Their works involve intricate           Then I started thinking about the fall of
    different perspective on our work and helps                                       manipulation of a range of objects      Rome and parallels with the NHS. Both
    us to look at things in a different way                                           through the use of electron and         founded on a noble idea, both worked
                                                                                      light microscopes, producing            well based on the work of slaves.
      And that is inpart due to clinical       “The only real difference between      abstract images for exhibition            When the working time directive
    scientist and head of the BIU Dr         us as scientists and the art world       around the UK.                          emancipated all the slaves (junior
    Anton Page’s desire to see science       is probably one of language; a             More information on the sci-art       doctors), all of a sudden there was
    promoted in a more user-friendly way     scientific training teaches you to be    partnership can be found at             a shortage of bodies and under
    – which has led to a growth in “sci-     very precise and to-the-point in your     investment meant there was no
    art” across the south.                   wording and descriptions, whereas        biu/collaboration/                      technology to fill the productivity gap.
                                                                                                                                In desperation they turned to
                                                                                                                              barbarians to guard the frontier,
      Martha Davies                                                                                            CASE           resulting in the hospital being overrun.
                                                                                                               STUDY            The republic was bankrupt. The citizens
      Martha Davies photographs               A light is shone through a               Afterwards, colours                    blamed the managers. The managers
      elements of life under high            specimen so the colours and structure    can be altered using                    were thrown to the lions for the
      magnification using advanced           can be seen though the eyepiece,         a dial on the microscope, so the        gratification of the public/frontline staff.
      microscopes in the BIU.                then a digital camera within the         same photograph of a section can          Eventually the Coliseum ran out of
        Her detailed examination of          microscope collects images.              be taken again to produce different     managers and had to resort to throwing
      specimens creates an enhanced                                                   effects.                                the public/frontline staff to the lions…
      view of reality by emphasising the                                               “The fish scales show a structure        Blimey, what do they put in this
      structures that exist in life forms.                                            but also, importantly, the colour       coffee? I’m going back to work now –
        Martha’s fish scale images -                                                  they give off shows that there is       don’t want to be the only one without
      displayed above - were formed                                                   more detailed information within        a chair when the music stops.
      with a microscope that allows                                                   the scale. Using the polarising
      artists to view and photograph                                                  microscope allows me to engage          *If you have a burning issue you’d
      certain materials using                                                         with the beauty inherent in natural     like to get off your chest email
      polarised light.                                                                objects,” said Martha.        

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                                          of a challenge to raise funds for     unwind while their child is treated.         accommodation near or on the
 to have an exploratory operation
                                          the neonatal intensive care unit          “The trip was absolutely amazing,        unit and we wanted to give
 to determine to what extent I
                                          at Southampton’s Princess Anne        if one of the most demanding                 something back to say thank you
 had ruptured the two tendons in
                                          Hospital, which provides care to      things I’ve ever done, with 18 out           for all the help and support they
 the finger, see if I had any other
                                          over 700 newborn babies from          of the 21 making it to the summit,”          gave us during our six-week stay,”
 further damage to the nerves
                                          across the south every year.          said Dr O’Donnell, the divisional            said Mr Weatherly, whose son
 and then undergo repair.
                                             Consultant Dr Alyson O’Donnell     clinical director for women and              Thomas recently celebrated his
     As an accident-prone person,
                                          headed up a team of parents,          children at Southampton University           first birthday.
 I have never been a fan of being
                                          nurses, doctors and friends of the    Hospitals NHS Trust.                             Thanks to the fundraising
 in hospital, so when informed
                                          unit to scale Tanzania’s Mount            “The summit night was a real             efforts of all those who took part
 my operation was scheduled
                                          Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest      slog, but it was quite magical               in the Kilimanjaro challenge, over
 in for the Wednesday, with
                                          free-standing mountain, in a ten-     seeing the line of head torches              £30,000 has been raised.
 three days on a ward, to say
                                          day trek.                             snaking up the mountain – though                 Dr O’Donnell added: “We
 I was apprehensive was an
                                             Although just the beginning        it’s a good thing they make you              are going to keep the scheme
                                          of their fundraising efforts, the     climb it in the dark as it means you         open and will be looking for
     The day before I was due for
                                          ultimate goal is to raise over        can’t see quite how far it is!”              additional adventures to keep the
 surgery, I was introduced to
                                          £100,000 for Southampton                  Among the adventurers were               momentum going towards our
 research nurse Kerry Gunner,
                                          Hospital Charity to improve           Richard Weatherly, Richard                   £100,000 target.”
 who informed me that the
                                          parental accommodation                Croucher and Ross Cawte, three                   To make a donation, please
 injuries I had sustained
                                                                                fathers who have experienced                 visit
 qualified me to be part of a new
                                                                                firsthand the care the unit provides.        pahneonatalchallenge
 medical trial.
     The hospital wanted to trial a
 mechanical lubricant that would
 be injected into the tendon on                                                                                                      Want to challenge
 repair to test whether it could                                                                                                     yourself and raise
 help improve the healing process                                                                                                    money for
 and improve mobility of the                                                                                                         Southampton
 finger once fully healed.                                                                                                           Hospital Charity?
     As well as Kerry, I also met
 the surgeon who would be                                                                                                            Places now available for:
                                                                                                                                     • Skydive for Father’s Day –
    performing the operation, David
                                                                                                                                      19 June 2011
              Warwick (pictured left).
                                                                                                                                     • Cycle London to Paris –
                 David made me feel                                                                                                   14 to 18 September 2011
              completely at ease and                                                                                                 • Trek Peru – 3 to 12
             explained everything                                                                                                     November 2011.
             simply and effectively.
                The aftercare I                                                                                                      Email suzie.pearce@suht.
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            surgery, I have been                                                                                                     getinvolved
            attending regular physio
            appointments at the
 Royal South Hants Hospital and

                                         Sudoku challenge
 also medical trial sessions.
     For the duration of my stay,
 all the nurses made me feel
 welcome and made my stay                Win an iPod shuffle
 a lot smoother. They were all
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 it is Southampton General!

 James Forder
 24, from Southampton