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 150th Anniversary
 In 1860 a woman from Soho
 became the first patient to
 pass through the doors of a
 new hospital in Queen Square.
 Mary Warwick was cured and
 discharged and 150 years
 later thousands of people
 like her have been treated
 at the National Hospital for
 Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Johanna Chandler
                                   Edward Chan                         Louisa Chandl

 But it would never have happened without the Chandlers, a small, close-
 knit family of two orphaned sisters and a brother who were living with                                               wanted to establish a home for “incurables”, but Mr Wire insisted on
 their grandmother in modest circumstances in Regent’s Park.                                                          providing a hospital where active treatment would be provided.
 When their beloved grandmother was paralysed by a stroke, the Chandler                                               In November 1859, the Mayor organised a special meeting at the Mansion
 siblings were dismayed by the lack of medical and nursing facilities                                                 House, where his wealthy friends and business acquaintances donated £800
 available for chronic neurological patients. Louisa, Johanna and Edward                                              to establish a special hospital for the investigation, care and treatment
 realised that, if it was a calamity for them, poor people faced an even                                              of patients suffering from paralysis and epilepsy. Within months a public
 greater plight. The old lady died and the Chandlers were determined to                                               appeal had raised the £5,000 the hospital needed to open.
 fill this healthcare gap and also provide care for people with epilepsy who
                                                                                                                      By spring 1860 a house at 24 Queen Square had been leased for £110
 tended to be put in lunatic asylums.
                                                                                                                      a year and the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic was
 Over the next few years, the two sisters raised £200 by making and selling                                           opened, with its first physicians, Dr Jabez Ramskill and Dr Brown-Sequard.
 artificial flowers and ornaments made of beads and pearls to friends. But it                                         The hospital provided eight beds for females, the front and back parlours
 wasn’t enough. In spring 1859 they approached the Lord Mayor of London,                                              were converted into consulting rooms and a waiting area for outpatients
 David Wire, who had had a stroke and was partially paralysed. He was                                                 and the butler’s pantry became the pharmacy. A ward for male patients
 sympathetic and keen to get involved in the project. The Chandlers                                                   was opened a few months later.

 Photos courtesy of Medical Illustration & Audio Visual Services, UCL Institute of Neurology & the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery                         Continued on back page
                           Chief Executive’s letter
                                           This year marks the 150th anniversary of the National Hospital for Neurology and
                                           Neurosurgery. Anniversaries provide an opportunity to look back and celebrate
                                           momentous achievements. But they are also a good time to highlight exciting
                                               new developments, like the opening of our multi-million pound Heart Hospital                  Philip Brading
                                                  imaging centre by QS Enterprises Ltd.                                                      Chief Executive

                                                           The middle of a recession isn’t an ideal time        QS Enterprises complements the work being done
                                                            for a company to seek investment capital for        by Inventive Medical Ltd, our other subsidiary,
                                                              a new venture, even with a track record           which recently passed its first £1 million in sales.
                                                                 like QS Enterprises, a company owned by        And through the spring we’ve been holding
                                                                 UCLH Charity. But the charity trustees         discussions with key hospital consultants to see
                                                                 decided to allow their subsidiary to launch    whether there are other innovations that can both
                                                                 out into new territory and the result is the   provide benefits for patients and earn income to
                                                                  fantastic MRI facility you can read about     plough back into even more service improvements.
                                                                  on this page.                                 Watch this space!

James is over the moon
with new Heart Hospital
imaging centre!
A multi-million pound imaging centre
has opened in the basement of the
Heart Hospital, providing a dedicated
MRI facility for the cardiology team.
And consultant cardiologist Dr James
Moon couldn’t be more thrilled!

The unit, which is managed and operated by QS Enterprises Ltd, a
company owned by UCLH Charity, scanned its first patient on 8 March.                    About QS Enterprises
“I am delighted that we are now able to perform state-of-the-art
cardiac MRI on site at the Heart Hospital” says Dr Moon. “This enables                  QS Enterprises Ltd provides UCLH Charity
us to scan clinical patients as well as undertake ground-breaking                       with a very different approach to charitable
research programmes.”                                                                   income generation.
Using an MRI scanner to image the heart allows clinicians to make a                     Its origins date back to 1984, when two members of the NHNN Board of
better assessment of each patient’s condition and focus treatments                      Governors, Harry Salmon and Edward Datnow, became frustrated by the
and interventions on those who benefit the most.                                        hospital’s inability to secure NHS funding for an MRI scanner, which they
The new department aims to provide a welcoming environment for                          felt was essential for the development of clinical neurology.
patients – they can even watch DVDs while the scans, which can take                     So they decided to form a company, at their own expense, to lease a scanner
up to an hour to complete, take place.                                                  and QS Enterprises was born. The company funded the lease by supplying
                                                                                        scans to both NHS and private patients, donating its profits back to the
                                                                                        hospital’s charity for essential equipment and service upgrades. The founders
Please contact us today                                                                 transferred ownership of the company to the NHNN’s charity, and in 1996,
If you’d like to find out more about how your donation                                  when the hospital became part of the UCLH NHS Trust, QS Enterprises
would help UCLH Charity please contact Rachel Wilcox on:                                became wholly owned by UCLH Charity.
                                                                                        Since then the company has donated over £15m to the charity, helping to
T: 020 7380 9743 E:
                                                                                        provide equipment and infrastructure to projects such as the multi-million
For more information visit:
                                                                                        pound Clinical Neuroscience Centre at Queen Square. This new centre                                                                  provides additional and much-needed space for centralised outpatient
                                                                                        activities, as well as providing new facilities for patients suffering from
UCLH Charity, 5th Floor East, 250 Euston Road, London NW1 2PG
                                                                                        epilepsy, movement disorders or strokes.
Charity Registration Number 229771
                                     Holiday collapse prompts
                                     doctor to suggest
                                     new interventional
                                     neuroradiology fund
The National Hospital for Neurology                Dr Browne was enjoying lunch in a sunny            The procedures were a resounding success and
and Neurosurgery has established                  square in Krakow with a friend when she             Dr Browne was discharged with a clean bill of
a fund to support research into                   collapsed. Her 20-minute blackout was so            health.
                                                  severe that her friend couldn’t rouse her and,
interventional neuroradiology. The                                                                    Neuroanaesthetist Dr Mary Newton, who
                                                  when Doreen finally woke up, she was in an
suggestion came from a grateful                                                                       formed part of the surgical team, has now
                                                  ambulance on her way to hospital. When she
patient, Dr Doreen Browne, after she              got back home she consulted neurologist Dr
                                                                                                      established a fund – with a donation from Dr
had a terrifying experience during a                                                                  Browne – to support research into interventional
                                                  Paul Jarman at the NHNN, fearing the worst.
visit to Poland.                                                                                      neuroradiology and help other sufferers of
                                                  “I thought I must have a brain tumour –             vascular diseases of the brain and spine.
                                                  I couldn’t think of any other reason why
                                                                                                      “If my blackout had happened 20 years earlier,
                                                  someone my age should suddenly black out so
                                                                                                      there would have been nothing that could be
                                                  completely” says Dr Browne. It turned out to
                                                                                                      done” says Dr Browne. “So anything I can do to
                                                  be a potentially life-threatening arteriovenous
                                                                                                      help is important – and it’s a way to thank the
                                                  abnormality, which she’d probably had all her
                                                                                                      team for saving my life!”
                                                  life and could have killed her at any moment.
                                                                                                      “Dr Browne’s condition was one of the
                                                  Dr Browne underwent three highly complex
                                                                                                      most challenging we have ever had to treat”
                                                  eight-hour procedures, during which a fine
                                                                                                      says Dr Fergus Robertson, the consultant
                                                  plastic tube was passed via the blood vessels
                                                                                                      neuroradiologist who operated on her. “We
                                                  to deliver several metres of very fine platinum
                                                                                                      are all delighted she has made a full recovery
                                                  coils into a major vein, draining the brain to
                                                                                                      and are extremely grateful for her generous
                                                  close the abnormal arteriovenous connection.

                         rs help to
     others and Daughteal research
  raise £330,000 forbvitin cancer
     into high-grade ra
                                                                                          NEVILLE FACES
Medical oncology consultant
Dr Paul Mulholland is                                                                     4TH CHALLENGE
spearheading a pan-European
research programme to
                                                                                          FOR UROLOGY
improve research into
Glioblastoma multiforme
(GBM), the most common and
aggressive type of primary
brain tumour.
The new initiative has been established thanks to £330,000 donated by the                 Neville Parnell has already
Mothers and Daughters Committee – who organised a fundraising dinner at                   raised £3,500 to say thank-you for
Quaglino’s attended by some 400 supporters – and the Joseph Levy Foundation.              the treatment he received from the reconstructive
                                                                                          urology team at UCLH, by taking part in the London Parks
The funding will be used by Dr Mulholland, who is Director and Educational
                                                                                          Half Marathon, the Three Peaks Challenge and a
Supervisor at the UCLH Cancer Institute and Mount Vernon Hospital, to fund
                                                                                          10k canoe challenge on the River Wye. Now he’s planning
clinical trials and promote a better understanding of how new chemical agents
                                                                                          to run the New York Marathon in November. Neville is also
work in GBM.
                                                                                          organising a number of events to raise money for the unit,
The Mothers and Daughters Committee chose to support Dr Mulholland’s work                 which is the largest centre of its kind in the UK, providing
after their founder and Life President Celia Abrahams was diagnosed with GBM.             expertise to urologists in England, Wales and abroad.
                                                          L o o k i n g b ac k at
             two centuries of
           specialist healthcare
Most of the stories in this issue focus
on the NHNN, which celebrates its
150th anniversary this year.
But did you know that 19 hospitals merged to create the UCLH NHS
Foundation Trust, including 12 originally established as centres for
specialist areas of medicine? Here are just some of them…

The Royal Ear Hospital
was the first. Founded in 1816 by naval
surgeon Dr John Harrison Curtis, the
Dispensary for Diseases of the Ear –
                                                  y, London

the first ear hospital in the UK,
possibly in Europe – opened at
                                           of Wellcome Lib

20 Carlisle Street and later enjoyed                                           St Philip’s dated back to 1919 when the Ministry of Health was
the patronage of King George IV.                                               approached by the Home Secretary as the Chelsea Guardians felt
                                                                               unable to continue helping young girls and women with venereal
The Hospital for                                                               disease who had come to the attention of the Women Police Service.
                                       Photo courtesy

Tropical Diseases                                                              Housed in a former workhouse and WW1 observation hospital, it
was opened by the Seamans                                                                provided help not for prostitutes or criminals “but for girls
Hospital Society in 1920.                                                                 who had followed soldiers from the country or who been
But its roots go back to 1821                                                             infected as a result of an occasional lapse into immorality”.
when the service was provided
on board an ex-naval ship,
                                                                                                    In 1948, St Philip’s merged with St Peter’s –
financed by voluntary public
                                                                                                    another who would have been celebrating their
subscription. It is the UK’s
                                                                                                    150th anniversary this year – and St Paul’s,
only hospital dedicated to
                                                                                                    which also specialised in treating venereal
the prevention, diagnosis and
                                                                                                    disease and other urological illnesses. A further
treatment of tropical diseases
                                                                                                    amalgamation with The Middlesex Hospital
and travel-related infections.
                                                                                                    followed in 1992.
The Obstetric                                                                          e Library, London
                                                             Photo courtesy of Wellcom
Hospital was founded in
1923 as the maternity department of University College
Hospital. Officially opened by The Prince of Wales (later            NHNN CELEBRATES
Edward VIII) in 1926, it went on to provide one of the world’s       150TH ANNIVERSARY
first intensive care units for newborn babies and develop                Continued from page one
treatments for rhesus disease and maternal haemorrhage.
It was initially financed by the American Rockefeller                    Items in the Board’s first minute book record other appointments.
Foundation, set up in 1913 “to promote the well-being of                 Mrs M Maling, a 32-year-old widow, was appointed as nurse, a husband and wife
mankind throughout the world.”                                           joined the team as porter and cook and the Board resolved to appoint another
                                                                     female nurse, not younger than 45, for the male ward.
The Eastman Dental Clinic
opened in 1930 as a specialist dental                                The hospital grew rapidly in size, importance and prestige, expanding into
and oral health clinic for poor children.                            adjoining premises, including the William Morris factory at 26 Queen Square and
It was made possible by a £200,000                                   number 32, which had been occupied by Benedictine nuns.
donation from photography pioneer and                                So did its staff. In 1864 the hospital advertised for a Matron, seeking “a well-
philanthropist George Eastman, together                              educated protestant lady of evangelical principles, aged 30 to 45” stressing that
with a further £100,000 from Lord Riddell                            “no lady need apply whose character will not bear the strictest enquiry”.
and Sir Albert Levy, chairman and honorary treasurer
of the Royal Free Hospital. Although it lost its role as a           A century and a half later, the NHNN is a leading centre for the diagnosis,
primary clinic when the NHS was created, the Eastman                 treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological conditions such
continues to provide clinical services, training and research.       as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, stroke and head injuries.

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