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McKissock Garden Regeneration
McKissock Ward, Atkinson Morley Wing, St.George's Hospital
During John’s treatment, we discovered the roof gardens for neurological patients outside McKissock Ward. The famous Brain Surgeon Henry Marsh CBE commissioned the gardens to help with patient recovery however following Henry's retirement in 2015 the garden was in serious need of some TLC.
With the agreement of the hospital the John King Brain Tumour Foundation has adopted the garden and and thanks to a team of friends and charitable donations , it has been transformed into an oasis where patients and their families can escape the hospital and see the sky, surrounded by trees and growing plants all full of life.
I found life on the ward extremely noisy, bright and exhausting thus was delighted when I discovered the roof garden. It brought me great joy at a time of great stress.
- Wendy Dutton (May 2019)
Over the last few months the neurosurgical wards and theatres at the Atkinson Morley Wing, St. George’s were converted to house and treat those infected with COVID- 19, so the wonderful team there have been battling on the frontline against the virus with trying days of hard choices and rationed resources.
The roof garden adjacent to the McKissock Ward, which the John King Brain Tumour Foundation maintain, became a peaceful haven to the staff where they could escape the intensity of the wards and feel the fresh air.
“Just wanted to say thank you for the roof garden. I’m an anaesthetist and I was deployed to work on the Covid ICU’s for 8 weeks in March and April when we were the busiest.I’ve been moved back to the operating theatres now as things have calmed down. Those weeks on Brodie ICU ward were tough and challenging. But the garden made such a big difference to all of us who worked there. It meant that we could have half an hour in the fresh air to have our lunch. So good for our wellbeing and it was a lovely space to be together with colleagues. It’s what made those grim weeks bearable for me to be honest with you - so thank you so much from all of us."
- Dr Rumiko King, Anaesthetist (June 2020)
“The PPE staff are wearing is very hot, and they are working in scrubs, so the roof garden is a haven where staff can step out for some quiet reflection and to cool down. We cannot give the staff a hug, but these flowers will.”
- Laura King
Paediatric Neurosurgery Equipment
June 2020, St. Georges Hospital
We are delighted to announce that the charity have been awarded a grant of £13,000 from the DM Thomas Foundation to enable us to purchase a Combined Two-Pin Skull Clamp and Actuated Headrest for the paediatric neurosurgery team at St. George’s Hospital. It is a state-of-the-art system which is safe for children under 5 years old and reduces potential complications such as skin necrosis and pressure sores.
The Headrest will provide cranial support for infants and young children when they are lying on their front or back. It also allows adjustments and thus flexibility in patient positioning. It has an adjustable pad base which will accommodate various head sizes.
February 2019, St.George's Hospital
The John King Brain Tumour Foundation is passionate about supporting the incredible work of Tim Jones, Neurosurgeon, St. George’s Hospital Trust, Tooting, London.
In February 2019 , our fundraising activities enabled us to purchase a £150,000 state-of-the-art Zeiss Pentero 900 surgical microscope, currently not available through NHS funding. The new Microscope enables surgeons to see further into the brain and thus be able to remove more of the tumour during surgery. Not only will this increase patients’ life spans but also help Tim Jones, the consultant neuro-surgeon at St. Georges, to provide training to his team. The new equipment has a “teaching arm” which allows others to watch the surgery and learn during live operations. The new microscope will be used approximately 1,200 times a year in theatre and will not only help adults and children with brain tumours but also will be used for other paediatric and adult neurosurgery including spinal cord surgery, repairing ruptured blood vessels in the brain, brain tumour removal and repair of spinal bifida in children, trauma and many other conditions.