February 2018

The trust recorded a total of 501 items of media coverage during February which reached a combined audience of 16.73 million people.

Here are some of the highlights of the month:

  • The Daily Express (front page), the Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Daily Mail, the Irish Times, the Nursing Times, the North Wales Daily Post (front page), the Belfast Telegraph, BBC News Channel, Sky News, BBC Radio Solent and Wave 105 FM and a number of specialist publications/sites, including the Alzheimer’s Society, covered the results of a study led by Professor Chris Edwards at the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre which found drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could halve the risk of developing dementia. Read our press release for more information.
  • The Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, the Daily Record, Wave 105 FM, BBC Radio Solent, the Daily Echo and Optometry Today ran items on Professor Andrew Lotery and his team becoming the first in the UK to trial a pioneering drug which could prevent sight loss caused by currently untreatable condition Stargardt’s disease. Read our press release for more information.
  • The Daily Mail and BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme featured the story of 41-year-old Michelle Amey, who was given just nine months to live after she was diagnosed with aggressive skin cancer but is still alive eight years later after a pioneering drug trial led by Professor Christian Ottensmeier in Southampton.