May and June 2019

The trust recorded 891 items of media coverage during May and June which reached an audience of 23.34 million people.

Here are some of the highlights of the two months:

  • The Sun ran a double-page feature on Tanya Kater and her daughter Olivia who have both recently undergone major spinal surgery under the care of UHS consultant Evan Davies. This was reported again by the Daily Mail in June and covered by BBC South Today.

  • There was widespread national media interest in our press release on the success of the therapy dog programme at Southampton Children’s Hospital following a paper published in the British Journal of Nursing.

    This was reported by The i Paper, The Sun, the Nursing Times, Nursing Standard, Country Living, The Metro, ITV Meridian, BBC Radio Jersey, BBC Radio Humberside, Wave 105 FM, The Breeze, Heart FM, the Daily Echo, the Gibraltar Times and 185 regional newspapers and sites across the UK.

  • Sky News, BBC South Today and ITV Meridian reported a warning from orthopaedic surgeons in Southampton that the lack of a universal baby hip screening programme in England is costing the NHS millions in negligence payouts and surgery. Read our press release here.

  • The Daily Mail, the Daily Express, The Times, ITV News (web), The i Paper and more than 180 regional newspapers and news sites featured items on a new digital model of follow-up care for prostate cancer patients based on Southampton's My medical record. Read our press release for more information.

  • BBC News ran an exclusive on patient Alison Cameron, who is now pain-free for the first time in almost 40 years following a world-first nerve stimulation procedure at UHS. The story made the UK’s main headlines of the day on the BBC website.

    It was subsequently covered by The i Paper, 5 News, The Sun, The Herald (Scotland), the Daily Echo, BBC Mundo (Latin America), La Prensa, El Universal, Diario Correo (Peru) and more than 100 regional newspapers and news sites across the UK. See our press release for more information.

  • The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, the Daily Mirror. Optometry Today and the Daily Echo ran items on a new precision laser for corneal transplants being trialled by eye experts at UHS. See our press release for more information, Read our press release for more information.

  • The Sunday Express covered the success of intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy at UHS which is delivered during surgery using a portable system known as the Mobetron and this was followed by a press release on the first head and neck cancer patient in the UK to receive the treatment which was covered by The i Paper, the Daily Mail and is set to feature on 5 News in July.

  • The Mail on Sunday featured a 'bionic' leg legthening operation being carried out by knee and limb reconstruction surgeon Amir Qureshi which was followed by widespread national coverage of his call for warm-ups prior to sporting activity to become “routine and socially acceptable” following a rise in injuries.

    This was covered by The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The i Paper, the Daily Express, ITV News, BBC Radio 5 Live, talkradio, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, Men’s Health, BBC Radio Kent, the Daily Echo. Read our press release for more information.

  • The Daily Mail, the Daily Express, The Sun and more than 170 regional newspapers and news sites across the UK covered respiratory consultant Dr Ben Marshall’s call for healthcare professionals to routinely advise their patients on how they can help to reduce air pollution during consultations. See our press release for more information.

  • Digital Health covered the visit of government technology adviser Hadley Beeman to UHS to find out more about developments in informatics across the organisation. Read of press release for more information. 
  • BBC South, ITV Meridian, BBC Radio Solent, the Daily Mail and Daily Echo  covered Cancer Research UK’s 360-degree film of an oesophageal cancer operation carried out by surgeon Professor Tim Underwood at UHS.