November and December 2018

The trust recorded a total of 249 items of print and online media coverage during November and December which reached a combined audience of 21.22 million people.

Here are some of the highlights of the two months:

  • The Sun, the Mail Online and the Daily Echo covered the launch of an app developed by researchers in Southampton and the US that can predict a child’s risk of asthma through six simple yes or no questions – and without the need for blood tests. Read our press release for more information.
  • The Sun, Channel 5 News, the i newspaper, BBC Radio Solent, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, The Breeze, BBC Radio Solent, the Yorkshire Post, News Letter (Belfast) and the Daily Echo reported the launch of a specialist emergency assessment unit for older patients at UHS. Read our press release here.
  • The Daily Mail ran a full page article on a new Bluetooth-enabled pacemaker being used at UHS and interviewed patient Rachael Hussey and consultant Dr John Paisey. Read the press release here.
  • The Daily Mail visited Southampton General Hospital to find out more about the work of volunteers as part of its campaign to boost the number of helpers across the NHS and interviewed medicine for older people volunteer Jenni Peach.
  • The Mail Online, BBC Radio Solent, Meningitis Now, the Belfast Telegraph and the Meningitis Research Foundation reported the launch of a world-first trial being carried out by UHS researchers of a new nose drop containing a type of modified ‘friendly’ bacteria that could help prevent meningitis and other infections. Read out press release for more information.
  • The Sunday Mirror ran an exclusive feature on the work of the neonatal intensive care unit, which it referred to as “the UK’s leading unit”, after spending a day with patients, families and staff. This was also covered by BBC Radio 4.
  • On the day of the story’s publication, former Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas tweeted about the birth of his son Teddy and his ongoing care in the neonatal intensive care unit. He referred to staff as “truly amazing”. This was covered by The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Star, the Daily Express, the Mail Online, The Times, the Evening Standard, the Daily Echo, The Metro and Heart FM.
  • The Mail on Sunday interviewed stroke patient Natalie Burns, who underwent a life-saving thrombectomy procedure at UHS and made a complete recovery.
  • Patients at Southampton Children's Hospital part of BBC Children's Hospital Superheroes broadcasts on CBeebies and CBBC. This was reported by BBC Radio Solent and the Daily Echo. Read our press release here.
  • The appointment of Paula Head as CEO of UHS made the Health Service Journal’s list of top acute care stories for 2018.
  • Rowland Rees, a consultant urological surgeon, featured in the i newspaper, on BBC Radio 5 Live and on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme to discuss his concerns around the increasing use of penis filler treatments and the complications he is seeing in clinic at UHS.
  • Professor Anneke Lucassen, a clinical geneticist at UHS, commented in The Sun and Daily Mail on the dangers of online DNA tests to predict cancer risk.