September and October 2018

The trust recorded a total of 322 items of media coverage during September and October which reached a combined audience of 15.44 million people.

Here are some of the highlights of the two months:

  • The Daily Mail ran a half-page article on one-year-old Ellis Disney, who underwent lifesaving heart surgery at Southampton Children's Hospital.
  • Consultant urological surgeon Bhaskar Somani talked to the Daily Mail about the medication required by patients following kidney transplants.
  • The Daily Mail, The Independent on Sunday, The Sun on Sunday, The Sunday Post and the Daily Echo reported the development of a tiny 5p-sized device that monitors oxygen, pH and temperature levels from inside the womb for the first time. Also covered by more than 140 local and regional titles across the UK. Broadcast: ITV News, Heart FM and LBC.
  • The Sun featured comments from Robert Wheeler, director of clinical Law at UHS, on the situation involving blood transfusions for Jehovah’s Witnesses in hospitals.
  • The Times ran a piece of the use of online health record My medical record among prostate cancer patients and quoted Alison Richardson, professor of cancer nursing.
  • The UHS ‘surgery school’ initiative featured in The Times, with a section on a Salisbury-based patient who had been through the process. This was also covered by the Nursing Times, the Daily Echo, the Northern Echo and Bolton News.
  • The story of a young researcher at the Southampton Cancer Research UK Centre, Catherine Pointer, who has beaten the illness twice herself featured in The Sun and Mail Online, as well as the front page of the Daily Echo and in the Portsmouth News.
  • Ophthalmologist Professor Andrew Lotery wrote a comment piece for The Guardian on how artificial intelligence is changing the way eye diseases are diagnosed.
  • The Daily Mail and the Sunday Post, as well as the Daily Echo and more than 20 regional newspapers, reported on a warning from eye expert Parwez Hossain about the dangers of cosmetic contact lenses ahead of Halloween. Broadcast: BBC Radio Solent, BBC Tees, BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Radio Oxford.
  • Channel 4 News reported a world-first study being led by the University of Southampton and UHS which involves trialling a new three-part treatment. Also covered by ITV Meridian.