July and August 2019

The trust recorded a total of 394 items of media coverage during July and August with 95.7% positive and 4.3% negative.

Here are some of the highlights of the two months:

  • Alex Aarvold, a consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, and Robert Wheeler, a consultant paediatric surgeon and director of clinical law, featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Health where they discussed hip dysplasia in babies and the department of clinical law respectively.
  • BBC News (main headline and most read UK news story of the day) reported a call from spinal surgeon Evan Davies for people to recognise the dangers posed by water parks and shallow diving as they set off on their summer holidays.
  • This was also covered by the Daily Star, The i Paper, The Sun, the Daily Mail, The Breeze FM, the Daily Echo and the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal. Mr Davies also carried out interviews on BBC Radio Solent and Wave 105 FM. See our press release here. 
  • The Mail on Sunday featured a new laser technique, known as dusting and pop-dusting, being used by urologists at UHS to dust away the surface of large kidney stones and make them crumble. Read our press release for more information.
  • The Daily Telegraph ran a half-page feature on developments in digital technology across UHS.
  • ITV Lunchtime News interviewed consultant paediatric nephrologist Dr Arvind Nagra on her warning patients across the UK with kidney disease and their families are being “let down” by a lack of mental health support and therapy.
  • This was also covered by the Gibraltar Chronicle, Western Mail (Wales), the Yorkshire Post, the Plymouth Herald, the Daily Echo, BBC South Today, BBC Radio Solent, Wave 105 FM, The Breeze FM and Heart FM. Read our press release here.
  • Yahoo! News Australia ran a feature on the work of therapy dogs at Southampton Children’s Hospital.
  • Professor Anneke Lucassen, a consultant in clinical genetics and chair of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, called for a crackdown on home genetic testing kits in The Guardian over concerns about false results.
  • Prof Lucassen also talked to The Guardian about her concerns that public and professional discourse around genetics was often “very deterministic”.
  • Consultant urological surgeon Tim Dudderidge talked to the Daily Mail about a new 3D scan for prostate cancer.
  • Yahoo! News, BT.com, the Daily Echo, the Yorkshire Post and the Aberdeen Evening Express ran items on the discovery by researchers at UHS of a “hidden reservoir of bacteria” in the nose that can prevent antibiotics being effective in the treatment of chronic sinus infections. Read our press release for more information.