November and December 2019

The trust recorded a total of 1,005 items of media coverage during November and December with 90.14% positive 0.9% negative and 8.96% neutral.

  • The i Paper, The Sun, the Daily Mail, the Northern Echo, The Press and Journal (Scotland) and the Daily Echo ran items on a discreet ‘buzzing belt’ developed by experts in Southampton and Iowa that can help people with sight loss find their way around. Read our press release for more information.

  • BBC News visited the Princess Anne Hospital and Southampton Children’s Hospital to find out more about the use of vCreate’s video messaging app to keep parents in contact with their babies when away from the neonatal unit. This featured on BBC Breakfast News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC South Today.

  • The period saw further coverage of Professor Anneke Lucassen’s warning about the use of home genetic testing kits in The Daily Telegraph which was first reported in our press release in October. Also covered by the Business Telegraph.

  • ITV News, Yahoo! News, the Daily Echo, Sam FM, The Breeze, Heart FM, BBC Radio Solent, the Health Tech Newspaper and more than 120 local and regional publications across the UK reported inflammatory bowel disease team at UHS became the first in the UK to experience a day in the life of their patients using an innovative 24-hour app. Read our press release for more information.

  • Dr Chris Hill, consultant in emergency medicine, was interviewed by ITV News on pressures facing the NHS as part of the programme’s pre-election coverage.

  • The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Metro, The i Paper, the Daily Record, the Edinburgh Evening News, ITV Meridian, The Washington Time, USA Today PostCanada News and more than 120 local and regional publications across the UK reported doctors at UHS have developed a pioneering way to test patients with diarrhoea that can diagnose the cause within an hour. Read our press release for more information.

  • The i Paper, The Daily Telegraph and the Mail Online reported liver expert Dr Mark Wright’s comments that people who feel anxious about returning to work after binge drinking over the festive season may actually be suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Read our press release here (further coverage in January to be reported).

  • Allergy expert Professor Hasan Arshad’s comments warning of “a worrying increase in severe food allergy” were reported by BBC News, The Independent, The Metro, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, ITV News, the Daily Mail, Sky News, LBC Radio, Heart FM and BBC Radio Solent.

  • Influential US media outlet Newsmax ran a piece on the use of intraoperative electron beam radiotherapy at UHS using the Mobetron, with Dr Herman Kattlove, an oncologist from Los Angeles and former spokesman for the American Cancer Society, saying the innovative procedure "looks like a worthwhile treatment." This followed a piece run by the Mail on Sunday in September.

  • The Daily Mail interviewed patient Steve Neary and consultant orthopaedic surgeon Gorav Datta about his pioneering knee operation which involves coating damaged cartilage with stem cells taken from the hip combined with a surgical glue.

  • Ophthalmologist Professor Andrew Lotery talked to the Daily Mail about a patient with a severe eye injury sustained on Christmas Day.

  • The new Maggie’s Centre for cancer patients at UHS was named one of the top 12 buildings to look out for worldwide in 2020 by architecture magazine Dezeen.

  • There was widespread coverage of then-Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson’s visit to UHS to tour the children’s and adult emergency departments and Southampton Children’s Hospital as part of her party’s election campaign. This included BBC News, The i Paper, the Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Channel  4 News, BBC South Today, BBC Radio Solent, Wave 105 FM and ITV Meridian.

  • The Mail on Sunday reported consultant knee and limb reconstruction surgeon Amir Qureshi has adapted a technique known as computer hexapod assisted orthopaedic surgery to improve outcomes and speed up recovery times for patient undergoing complex knee surgery.

  • The Sun, The Times, BBC South Today, ITV Meridian and BBC Radio Solent ran items on health secretary Matt Hancock’s visit to UHS with Bake Off judge Prue Leith to tour the kitchens and find out more about the trust’s catering services as part of his election campaign.

  • The Metro, ITV News, the Belfast Telegraph, Asian Image and more than 118 regional titles reported consultant knee and limb reconstruction surgeon Amir Qureshi’s call for more action to be taken to improve health and fitness among Asian people in the UK.

  • Hospital Hub and eHealth News EU ran pieces on the development of My medical record, a personal online health record for patients developed by experts at UHS.

  • The Daily Telegraph ran a front page splash on fitness classes for newly-diagnosed cancer patients which is based on the ‘prehabilitation’ programme developed at UHS.

  • Dr Kam Mann, an expert in sexual medicine, talked to The Metro about the effects of testosterone deficiency.