Surgical care remains a priority through a global pandemic.


When the UK went into lockdown, hospitals and medical staff became completely overwhelmed with an influx of patients and demand for COVID19 testing. Despite this overwhelm, the team of consultant surgeons at St Marks have worked hard to prioritise patients who need urgent surgery and ensure they get the help they need.  This is the patients at St mark’s story of gratitude for consultant

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St Mark’s staff going the extra mile with music


Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist, Dr Max Pitcher, has had a long career at St Marks Hospital, UK supporting patients with IBD, but the medical industry is not the extent of his talents. Max is also a talented violinist and has been using his musical skills to serenade COVID19 patients throughout the pandemic.  IMAGE  This is the St

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IBD services withstanding the pressure


St Mark’s IBD nurse consultant, Lisa Yonge, and her incredible team were awarded the British Journal of Nursing, “gastrointestinal/IBD Nurse of the Year’ national award for their development of new IBD services. The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) advice line is often the first port of call for the 9,000 patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.   This is the St Mark’s Crohn’s Disease and

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Colleagues at St Mark’s came together to spread positivity amongst patients.


St Mark’s research fellows, Dr Anu Obaro, Miss Isabel Martin and Dr Oliver Duxbury were redeployed due to the Covid19 pandemic when they noticed that the patients were struggling with the isolation. As a solution, they developed the award-winning Stay.Connected video-calling initiative to bring patients together with the families, even when they were apart.   This is the inpatients’ at St Marks

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Giving the gift of gratitude and pizza to healthcare heroes


With working long hours, and often double shifts, our health care heroes don’t always have the time to grab a decent meal to keep them properly fuelled. To show our thanks, Share Gratitude have partnered with our mates at @rideonpizzeria in campaigning for Sydney’s help to gift fresh pizzas to the incredible staff at Royal North Shore Hospital.  This is Sydney’s story of gratitude

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Intergenerational aged care: new programs putting the younger with the wiser.


It’s said that spending time with people younger than you is supposed to ‘keep you young’: at least, this is the theory employed recently by an innovative education program in New South Wales, Australia. The Maranatha Gunyah Intergenerational Learning Centre in the town of Wellington has started welcoming residents from the neighbouring Maranatha House aged

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Socially distanced Santa photos are in full swing this Christmas


There’s no doubt that Christmas will look a bit different in 2020. Will we be able to see our families? Are all the Christmas events cancelled entirely?   For those lucky to be living in Port Macquarie, Australia, plans have been put in place to ensure kids don’t go without a chat with Santa, and parents can still get funny photos of their babies screaming at the

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Glasgow-based charity providing support to vulnerable women


At the most difficult times in life, the biggest relief can come from someone who will spend time with you, listen and provide support. For women entering parenthood for the first time, having an amazing support person is irreplaceable. Going through the experience alone or in a vulnerable state, the experience can even be traumatic.   Amma Birth Companions is an organisation that pairs

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Bushfire-affected community working together to rebuild.


After the difficulties we’ve faced this year, the devastating bushfires that ravaged through parts of Australia in late 2019 and early 2020 seem like a lifetime ago. However, for members of bushfire-affected communities, dealing with the aftermath of this natural disaster is still very much a reality.   Thankfully, charities and kind members of the community have pulled together donations to help rebuild the livelihood of those affected,

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From free Conversations to online pen pals.


It’s a simple set up, but two chairs in a public place: preferably near a monument or somewhere that gets plenty of foot traffic. Adrià Ballester started the Free Conversations Movement, encouraging members of the public to sit down with him and tell their stories. For some, it’s a way to pass the time; for others, it’s a

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