Our current appeal is to raise £1.5m to expand the stroke service at The National Hospital.
Stroke is the fourth largest cause of death in the UK. The people who do survive may be brain damaged or disabled in some other way. Immediate and specialist care can make a huge difference, though, because it reduces the damage caused by cutting off the blood supply to the brain.
“I have a bittersweet relationship with my job because of the sadness I deal with on a daily basis, but knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life during difficult times makes my job worthwhile. Read more
Rarely in the spotlight, the staff at The National Hospital do incredible work day in, day out. We managed to catch a few minutes with the very busy Matron Liz Davies to ask her about her role and how your support helps the patients she treats.
Liz, what does your role as Matron entail?
The Matrons’ role is to ensure that the care and overall experience patients and their carers receive is consistently the best possible. As well as overseeing the quality of care patients receive in our hospitals, we are available to hear about concerns or positive feedback. Read more
Elizabeth Kornat became a Trustee of the charity in 2010. Though she describes herself as new to this role “learning as I go along”, she has been instrumental in helping to support our Small Acorns Fund . We wanted to learn more about Elizabeth’s role and why TNBA is so important to her… Read more
It’s been almost a year since we were at the Queen Square Library in the archives, learning more about the history of The National Hospital. We thought it was time to pay them a visit again – but this time, we did it online…
The Queen Square Library contains an important collection of specialist neurology, neurosurgery and neuroscience books and journals, and a Rare Book Collection which extends to some 3000 volumes from 1695 onwards.
The library also houses the Queen Square Archive which comprise the archives belonging to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and those of UCL Institute of Neurology (IoN). Every month, the Librarian Sarah Lawson selects a piece for Item of the Month on their website.
This month features a lecture on disseminated sclerosis which was delivered by William Richard Gowers at the National Hospital on the 13th June 1895 – 118 years ago.
Sarah Lawson told us why she chose this particular piece: “I recently received an enquiry about translating one of Gowers’ publications, Epilepsy and other Chronic Convulsive Diseases into Russian. That publication dated from 1881 which prompted me to select the Gowers lecture as Item of the Month, demonstrating how much worldwide interest there continues to be in Gowers’ writings, almost hundred years after his death.” The piece bears corrections on the manuscript which fits with Sarah comments that Gowers lectures were always very polished and published fairly soon after delivery as they were so comprehensive.
Gowers produced over 350 publications between 1872 and 1910 as well as major textbooks such as Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System, which was the standard reference until early in the twentieth-century.
It’s fascinating to see these documents from the past, a reminder of The National’s legacy of groundbreaking research and education, which continues to the current day.
Images courtesy of the Queen Square Library, Archive and Museum. Copyright National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery (UCLH)/UCL Institute of Neurology
Congratulations to Professor Ray Dolan, Head of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL Institute of Neurology, who has been awarded the highly prestigious Klaus Joachim Zülch Prize.
For the majority of us, Christmas is a time to be with our families, surrounded by the comforts of friends, good food and festive excitement – but for those patients at The National whose treatment requires them to stay at the hospital over Christmas, it can be particularly hard.
Staff at The National will be making sure that patients atQueen Squarehave as merry a Christmas as possible and this year, for the first time, The National Brain Appeal is delighted to have been able to make sure that each and every patient receives a small gift and a card on Christmas day.
There has been a flurry of Christmas activities – from bazaars, to carol concerts and card sales – and we’re grateful to you for all your support at these and all our events throughout the year.
No doubt 2013 will be just as busy so watch this space… In the meantime, have a peaceful and happy festive season and we send you all our good wishes for the year ahead.
The history of the Althaus family is inextricably linked with The National Hospital. Caroline Althaus, who sits on our board of trustees, delves deeper into the history of the family to discover an untold past.
Growing up, I always knew that our family was closely linked to The National Hospital: my great-great-uncle, Julius Althaus, was one of the founding members, my grandfather, Frederick Althaus, answered an advertisement in The Telegraph which had been inserted by the hospital to find if there were any Althauses who would like to lend their support. My grandfather joined the house committee of Maida Vale in 1966, my father Robin succeeded him in 1975 and has just retired at the end of 2011. We have always been close to the hospital, so when I had the opportunity to visit the Queen Square Library – newly renovated by joint funds from The National Brain Appeal and the Brain Research Trust – I was delighted at the chance to learn more about the history of the hospital and our family.
The Molly Lane Fox Unit opens at The National Hospital thanks to The National Brain Appeal. The NHS will take a major step in improving the care of patients with brain cancer with the opening of the UK’s first dedicated brain tumour unit at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, part of University College Hospitals London NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).
The National Brain Appeal, the charity that supports the hospital by funding clinical posts, cutting edge technology, infrastructure and research, has invested a total of £2.5 million in the unit and brain cancer service. Read more
An MP who underwent life-saving surgery at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) to remove a brain tumour returned to the hospital to pay tribute to staff.