Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust: Patients as Catalysts: improving information on uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids is one of the most common gynaecological problems in the UK, and symptoms can be severe and damaging to a woman’s quality of life. Variation in access to information and late diagnosis can mean unnecessary suffering and limit treatment options.

The trust worked with women across southeast London to develop a new patient information leaflet and video, to raise awareness and empower women’s conversations with healthcare providers. 10,000 copies have been distributed to GPs and pharmacists, and materials are available online. A new patient support group has been established in response to the call for better peer support.

The judges were impressed with the evidence of co-design with patient groups, which resulted in materials which deliver informed content to women to empower them.

Read the full winning entry here at HSJ Solutions.

Highly Commended was Southend University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Birmingham Women’s Hospital Foundation Trust
East Lancashire NHS Trust
Imperial College Healthcare Trust
Medway Foundation Trust in partnership with Abigail’s Footsteps Charity
Northampton General Hospital Trust
University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust