Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Hamza and Safina join Harvey’s Gang at Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH)

Hamza and Safina have a little brother, Zayd, who has leukaemia 

and were interested to find out why he has so many blood tests.
We began the visit with Hamza and Safina, who are 9 and 5, booking in a sample in reception and sending a pod around the hospital.
They then loaded some samples onto the MPA and watched it pass along the track.

Hamza and Safina then performed two biochemistry tests that are usually done on the analyser. They enjoyed wearing gloves and goggles like a real scientist! 

In Haematology we looked at some blood films, and identified the different types of cells. We also looked at a blood film from a patient leukaemia so they could understand what we look at when we look at their brother’s blood.

Zayd had received platelet and blood transfusions during his treatment so in the transfusion lab we selected some blood and platelets that were the correct group for Zayd.

Finally Hamza and Safina were presented with goodie bags and a certificate!

Very many thanks Steph Teasdale for the story and pictures;

Just look at those smiles, great recognition of a great day and hopefully now Hamza and Safina can help their brother Zayd, just a little more. Welcome to Harvey's gang, Hamza, Safina and Zayd.

Many thanks, Malcolm

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Malcolm Robinson

Millie joins Harvey's gang at the Great North Children's Hospital

Millie, a 5 year old patient from the Great North Children’s Hospital,

visited blood sciences on the 19th October and became our newest Harvey’s Gang member. Millie, who was accompanied by her mum Victoria, started the tour in reception where she booked a sample into the laboratory computer system with help from Suzanne. 

She then visited the different areas of the lab, learning about biochemistry tests with Peter and finding out about the different blood cells by looking down the microscope!
Finally she was presented with a goodie bag and certificate! 

Welcome to Harvey’s Gang Millie!
Steph Teasdale

Harvey’s Gang Registered Charity Number: 1169181:

Twitter:                       #HarveysGang

Malcolm Robinson

Friday, 26 October 2018

Kez and Zac join Harvey's gang at St Richard's, Western Sussex NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust

We had the honour to introduce Kez and her older brother Zac into Harvey's gang at St Richard's this week.

A fabulous tour with lots of questions and answers and Mum mentioned Jonah, not a common name. 

 As I was sorting the photograph's I realised, should have remembered really that we had introduced Jonah to Harvey's gang 3 years ago but at Worthing hospital. 
The Harvey's gang coats have changed in this time too, they are now made for us; this was one of our first that we made ourselves (well one of our team, clearly not me!); First work by our Microbiology team too.

I am also so happy that Zac, bless him, actually is a volunteer at St Richard's hospital. 
He hopes to be a Radiographer, at least, in the future, he certainly has the correct aptitude. If I see volunteer on a CV that person automatically gets short-listed for interview in my book.

Lastly many thanks Kez, back home still sporting the Harvey's gang coat and Goody bag.

NHS70 award for Children and Young People, presented by THE BBC One Show

Biomedical Scientist of the Year 2018
Overall winner for Allied Health professional and healthcare scientists

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Harvey’s Gang Registered Charity Number: 1169181:

on Twitter: seek our #hashtag                       #HarveysGang

Very many thanks,
Malcolm Robinson

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh say hello, Harvey's gang.

Hello everyone at Harvey gang

We are delighted to announce we have had more patients through the doors of RHSC laboratories who have now become honorary member of  Harvey’s Gang. 

Amy, aged 12  diagnosis : ALL , had a behind the scenes tour of the laboratory on Wednesday 15th August with her mum Kate. Amy was a fantastic visitor to the laboratory, not only was it a pleasure for the staff to get the opportunity to meet Amy and putting the ‘face to a name’, reminding us of how there are patients behind every blood sample received into the department ,  Amy was very enthusiastic  and keen to hear about how we process and analyse her blood samples and how important the results are in treating her illness and making her feel better. 

Amy left the laboratory with a better understanding of the blood analysis process and also got to speak to Jo-Ann in person who was the first instrumental in her initial referral for further Haematology investigation. 

Amy she hopes to follow a career in  the NHS (both parents are consultants) so I gave her some career advice information on laboratory medicine and BMS

Finn Shearer aged 11 is the first boy visitor into the department, he arrived with his mum Kathryn, on Wednesday 19th September at 11am.

Finn was initially diagnosed with ALL in August 2013 and had a relapse in March 2017. Finn thoroughly enjoyed his walkaround of the blood science department, he was an absolute joy to be with and was really enthusiastic and engaged in meeting the laboratory staff and asking lots of questions. 

Particular highlights of the tour for Finn included receiving a pod back from the air tube system with a personal message from the haematology clinic, completing ‘ I spy’ game in the junior Scientist training kit, preparing a blood slide, looking down the microscope at his own blood and bone marrow and being able to identify the different cell types. He was also delighted when we presented him with his goody bag and a certificate of attendance as a Trainee Biomedical scientist for the day  -as he has told me he want to be a scientist when he grows up so I gave him some IBMS career information.

Tammy Hanson.

Very many thanks to everyone at RHSC Edinburgh, well done.
very best wishes, Malcolm

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Thank you Hayley

I special thanks to Hayley at Ortho Clinical Diagnositics 

who continues to help us by preparing and sending out the Harvey's Gang Goody bags to participating sites for our young Harvey's gang members. You are a super star.


Monday, 15 October 2018

Oliver joins Harvey's Gang at Great North Children’s Hospital

Blood Sciences welcomed its newest Honorary Biomedical Scientist on the 15th October 

when Oliver joined Harvey’s Gang! Oliver, who is 5, suffers from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) and is a frequent visitor to the Great North Children’s Hospital. ITP causes low platelets and results in recurrent bruising and bleeding.

Oliver’s Grandmother, Nicola, who also attended the visit said; “Oliver is always really interested when they take his blood samples, and wonders why when he’s bleeding they take even more blood!”
During the visit Oliver loaded samples onto the two main analysers and watched as they passed along the track!

He watched some colour change reactions in Biochemistry and also looked at blood cells down the microscope

He also enjoyed looking at the bags of blood cells, plasma and platelets in the Transfusion laboratory!

At the end of the visit Oliver was presented with a certificate and goody bag!

Thanks to Peter, Peter and Jodie for helping with Oliver’s visit!
Steph Teasdale
Trainee Clinical Scientist
Haematology and Transfusion

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you Steph, Peter, Peter, and Jodie, brilliant, great work, very many thanks, and welcome to Harvey's Gang OLIVER

In a year that has seen Malcolm (Harvey's Gang) awarded;

Certificate of recognition from BBTS

NHS70 award for Children and Young People, presented by THE BBC One Show

Biomedical Scientist of the Year 
Overall winner for Allied Health professional and healthcare scientists

Additional films:

Harvey’s Gang Registered Charity Number: 1169181:

Twitter:                       #HarveysGang

Malcolm Robinson
Chief BMS Blood Transfusion
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Friday, 12 October 2018

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust had their first ever fund raiser for Harvey’s Gang

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust raised £271.28 and we all feel very proud of ourselves and especially proud of Harvey’s Gang. 

(Hi, Malcolm here: I FULLY Agree: £ 271,28 amazing, Thank you Fiona Robinson)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust had their first ever fund raiser for Harvey’s Gang on the 18th September 2018.

All those involved - patients, visitors and staff, had a fantastic time.

We had a cake sale, tombola and lucky dip - all these raised quite a bit of money and some generous visitors spent money on all three. Those with children were persuaded to part with their money at the sight of the tombola and wrapped lucky dip presents!

We tried our hand with a ‘Pick a Stick’ but this didn’t seem to go down well - never mind, we’ll know for next time! Pity the poor soul who spent hours painting numerous cocktail sticks!

Staff commented how great it was to meet the patients and put a face to a name - sometimes the human side of laboratory work can get a little lost in the day to day of routine work.

Staff enjoyed their time away from the bench and liked seeing other parts of the hospital that they didn’t usually visit.

Having recently become involved with Harvey’s Gang and seeing the difference the experience made to patients, a little time spent raising funds was the least staff felt they could do.

All-in-all it was a very productive, enjoyable and worthwhile event. We raised £271.28 and we all feel very proud of ourselves and especially proud of Harvey’s Gang.

Thank you to all who donated and spent money!

Fiona Robinson

I would completely concur thank you all so much

NHS70 award for Children and Young People, presented by THE BBC One Show

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Harvey's gang goes live in Nottingham University Hospital

Nottingham University Hospital (NUH) News: NUH Pathologists help 13-year old boy with rare illness overcome fear of blood tests

As you are aware we have been setting up the Nottingham university hospital process to take on the next step of the great work of the Harvey’s Gang.

You will know of the time it takes to set up and plan such visits and tours.

It is therefore with great pride that I can send you  the news release and photo’s of the 1st visit that occurred last month. Our second tour occurred yesterday of a younger patient following the feedback from the pilot and others are being planned.

Please let me know if you would like to receive additional information as and when these tours happen.


Michael J Skill
Deputy Service Manager Blood Transfusion

Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital start Harvey's Gang tours

Young patient goes behind the scenes at Birmingham Women's and children's hospital and joins Harvey's Gang:

On Tuesday 3rd July 2018 the laboratories were joined by 11 year-old Laraib Mahmood to join in the fun of a Harvey's Gang tour.  

Harvey's Gang invites ill youngsters to become trainee biomedical scientists for the day and to tour pathology laboratories with their families.

Blood tests and blood transfusions are a frequent occurrence for 11 year old Laraib Mahmood, who was diagnosed with ALL ABL2 Leukaemia in February 2017.  
Laraib and her family wondered where her blood samples go and how labs process the results.

Laraib became a scientist for the afternoon accompanied by her Mum and cousin.  Laraib was given her own Harvey's gang lab coat and also given her own trainee scientist badge.  Laraib along with her family saw the machines that test Laraib's bloods and met the scientists who run the labs. 
They also looked through the microscopes at blood cells, saw where the blood was stored and followed the journey of Laraib's blood through the lab.  From haematology Laraib and her family went on to look at the histology and microbiology labs and got to again look at cells through the microscope.

Mum said that the "tour was very special"

Laraib said "it was better than could have ever imagined and gave it a score of 1000/10"

Harvey’s Gang Registered Charity Number: 1169181:

Harvey's gang at Great North Children's Hospital

An update on a promotional event we have been involved in over the summer in Newcastle. We were approached by the Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH) to have a stand for Harvey’s Gang at their pop-up hospital as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. 
We had a stand on two days, involving promoting the Harvey’s Gang concept and also some small experiments for the children who were visiting to learn more about blood cells and laboratory tests. 

Stephanie Teasdale received a very kind letter to:

Stephanie Teasdale,
Harvey’s Gang,
Great North Children’s Hospital,
Royal Victoria Infirmary,
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Dear Stephanie and the Harvey’s Gang team,

On behalf of the Children’s Services Directorate we would like to thank you and your team very much for your attendance at the GNCH Pop up Hospital.  We would like to thank you for your time, enthusiasm, creativity and dedication to the event.  The daily programme of activities helped to enrich the exhibit and proved extremely popular with our visitors. Thanks to your contribution the Pop up Hospital was a great success with over 2,000 people visiting the exhibit.  The Pop up Hospital helped to educate children, young people and families about health and wellbeing, the Great North Children's Hospital and the amazing work that goes on there while having fun too!  We hope you enjoyed the experience.  If you would like to be involved in future events the GNCH may be involved in please do not hesitate to contact us and we will keep you informed of future events and opportunities.

 Sarah Dickson
Administrator and Facilitator
GNCH Pop up Hospital

The team are very appreciative of your contribution
Once again, many thanks for your support

Yours sincerely
Julie Anderson
Research and Innovations Manager
Children’s Services

Stephanie also gave a Harvey's 
gang tour andreceived this 
lovely letter from the lovely young lady, Layla;