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2002 Editions


Aspire 37 - December 2002

  • Seasons Greetings from the Top
    It has been a challenging year with the award of the franchise, stiff financial and waiting list targets and a CHI investigation. We have only survived this by the dedication and hard work of our staff. As we move into what, we are sure, will be an equally challenging year, we remain optimistic about the future for the Trust building upon the many successes that we all need to shout more about.
  • Vouchers for All Staff
  • Office Openings
  • Christmas Catering Arrangements


Aspire 36 - December 2002

  • MAU Opens for Business
    Situated in the old A&E department the new Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) at St. Peter’s has opened for business with 18 spaces.The MAU will support the management of emergency medical activity. The unit will provide a triage and fast-track assessment for GP Medical referrals and facilitate the movement of medical patients out of A&E according to specific pathways, thereby easing pressure in A&E. Ashford’s MAU will continue to function as an acute medical admissions Unit. It is hoped that further spaces will open in the St. Peter’s MAU by March 2003.
  • Discharge Lounge
  • Brownies Decorate Clinic
  • Chairman Re-Appointed
  • Trust Identified as Improving


Aspire 35 - December 2002

  • Staff Transport
    As many staff transport users are aware the 08.30hrs from Ashford and 17.00hrs from St. Peter’s get very busy. You can help the situation by allowing those who have to start a shift use the transport before you, even if you have a course or meeting to attend and will miss the start. Course and meeting organisers are asked to bear in mind that these two departures are very busy.
  • Carol Services
  • Well Done Information!
  • Corporate Objectives - Progress Report


Aspire Magazine - Winter 2002

  • Pathology Opening

    “This is my local hospital - and it’s great to be here!” Gary Lineker OBE played a neat one two when he officially opened the new Clinical Haematology Unit and the refurbished Pathology Laboratories recently by unveiling two plaques to commemorate the event. He’s pictured here in the new unit - where one plaque remains. The other plaque has been positioned near to the pathology reception hatch, where it can be seen by people coming into St. Peter’s.
  • Their profit, our loss!
  • New numbers!
  • The one that got away...!
  • Goodbye Dr Newton!
  • SCBU or NICU? That is the question!
  • Simply brilliant!
  • Struck Gold!
  • ‘Putt-ing’ on a smile!
  • Geronimo!
  • Market Value!
  • Your good health matters ...
  • Tea for two!
  • Easing the pressure
  • Long distance patient!
  • A different kind of pressure ...


Aspire 34 - December 2002

  • Appreciation Awards
    A packed Lecture Theatre in the Education Centre at Ashford on Thursday 28th November saw staff recognised for their efforts and loyal service. In this first year for the Trust’s appreciation awards, organised by Elaine Beaumont, over 120 nominations were received across six categories.
  • 25 Years Service
  • Qualifications and National Success
  • Car Parking


Aspire 33 - November 2002

  • Learning About Surgery
    Our hospitals don’t just treat patients, they teach doctors! The Basic Surgical Skills Course is a mandatory requirement of the Royal College of Surgeons. All SHOs in basic surgical training for the MRCS examinations should successfully complete a BSS course. The course is designed to introduce surgical trainees to safe surgical practice within a controlled workshop environment and aims to 'teach, assess and certify’ trainees' ability to use safe surgical techniques common to all forms of surgery.
  • Would £30,000 Help?
  • NHS University Consultation
  • Please Don't Feed the Pigeons
  • Colour Photocopier Available
  • NeLH Awareness Week
  • Help Qurban and Hit Keep ASPH Clean


Aspire 32 - November 2002

  • Government Minister Visits
    Philippines Government Minister for tourism, Mr Dick Gordon, visited the Trust on 14/11/02 and met over 100 Filipino staff. Mr Gordon was a candidate in the Philippine’s last presidential election.
  • Trust Recognised as Good Employer
  • New Chaplain Joins Team
  • European Computer Driving Licence
  • Welcome Little Numero Uno!
  • NAO Says ASPH is Tops!


Aspire 31 - November 2002

  • Lineker Opens Lab
    Pictured earlier this week with Gary Lineker OBE unveiling plaques marking the opening of the £1.7m refurbished and re-equipped Pathology Laboratory are Steve Shiel, Clive Thompson, Dr. Andrew Laurie and Dr. Martyn Knapp from the Trust along with Professor Sir John Lilleyman, President of The Royal College of Pathologists and Mr. Russ Allison, President of The Institute of Biomedical Scientists. A full report with pictures will appear in the next edition of ASPire Magazine due out early December.
  • Well Done Maple and Antenatal
  • Help Phil
  • Another Crane at SPH
  • Charity Corner for Christmas
  • Modernising McColl's


Aspire 30 - November 2002

  • Hazel Centre to be Replaced
    The Hazel Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital was opened in January 2001 as a temporary partial solution to the long standing problem of delayed transfers. North Surrey Primary Care Trust (PCT), Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust and Surrey County Council Adult & Community Care Services have announced that the Centre is to be replaced by the end of the year with alternative facilities. Whilst the care provided in the Centre has been excellent the Trust has always been clear that a more permanent arrangement was required.
  • Inspecting Day Surgery
  • Ashford Day in Pictures
  • Christmas is Fast Approaching
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Appeal
  • Operation Orb


Aspire 29 - November 2002

  • Healthcare Worker with TB
    A healthcare worker in the Trust’s antenatal clinic at St. Peter’s has been diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. Letters are being sent to all women and staff who may have had contact. The risk of infection is exceedingly small since significant contact is defined as a cumulative total of 8 hours. There is no evidence to suggest that the healthcare worker contracted TB from a patient or another member of staff.
  • Stunning Display
  • Changing Wards
  • Suits You Sir!
  • Management Board Meeting
  • Welcome Jacky
  • Access to Social Care in Surrey
  • Premium Space


Aspire 28 - October 2002

  • Fire Brigade Strike Special
    Welcome to this special ‘fire Aspire’ edition. The first series of strike dates have been announced by the Fire Brigade Union.
  • Toasters Out / Croissants and Buns In
  • How Can You Help? What Can You Do?
  • Increase Fire Safety Measures


Aspire 27 - October 2002

  • Franchise Plan Published
    Andrew Morris and Glenn Douglas presented the Franchise Plan for Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust to local stakeholders in April. This was then approved by the Trust Board with the endorsement of the Directorate of Health and Social Care and Surrey Sussex Strategic Health Authority. In July the Trust undertook to release the Plan, in the belief that there would be a financial settlement providing the resources for the first year of the Plan. The major re-organisation of the NHS has complicated the achievement of that settlement but nevertheless the Trust published the Plan at our Board meeting on Thursday 10th October. Andrew Morris and Glenn Douglas outlined the progress made to date on the ten key objections in the Plan.
  • Business as Usual
  • Fire Fighters Strike
  • Management Board Meeting
  • Trust Board Update


Aspire 26 - October 2002

  • MAY Recruitment Progresses
    Twenty five staff have been recruited to the new Medical Assessment Unit (MAU) at St. Peter’s. The recruitment day held in September was very successful resulting in 11 appointments across a range of grades. This good progress will enable the Trust to open about 18 spaces in the MAU from December 2002 with the full 35 spaces being achieved by March 2003.
  • CHI Look at Surrey Ambulance
  • Beat Flu, Use a Jab
  • New Maple Ward Takes Shape


Aspire 25 - October 2002

  • CHI Investigation Team Visit St Peter's
    The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) investigation team started their week long visit to St. Peter'’ Hospital on 30th September. Most of the investigation team’s time has been taken up with hour long interviews with small groups of staff or individual interviews with specific post holders.
  • Meet Glenn Douglas
  • On the Move
  • Public Get Cochrane Access
  • Mind Out for Mental Health
  • IWL Assessment


Aspire 24 - September 2002

  • Looking After Your Health
    For those of you with any work related health problems or personal issues, the Occupational Health team is here to help.
  • Plan Early for Christmas
  • Playscheme at First Steps Day Nursery
  • Quad Garden at Ashford Opened
  • Positive Reaction to Trust Open Evening
  • Chairman's Post Advertised
  • NHSP Call Centre Takes Bookings


Aspire 23 - September 2002

  • Operations Director Appointed
    Nick Hulme has been appointed Operations Director for Ashford & St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust. He currently works at Kings College Hospital in London as General Manager for Medicine and Pathology. The Director of operations post was created following the announcement that Liz McLean was leaving to take up a post at Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust in Reading.
  • A Driving Licence with a Difference
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • Les Hibbert
  • Exam Success for Pupils at Hospital Teaching Centre


Aspire 22 - September 2002

  • Work on PALS Facility Starts
    Work on the new Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) facility at St. Peter’s will commence on 16th September for three weeks (completion 4th October). The facility will be located beside and behind the outpatient reception desk in the main entrance. The work includes moving the swipe doors back and opening up the area behind the reception desk.
  • Make a Date with Glenn
  • CHI Maternity Team Visit Trust
  • Trust Board Update


Aspire 21 - September 2002

  • Slegg on the Move
    It was recently announced that David Slegg, Director of Finance and Information is to leave the Trust in mid October to join Ealing PCT as their Director of Finance. David joined Ashford Hospital as Director of Finance in March 1992 as Trust status was being introduced and he became Director of Finance of Ashford and St Peter’s Trust when it merged in 1998.
  • County Council to Examine NHS
  • Kulkarni in Kuala Lumpur
  • Doh Ray Mi ...
  • On the Move
  • Team Briefing About to Start


Aspire 20 - August 2002

  • MAU Gets Green Light
    The Trust has welcomed the news that Runnymede has given the green light for building work which will enable the Trust to expand the number of beds at St. Peter's Hospital. Approval came earlier than expected enabling work to be accelerated.
  • Geromino!
  • Meeting PEAT


Aspire 19 -

  • Pathology Changes
    Congratulations to all the pathology staff who have been involved in major changes to the service recently. All Pathology specialties are now based at St. Peter’s site.
  • Improving Working Lives
  • Improving the Patient Experience!
  • Training News
  • Get the Free Bus


Aspire 17 - August 2002

  • Day Surgery Extension Starts
    Bill Kilvington writes: “Work has now commenced on the extension to the Day Surgery Unit at Ashford. This will increase capacity from 17 to 27 trolley spaces. The £350,000 project was approved after it was shown that lack of trolley capacity was a significant barrier to fully using the available theatre and endoscopy sessions. The increased number of spaces for patients will also help us to achieve the target of 100 per cent booked admissions for day case patients. Building works are due to finish in December, with the unit opening early in the New Year.
  • CE Appointed at N Surrey PCT
  • Reducing Burdens in Hospitals
  • On Your Bikes!
  • Body Parts - Seeking Your Views
  • Bus Services
  • Critical Care Outreach Service
  • Sign Language Consultation
  • Taking Shape at Ashford


Aspire Magazine - Summer 2002 Special Edition

  • Smile, You’re on Camera!
    BBC Crimewatch policewoman Jacqui Hames opened the St. Peter’s CCTV control centre in June. She is seen here (left to right) pictured with the Mayor of Runnymede Cllr. Peggy Broadhead, Jacqui, P.Con “Spike” Milligan, Trust Security Manager Vicky Heaney, P. Insp. Frances Breslin of Addlestone Police and Trust Chief Executive Designate Glenn Douglas. There are 48 CCTV cameras in and around the hospital. The control centre is directly linked to the Runnymede Borough Council control room and Surrey Police. The £350,000 project was substantially funded with £280,000 by the Home Office as part of the Safer Runnymede Initiative.
  • Goodbye And Good Luck
  • See You Again!
  • Recording Ian’s Move
  • Record Of Achievement
  • More staff ... Working Differently
  • Improving Working Lives
  • A Golden Jubilee Jamboree!
  • Urologists Go USA
  • Trust Andy to Carry the Baton!
  • Good Things Come In Threes!
  • It’s No Accident She’s A Success!
  • Former Surgeon Dies
  • NHS Retirement Fellowship, North West Surrey Health Branch


Aspire 16 - August 2002

  • Everyone's a Star!
    Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive Designate writes: “Well done to everyone! The Trust was awarded One Star in the Department of Health Performance Ratings published on 25th July. In September 2001 the Trust was zero rated.
  • Modernising Maternity and Improving Working Lives
  • Medirest
  • Ashford Hospital Fete
  • NHS Numbers for Babies
  • Summer's Here so be "SunSafe"
  • Congratulations


Aspire 15 - July 2002

  • Housing
    Working in an area of high housing costs the Trust fully appreciates the importance of affordable accommodation for its staff. What is the Trust doing to help? In partnership with the Apex Group a programme of refurbishment has commenced on the accommodation blocks at Ashford Hospital with works already started to Gwendolen and Greenaway Terrace. Lang House will follow in August. Matheson and McWilliam Houses will be demolished in the future and a new 96-u nit block built. We are in discussion with Servite, on the St Peter’s site, looking at opportunities to improve the accommodation there too.
  • Thanksgiving Service - Jane Bates
  • Congratulations
  • Holiday Playschemes
  • Trust Board Update


Aspire 14 - July 2002

  • CHI Maternity Investigation
    The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) announced on 11th July that they are starting an investigation into the operation of the Abbey W ing Maternity Unit at St. Peter’s. This has been reported widely in the national and local media. I wanted to let you know why we invited CHI in.
  • Everyone Wants to Know What you Think
  • Patio for Ashford Choices
  • Manchester Commonwealth Games
  • Health Records - Ashford
  • Human Resources Plan Launched


Aspire 13 - July 2002

  • Caught on Camera!
    On Saturday 6th July the new nursery at Ashford was ‘craned’ into position. Lookout in ASPire for further developments.
  • Caught you with a Camera!
  • Meeting with PCT Non-Executives
  • Welcome Glenn - New CE Designate Starts
  • Fire and Resus Training
  • Teaching Centre Trip
  • Please Help the Postal Service


Aspire 12 - July 2002

  • Fancy Being a King or Queen?
    Have you ever imagined being King or Queen for the day? Well now you can! St Peter’s Teaching Centre is holding a ‘Kings and Queens’ Theme evening in the school room on Ash Ward, on Wednesday 10th July from 6pm-8pm.
  • First Impressions
  • Need Flowers
  • Step Up the Property Ladder
  • Farewell Abbey Cars
  • New County Council Website
  • National News


Aspire 11 - June 2002

  • Liz McLean to Join Reading Trust
    Liz McLean, Director of Performance is to leave the Trust it was announced this week. Liz will be joining Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust, in Reading in mid-September to take up the post of Director of Operations. Reading has some major challenges ahead of it including the consolidation of two hospitals onto one site and a major capital electronic patient record (EPR) scheme.
  • What a Service!
  • Musical Interludes
  • Good News from Complaints Team!
  • New Nursery for Ashford
  • Improving Patient Safety


Aspire Magazine - Summer 2002

  • On Your Bike, Mike!
    Consultant Ophthalmologist Mr Michael Tappin is hoping to raise £19,000 for an Endothelial Cell Counter. £1,200 is for the purchase of new style Gonioscopy lenses which will make the examination of patients with glaucoma easier and more comfortable for them.
  • From Bedside To Seaside!
  • Adieu, Not Goodbye ...
  • Chairman’s Chat ...
  • Jolley Nice To Meet You!
  • A Proven Performer!
  • Valuing Our Volunteers
  • Celebrating 50 Years Of Loyal Friendship
  • Mother Gives Birth To 10 Babies in Deliveries!
  • People In The News
  • Stage Managed By Wonderful Woolies
  • Working All Hours!
  • Goodbye!
  • Kim Roberts: A Tribute
  • Children’s Friend
  • Death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother


Aspire 10 - June 2002

  • From the Chairman
    As you may have seen in the Surrey Herald or heard on local radio local MP David Wilshire (pictured) visited Ashford Hospital recently and is making the point that he has not been able to see the Franchise Plan. Whilst both Andrew Morris and I have briefed Mr. Wilshire and other stakeholders on the plan we are still awaiting agreement on the financial framework for 2002/3. This underpins what both Andrew and Glenn Douglas want to achieve for the Trust.
  • Reporting Crime
  • Where Have They Gone To?
  • Ashford Hospital Fete
  • Trust Board Update


Aspire 9 - June 2002

  • Planning Services for the Future
    A project to plan services for the future was launched earlier this week. Speaking to an audience of Clinical Directors, senior managers and PCTs, Chief Exec. Andrew Morris said: “We need to ensure that the Trust has sufficient capacity to deliver the improvements to patients and staff set out in the NHS Plan, Cancer Plan & NSFs. To do this we need to make the best use of the people and facilities we have on both sites and in the PCTs. The targets we have to meet are tough and we will need to work together to meet them.”
  • Are you Pensioned and Insured?
  • Changes in Estates


Aspire 8 - May 2002

  • New Medical Director at the Helm
    Mike Baxter, who took over the reins as Trust Medical Director at the beginning of April, writes: I have taken on the post of Medical Director at a very significant moment in the Trust’s (and NHS) history. As a Trust, we have recently endured the indignity of a no star rating and have undergone the further challenge of the ‘franchise’ process. However, we are now in a strong position for the future. We have a new Chief Executive, a strong franchise (strategic) plan and the resolve to move the Trust forward to a position where the excellence of the service we deliver to our population is recognised.
  • Interested in Transport Issues?
  • National Week Set to Highlight Concerns about Men's Health


Aspire 7 -

  • Major Incident Exercise Success for Trust
    Initial feedback from Chris Gundry, the Health Emergency Planning Advisor is that the Major Incident Exercise held on Tuesday 21st May went very well. We are well prepared should we be called to assist in a M ajor Incident. Well done everyone and thank you all for making such an effort, whether you were one of the 100 staff directly involved or were providing back up services.
  • Watch Out - A Thief May Be About
  • Noticeboards
  • Blood Donation
  • What are PALS?


Aspire 6 - May 2002

  • Major Incident Exercise
    There will be a full test exercise of the Trust’s major incident plan, including simulated casualties, on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 May. Advance warning is being given of this exercise in order that staff at all levels have time to review the major incident procedures and their role in them in advance of the exercise. The major incident plan can be found in Volume 10 of the Policy and Procedure Manual located in Wards and Departments or on TrustNet. Please refer to the procedures so that you wish know what to do when the exercise is held next Tuesday!
  • Customer Affairs - Changes
  • Car Parking
  • Trust Board Update


Aspire 5 - May 2002

  • Andrew Morris to Lead Trust for Next 12 Months
    It was announced earlier this week that Andrew Morris (pictured left) with Glenn Douglas, currently acting Chief Executive at Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust have been successful in their ‘franchise’ bid. Andrew will lead the Trust for the next year. Glenn will be Chief Executive Designate and will take over as Chief Executive in April 2003.
  • Library Facts
  • From the Office of Nigel Crisp
  • West of London Breast Screening Service
  • Staff Survey - Have your Say!


Aspire 4 - May 2002

  • Franchise Bid Outlined
    The franchise bid, put together by Andrew Morris, includes plans to tackle the Trust’s financial problems and to increase the number of patients treated using both hospital sites to ensure that the Trust meets its national NHS Plan targe ts. This includes retaining the Emergency Department at Ashford Hospital. The bid builds on successes in the past six months in which the Trust has achieved or exceeded the targets set for it for the year ending 31st March 2002.
  • Trust "Feels the Pulse" of Staff
  • Renal Transplant Consultation
  • Proud of your Work?
  • Modernising Staff Accommodation


Aspire 3 - April 2002

  • Trust Welcomes 2002 Budget
    Speaking after last weeks budget announcement David Slegg, Director of Finance said: “For the NHS this is very good news. It is too soon to know the full impact of this new money and we will need to awai t the detailed allocations to see exactly how much the Trust will gain from this. However we do expect to see substantial amounts of new money and investment during the next couple of years. We must ensure that we continue to spend additional funding carefully getting as much patient care out of every pound we spend.”
  • Book Now for Play Scheme
  • Stephen Fash Farewell
  • Blood Collection Session
  • Budget Summary - Key Points for the NHS


Aspire 2 - April 2002

  • Welcome to the Aspire Bulletin
    Most of you will be familiar with the quarterly ASPire Magazine produced by Trust Press Officer, Jane O’Kill and with the more recent ASPire Briefings on specific subjects such as CHI, Health & Safety, the NHS Plan. Now, to comp lete the Trusts written communication to all staff, we are introducing this weekly ASPire Bulletin .
  • Relieve the Stress with Paintball
  • BA Recruitment Day
  • Shifting the Balance of Power
  • "Feeling the Pulse" - Have Your Say
  • Occupational Health
  • Franchising and Modernisation
  • Please Don't Feed Me ...


Aspire 1 - April 2002

  • Didn't we do well!
    We have recorded significant improvements in core areas on which Department of Health star ratings are measured. As we are all painfully aware the Trust was zero rated in the Department’s star ratings in September 2001 but is now on course for at least one if not two stars.
  • Chief Executive's Report to the NHS


Aspire Magazine - Spring 2002

  • Baby - Look At Us Now!
    Nine months often seems a long time to pregnant Mums and for many the most anxious times are in the early weeks. Since opening in early 1998 the work of the Early Pregnancy Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital has grown so much that it has now been re-housed in a new suite of rooms facing the main reception desk of the Abbey Wing.
  • Over 40 Years in Nursing!
  • Pharmacy Chief
  • Gary Stevens, 1989-2001
  • A New Family Face!
  • Let’s Share the GOOD News!
  • Golden Jubilee!
  • New Home For Early Pregnancy Unit
  • International Heart Interest
  • Getting A Grip On Violence
  • Training News
  • Childcare Matters in West Surrey
  • First Steps Day Nursery
  • Meet And Greet The Men On The Beat ...
  • Working Families Tax Credit
  • NHS Professionals - Successful Start!
  • Whistleblowing
  • Golden Jubilee Bank Holiday
  • Clinic Fit For The 21st Century
  • Roger Skinner Says “Farewell All!”
  • One of the first to achieve high standards
  • Shakespeare Suite Support
  • Let’s Get Bloodwise!
  • Research Award
  • Making Good For The Trust
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