The Aspire bulletin is distributed to all staff members and in this section we have our archive of past editions from 2011.

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Aspire 256 - December 2011

  • Celebrating One Year as a Foundation Trust
    On Thursday 1st December, ASPH reached their first anniversary as a successful Foundation Trust. In this last year there is a lot to be proud of as staff continue to work hard on behalf of our patients.
  • Christmas Songs 2011
  • Demolition of the Lower Ramp
  • Employees be aware of Fraud
  • Olympic Visit
  • First Steps scores high in Environment Rating Scale
  • MRCP(UK) Award for Trust
  • Paediatric A&E: Chief Nurse Award Winners
  • Macmillan perform dance by Arlene Phillips
  • Tottenham Hotspur donate to Ashford
  • Volunteers Christmas Luncheon


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Aspire 255 - November 2011

  • Silver Award for Home Monitoring of Pacemaker Patients
    The Trust’s Cardiology Department have recently received a ‘Silver Award’ for being the first UK centre to register over 100 active users on the Biotronik Home Monitoring system for pacemaker and ICD patients.
  • New patient reminder service a success
  • Spotlight on: the Quality Department
  • Welcoming Heather Caudle
  • Retirement of Professor Britton
  • Catering Update
  • New Staff Physiotherapy Service
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Movember
  • Chief Nurse’s Ward of the Month


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Aspire 254 - October 2011

  • Trust’s Annual General Meeting - “Our most successful year ever”
    Around 100 people joined Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals at the Annual General Meeting, held on the evening of Thursday 29 September at Ashford.
  • Chief Nurse Award Winner’s for October
  • Newly named Rowley Bristow Ward!
  • Pathology Network progress
  • Blanche Heriot goes paper free
  • Maple Ward has moved
  • Be an NHS flu fighter
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee
  • Breast Cancer Awareness


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Aspire 253 - September 2011

  • Trust Performs First Ever Gastric Bypass Surgery
    On Friday 9 September, consultant bariatric surgeons, Mr Samer Humadi and newly appointed Mr Shashi Irukulla, and their team, performed the Trust's first ever gastric bypass surgery.
  • The launch of future leaders
  • Catering - Looking Forward
  • Winter - Getting to work ...
  • EMERGO Training Exercise
  • Car Parking - Charges Explained
  • Spotlight on: The Post Graduate Education Centre
  • This month’s Chief Nurse Award
  • ASH Volunteers Garden Group “BLOOMing Marvellous”
  • Charity Bike Ride: The Poppy Challenge


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Aspire 252 - August 2011

  • New Special Care Baby Unit at St. Peter’s
    The neonatal team at St. Peter’s recently celebrated the opening of a new 9 bed Special Care Unit (SCU).
  • Catherine Casewell - British Dietetic Association Roll of Honour 2011
  • Focus On: The Appointments Centre
  • Meeting the Queen at the Royal Garden Party
  • Medical High Dependency Unit are this month's winner for patient care
  • Bleeper's cup winner
  • One of our volunteers has turned 90


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Aspire 251 - June / July 2011

  • Housekeeping Team wins the AHCP Presidents Award
    Our housekeeping team was recently awarded the President's Cup at the National Association for Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' Annual Conference, held in Telford in June.
  • NICU wins Ward of the Month
  • Ashford Hospital Outpatients Refurbishment
  • Research and Development Department Open Day
  • Proctor and Gamble’s Biggest Charity Donation
  • Achieving Compliance in Information Governance Training
  • Introducing our new Heads of Nursing
  • Nutrition Awareness Month
  • Kryptonite comes to Histopathology!
  • Revised Car Parking Policy


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Aspire 250 - May 2011

  • Top 40 Hospital Winner
    The Trust has been nominated as a CHKS top 40 hospital recently. CHKS, who provide healthcare data similar to Dr Foster, compile their top 40 hospital list based on a number of markers including safety, clinical effectiveness, outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality.
  • Introducing Living our Values
  • Pedometer challenge
  • Improving car parking at St Peter's
  • Minerva Centre's Seventh Anniversary
  • Monthly award for patient care goes to May Ward
  • Dump the Junk day a success
  • Staff Walking Tours
  • Taking pride in nursing and midwifery
  • Chaucer gets into wedding celebrations


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Aspire 249 - April 2011

  • Chaucer Win First Chief Nurse Award for Patient Care
    Chaucer ward at Ashford is the first to receive the Chief Nurse’s new monthly award for the best improvements in patient care.
  • Dump the Junk
  • Staff Achievement Awards 2011
  • Opening of Sculpture Garden at St. Peter’s


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Aspire 248 - March 2011

  • Wedding bells on CCU
    Staff on our Coronary Care Unit were asked for something a little out of the ordinary this week when patient Gordon Smith asked if they could help arrange a wedding for him and his partner, Doreen, at very short notice.
  • Discharge roadshows
  • Spotlight on: Our Divisional Structure
  • Greater Clinical Leadership
  • In memory of ‘Georgie’
  • Bus stop at St Peter’s
  • Published!
  • Health Ombudsman’s Report - Care or Compassion?


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Aspire 247 - February 2011

  • Top marks for Clinical Coders
    Our Clinical Coding department has added to its expertise as four members of the team have recently passed the Clinical Coding National Accreditation exam.
  • Dancing on Ice comes to St Peter’s
  • Adding Value on Aspen Ward
  • Abba top of the charts again!
  • Vote now for your NHS stars!
  • Understanding Dementia


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Aspire 246 - January 2011

  • An eye on the money ….
    Towards the end of last year, Estates and Facilities gave their savings plans an extra boost by asking staff to come up with additional ideas to save money as part of a new incentive scheme.
  • Working with your Hospital and Community
  • Cliff’s farewell
  • Celebrating 50 years!
  • Staff Awards - who will you nominate?