The Aspire bulletin is distributed to all staff members and in this section we have our archive of past editions from 2008.

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Aspire 217 - December 2008

  • “We wish you a merry Christmas!”
    The Medical Secretarial team wanted to show their thanks for being given a ‘Back Office Team of the year’ Award at the recent Annual Staff Appreciation Awards.
     
  • Midwives are multiplying!
  • A big thank-you ….
  • Welcoming our new Head of Communications Giselle Rothwell to ASPH
  • Thank-you very much
  • Staff Briefings

 

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Aspire 216 - November 2008

  • Help prevent more MRSA hospital cases
    The number of cases of MRSA bacteraemias is continuing to rise. We are up to 13 cases out of our annual target of 15 (April ’08 to March ’09) - with five months still remaining. We must be even more vigilant and ensure preventative measures are always followed to improve patient care.
     
  • New Vision changes venue for Ophthalmology patients
  • Welcome to ASPH Victoria
  • Pandemic Flu: What you need to do
  • Thank you

 

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Aspire 215 - October 2008

  • Excellent health check results for ASPH
    The Healthcare Commission’s Annual Health Check Ratings for 2007/08, published earlier in October, show that we have improved in both the quality of services and use of resources. The latest ratings for 2007/08 and for the 400,000 plus people the Trust serves are Good for quality of services and Fair for use of resources. In 2006/07, the previous year, we were Fair and Weak respectively.
     
  • Decrease in C-difficile cases
  • Trust board approves first draft business plan for FT
  • All hands on beds!
  • Fill in your staff surveys
  • Barclays support Ashford Hospital
  • Major Incident: Cold Debrief Summary

 

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Aspire 214 - October 2008

  • New Chief Executive Appointed
    This is my first message to you since taking over as Chairman on 1st October. Over the last few weeks I have been going round the two hospitals meeting as many people as possible and finding out about the extraordinary scale and diversity of activities we undertake within the Trust. I aim to get around everywhere, so if you haven’t seen me yet, look out for me and say hello when you do.
     
  • Staff Appreciation Awards 2008
  • Major incident exercise debrief
  • Congratulations Martha
  • Worried about global finances?
  • Lotto continues to surprise

 

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Aspire 213 - September 2008

  • From the Chief Executive's Desk
    As before I wanted to update you on significant developments within the Trust recently, and to anticipate some of the developments in the future.
     
  • Infection Control is everyone's business!
  • Introducing our Dignity at Work advisors (Listening Ears)

 

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Aspire 212 - September 2008

  • Exercise tests major incident response at hospitals
    Major incident systems at Ashford and St. Peter’s were fully tested last week in an exercise involving ‘live’ casualties and representatives from local media. At 06:05hrs on Thursday morning South East Coast Ambulance Service activated St. Peter’s as a major incident receiving hospital for a coach crash said to have occurred at 06:00hrs on the M25/A3 junction at Wisley. Over 70 casualties were said to have been involved.
     
  • Healthcheck results due soon
  • Staff Flu Clinics
  • Farewell Clive - Trust Chairman
  • Radio Wey to go FM on 87.9

 

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Aspire 211 - September 2008

  • New artwork sparks discussion
    Eagle eyed staff walking along the corridor near Main Theatres at St. Peter’s and going down the escalators will have noticed new artwork. The installation of art in hospitals has long been recognised as having benefits for patients, visitors and staff. Bright and interesting pictures stimulate the mind and make the environment in which we all work or come to receive treatment a more interesting place. And in our hospitals we have plenty of empty wall space to display paintings, photographs and other items of art!
     
  • "Beefy" Botham starts work on the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre
  • On the road to FT status
  • Are you ready?
  • Mental Health Trust plans new hospitals for Surrey inc one at St. Peter’s
  • Electrifying our patient records

 

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Aspire 210 - September 2008

  • New Trust Chairman Appointed
    The new Chairman for the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust from 1st October, 2008 is to be Ms Aileen McLeish. Her term of office will run for four years. “It is a tremendous privilege to be appointed Chairman of Ashford and St. Peter’s and succeed Clive who has set such high standards of leadership,” said Aileen.
     
  • Staff survey action plan

 

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Aspire 209 - August 2008

  • Good luck Susan and Mike
    “Participating in the Olympics is a great honour,” says hospitals Chief Executive Paul Bentley. “We are proud that two colleagues from Ashford and St. Peter’s are part of the Olympic team during this prestigious event and everyone at the Trust will be supporting both of them.”
     
  • More time to care

 

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Aspire 208 - July 2008

  • "Any questions?" broadcast from Chertsey on the eve of NHS 60th anniversary
    BBC Radio 4’s long running “Any Questions?”, which also celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year, came to the Abraham Cowley Hall on the St. Peter’s campus on Friday 4th July, the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service.”
     
  • Celebrating 60 years of the NHS—1948 to 2008
  • Trio attend national service
  • Tony represents Trust at Number 10
  • Multi-Faith Centre Opens to Great Acclaim
  • Rain did NOT stop play!
  • Service celebrates 60th
  • Local MP sees NHS first hand
  • NHS has baby on 60th anniversary

 

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Aspire 207 - June 2008

  • Nursing in 1948 and an NHS volunteer in 2008
    Beryl Round had just turned 17 when she began her nurse training. Little did she think that at 82 she would still be involved in serving the health of her local community! But that’s just what Beryl is doing – as a volunteer at St. Peter’s.
     
  • "Others" triumph at cricket
  • Trust Lottery
  • Immediate action taken on Healthcare Commission improvement notice
  • Trust response to the Healthcare Commission improvement notice

 

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Aspire 206 - June 2008

  • Opening of the Multi-Faith Centre
    Our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the NHS start next week with the opening of the Multi-Faith Centre on the St. Peter’s site (work is due to begin very shortly to provide comparable facilities at Ashford Hospital - watch this space!)
     
  • Faster care for patients
  • Other Events to mark our Diamond Anniversary
  • Breast patients benefit from refurbishment at St Peter's Hospital
  • Measles update

 

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Aspire 205 - June 2008

  • Milestone reached for Diabetes Patients
    Supporters of the Stephanie Marks Appeal should be thrilled to read that their five years of hard work were validated earlier this month when Runnymede Borough Council granted planning permission for the new, state-of-the-art Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre. Construction work should begin towards late autumn when the three month tender process has been completed.
     
  • Saving carbon, improving health
  • NICU milk bank to star in TV programme
  • Ashford goes historic
  • Local counter fraud

 

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Aspire 204 - June 2008

  • Patients like the one-day experience
    Day surgery is now cutting edge – but that does not mean it’s cutting corners! The range of operations on offer as day surgery has grown tremendously in the recent years – bringing a huge benefit for patients. It wasn’t so long ago that the general public were surprised to learn that a gall bladder could be removed by a laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure during day surgery. Now, even laparoscopic gastric banding is available and patients are discharged – with the right support at home - the same day as the operation.
     
  • Are you dressed correctly?

 

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Aspire 203 - June 2008

  • Trust’s Occupational Health Department to take part in National Audit
    The Spring Meeting of the South West Thames Occupational Health Group was held at St Peter’s Hospital last month (May). This was organised by Dr Gill Britton, Consultant Occupational Health Physician, Nadine Godfrey Occupational Health Manager and Dr Samuel Thayalan Consultant Occupational Health Physician St Georges Hospital, Tooting.
     
  • Can we make your visit easier?
  • What's your vision for healthcare?
  • New mayors
  • Car parking at Ashford Hospital
  • Cameras and software worth £3600 donated to medical photography service

 

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Aspire 202 - May 2008

  • SHA Board Approve Foundation Trust Pathway for ASPH
    It is a long time since I communicated directly with you all, but there are some very important messages to convey about the Trust, the Board and our future. The Public Board Meeting on 22nd May was of greater importance than usual, and was a milestone in several ways.
     
  • GUNA Nurse of the Year: Jenny Evans
  • "Any Questions?" comes to town!

 

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Aspire 201 - May 2008

  • £570,000 CT Scanning development opens
    The Trust has opened a new CT scanning suite following the allocation of £570,000 funding from the Trust’s capital investment programme. The new Toshiba Aquillion 64 multislice CT scanner cost £420,000 and the additional £150,000 has paid for necessary building works, installation, services and training. The new machine started work just over a week ago.
     
  • Good "report card" for first steps
  • Doors deserve respect!
  • Don't get clamped!
  • Ashford Hospital Traffic Survey
  • Fire Safety Reminder
  • 18 Weeks: Did you know?
  • NHS SE Coast Update
  • Congratulations Jacky

 

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Aspire 200 - May 2008

  • Stars shine for Ashford and St Peter's
    The Trust had three entries in this years South East Coast ‘Best of Health Awards’. Senior Staff Nurse Terry Fulgencio in NICU (pictured left receiving her award & right) was nominated by one of the student nurses she mentored, for the South East Coast Academy award which aims to recognise an individual who, though their own high standards of leadership, mentoring or staff development skills, has inspired and motivated others to make real and lasting improvements and to achieve personal and professional goals. Of the three finalists from Kent, Surrey and Sussex it was Terry who received the Award.
     
  • Praise for Birch Ward
  • International Nurses Day - How well do you know matron?

 

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Aspire 199 - May 2008

  • Staff briefed on progress and future
    Business Briefings for staff and volunteers with Paul Bentley (Acting Chief Exec of the Trust) were recently held, with a good turn out on both sites.
     
  • 2007/08 in figures
  • Money in 2008/09
  • Paul's vision for ASPH
  • Ramping up the moves - building for the future, knocking down the past
  • New staff benefits website and lottery launched
  • BME master classes
  • Stop smoking sessions

 

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Aspire 198 - April 2008

  • Honorary lay Chaplain licensed
    History has been made at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, with the licensing of an Honorary Lay Chaplain. The special day in the life of the ASPH Pastoral Care Team took place at the traditional Easter Carol Service when one of the volunteer Chaplaincy Visitors, Mrs Diana Manthorpe, received her official licence to serve at St. Peter’s as an Honorary Lay Chaplain. Di was given her “Readers Licence” by the Venerable Stuart Beake, Archdeacon of Surrey. This is an unusual event, since Readers are normally licensed to minister within a Church, rather than a Chaplaincy. So this is a “first” not only for St. Peter’s but also in an “Acute” NHS setting within the Diocese of Guildford.
     
  • Nurses - a pictorial record
  • Patient information centre
  • Calling would-be story tellers for NHS 60 book
  • Calling all cricketers
  • Performance development reviews

 

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Aspire 197 - April 2008

  • Trusts say "not now" to merger
    I am writing to let you know that we have jointly concluded with Frimley Park that the merger discussions should be stood down for the time being.
     
  • £325k Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit opened
  • GP "Super Surgery" for Ashford

 

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Aspire 196 - April 2008

  • Deep clean completed on time
    Following months of hard work the Trust has completed the deep cleaning of wards and major clinical areas by the March 31st deadline and is now on a rolling programme of deep cleans across all other clinical areas.
     
  • NHS 60
  • Successful year for ASPH - Message from Paul Bentley

 

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Aspire 195 - April 2008

  • Central Site - Bringing you up to date
    We told you in October that Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust, on behalf of Surrey PCT and Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, was submitting an application for outline planning permission to redevelop the Central Site on the St. Peter’s campus as a business park.
     
  • Youth bikers donate eggs
  • Surrey wide screening service led by ASPH doc

 

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Aspire 194 - March 2008

  • Over £500 raised for Sport Relief
    Congratulations to all staff who participated in Sport Relief on 14th March raising over £500. A big thank you to the organisers, Sainsbury’s Brookwood for the Bananas and Trust Caterers OCS who provided 200 bottles of water.
     
  • Are you hearing voices?
  • BME Network Elections
  • 18 Weeks: Did you know?
  • Could you be a Dignity at Work advisor?
  • Staff and volunteers recognised for 10 years service

 

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Aspire 193 - March 2008

  • Congratulations to all our award recipients
    Last week the Trust recognised staff and volunteers who have given 10 years service to Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals and also recognised achievement of qualifications.
     
  • Take pat in Sport Relief
  • Security awareness: Suspicious characters
  • Famous faces at Ashford
  • Easter comes early

 

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Aspire 192 - March 2008

  • Barrier parking begins at St Peter's
    Many of you will have seen the appearance of parking barriers and experienced some disruption to parking over the last few months as car parks have been reorganised to accommodate barrier parking.
     
  • 27 years with Ashford League of Friends
  • Stop smoking sessions
  • Congratulations William and Julie!
  • Urology Specialist becomes "Foreign Correspondent"

 

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Aspire 191 - February 2008

  • Stroke Rehab
    Ashford Hospital's stroke rehab ward is making headlines of its own with some special groups helping patients.
     
  • Ashford on the A-list!
  • Good nutrition is a MUST
  • Two new posts, two new matrons

 

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Aspire 190 - February 2008

  • DVD Shows Mothers What To Expect in Maternity Unit
    Mayors, parents and staff gathered in the Parent Education Room in the Abbey Wing at St. Peter’s Hospital on Thursday 31st January to witness the launch of a DVD showing mums and dads to be, what it’s like in the Maternity Unit at St. Peter’s.
     
  • Dress code policy will help fight infections
  • Great Scot!

 

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Aspire 189 - February 2008

  • £92000 DEXA Scanner installed
    The Trust has installed a new Hologic Bone Density Scanner supplied by Vertec Scientific Ltd. of Aldermaston, Reading. It is the top of the range model and will be used in the diagnosis of Osteoporosis covering all ages of the population.
     
  • Business as usual for ASPH as Glenn is appointed permanet Chief Exec at MTW
  • Kingfisher strikes gold with ‘productive ward’
  • New equipment could benefit Glaucoma patients

 

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Aspire 188 - January 2008

  • Local survey of mothers shows maternity improvement
    On Friday 25th January the Healthcare Commission published their report on maternity services across England and Ashford and St. Peter’s was marked as a ‘least well performing Trust. “Obviously we are disappointed with the results,” says Director of Nursing and Operations Michaela Morris, “but I can assure women planning to have their baby at St. Peter’s that the maternity unit is safe. We have a very good clinical record and as you all know the Maternity Unit is supported by our excellent specialist Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which is one of the reasons why we attract to our maternity service, women from across Surrey and further afield, who it is expected may have difficulties with their birth.”
     
  • Trust and Texas learn from each other!
  • Your views count
  • Think Clean: Today and Every Day
  • Hospital chapel refurbishment
  • Recruit and refer a friend
  • Shut that door, close that window

 

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Aspire 187 - January 2008

  • Eye clinic at Ashford formally opened
    Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Andrew Hirst, formally opened the new Eye Clinic at Ashford Hospital on Wednesday 16th January in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Commenting after a brief tour of the new facilities Cllr Hirst said: "I have been very impressed with what I have seen. In Spelthorne we are very proud of Ashford Hospital and from what I have seen today we have every reason to be.”
     
  • National recognition for excellent patient care
  • National School of Government visits St Peter's to look at Renal Service and Nurseries
  • Welcome Janet - new to voluntary services

 

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Aspire 186 - January 2008

  • Trust doctor supports clean water for children
    It may seem a daunting task but Consultant Pathologist Dr Babikir Ismail is determined that the charity he has helped launched will provide 1,000 wells for the impoverished of Dafur by the end of 2008 – and he’s only got 980 to go!
     
  • Junior doctors study ASPH
  • Expanding Surrey's NHS network
  • New GP liaison manager appointed
  • Improving patient nutrition
  • Better healthcare for London

 

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Aspire 185 - January 2008

  • Burst Water Main Fails To Dampen Xmas
    A burst water main at the front of the Abbey Wing at St. Peter’s Hospital failed to dampen the Christmas spirit! The burst main was reported at 02:30hrs on Christmas Day and the hospital’s on call facilities staff assessed the problem and made sure that staff and patients had access to hot and cold water for washing and bottled water for drinking.
     
  • Christmas and New Year Babies
  • NHS Pension Scheme Changes
  • Bleeper's Cup
  • From the Prime Minister