The Aspire bulletin is distributed to all staff members and in this section we have our archive of past editions from 2007.

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Aspire 184 - December 2007

  • All wards open at St Peter's
    I am pleased to be able to let you know that all the Wards at St. Peter’s have now reopened. This is in no small way due to the vigilance every member of staff has shown in following the enhanced infection control measures and your intensive efforts to ensure that affected areas were thoroughly cleaned before they were re-opened. We must keep up this intense effort because it is just as likely that we will see D&V return if we do not maintain our vigilance.
     
  • ASPH Going Green
  • Our NHS, Our Future
  • Seasons greetings from the Chairman and Chief Executive

 

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Aspire 183 - December 2007

  • Patient experience smoothes the way
    Everybody hopes for a smooth passage through hospital and Gwendoline Donovan can take some credit for helping to make the patient and visitor experience a better one!
     
  • Standards for Better Health
  • Avoid the money hangover at Christmas
  • 18 weeks clock starts and stops

 

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Aspire 182 - December 2007

  • Research at ASPH leads to new asthma drug
    Thirty years of specialist work dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients with breathing difficulties has seen a very significant development for Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine, Professor Mark Britton. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) announced on Wednesday 28th November that the drug Xolair (Omalizumab) be recommended for the treatment of severe persistent allergic asthma.
     
  • Fifty new cots presented to the Maternity Unit
  • "Getting Started" courses
  • Student dieticians explain breakfast
  • Professor Brian Ellis retires

 

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Aspire 181 - November 2007

  • Flood at Ashford brings out team spirit
    During the morning of Thursday 15th November a contractor who was working in a plant room on the roof of Ashford Hospital inadvertently discharged water from a tank which subsequently flooded.
     
  • Max Clifford: Cash for Questions
  • Beginners guide to 18 weeks

 

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Aspire 180 - November 2007

  • In the right place at the right time!
    Seventy-seven year-old Leonard Willett was visiting his brother Frederick, 85, in St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, when Leonard suffered a heart attack and “died.” Three doctors nearby swung into action to resuscitate him while the “crash” team was called to the ward. Mr Willett’s life was saved, and shortly afterwards he received angioplasty at St. Peter’s Hospital and four days later he was well enough to be discharged home.
     
  • Map of Medicine Librarian
  • Best of Health Awards
  • Doing it the e-Wey

 

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Aspire 179 - November 2007

  • Infection control is stepped up
    The fight against infections has been stepped up this week with the introduction of a team of cleaners who have been specially trained to carry out deep cleans and provide a rapid response.
     
  • An update from the Acting Chief Executive

 

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Aspire 178 - November 2007

  • Male nurse's wedding on TV
    A&E Staff Nurse Sam Ollerenshaw and his fiancé Katy were given £14,000 to spend on their wedding – the only catch was that Sam had to organise every detail, had only four weeks from start to the big day and a TV company were going to film him every step of the way!
     
  • PCT launches FFF engagement programme
  • MRSA down and C. Difficile under control at ASPH
  • Car parking at St Peter's

 

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Aspire 177 - October 2007

  • Trust launches patient comment card
    Following a successful pilot we are launching a new Patient Comments card on all adult inpatient ward areas from Monday 5th November. The new card seeks the views of patients or their carers on a range of issues including satisfaction with doctors and nurses, explanations about tests and treatment, and whether services were provided in privacy. Other areas covered are cleanliness and food.
     
  • National NHS Staff Survey
  • 2006/07 Healthcheck Results

 

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Aspire 176 - October 2007

  • International Infection Control Week
    With our own Glenn Douglas in the thick of it at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and the Healthcare Commission report into C. difficile related deaths in the news last week, International Infection Control Week is a timely opportunity for us to focus on infection control again. Preventing healthcare associated infection is a high priority for all of us.
     
  • Former nurse appointed dedicated hospital manager for Ashford
  • Ashford Hospital League of Friends AGM
  • Trusts announce progress of merger talks
  • Maternity matters!

 

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Aspire 175 - October 2007

  • ASPH asked to support Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals
    It has been announced that Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust Chief Executive, Glenn Douglas, will be seconded part time to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to lead them following the departure of their Chief Executive. Glenn has written to all staff and volunteers at Ashford and St. Peter’s.
     
  • Staff flu vaccinations
  • Business as usual
  • Want to learn more about Frimley Park Hospital and Foundation Trust status?
  • New mortuary project

 

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Aspire 174 - September 2007

  • Golden anniversary with a difference!
    When Margaret Lawlor was a young woman she saw a golden opportunity to fulfil her desire to help others – little thinking that years later it would lead to a Golden Anniversary! Now, as Sister Mellitus Lawlor she celebrates 50 years as a Sister of Mercy.
     
  • Sunil cleans up! A shining example to others
  • Electronic Document Management
  • 18 weeks progress reported at September business briefings

 

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Aspire 173 - September 2007

  • Regional NHS boss tours ASPH
    South East Coast Strategic Health Authority (SHA) Chief Executive, Candy Morris, visited both Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals on Friday 31st August. The visit came about following publicity about the success of Urology Nurse specialists Jenny Hooker and Alison Roodhouse who recently completed, under the mentorship of Professor Brian Ellis, examinations usually undertaken by doctors.
     
  • Health Minister Ann Keen MP writes
  • PCT Fit for the Future Consultation
  • New clinical director team

 

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Aspire 171 - August 2007

  • Trust Paediatric Dietician takes the reins of national progessional committee
    Our Chief Paediatric Dietician, Catherine Jenkins, has been elected to chair the paediatric group of the British Dietetic Association. Catherine, who hails from Camberley, has worked at the Tust since 2002.
     
  • Recipes needed for cook book
  • Please don't "hop" until the "hopper's" stopped
  • Have a say in shaping mental health services
  • Significant contribution by patients' panel
  • Proud of his profession

 

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Aspire 170 - August 2007

  • Keen to return to her roots
    Recently appointed Health Minister Ann Keen MP, was enthusiastic to visit her old stomping ground at Ashford Hospital recently. Ann was welcomed to the Trust by Porter and Joint Chair of the Staff Side Consultative Committee Tony Foster who comments: “We were very pleased to welcome Ann back to Ashford Hospital and to St. Peter’s Hospital.”
     
  • Trust summer ball raised £4k towards new diabetes centre
  • Car park barrier work starts

 

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Aspire 169 - August 2007

  • Talking about merger
    At the Business Briefings for staff and volunteers on both sites on 30th July I outlined the current position on Surrey PCTs ‘Fit for the Future’ programme and review. We anticipate that the PCT are now likely to go to public consultation in September and although the consultation is important we do not believe it will recommend any radical closures of A&E, Maternity or Paediatric services.
     
  • New surgical suite opens
  • NHS Trusts to explore the benefits of a possible merger

 

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Aspire 168 - July 2007

  • Volunteers long service recognised
    The Trust thanked its volunteers based at St. Peter’s recently with a Reception and Buffet Supper held in the Education Centre. A similar event will be held at Ashford Hospital on 24th July. Karen Marsden, Voluntary Services Manager welcomed the group of approximately 80 representing WRVS, Friends, Hospital Radio Wey in addition to Chaplaincy Visitors, Trust Volunteers and members of the Patient Panel.
     
  • Financial update
  • Huge success for smoke free initiative
  • Your views matter: Wide ranging review of NHS services launched

 

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Aspire 167 - July 2007

  • "By George! This is a good idea!"
    George - the grand old man of the orthopaedic unit - put his best foot forward recently to encourage participation in the “Joined Up Walk” on Sunday 9th September at 1pm starting by the Magna Carta Tea Rooms at Runnymede.
     
  • Ashford League of Friends News
  • BME committee announced
  • Hospital watch - personal safety
  • Human Resources and Organisational Development Directorate
  • Packed and ready to go!

 

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Aspire 166 - June 2007

  • Patient says "Thank you" to surgeon
    When Anne Twells was diagnosed as having a tumour on her tongue she might have been forgiven for feeling a little bit sorry for herself. But she didn’t! She wondered how her family would cope without her, and she set her sights on beating cancer. “I was quite determined to beat it,” says Anne. “Mr Bailey is one of the best in the field and he saves many lives. I knew I was in good hands and I was determined to fight it.”
     
  • Choose and Book reduces DNAs by 32%!
  • "Future Hospital" report welcomed

 

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Aspire 165 - June 2007

  • Trust board thanks staff for response to D&V outbreak
    Your response to the recent outbreak of Norovirus, better known as ‘winter vomiting disease’ was praised at the Trust Board meeting on 31st May.
     
  • Chest Pain Awareness Campaign
  • Safeguarding Adults is everbody's business
  • Chairman makes point about A&E 10 mile circles
  • Barn dance
  • Tiny miracles

 

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Aspire 164 - May 2007

  • Clean your hands
    “This outbreak of D&V appears to be particularly virulent and difficult to contain but we are making progress,” says Director of Nursing and Operations, Michaela Morris (pictured right). “We have been deep cleaning infected areas but unfortunately the infection has been sporadically reappearing. It is prevalent in the local community and it is difficult to prevent it coming into the hospital without a total ‘lockdown’.
     
  • TALK
  • Hospital watch
  • Trust action on mixed sex bays
  • Be sun aware
  • Clinical director vacancies

 

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Aspire 163 - April 2007

  • "Saws and scalpels to lasers and robots"
    The report ‘Saws and Scalpels to Lasers and Robots – Advances in Surgery’ was published on 17th April by the Department of Health. At Ashford and St. Peter’s we carried out over 22,000 day case surgical procedures in 2005/06.
     
  • Topaz suite open

 

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Aspire 162 - April 2007

  • Progress on moves from West Wing
    Good progress is being made on the move of services out of the West Wing at Ashford Hospital.
     
  • Patient's views are important
  • Going green
  • Bedside nursing numbers increased
  • Patient information

 

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Aspire 161 - April 2007

  • Eggscellent Easter for Kids!
    Kids who unfortunately had to stay in hospital or visit us during the Easter holidays had a special time.
     
  • Dry Cleaning / Laundry Service
  • Living with Diabetes Day
  • Study Day Success
  • Microfibre is here

 

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Aspire 160 - April 2007

  • Out with the old ... in with 100 new!
    One hundred new beds, costing £163,900, have arrived at the Trust. The beds represent a significant investment in both patient and staff safety and comfort.
     
  • Moffat moves
  • Eye eye ... what's going on 'ere
  • Masson lodge
  • National NHS Staff Survey 2006
  • Well done Margaret!
  • More moves
  • Deadly water
  • Travel between Trust sites - claiming expenses

 

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Aspire 159 - March 2007

  • "Fit for the Future" update
    Briefings were held on both sites this week to update staff and volunteers on the ‘Fit for the Future’ programme. Chief Executive Glenn Douglas, writes: You will all be aware of the discussions surrounding the future of our hospitals, together with the others in West Surrey and beyond, labelled ‘Fit for the Future’. I felt it time to update you formally on progress and likely next steps. It is clear that we need to change the way we do things in hospitals; more work inevitably will gravitate to a community and primary care settings and it is important that we embrace this change and influence it, but our acute element will inevitably be smaller - thus the need for change.
     
  • "Lunch for life" raises £15k for Breast Unit
  • Visiting Homerton and a Peterbus first?
  • Pathology represent ASPH and BMS at Surrey skills festival
  • News from NZ
  • Digital transcription service
  • Red nose day

 

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Aspire 158 - March 2007

  • Clinical view on way forward in "Fit for the Future" debate set to be published
    The next stage in the debate on the future of health services in West Surrey, mainly affecting us along with Frimley Park and the Royal Surrey, is about to start. During the next few days we understand that Surrey PCT will be publishing the report on the outcome from a series of meetings of clinical leaders from the three Trusts and the PCT. It is expected that this report will give an indication as to what the clinicians believe may be a workable and sustainable clinical model.
     
  • Colorectal teaching day success
  • RCCL G.I.V.E. Day
  • Going green
  • Trust launches BME network
  • Smoke free!

 

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Aspire 157 - February 2007

  • Trust calls for rational debate
    Following the recent spate of media coverage which has brought possible changes to healthcare across Surrey and neighbouring areas to public attention our Chairman, Clive Thompson, Chief Executive, Glenn Douglas and Medical Director Mike Baxter have written jointly to all local newspapers and radio stations to try to promote a rational debate around the priorities for the health service in Surrey.
     
  • Annual leave remaining - extended time
  • Debbie to the rescue
  • Post it DX and save the Trust money
  • Police direct
  • Peterbus News
  • Forty one years in the NHS
  • Smartly registered?
  • Anything goes!
  • Cheers = good things come in threes!
  • Planning for more car parking at St Peter's approved
  • Top management team restructured