The Aspire bulletin is distributed to all staff members and in this section we have our archive of past editions from 2005.

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2005 Editions

 

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Aspire 136 - December 2005

  • Merry Christmas Everyone
    “This year has seen us achieve 3 stars and almost reconfiguration. When you look around us the extent of our achievements becomes evident."
     
  • RAC (Rapid Access Centre) at Ashford Hospital
  • Grateful family make donation
  • Brownies decorate our clinics
  • NHS waiting lists fall below 800,000 for first time
  • Coca-Cola have Christmas wrapped up!
  • Gift for children's ward
  • Can you breathe easily?
  • Moved to tears by dedication to Bill
  • Farewell Sue
  • League of Friends AGM

 

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Aspire 135 - November 2005

  • Wordsworth Ward is Officially re-opened
    Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr Pat Weston was on hand this week to re-open the new look Wordsworth Ward. Wordsworth Ward is now a rehabilitation unit, and is one of the first wards to undergo refurbishment works as part of the ongoing reconfiguration programme.
     
  • New Rapid Access Centre (RAC) opens at Ashford Hospital
  • PACS is coming soon
  • Caffe Ritazza opens
  • Non-executive directors appointed
  • Acting Director of HR
  • Pandemic Flu - A Summary
  • Beyond shaping the future
  • Drop-in Childcare Advice Sessions
  • Minerva Celebrates!
  • Trust Practice Development Team receives Nursing Times Essence of Care Award

 

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Aspire 134 - November 2005

  • Telephones to be monitored for unauthorised private use
    In the current cost saving climate, every penny counts, and every area is being scrutinised to save money. This means a clamp down on the unauthorised use of Trust telephones for private calls. You may consider a five minute call once a week to be insignificant, but if 3,500 people make a five minute call once a week, and let the Trust pick up the bill - it all adds up.
     
  • Improving Working Lives Days
  • Christmas is only a Hop, Skip and a Jump away now!
  • St Peter's League of Friends AGM
  • Trust Comms Manager takes sabbatical
  • Library Service gets HELICON Accreditation
  • Nurse Teaching Sessions
  • Stephanie Marks Appeal helps Put Feet First
  • Double Congrats for Tappin
  • PCT Widens Debate on Weybridge Hospital

 

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Aspire 133 - October 2005

  • Surgeons fly to Pakistan Field Hospital
    Three Orthopaedic surgeons from the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, accompanied by a local GP, flew out to Pakistan on Monday evening (24-10-05) to carry out operations in a Field Hospital that could save the limbs of many earthquake victims.
     
  • Healthroster - Up and Running
  • Bird Flu - what we plan to do about it
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month - November
  • Free IT Training at Ashford
  • Reconfiguration Questions
  • AGM - Ashford League of Friends
  • Pound for life key rings
  • What do we stand for? Where are we going?
  • Fond farewell to Non-Executives
  • A message to Maple Ward

 

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Aspire 132 - October 2005

  • Hashim Welfare Hospital – Pakistan Earthquake
    Supporters of the Hashim Welfare Hospital in northern Pakistan have been relieved to learn that the building has been untouched by the earthquake, and therefore has been used to help the local community.
     
  • PCT organisational options considered
  • Configuring PCTs in Surrey and Sussex
  • Department of Health consult over future of health care
  • "Shaping the future"
  • Donation in memory of Lily
  • Speech Therapy week
  • NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service
  • Hello Joanne and Welcome
  • Top tips for saving money
  • The Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning just gets bigger!
  • Fundraising for the eye unit
  • Flu clinics

 

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Aspire 131 - September 2005

  • Shaping the Future of Local Health Care
    Following discussion with the builders for the two new modular wards at St. Peter’s Hospital, the planned delivery date for the wards has been delayed until early in the New Year.
     
  • Agenda for Change
  • Need a sign? Order it now, online!
  • Aspire e-bulletin set to launch
  • PILS (Patient information and leaflet system) launched
  • Ye-Ha your way to a healthy heart!
  • What is the Heart Care Trust?
  • Study day for dysfunctional bowel
  • Win a grand with Radio Wey
  • Your opinion matters
  • Spelthorne Mayor invites you
  • Top tips for saving money in your department

 

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Aspire 130 - September 2005

  • Three wards get PDU status
    Three wards at Ashford and St. Peter's have gained level one accreditation for PDU (Practice Development Unit) status.
     
  • Don't get your car in a sticky situation!
  • Staff Survey Results
  • New Health Centre to open in Feltham
  • Buses to St Peter's from the Ashford area
  • Hanson in top 10
  • Hot food back on the menu
  • Footbal friendly
  • Get on TV!
  • Trust passes HSE inspection
  • New Look Pre-assessment
  • Improving Working Lives
  • Clair Bonnett flies the coup
  • Thirteen lucky years!
  • Pauline Jervis, the heart of rehab

 

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Aspire 129 - August 2005

  • The spacious new Wordsworth Ward
    The new-look Wordsworth ward has been unveiled this week and is now, once again, fully operational. The ward has had a complete overhaul and refit, as part of the reconfiguration programme that will see a movement of services between our two hospitals. Wordsworth ward is now a dedicated rehabilitation ward and patients admitted to its beds will have a very different experience of the NHS than they may have had previously.
     
  • Anna helps prevent falls
  • Major incident plan okay
  • Disabled drivers struggle to park
  • Calling middle managers
  • Bedside lockers
  • 2000 pals
  • Agenda for Change: Questions and Answers
  • A message from Sian Thomas
  • Focus on: Management Arrangements

 

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Aspire 128 - August 2005

  • Challenges and Changes Ahead
    “It is a fitting tribute to all of our staff that we should have been awarded 3 Stars in the Healthcare Commission’s Star Rating. This, I believe, will help us in the challenges to come. This year will be one of tremendous changes for the Trust, as you can see from the amount of building work taking place to enable the reconfiguration of services to take place. We have to deliver all the Government targets despite this disruption."
     
  • Correct apron makes all the difference
  • 10 years in day surgery - most people stay six hours!
  • Equality and diversity
  • Bike sheds to encourage cyclists
  • Patrick swims English Channel for Stephanie

 

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Aspire 127 - August 2005

  • Three Stars
    July 27th is a date that will be remembered for a long time. The day on which the Healthcare Commission announced that we had achieved three stars.
     
  • Management Tree - Information Directorate
  • Fit, fast - FITU
  • New doctors join Trust
  • "Shaping the Future": Partnership with Capio

 

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Aspire 126 - July 2005

  • "Not here" says Trust in response to Healthcare Commission
    The Trust took action this week to respond to Healthcare Commission Chairman Sir Ian Kennedy’s comments about maternity services. “It came as a complete surprise to us that Sir Ian was speaking about maternity services in advance of the publication on Monday of the Commission’s wider ranging ‘State of Healthcare’ report,” said Communications Manager Andy Hollebon. “We were contacted on Sunday at lunchtime by the BBC and asked if we could host a BBC Breakfast reporting team doing live reports every 20 to 30 minutes. After consulting senior members of the management and clinical team we agreed to the request with the aim that we could get the message across that our Maternity Unit has been turned round.
     
  • A4C Update
  • Jayne Connelly Departs
  • Healthroster to be rolled out
  • Security is paramount
  • Zero tolerance policy
  • Local NHS staff are regional finalists in health and social care awards
  • Reconfiguration update

 

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Aspire 125 - July 2005

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit gets the royal treatment
    HRH Countess of Wessex has officially opened the £1.2m expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The NICU has been expanded from four Intensive Care cots and three High Dependency cots to eight Intensive Care and four High Dependency. It is now a ‘Level Three Unit, which will allow it to provide care for 95 per cent of babies born in West Surrey, as well as some from further-a-field. The expansion makes it one of the largest intensive care baby units in Surrey and Sussex.
     
  • Bishop visits volunteers to highlight their good work
  • Eamonn Holmes opens new look front entrance
  • New formulary launched for wound management
  • New consultant orthopaedic surgeon
  • A job well done
  • London 10K

 

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Aspire 124 - June 2005

  • Reconfiguration Update
    Building works for the £13.6m changes to services at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals are coming on in leaps and bounds. Works are now complete at the top of the ramp with the Junior Doctors settled into the new Mess and the new Training Room opened in what was previously the Hazel Centre. The new car park spaces which replace those that were lost outside the Duchess of Kent Wing were completed at the end of May. Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding whilst the car park works were being completed.
     
  • Dr Foster shows Trust leads way on efficiency
  • Recruitment advertising scam
  • Bike 2 Work
  • Shut up shop!
  • Don those wacky shades
  • Maple ward aims for PDU accreditation
  • Moving with help from the minimal handling team
  • Don't lose your swipe card
  • Educational Day is a roaring success
  • Trust to take further action to reduce MRSA and other healthcare infection rates
  • Focus on: Hospital Charities

 

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Aspire 123 - June 2005

  • Spotlight on Ashford and St Peter's
    The Spotlight is now firmly on Ashford and St. Peter's for June, as the Trust is focusing on its own services and highlighting all sorts of areas throughout Ashford and St. Peter’s Month.
     
  • Chris Tarrant takes requests
  • NHS Innovations SE - Helping to turn ideas into reality
  • Living Space launched at Ashford
  • Discharge unit at St Peter's re-launched
  • ICE - in case of emergency
  • Information on fluoridation
  • Early Births Fund links Croatia and Ireland
  • NT Awards 2005
  • Biomedical Science Coterminus Degree Launced
  • Mealtime Peace
  • Moonwalk

 

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Aspire 122 - May 2005

  • Ashford and St Peter's Month
    June has been declared ‘Ashford and St. Peter’s Month’ with many activities lined up for staff and the public to participate in.
     
  • TB Fact File
  • Management Profiles: Medical Directorate and Clinical Directors
  • Big crane at Ashford
  • How to stop junk mail and calls
  • Mentor of the Year Awards 2005
  • "Clean Team" starts

 

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Aspire 121 - May 2005

  • Early Births £47K Boost
    Runnymede Mayor Carole Jones has, this week, presented the Early Births Fund with a cheque for the magnificent sum of £47,263.85. This amazing sum comes from this year’s Mayor’s fund and is the biggest single donation that the fund has received. When presenting the cheque Mayor Jones said: “I’m over the moon. When I started the year, the thought of fundraising frightened me, but we’ve all mucked in and given it everything we had.”
     
  • "Beefy" Botham backs Stephanie Marks Appeal
  • Management Profiles: Nursing Directorate
  • Home computing scheme
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Are men the forgotten gender?
  • Wordsworth ward on the move
  • Medical staffing team
  • NVQ role of honour

 

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Aspire 120 - April 2005

  • Appeal goes oriental!
    The Stephanie Marks Appeal has held a very successful Oriental Evening this week. The evening was sponsored by the Desborough Hotel Group and was held at the Anchor Hotel in Shepperton on Friday 22nd April.
     
  • Medirest Awards
  • Awards for wards with tumbling MRSA rates
  • Management Profiles: Nursing Directorate
  • Agenda for Change
  • Pain Assessment is Fifth Vital Sign
  • Assistance with the cost of childcare
  • Mental health summit
  • Great walk 2005
  • Chaucer ward's plans to put the "R" back into "TPR"

 

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Aspire 119 - April 2005

  • A4C Reps Wanted
    There is an opportunity for around 10 members of Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust staff to join the 30 strong team of staff reps who are already working in various departments around the trust representing you.
     
  • Management Profiles: Operations Directorate
  • Staff Accommodation
  • Major incident volunteers
  • Medical Futures Innovation Awards
  • A4C Road Shows
  • A&E Staff Raise £900 for Tsunami Relief
  • More Think Clean
  • Nationwide Awards for Voluntary Endeavour
  • Public Service Pension Review

 

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Aspire 118 - March 2005

  • Armed Police Guard A&E
    The A&E at St. Peter’s Hospital had some extra attention last week. On March 16th a man was brought in by private car suffering from life threatening gun shot wounds. The A&E team made every effort to save his life, but were, unfortunately, unable to revive him.
     
  • Staff discount scheme relaunched
  • Agenda for Change update
  • Doctor and nurse numbers on the up
  • Health and Social Care Awards
  • Easter donations
  • Focus on: Dr Mike Irani

 

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Aspire 117 - March 2005

  • ASPH Executive Team
    As many of you will be aware Nick Hulme, Director of Operations, has been on extended leave since late November. Nick has now decided to leave the Trust due to personal reasons. The Board would like to take the opportunity to thank him for his significant contribution to the organisation over the past two years and to wish him well in the future.
     
  • Think Clean Week - Big Success
  • Business case published
  • Focus on: Behdad Shambayati

 

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Aspire 116 - March 2005

  • Oxygen Tanks Lifted into Place at St. Peter’s
    Oxygen tanks, weighing 21 tonnes empty and which will contain 26 tonnes of liquid oxygen between them, were successfully lifted into place at St. Peter’s Hospital earlier this week. The storage vessels were transported overnight from BOC’s Preston site and lifted into place by cranes provided by Ainscough Group Ltd.
     
  • New playscheme officially opened
  • EU Directive on Re-use of Public Sector Information Consultation
  • Share the secrets of your success
  • Back the bid
  • Lay a little egg for me!
  • Share your car and share the costs
  • Summer ball

 

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Aspire 115 - February 2005

  • Essence Of Care Conference Success: Chief Nursing Officer at Ashford Hospital
    Over 100 people were present at Ashford Hospital to hear Chief Nursing Officer for England, Christine Beasley (pictured left) set out the future of clinical benchmarking and standard setting for the NHS. Speaking to an audience of 100 health care staff from acute and community Trusts from across the south-east she encouraged individuals to never hang back but to go forward and make a difference.
     
  • Think Clean Day
  • "Dump the Junk" Day
  • ID Badge Challenge
  • Improving Working Lives
  • Back to the Floor
  • Keys cost £4K
  • National Pubs Week
  • Maternity CNST Assessment

 

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Aspire 114 - February 2005

  • First in Surrey and Sussex to pay staff under A4C
    Ashford and St. Peter’s is making good progress on Agenda for Change (A4C) – the programme to modernise pay and conditions for NHS staff – Board members heard at the Trust Board meeting on Thursday 27th January 2005. Reporting the progress Project Lead and Assistant Director of Human Resources, Anne Edwards said: “At the end of January we moved a small group of nursing staff – around 100 – over to the new Agenda for Change pay system. We are the first Trust in Surrey and Sussex to move staff onto the new scheme.”
     
  • Pharmacy thank their Friends
  • Security brought "in-house"
  • Students tour Pathology
  • NHS Pension Review
  • Implementation of Knowledge and Skills Framework
  • St Peter's A&E fundraising events for Tsunami Appeal
  • Trust Board update

 

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Aspire 113 - January 2005

  • £12m transformation has begun
    Planning permissions for major changes at St. Peter’s Hospital have been submitted to Runnymede Borough Council as a prelude to the service changes consulted on during 2004. The planning permission sought is for construction of a new two storey modular 56 bed ward linked to the Duchess of Kent Wing; Demolition of the upper end of The Ramp to create replacement car parking in lieu of that lost at the Duchess of Kent Wing end of the hospital; construction of a day operating theatre and first floor extension to the existing operating theatres to allow for the future refurbishment of a redundant theatre; renewal of temporary permission for Maple Ward, the Medical Assessment Unit and associated linking corridors.
     
  • League of Friends help make the difference
  • Damage to signage
  • Cat Walk - the Radio Wey
  • New binds, new waste procedures
  • Ashford takes a starring role in 2005
  • "In Touch" learning advisors
  • How many people can you get in your car?

 

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Aspire 112 - January 2005

  • Tsunami - DoH coordinating NHS relief efforts
    As we are all now aware on Sunday 26th December, a tsunami tidal wave struck a number of countries in southeast Asia. This has caused widespread destruction and loss of life in those countries as we have all seen daily on our television screens.
     
  • Changes in Waste Management
  • Clean your hands campaign
  • Employee assistance programme
  • CMO's tips for better health
  • Focus on: St Peter's volunteers
  • IWL Project Lead appointed