Press Releases in 2014

In this section, you can read the news articles published during the year.

 

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Have we given exceptional care? Make your nomination!

Published: Monday, 06 January 2014

Has a member of our nursing or midwifery teams looking after you or a relative given exceptional care? Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals is asking for patient and public nominations for NHS England’s Surrey & Sussex Proud to Care awards 2014.

 
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Feeling poorly? Avoid long waits - make sure you choose the right health services

Published: Tuesday, 07 January 2014

As the bad weather continues and more people are coming to hospital, Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is recommending local people think carefully about where to get the right help when they are feeling unwell.

 
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Christmas and New Year Babies

Published: Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Nine babies were born on Christmas Day at St Peter’s Hospital six girls and three boys.

 
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Trust’s Releasing Time to Care project shortlisted for National award

Published: Friday, 10 January 2014

A trust wide nursing project, Releasing Time to Care (RTTC), has been announced as a finalist in the prestigious Lean Healthcare Academy Awards 2014. These awards are an opportunity to share successful and pioneering best practice within healthcare across the country.

 
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Trust Consultant Honoured by Royal College of Surgeons

Published: Thursday, 16 January 2014

Dr Mike Irani, Consultant Rheumatologist at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been honoured with a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England for his commitment to medical education and examining. This comes as a particular honour as Dr Irani was elected for the Fellowship by The Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons, rather than simply being nominated.

 
 
 

New Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist service at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Friday, 17 January 2014

The Paediatric Department at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey have a new Speech and Language Therapist service for new-born babies and children who have complex feeding difficulties or in communicating their needs. Joining the wider Multidisciplinary therapists at the Trust, the new therapist will work alongside their Physiotherapy, and Dietetic colleagues, to ensure a coordinated service for our infants and children in hospital.

 
 
 

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week: 'Screening saves lives'

Published: Thursday, 23 January 2014

Prevention is key in the fight against cervical cancer, according to a gynaecologist at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. Despite being a preventable disease, almost 3,000 women a year are diagnosed in the UK – and 20% of women do not take up their invitation for cervical screening.

 
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Trust’s Commitment to Sustainability

Published: Thursday, 23 January 2014

As with many other Trusts across the country the government has put in place specific sustainability targets, to reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS and protect the environment for future generations. The Trust’s Chairman Aileen McLeish and Chief Executive Andrew Liles signed our sustainability commitment this week, pledging to reducing our emissions by 10% by 2015. In terms of fuel cost this is a saving of more than £200,000 and enough CO2 saved to cover the emissions from 1000 homes.

 
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New Hybrid Theatre marks key development for St Peter’s as a major Cardiovascular Centre

Published: Thursday, 06 February 2014

On Friday 31st January, staff and visitors at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey were joined by Adrian Moorhouse, former British Olympic swimmer, to open a cutting-edge operating theatre for vascular surgery. The addition of this new theatre is an important development for St Peter’s as it becomes a major cardiovascular centre for the Surrey population and means a much wider range of procedures can be carried out at the Chertsey hospital.

 
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ICDC Surrey Receive Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award

Published: Friday, 07 February 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals is delighted to announce that our Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Club (ICDC Surrey) has been awarded £300 by the Lloyds Bank Community Fund for the work they do to support patients and their families to manage their cardiac conditions, bridging the gap between hospital care and self-care.

 
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Memorial window restored to Ashford Hospital Chapel

Published: Friday, 07 February 2014

A stained glass window that has withstood all weathers in a garden for nearly 20 years has been restored to its rightful place in the Chapel at Ashford Hospital.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s wins National award

Published: Thursday, 13 February 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has scooped the ‘Productive Series’ award for England, at the 2014 Lean Healthcare Awards. The award ceremony, hosted by the Lean Healthcare Academy on 6th February in Leeds, recognised hospitals across the country who have successfully implemented projects to improve patient care.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals response to Surrey flooding

Published: Friday, 14 February 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are working with the Environment Agency, Surrey County Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue, Surrey Police, Borough Councils, South East Coast Ambulance, Social Services and the wider NHS, to keep people affected by the flooding safe.

 
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More of St Peter’s Hospital history goes on display

Published: Thursday, 20 February 2014

Panels illustrating two areas of the history of St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey have now been put on public display within the hospital.

 
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Trust’s Orthogeriatrics team shortlisted for prestigious BMJ Awards 2014

Published: Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Orthogeriatrics Team at Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for this years’ prestigious BMJ Awards (Clinical Leadership Category), sponsored by the General Medical Council and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

 
 
 

Meeting Care Quality Commission Standards at Ashford & St Peter’s

Published: Thursday, 06 March 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are meeting essential standards of care say the Care Quality Commission in a report published following an inspection of the two hospitals last month.

 
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Ashford and St. Peter’s staff shortlisted for Proud to Care Awards 2014

Published: Friday, 14 March 2014

We are delighted to announce that two individual members of staff and a team at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff have been shortlisted for awards in this year’s Surrey and Sussex Proud to Care Awards 2014.

 
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Nutrition and Hydration week at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Published: Friday, 21 March 2014

Food and drink provide a vital contribution for people recovering from illness and for those at risk of malnutrition. Ashford and St Peter’s have marked the week by celebrating nutrition and hydration initiatives, looking at best practice and involving non-clinical staff in various events across the two hospitals.

 
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Secretary of State for Justice visits St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Friday, 21 March 2014

Trust Chief Executive, Andrew Liles and Neonatal Consultant, Dr Tracy Lawson hosted a short visit from the Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, to the neonatal intensive care unit at St Peter’s Hospital on Friday 14th March.

 
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Award winning staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Published: Monday, 31 March 2014

It was a night of celebration for staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals on Friday 28th March, following their success at the Surrey and Sussex ‘Proud to Care’ Awards Ceremony.

 
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Radio Wey pick up three National Awards for second year running

Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014

The National Hospital Radio Awards 2014 took place at the end of March in Bristol and Radio Wey picked up three of the top awards this year.

 
 
 

Andrew Liles, Chief Executive of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals announces new role

Published: Wednesday, 02 April 2014

Andrew Liles, Chief Executive of Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced he is to leave the Trust in September to take on a new role as a partner in a healthcare consultancy.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals celebrates excellence of staff

Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Around 130 staff and guests of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust came together to celebrate their 2014 Staff Achievement Awards on Tuesday 1st April at Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge.

 
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New Midwifery Led Unit opens for local mums to be at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Friday, 02 May 2014

We are delighted to announce that Ashford and St Peter’s fantastic new midwifery led birth unit – The Abbey Birth Centre (ABC), opened to our new mums-to-be on Monday (5th of May) on the International Day of the Midwife. This will be a unique NHS facility in the local area and offer an ideal ‘home from home’ setting for women seeking a natural and positive birth experience.

 
 
 

Boards Announce Merger as Preferred Way Forward

Published: Friday, 02 May 2014

Earlier this week the Boards of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts agreed that merging the two organisations is the best way to ensure high quality local healthcare with maximum benefits for patients, and have agreed to undertake more detailed work on developing a Full Business Case for merger.

 
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First baby ‘Evie’ born at St Peter’s New Midwifery Led Unit – The Abbey Birth Centre

Published: Thursday, 08 May 2014

We are delighted to announce that Ashford and St Peter’s fantastic new midwifery led birth unit – The Abbey Birth Centre’s (ABC) midwives delivered their first baby in our unique facility.

 
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New Self-Check-In Service at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Published: Friday, 09 May 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s are pleased to announce that our much awaited Self-Check-In service is now fully up and running. These smart, modern kiosks are harnessing the best from modern technology, with many benefits for patients and the Trust. The kiosks enable patients to check themselves in as they arrive, and provide additional confidentiality for those patients who were uncomfortable with verbally confirming their details. This also means reception staff can concentrate on booking follow-up appointments, and they also help to reduce the build-up of queues.

 
 
 

Dementia Awareness Week at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Published: Friday, 16 May 2014

Dementia Awareness Week takes place in May every year and is run by Alzheimer’s Society - the UK’s leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. This year Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014) is all about opening up conversations around dementia.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals named CHKS ‘Top 40 Hospital’ for the third time

Published: Wednesday, 21 May 2014

We are pleased to announce that Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been announced as one of the winners in the CHKS Top 40 Hospitals Awards 2014 in a recent ceremony held in London. The Trust was previously rated a Top 40 Hospital in 2011 and 2013.

 
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Public discussion event: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and the Royal Surrey County Hospital proposed merger

Published: Friday, 23 May 2014

Following the joint announcement of the proposed plans to merge Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals with the Royal Surrey County Hospital, we would like to invite you to one of our public events in June. This is an opportunity to hear our proposals and engage in discussion around these with representatives present from both hospital Trusts.

 
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‘Inspirational’ visit to St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Friday, 06 June 2014

The new High Sheriff of Surrey, Peter Lee, and the Governor in Waiting for the British Virgin Islands, John Duncan, visited St Peter’s Hospital earlier this week to see first-hand work being done under a partnership between the hospital Trust and the Surrey County Council’s Youth Reparation Service.

 
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Blue Badge Parking Charges

Published: Tuesday, 10 June 2014

At a Board meeting last week, Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust agreed to lift the suspension of parking charges for blue badge holders at their two hospitals.

 
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Recruitment Open Day for Band 5 Nurses

Published: Wednesday, 18 June 2014

It’s an exciting time to be a nurse at Ashford & St Peter’s as we’ve launched our new Nursing Strategy Together We Care. We believe in providing the highest quality safe and effective care to our patients, and our award-winning nurses are at the heart of our services.

 
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National Dietitians Week at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Published: Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The world’s first Dietitians Week (9-13 June 2014), led by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) aimed to highlight the importance of dietitians and the role they play with patients nutrition as part of their care in hospitals and in the community.

 
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Bereaved family’s chair gift will give comfort to other anxious relatives

Published: Friday, 20 June 2014

When Barry Stafford was a patient in St Peter’s Hospital Chertsey a year ago, his wife Pat and son Darren, spent many nights in the hospital before he died. Afterwards they raised £1,000 to buy a reclining chair for Birch Ward and the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) so that other families in similar circumstances could be near their loved ones in greater comfort.

 
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Trust announces new Chief Executive

Published: Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Suzanne Rankin has been appointed as the new Chief Executive at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Currently the Trust’s Chief Nurse, she will replace Andrew Liles who recently announced his decision to leave the NHS and pursue a career in healthcare consultancy.

 
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Grateful couple open garden to raise funds for Trusts’ Cardiac Risk Management Services

Published: Friday, 11 July 2014

When Caroline Warner had an aortic valve replacement at Harefield Hospital last May, she was referred to the Cardiac Risk Management service at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals for follow up cardiac rehab. That’s when she met Liz Murphy, Senior Cardiac Specialist Nurse and her team. Following the care and treatment given by the hospital in helping Caroline to recover and feel like herself again – she, along with her husband Alan, decided to open their beautiful garden to the public and raised £600 for the Trust.

 
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Take extra care in the hot weather

Published: Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust advises local residents to ‘Take extra care in the hot weather so you can enjoy it and stay well’, and if you do start to feel unwell please seek medical advice as soon as possible.

 
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Celebrating the 100th Birth in new Abbey Birth Centre at St Peter’s

Published: Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Proud parents Kathryn and Mathew Nash with Grayson - their third son – who was the 100th baby delivered at the midwife-led Abbey Birth Centre, which opened in May at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. He weighed 3,955gms.

 
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Starlight Summer Panto brings sunshine to young patients at St Peter’s

Published: Monday, 11 August 2014

Five-year-old Maddie Anderson from Ashford, with other young patients, families and hospital staff, enjoyed a recent performance of the summer pantomime Robinson Crusoe by Starlight, in the hospital playroom.

 
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St Peter’s Hospital teams up with children’s charity to support local children with cancer

Published: Tuesday, 12 August 2014

St Peter’s Hospital has teamed up with the SW London-based children’s charity Momentum www.moment-um.org to improve the healing environment on the children’s cancer ward. Momentum, which supports children with cancer in SW London and Surrey, hopes to raise £14,000 to provide a new Chillout Zone on Little Oaks Ward in St Peter’s where every year many local children undergo gruelling cancer treatment and subsequently receive long-term care.

 
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Trust shortlisted in four national WOW! Awards

Published: Tuesday, 12 August 2014

We are delighted to announce that Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in four categories for the WOW! Awards national finals 2014.

 
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Trust bids fond farewell to outgoing Chief Executive Andrew Liles

Published: Monday, 18 August 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust today (Friday 15 August) bid a fond farewell to outgoing Chief Executive Andrew Liles. At a special farewell lunch held at St Peter’s Hospital, over 100 members of staff, past and present, came to say their farewells as Andrew leaves to take up a new career in healthcare consultancy.

 
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Trust first in UK to have new mobile unit to help fight against hospital infections

Published: Monday, 18 August 2014

Chief Nurse Suzanne Rankin who takes over as Chief Executive next month of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kate Eidens Associate Director of Nursing and Heather Caudle Deputy Chief Nurse/ Associate Director of Quality, joined patients and visitors on Wednesday (August 13) at St Peter’s Hospital for the first public demonstration of the Trust’s new SureWash hand hygiene training and assessment machine.

 
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Oscar’s grateful parents raise £2,700 for St Peter’s diabetes centre

Published: Thursday, 21 August 2014

Two-and-a-half-year-old Oscar Felton looked the picture of health as he played with a train under the watchful eye of his grandfather, Duncan, in the foyer of the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey last week.

 
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Patients thanked for their part in major healthcare studies at Ashford and St Peter’s

Published: Friday, 29 August 2014

The results are currently being analysed of two major research projects completed earlier this year at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Trust’s Research and Development Manager, Dr Martha Wrigley, has expressed her thanks to the 800-plus patients who agreed to take part.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s one of safest hospital Trusts for hip fracture patients

Published: Friday, 19 September 2014

For anyone unfortunate enough to fall and break a hip, St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has once again come out as one of the safest places in the country to be treated.

 
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New Chemotherapy Service at Ashford Hospital

Published: Monday, 22 September 2014

Partnership working is at the heart of a new chemotherapy service launched recently for patients at Ashford Hospital, Middlesex. As part of a joint project between Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts – who plan to merge next year – patients living around Ashford Hospital are able to receive chemotherapy locally rather than having to travel to specialist centres, for example in Guildford or London.

 
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Innovative patient safety project for oxygen patients

Published: Monday, 29 September 2014

An innovative patient safety project is being trialled at St Peter’s Hospital (on Aspen Ward) for patients who are prescribed oxygen. As with so many of the best ideas it’s really simple; a coloured wrist band to alert staff to the right oxygen saturation levels for that patient.

 
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Abbey Clancy opens new Abbey Birth Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital

Published: Friday, 03 October 2014

Model, TV presenter and proud Mum, Abbey Clancy, opened the new Midwifery Led Unit – the Abbey Birth Centre - at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey last week.

 
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Hope’s grateful parents carry on raising funds for St Peter’s life-saving Neonatal unit

Published: Friday, 24 October 2014

Alison and Duncan Kelly have never forgotten the debt of gratitude they owe to the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, where their daughter, Hope, was cared for after her premature birth in 2011.

 
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Large bowel post-op infections drop

Published: Friday, 14 November 2014

Patients who have operations on their large bowel at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey have a lower than average risk of contracting an infection afterwards, a national survey by Public Health England has shown.

 
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£1,500 cheque presented to Intensive Care Unit

Published: Monday, 17 November 2014

Ann Chapman from Ashford, visited St Peter’s Hospital on Thursday 13 November 2014, to present a cheque for £1,500 to the Intensive Care Unit in memory of her late husband Charles (Chas) Chapman who sadly passed away on 19 March this year in this Unit.

 
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Raising awareness of World Prematurity Day 2014 at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 20 November 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Director of Workforce, Louise McKenzie joined others across the country and wore purple to raise awareness of World Prematurity Day on Monday 17th November 2014 and the serious issues that premature babies and their families face.

 
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Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week 24-30 November

Published: Thursday, 27 November 2014

Information about Atrial Fibrillation (AF) was available at an information stand in the foyer of St Peter’s Hospital on Tuesday 25 November 2014 which also offered a simple pulse check for AF. Arrhythmia Specialist Nurses, Patricia Little and Lisa Galley were on hand, carrying out pulse checks and offering advice and information.

 
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Ashford and St Peter's Wins National Customer Service Award

Published: Thursday, 27 November 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust took home the award for ‘Best NHS Trust’ after receiving an outstanding number of positive comments from patients. They have demonstrated a high level of passion and commitment by developing their organisation and improving patient services.

 
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Golf Club Raise Money for Support Group

Published: Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Artisan Section of St Georges Hill Golf Club has generously given £1327.80 of fundraising to the Ashford Breast Cancer Support Group.

 
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St Peter’s Dr Radcliffe Lisk wins Emerging Leader Award

Published: Friday, 28 November 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital Foundation Trust’s consultant geriatrician and specialty lead for care of the elderly, Dr Radcliffe Lisk won the prestigious award for Emerging Leader at the NHS Kent, Surrey & Sussex Leadership Collaborative Recognition Awards for 2014 on Thursday 27 November in Tonbridge, Kent.

 
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Co-located cardiac unit officially opened

Published: Friday, 28 November 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin was joined by Executive Board members, HeartBeat Support (Woking) volunteers and staff from Birch Acute Cardiac Unit (BACU), on Wednesday 26 November at the official opening of the co-located cardiac unit at St Peter’s Hospital.

 
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National HIV Testing Week and World AIDS Day

Published: Friday, 28 November 2014

The Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter’s Hospital joined forces with the Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness and provide testing and advice on Monday 24 November and Wednesday 26 November as part of National HIV Testing Week and on Monday 1 December in support of World AIDS Day.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s A&E records busiest days in history

Published: Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Doctors from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces with colleagues from North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to encourage people with minor ailments to use the right NHS services this season after black status was announced two days in a row at St Peter’s A&E department.

 
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Trust wins three awards at the DAPS Global Summit

Published: Tuesday, 09 December 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were the proud winners of three awards at the DAPS (Doctors Advancing Patient Safety) Global Awards on Friday 14 November which was part of the DAPS Global Summit in Nottingham.

 
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St Peter’s Health Play Specialists Graduate

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2014

Two St Peter’s Health Play Specialists, Izabela Wakula and Nicola Ruff, graduated on Tuesday 25 November, each with a Foundation Degree in healthcare play specialism from the University of West London.

 
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Trust Consultant’s Royal College award for work in speeding up chest x-ray results

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2014

Ashford and St Peter’s joint clinical lead in Radiology, Dr Robert Davies was presented with a prestigious award for the ‘most significant improvement in quality, safety, patient outcome and experience’ by the president of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) Dr Giles Maskell. This was for his work in streamlining chest x-rays reporting and making dramatic cuts in the waiting time for the results for patients and the doctors treating them.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s join others in commitment to ‘No HIV Stigma’ in our NHS

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2014

NHS trusts up and down the country have teamed up with NAT (National AIDS Trust) and committed to an NHS with ‘No HIV Stigma’. The No HIV Stigma campaign empowers NHS employees to learn more about HIV and take the lead in combatting stigma.

 
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Starlight Christmas Pantomime brings festive magic to young patients at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas is a particularly difficult time of year for children to be in hospitals and hospices so this festive season, Starlight Children’s Foundation brought a big dose of fun and laughter to children in Ash Ward at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey when its amazing pop-up pantomime paid a visit on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

 
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Eagle Radio’s generous donation of toys to St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Tuesday, 23 December 2014

St Peter’s Hospital would like to thank Eagle Radio and all the people who donated to their Christmas Toy Appeal this year.

 
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Advice to patients as North West Surrey NHS services experience severe pressure

Published: Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The NHS in North West Surrey is experiencing very high levels of demand on A&E, 999, out of hours and GP services and is asking patients who do not need urgent treatment to leave these services free for those who really need them.