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



Second Star for Ashford and St Peter’s

The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) have announced that Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has been awarded a second star in the 2003 NHS performance ratings - the third year the ratings have been published.


Published: 15 July 2003



Patients and Public Ideas to Improve A&E

The views of patients and visitors to the Accident and Emergency Departments at Ashford and St. Peter’s will determine where £20,000 from the Department of Health is to be spent improving the service.


Published: 05 September 2003

NHS National Job Shop Day

Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, along with Woking Area Primary Care Trust, is backing a major national recruitment drive by holding a local job shop on September 18 2003, at the Peacocks Centre, Woking (just opposite the Marks & Spencer entrance) on Thursday 18th September between 10.00a.m. and 7.00p.m.


Published: 09 September 2003

Trust Shortlisted for Prestigious HSJ Award

Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal Award.


Published: 09 September 2003

Marathon Runner Raising Cash for Diabetes Appeal

The race against diabetes is on! Behdad Shambayati, Lead Biomedical Scientist in the Cytology Department at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals, is running in the Chicago Marathon on 12th October. He is seeking as many sponsors as possible for the 26.2 mile run to raise money for The Stephanie Marks Appeal. The Appeal was launched in June 2003 to raise £2.5 million to build and equip a specialist diabetes centre for the communities served by Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals.


Published: 25 September 2003

Chief Midwife for England Opens £1.4m Refurbished Unit

Catherine McCormick, Midwifery Advisor to the Department of Health, has formally opened the refurbished Maternity Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital. The £1.4m project started in the summer of 2002 and was completed in May 2003. Abbey Wing, which is home to the Maternity Unit, was built in 1972.


Published: 29 September 2003



Trust on Course to Hit March 2004 Targets

Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is on course to hit its March 2004 national NHS Plan targets.


Published: 07 October 2003

Medical Education in the Spotlight

The role of Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals in medical education was put under the spotlight yesterday (Thursday 9th October). Speaking to members of the Trust Board and public, Director of Medical Education Dr. Clare Bennett outlined some of the challenges facing the Trust in providing a learning environment for medical staff.


Published: 10 October 2003

Trust Takes Courage with Donation of Furniture

The offices of nurses, doctors and administrative staff at Ashford & St. Peter’s hospitals have been improved with the donation of surplus furniture from Courage Brewery offices in Staines. The furniture is estimated to be worth £50,000.


Published: 10 October 2003

Trust is Number One for Recruitment and Retention

In a year that has seen Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust gain another Star from CHI, launch a £2.5m diabetes appeal, receive an official visit by a Government MP, and open a £1.4m refurbished Maternity Unit - 2003 just keeps getting better.


Published: 14 October 2003

Trust Welcomes Opening of Westminster Ashford Home

Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed the opening of Westminster Ashford Home. The development, by Westminster Healthcare, will provide beds for elderly frail patients and includes a specialist unit for residents with early dementia.


Published: 15 October 2003

League of Friends Annual Meeting Learns Art of Spin

Guest speaker and celebrity publicist Max Clifford held the audience enthralled at the Ashford League of Friends Annual Meeting on Wednesday 22nd October. Mr Clifford trained as a local newspaper reporter but his career took off when he worked for EMI and handled publicity for a little known mop top band called the Beatles.


Published: 22 October 2003



Hollywood Night at Shepperton Studios Supports Diabetes Appeal

Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting local companies and individuals to enjoy a champagne reception whilst mingling with the ‘celebs’ at Shepperton Studios. The reception will be followed by a delightful 3-course dinner, auction and dancing to The Big Harris Whelan Band, until the early hours.


Published: 03 November 2003

Sale of Diabetes Appeal Christmas Cards Mark World Diabetes Day

Friday 14th November is World Diabetes Day. It is estimated that around 1.4million people in the UK have the condition – one in 700 children of school age, already have diabetes. World Diabetes Day is organised by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation. It celebrates the birthday of Frederick Banting who, with Charles Best, made the first steps towards the discovery of insulin in October 1921. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2003 is ‘Diabetes and kidney disease’.


Published: 11 November 2003

Role of Volunteers Highlighted in New National Guidance on NHS Chaplaincy

The important role that volunteers play in providing chaplaincy and spiritual care at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has been highlighted in new national guidance published on 5th November. The guidance - ‘NHS Chaplaincy: Meeting the Religious and Spiritual needs of Patients and Staff’ – sets out the framework for the provision of chaplaincy services and is to be used as a good practice guide.


Published: 12 November 2003

C-Jam Performs for Diabetes Appeal

A concert held in aid of the Stephanie Marks Appeal, has raised £600. Hosted by the King’s Church, Staines, supporters filled The Hythe Centre in Egham to listen to the delights of four extremely talented musicians.


Published: 20 November 2003

Bedside Terminals Bring "Power to Patients"

Bedside televisions and telephones were announced in May 2000 as part of the national NHS Plan. Ahead of the 2004 deadline for the installation of bedside telephones and televisions Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has already completed installation of the service at Ashford Hospital and work has started on the service at St. Peter’s. No longer do patient’s have to wait for wheelie payphones or TV's and no more do nurses have to field patients calls.


Published: 25 November 2003

Fifth £1.6m Operating Theatre at Ashford

Good progress on the £1.6m fifth operating theatre at Ashford Hospital nr Staines is being made by contractors W T Cuffe and Phase One is now complete. Phase One comprises new staff entrance, two anaesthetics offices; male changing and toilets; female changing and toilets; and a ‘hub’ room. Phase Two which is now underway includes the construction of a 5 bed temporary recovery area and new 10 bed recovery area, two new patient entrances and the transfer of Urology Department offices to a new area on the second floor above the recently completed extension to Day Surgery.


Published: 25 November 2003

Ashford and St Peter's Patients' Panel Meets

Seventeen patients and carers have joined the pilot Patients’ Panel at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust had planned for a panel of 15 members but so many good candidates applied that 17 members were selected from a wide cross section of the local community served by Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals.


Published: 25 November 2003

CHAIN Gang Team Wins National Award to Fund Research in Hospital Acquired Infections

A project team from Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is a winner in this year’s 3M Awards for Improved Practice in Infection Control.


Published: 26 November 2003



Dates for January Consultation Meetings Announced

“The response to the consultation on shaping the future of local health services has been encouraging” says North Surrey Primary Care Trust Chief Executive Nick Yeo. “A variety of people have attended our public meetings which have been held so far in Feltham, Hersham, Shepperton, Staines, and Woking. A number of important issues have been raised and it has been invaluable to hear directly from local people regarding their questions and concerns. We are only part-way through this consultation process with more public meetings to come and we would encourage as many people as possible to come along and discuss our proposals with us.”


Published: 01 December 2003

Orthopaedic Service Achievements Recognised by Dr Foster

Orthopaedic services at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals have been shown to perform well by independent healthcare analysts Dr Foster, in their recent guide to Orthopaedic Consultants.


Published: 04 December 2003


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