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



New Facilities Open at St Peter’s Hospital

A brand new Day Surgery Unit and two new modular wards (56 beds) are due to open at St Peter’s Hospital this month.


Published: 06 January 2006

Run for Diabetes

The annual British 10k is staged in London. The race route passes many of London's most famous historic landmarks, and is run on some of the most famous street names in the world - starting on Piccadilly outside the legendary Hard Rock Cafe at Hyde Park Corner and finishing on Whitehall.


Published: 12 January 2006

Get the Right Treatment!

In preparation for the major developments taking place across Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, a significant publicity campaign is now underway.


Published: 16 January 2006

Hospitals Launch New Visiting Hours

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is launching a new ‘Visitors’ Partnership Guidance’ to coincide with the reconfiguration of services across the two hospital sites, which comes to fruition this Wednesday 1st February.


Published: 27 January 2006

Simply Ballroom Supports Diabetes

Featuring a cast of 16 international Dance Champions, choreographed by TV’s Strictly Come Dancing stars Erin Boag and Anton Du Beke, and backed by a live orchestra, the show promises an evening of unmissable ballroom dancing!


Published: 27 January 2006

New 24-Hour NHS Walk-in Centre Opens at Ashford Hospital

In just one week’s time, on 1st February 2006, a brand new NHS Walk-in centre will open at Ashford Hospital as part of the reconfiguration of services across Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust.


Published: 29 January 2006



RAOB Grand Lodge of England Creates Lapel Badge in Support of Diabetes

Membership of The Grand Lodge of England is open to all adult males without distinction to social position, religious faiths or political beliefs. Each year the RAOB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) gain joy and satisfaction by supporting one another, sharing the burdens and providing whatever is required to meet the needs of a less fortunate ‘Brother’ - even the dependant widow and children of a deceased Brother.


Published: 17 February 2006

Trust Takes a Firm Grip on Cleaning Contract

From June 2006, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust will be taking direct control of their cleaning contract following an in-depth tendering exercise with a number of potential suppliers.


Published: 24 February 2006

Daisy Boast Returns to Neo Natal Unit at St Peter’s with a Cheque for £2,000

On Friday 24th February, Daisy Boast, now two years old, returned to the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital where she was born, with her grandparents and representatives from Chertsey Rotary Club and Thorpe Park, with a cheque for ₤2,000!


Published: 24 February 2006

Living with Diabetes Day

Diabetes is a complex, progressive condition that affects people of all ages. It occurs when the body can no longer produce insulin, or produces insufficient insulin to breakdown the glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream.


Published: 28 February 2006

Supporting Living with Diabetes Day

Kathy Botham feared something was very wrong when she first realized her daughter Becky had lost an enormous amount of weight. They visited their local GP and described how she was incredibly thirsty; she kept going to the loo all the time and was extremely tired.


Published: 28 February 2006



Hospital Consultant Goes to Commonwealth Games as Official Doc

Dr Michael Irani, Consultant Rheumatologist at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust, has once again been invited by the International Weightlifting Federation, to attend the Commonwealth Games in Australia as an official Doctor.


Published: 10 March 2006

What is the “Colour of Disease”?

Pathology staff at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust will be hoping to answer this question during the week of 13th – 19th March, in their National Science Week event.


Published: 14 March 2006

Novo Nordisk Gives the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal a £25,000 boost

The goal of building and equipping a dedicated diabetes resource centre in the grounds of St. Peter’s hospital moved another step forward this week with the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal receiving a £25,000 donation from Novo Nordisk, the leading diabetes care company.


Published: 24 March 2006

Hospitals Go Smoke Free

‘Please don’t smoke here!’ That’s the message being given out at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals as they prepare to go totally smoke free from 8th March, National No Smoking Day. This means that smoking will not be permitted anywhere on hospital premises, including outside buildings and in the grounds.


Published: 26 March 2006



We are what we eat!

The GI diet is everywhere, with celebrity and media endorsements. Is “Kylie” right? Or is Glycaemic Index just the latest diet fad? Alun Willis, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust will go through the history of GI, explain how it is currently being used and answer the question “should you follow GI?”


Published: 21 April 2006

London Marathon Runner Raises Over £1500 for the Stephanie Marks Appeal

Matthew Exworth from Bisley, Surrey joined thousands of dedicated sports people at the weekend to run the London Marathon raising over £1500 for The Stephanie Marks Appeal.


Published: 26 April 2006



Ashford Hospital Walk-in Centre Success

The NHS Walk-in Centre at Ashford Hospital opened on 1st February this year, as all the Trust’s emergency services transferred over to St Peter’s Hospital.


Published: 11 May 2006

Mayor Performs Final Duty at St. Peter’s

The out-going Mayor of Woking, Cllr Ian Johnson, has performed his final official duty, on his final full day in office.


Published: 17 May 2006

Living with Diabetes Day

The Stephanie Marks Appeal’s recent Living with Diabetes Day was a great success. Hosted by Sir William Perkins’s School in Chertsey, where Steph had been a student, 150 attendees enjoyed a day of “information and inspiration”. Whilst the primary aim of the day was to raise awareness of diabetes and educate people with the condition, their families, friends and carers, the day also raised around £7,000 clear.


Published: 25 May 2006



Run for Diabetes - 2 Places Left

The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal has been allocated 24 places in this year’s run. Two places are still available, so if you want to enjoy seeing the sights of London close up, get fit and raise money for this worthwhile charity, sign up now.


Published: 06 June 2006

Charity Golf Auction

This is a chance of a lifetime!!!! This year’s Ryder Cup Captain, Ian Woosnam together with cricketing legend Ian Botham, invite two people to join them for a 4-ball round of golf at the prestigious Royal Jersey Golf Club on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2006.


Published: 08 June 2006

Remembering Lost Loved Ones

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust , together with ‘Surrey Sands’ and ‘Compassionate Friends’ are holding their annual ceremony of remembrance for all who have lost children - at any age.


Published: 14 June 2006

Twins Picnic is Going for Gold

The Maternity Unit at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust has achieved a gold level award from TAMBA (Twin and Multiple Births Association) and will be presented with the award at this year’s Twins Picnic.


Published: 14 June 2006

Nurse Recruitment Day at St Peter’s Hospital

This summer a brand new emergency Surgical Assessment Unit will open at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, one of the last pieces in the jigsaw of reconfiguring services across the hospital trust’s two sites at Ashford and Chertsey.


Published: 16 June 2006

Cases of Measles in North Surrey

Since January 2006, there have been (as of Friday 16th June) 108 confirmed or epidemiologically linked cases of measles within Surrey, with high concentrations in the Spelthorne, Woking and Waverley areas. 17 of these cases have been in adults over the age of 20.


Published: 19 June 2006

Chaucer Ward Officially Re-opened

Chaucer Ward has been officially re-opened, on 20th June. The ward has undergone a series of refurbishments that have taken three months, at a cost of around £180,000. The ward is now a fully equipped rehabilitation ward specialising in stroke patients.


Published: 21 June 2006



Every Penny Counts!

Students from Tormead School, Guildford have spent the last few months collecting pennies from neighbours, friends & family. Last weekend, all the children from Lansdown Road, Jasmine, Leila, Sam, Ross, Dudley, Alex and James (aged from 3-14 years), lined the street with 10,933 pennies.


Published:13 July 2006

Dispensary at Ashford

In order to use our resources most efficiently and maximise the use of all areas some services have been moved from one hospital site to the other. For example in our reconfiguration of services earlier this year, Day Surgery and rehabilitation services are now concentrated at Ashford, while emergency services are concentrated at St. Peter’s. As a result of reconfiguration there are other services that now need to be reviewed to ensure that we maintain efficiency across all areas. One of the most recent services to be reviewed has been the pharmacy at both hospitals.


Published: 18 July 2006

Heatwave Health Tips

Avoid hot drinks - that’s one of the messages from Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals Consultant Physician Dr Mark Britton during the current heat wave. Hot drinks, like tea and coffee, make dehydration worse and like alcohol, they should be avoided.


Published: 18 July 2006

In Response to Lead Article in Staines and Ashford News

"I would like to stress that our Service Development Strategy document is an internal but not confidential document, and was produced as part of our preparation for the Foundation Trust Diagnostic process - a way for this Trust to start preparing for Foundation Trust status."


Published: 18 July 2006

World First Will Happen at St. Peter’s Hospital

On Friday July 21 Consultant Cardiologist Dr Vince Paul will create a world first when he implants revolutionary new pacemaker technology which has never been used before anywhere in the world.


Published: 20 July 2006

Fun, Friendship, and Fantastic Music Raises Funds for Diabetes

Truly a night for the girls - Monday 11th September 2006 8pm. Bursting with energy and packed with every girlie anthem you can think of, Girls Night is unmissable. As a special charity night in aid of The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal, The New Victoria Theatre in Woking, will host ‘Girls Night’ staring Gwyneth Strong (Cassandra from Only Fools and Horses), Lucy Speed (Natalie from Eastenders) and Donna Hazelton (Winner of Musicality).


Published: 27 July 2006



Woosie and Beefy Play a 4-ball in Support of Diabetes

This year’s Ryder Cup Captain, Ian Woosnam together with cricketing legend Ian Botham, have given two London based businessmen, Richard Moffitt and Rhys Lewis, the unique opportunity to play a 4-ball at the prestigious Royal Jersey Golf Club today (Wednesday, 2nd August)


Published: 02 August 2006

Barely Believable!

There is a very well travelled bear in Surrey who has been generating large amounts of money for good causes while she’s moved around!


Published: 10 August 2006

Delores is Centre Stage at Buckingham Palace!

When Delores Thomas began her training she knew that nursing would give her more than the average experience of the theatre of life - but she little dreamt that she would become operating theatres Supremo Manager - and that her devotion to duty would lead to tea at Buckingham Palace!


Published: 11 August 2006

Mobility Scooter Up for Grabs in Support of Diabetes

The super-highway continues to raise funds in support of The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal. The online ‘ebay for charity’ service which allows people buying and selling goods online to donate a percentage of the sale to charity. With amazing items and experiences to be found, from playing golf in Jersey with Ryder Cup Captain Ian Woosnam, to enjoying your first flight lessons with the BA flying club, almost £4,000 has already been raised since the Appeal logged a couple of months ago.


Published: 17 August 2006

Magical Summer Fete

First Steps Day Nursery at Ashford Hospital is holding ‘Magical Summer Fete’ on Saturday 16th September from 12pm to 4pm. The will have a free magic show hosted by ‘Mr. Small’ open to the local community.


Published: 31 August 2006



If you work in healthcare this could be for you!

Diabetes has been described as a catastrophe waiting to happen which will overwhelm the NHS. Although the increase in diabetes and its complications is alarming, much of this burden could be prevented with early detection, improved delivery of care and better education on diabetes self-management.


Published: 05 September 2006

Wheel of Fortune for Stephanie Marks Appeal

The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal was fortunate to receive a boost to its funds when members of the Inner Wheel Club of Feltham donated a further £750 to the Appeal. The ladies raised the money by holding a variety of events throughout the year such as “a Bring and Buy sale” and a well attended “Last Night of the Proms” evening.


Published: 19 September 2006

Chief Pharmacist at St Peter’s Hospital will join Ian Botham OBE on his walk in support of Diabetes

Cricket legend Ian Botham is to embark on one final walk to raise funds for teenagers and young adults with cancer, in addition to supporting The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal to which he is Patron.


Published: 29 September 2006

If you like swing, here's just the thing

Hospital Radio Wey are holding a Charity Night in aid of their New Studio Appeal at the Castle Pub in Chertsey on Saturday 21st October 2006, 8.30 start. Entrance will be free, however donations will be gratefully received to help cover costs.


Published: 16 October 2006



Neo Natal Donation

Comedian Tom O’Connor, Patron “Children with Special Needs” and his colleague Gordon Parris brought smiles to the faces of the staff in the St. Peter’s Hospital Neo Natal Intensive Care Ward this week when they came to present the Unit with £3,000 worth of special equipment


Published: 03 November 2006

Creating an NHS Fit for Future public consultation

The five primary care trusts in Surrey and Sussex – Surrey, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Hastings and Rother, and East Sussex Downs and Weald – have been working through an extensive programme to design a new health system that will bring more care closer to people’s homes and, at the same time, ensure the local NHS lives within its means.


Published: 06 November 2006

Diabetes Testing Day

Tuesday 14th November 2006 marks World Diabetes Day - the primary global awareness campaign of the diabetes world. It was first introduced in 1991 in response to concern over the escalating incidence of diabetes around the world.


Published: 07 November 2006

£2,000 donation to Early Births Fund

Phil Boast, father of Daisy, who was born in 2003 at 25 weeks gestation with a birth weight of 1lb 10oz at St Peter’s Hospital, together with Stuart Chenery, who is Daisy’s godfather, completed the 3 peaks challenge in July this year to raise £2,000 for the Early Births Fund.


Published: 08 November 2006

Awards Galore for Ashford & St Peter’s Staff

The annual Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Staff Appreciation Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 9th November at Silvermere Golf & Leisure Club. The evening was a chance to celebrate the diversity and achievements of people working and volunteering for the trust in many different ways.


Published: 13 November 2006

Johnson and Johnson take Diabetes Appeal Closer to reaching its goal!

Employees of Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd Bracknell were this week delighted to hand over a Cheque for £1175 to the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal, this year’s nominated charity for National Customer Service Week.


Published: 14 November 2006

Diabetes Testing Day Helps Raise Awareness of this Escalating Condition

Tuesday 14th November marked World Diabetes Day – a campaign which aims each year to raise awareness of this escalating condition. The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal was thrilled to receive such positive feedback from its first ‘testing day’.


Published: 16 November 2006



Friends of St Peter’s Clock up £1 million!

On Monday 4th December the Friends of St Peter’s will be holding their 54th Annual General Meeting since their inauguration in 1951.


Published: 01 December 2006


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