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Spring into action

As we begin to emerge from the worst of the winter period, you will be aware that we continue to face pressures on our emergency pathway, and many of you will be experiencing those on a daily basis. Although in general we have coped well with winter pressures this year, we now need to focus on resetting our hospital and returning to normal running and this is not something that the emergency care teams can do on their own. The full support of Team ASPH is needed, along with the help of our partners in the wider community.

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A critical condition?

This has been another really busy week in our hospitals as you’ll be only too aware and one where we have been particularly challenged by workforce issues with many wards and departments struggling to fill shifts. Next week is also half-term which is always challenging from a staffing point of view, so I would ask all areas to focus particularly on how we can work together to mitigate any shortfalls as best we can.

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Keeping health in mind

Earlier this week we highlighted ‘Time to Talk’ day which is part of a wider awareness campaign encouraging people to talk much more openly about mental health. We know that around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives yet this can still be a taboo subject; anything we can do to raise awareness and encourage people to be more open and start having conversations about mental health will help.

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Connected care is our primary priority

As you will all be aware we have been working on a strategy refresh and within that we have agreed a new strategic objective around collaborating with partners, in order to sustain and thrive as an organisation.

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Each week Suzanne Rankin, our Chief Executive, sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.


About Suzanne

Suzanne was announced as the new Chief Executive in June 2014.

Suzanne began her nursing and management career with the Royal Navy, including deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO Headquarters in Lisbon; and Nursing Officer in charge of the 56-bed Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

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