Members of the Press can contact the Communications team on 01932 722163 (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm).
For media requests out of office hours, please contact our switchboard on 01932 872000 who will be able to obtain the oncall press officer.
Join us on Twitter and Facebook
For all the latest news about Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, click on this link for our Twitter feed.
We also have a Facebook page that contains regular updates and photos from recent Trust events.
Including our internal staff bulletin, Aspire, Members Matters (our quarterly magazine for members), and other publications:
- Aspire – our staff newsletter
- Members Matters – our quarterly colour magazine for members
- GP News – a monthly email newsletter to our local GPs
- Annual Reports
- Quality Accounts
We have been informed by a member of the public that companies have been selling advertising space in an "Ashford and St Peter's" magazine or a free brochure that is delivered to our wards and premises.
We are not associated with these sales companies and our public communications do not carry commercial adverts. This type of marketing practice has also been used with other NHS, charitable and public sector organisations and we would advise you to check before you sign or agree to any terms of contract that the offer is genuine. Another practice is to mention a "binding verbal agreement" or to send a false invoice, please use your judgement in these matters and report any issues to Action Fraud.
We would also like to make you aware of recruitment companies who may falsely offer job positions at the Trust. Please check our careers webpages for our job vacancies.
The Trust follows the NHS purchasing protocol and we advise staff not to respond to "cold calls" from sales teams.
Photography and Filming on Hospital Property
Photography, filming or other recording on Trust property is expressly prohibited without the permission of the Communications Team and the consent of the subject. The safety and confidentiality of our patients, visitors and staff is paramount. Anyone taking unauthorised photos will be challenged and asked to leave the premises. Legal action may be taken due to trespass, harassment or damage caused by an individual's actions.
The Trust has strict rules on Child Protection and the photography of children will be referred to the appropriate authorities.
We would advise all service users to notify a member of staff if they have any concerns in this matter.
We no longer offer the Trust premises as a venue for commercial photography or filming due to the considerable amount of staff resources it takes to manage the shoots and the interruption to Trust activities.
Patients/visitors who wish to make recordings
It is Trust policy, with their clinician or Ward Manager’s consent, to allow patients/visitors to photograph or film themselves whilst on Trust premises. However, under no circumstances are patients/visitors allowed to make any recording which might include another patient/visitor/member of staff without their express consent. Trust staff have the right to ask patients/visitors to refrain from making recordings if they deem it to be inappropriate in any way.