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

 

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Trust shortlisted for National Patient Experience Awards

Published: Friday, 13 January 2017

Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has two quality improvement projects shortlisted for the 2017 National Patient Experience Network Awards (PEN).

 
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West Surrey Stroke Care Services consultation launched

Published: Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The public are being asked to share their views on plans to improve stroke services in West Surrey. A 12-week public consultation is being launched on Monday, 6 February 2017 by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS North West Surrey CCG, involving a series of public events and a variety of opportunities for people to feedback views before decisions are made about next steps. The consultation ends on the 30 April 2017.

 
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Health and wellbeing ‘top of the agenda’ for local cancer patients

Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, local GPs, Macmillan Cancer Support and other charitable and voluntary organisations joined forces today (Tuesday 28th February) to host a Health and Wellbeing Day at Ashford Hospital, with over 120 people attending. The aim of the event was to provide support and advice for patients, their families and carers, whose lives have been affected by cancer.

 
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Heart support group commemorates former chair and makes generous donation to hospital

Published: Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Surrey Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Club (ICDC Surrey) arranged a commemoration event for former Chair, Graham Skelding, at the end of February.

 
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Faith leaders gather to open new Multi-Faith Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 9 March 2017

The new Multi-Faith Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey was officially opened this week (6th March) and brought together representatives from several different faiths.

 
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Blue Badge Parking Charges

Published: Friday, 10 March 2017

The Board at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recently agreed to introduce parking charges for blue badge holders at their two hospitals as part of a review of our Travel and Car Parking Policy. This would apply only to those people who do not meet affordability criteria which would enable free parking.

 
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Trust marks HealthCare Science Week with a ‘Showcase Day’

Published: Monday, 13 March 2017

As part of this year’s HealthCare Science Week (HCS), Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) is holding a ‘Showcase Day’ designed to give an insight into the role science plays in the NHS and the Trust.

 
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Support the neonatal team ‘peddling for pounds’

Published: Monday, 20 March 2017

On Thursday 30th March, Dr Paul Crawshaw, Neonatal Consultant at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals and Tony Martinez, Crew Member for the special South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) neonatal transfer ambulance, will set off on an epic 360 mile cycle, over four days, to raise money for the Little Roo Neonatal Fund.

 
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Learning the Art of Science

Published: Monday, 20 March 2017

Year 10 and 11 students taking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects from Sir William Perkins School spent a morning in ASPH’s Neurophysiology Department last week as part of Healthcare Science Week (HCS Week) 10-19.

 
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Have your say on redevelopment proposals for part of the St Peter’s Healthcare Campus

Published: Thursday, 23 March 2017

Local people, patients, people who use services, families and hospital staff will be able to have their say on proposals for the redevelopment of surplus land on the St Peter’s Healthcare campus in Chertsey.

 
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Team from Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals Wins Award for Excellence

Published: Friday, 24 March 2017

The Orthopaedic Supportive Discharge team, based at St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, has won an Excellence in Patient Care Award from the Royal College of Physicians. The team scooped The Lancet Research Award for their work in supporting patients with fractured neck of femur (hip fractures) to return home sooner after surgery.

 
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Team from Hospital duo recognised as workforce heroes

Published: Thursday, 30 March 2017

Two members of staff from Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals were recognised at the annual Apprenticeship and Support Workforce Heroes Awards by Health Education England, covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

 
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In response to concerns about the implementation of parking charges for Blue Badge holders

Published: Monday, 3rd April 2017

We absolutely understand that parking charges at hospitals is a contentious issue. However, the financial climate we now find ourselves in has become significantly more challenging and increasing our parking charges is one of a number of measures we are introducing across our hospitals to support our savings plans and ensure that our central funding is focused on the delivery of patient care.

 
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Generous patients boost Haematology Day Unit’s refurbishment fund

Published: Thursday, 6th April 2017

A team of nurses, volunteers and some very generous patients have helped raise a staggering £25,000 towards the refurbishment of the Haematology Day Unit at St Peter’s Hospital.

 
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Trust shortlisted for CHKS national healthcare efficiency award

Published: Friday, 7th April 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted for the CHKS national healthcare efficiency award, part of the CHKS annual Top Hospitals programme awards 2017. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and are awarded to healthcare organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.

 
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A Great Gift for Physio

Published: Thursday, 20th April 2017

The Ashford Physiotherapy Department would like to say a big thank you to UK Gym Equipment Ltd for the very kind donation of over £200+ worth of brand new equipment to our department.

 
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Surprise for retiring Trust Chairman at Staff Achievement Awards

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

TV broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire, herself a former patient, hosted Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s annual Staff Achievement Awards at Oatlands Park Hotel on Thursday 27th April. Awards were made in ten categories, including Long Service Awards to eighteen people - among them Nursery Nurse Suzanne Timms and Theatres Deputy Team Leader Celia Foo for 40 years’ service each.

 
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Residents drop into St Peter’s to view development proposals

Published: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Local residents, staff and people who use our services converged on the Post Graduate Education Centre at St Peter’s hospital last Thursday (27/4/17) to view and discuss proposals for the development of surplus land on the healthcare campus known as the West Site.

 
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Celebrations at St Peter’s Hospital Baby Unit

Published: Monday, 8th May 2017

The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Alan Alderson, joined staff and families at St. Peter’s Hospital on Wednesday 3rd May to officially open a new room on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The room will house four extra cots for the unit, enabling more babies from across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region to receive specialist care.

 
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A mum, baby and midwife reunion

Published: Thursday, 11th May 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust marked this year’s International Day of the Midwife by reuniting mums who had their babies at St Peter’s Hospital with the Midwives who helped deliver them. The Abbey Wing at St Peter’s hospital played host to the event last week which saw mums and midwives mingling and discussing life pre and post maternity.

 
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Impact of Cyberattack at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals

Published: Monday, 15th May 2017

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was thankfully not affected by the cyberattack last Friday (12th May). We took some urgent precautionary measures, such as shutting down our external IT systems, but all of our internal clinical systems remained active and patient care was not affected.

 
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Trust named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals 2017

Published: Tuesday, 16th May 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the CHKS Top Hospitals 2017, an accolade awarded to the top performing CHKS client trusts. CHKS is part of Capita Healthcare Decisions and The Top Hospitals award is one of several awards that are part of the CHKS Top Hospitals programme.

 
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Stunning new St Peter’s Hospital refurb inspired by children’s author

Published: Friday, 19th May 2017

Much-loved local children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the inspiration behind a beautiful newlyrefurbished Isolation Room on Ash Ward at St Peter’s Hospital which was installed this week.

 
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Mallinckrodt donates £100,000 to support Neonatal Care

Published: Friday, 19th May 2017

Mallinckrodt plc, a leading pharmaceutical company, today marked the donation of £100,000 to Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

 
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Consultant praises local students for creative A&E film

Published: Monday, 22nd May 2017

Dr Asim Nayeem, A&E Consultant at Ashford and St Peters Hospital presented Year 8 and 9 students from Chertsey-based Sir William Perkins School with prizes and certificates last week after they were crowned Kent, Surrey and Sussex regional winners in the 2017 Health Education England organised ‘Step into the NHS’ competition.

 
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Trust Chair commended by Institute of Directors

Published: Thursday, 25th May 2017

Aileen McLeish, Chair of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was the recipient of a ‘Highly Commended’ Award in the category of Public & Third Sector Director of the Year at this year’s Institute of Director’s (IOD) London & the South East awards.

 
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Lady Forsyth-Johnson Opens New Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 1st June 2017

Lady Forsyth-Johnson, actress, model and wife of Bruce Forsyth, paid a special visit to St. Peter’s Hospital on Tuesday 30th May to officially open a new area of the Intensive Care Unit. Following the time her husband spent on the unit earlier this year, Lady Forsyth-Johnson said they had a special connection to the hospital and spoke of the fantastic care Bruce and the whole family received.

 
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St Peter’s restaurants go for gold

Published: Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Three restaurants at St Peter’s Hospital have received prestigious Eat Out Eat Well Gold Awards. Just Dine, Eat Well and the Post Graduate Education Centre were given the awards for the range of healthy eating options on their menus.

 
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Update on our ADHD service

Published: Thursday, 15th June 2017

Following reports in the local media, we want to update patients and their families with the latest information on our ADHD service. We have been working with local commissioners, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups (who are responsible for commissioning local health services), on the best way to provide ADHD follow-up services to children and their families.

 
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Trust appoints Andy Field as new Chairman

Published: Thursday, 22nd June 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Field as their new Chairman. Andy joins the Trust from his current position as Non-Executive Director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and will bring a wealth of private and public sector experience to his new role.

 
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Gardening volunteers transform outside areas at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Wednesday, 28th June 2017

We had the pleasure of welcoming 21 staff members from Enterprise, a local company who volunteered their time last week (20th June) to get their hands dirty and revitalise our courtyard gardens at St Peter’s Hospital.

 
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Team ASPH wins big at HR Healthcare Awards

Published: Tuesday, 4th July 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to announce that on the 22nd June we won two awards at the prestigious Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) HR in Excellence Awards. These awards recognise and reward outstanding work in healthcare human resource management.

 
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New GP service to help A&E patients

Published: Thursday, 6th July 2017

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been given £609,000 from the government’s £100 million A&E capital fund, to help ease pressure on emergency departments in time for winter. The Trust plans to spend the money on establishing a new GP service within the Urgent Care Centre – known as ‘primary care streaming’ – to help support the flow of emergency patients at St. Peter’s Hospital.

 
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Weybridge Hospital Fire

Published: Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Health partners are working closely together to ensure continuity of care for patients affected by the current closure of Weybridge Hospital which includes GP services, the Walk-in Centre, as well as some other services such as X-ray and physiotherapy.

 
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Virtual reality comes to St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 13th July 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is using pioneering new technology in a bid to improve the experience of patients suffering from dementia. A Virtual Reality headset is providing a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a patient.

 
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Local partners respond efficiently following devastating fire at Weybridge Community Hospital

Published: Thursday, 13th July 2017

Philip Hammond MP has praised the local NHS and local emergency services – particularly fire service and police colleagues – for a well co-ordinated and efficient response to the devastating fire at Weybridge Community Hospital on Tuesday evening. Mr Hammond visited the site on Wednesday afternoon accompanied by Chief Executive of CSH Surrey, Stephen Cass and local fire and police officers leading the incident.

 
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Weybridge Hospital Fire - Updated Information for Patients

Published: Friday, 14th July 2017

Church Street Practice: The practice is now based at Burwood Ward at Walton Hospital, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames KT12 3LD.

Rowan Tree Practice: Until further notice the practice has been relocated to Walton Community Hospital, Rodney Road, Walton on Thames, KT12 3LD.

 
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Cancer patients say their care experience continues to improve

Published: Tuesday, 25th July 2017

The results of the 2016 National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, just published, show that at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, there has been a general improvement on 2015 with responses to only seven of the 59 questions rated in the lower than expected range (10 in 2015).

 
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Lunch Club on the Swan Ward at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Friday, 4th August 2017

On Thursday 3rd August, the Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri and our Chief Executive - Suzanne Rankin visited the Swan Ward for our lunch club get-together, which is a new initiative at the Trust to get patients socialising over lunch. The Mayor said: “I have always loved this hospital and what I see happening here now is completely different to the past. I see huge improvements and I am very happy with that”.

 
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British Healthcare equipment could soon be making Nigerian patients more comfortable

Published: Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Healthcare equipment routinely used in Britain’s hospitals has caused a stir in Nigeria where such aids have been unknown - until now.

 
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Trust announce new Interim Chief Nurse appointment

Published: Thursday, 17th August 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Sue Tranka as our new Interim Chief Nurse.

 
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Pioneering hospitals lead the way to an agency-free NHS

Published: Monday, 21st August 2017

Two pioneering NHS Foundation Trusts in Surrey are making savings by pooling staff and allowing them to apply for vacant shifts at each other’s hospitals.

 
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Elderly patients enjoy songs on the wards

Published: Thursday, 24th August 2017

Patients on the four Care of the Elderly wards, Swan, Cherry, Cedar and Swift, at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, were treated to a song recital earlier this month by soprano Michelle Juengo from Musical Memories, which was originally set up to entertain patients at East Surrey Hospital in Reigate and was very popular there.

 
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Trust supports appeal for families to have a lifesaving talk during Organ Donation Week

Published: Monday, 4th September 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for Surrey and Sussex residents to talk about organ donation.

 
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£2 million development completed at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Patients and visitors to the endoscopy and neurophysiology departments at St. Peter’s Hospital will notice some welcome changes. Following the completion of a £2 million project to infill a courtyard area on two levels, the endoscopy unit has expanded into new accommodation and the neurophysiology service has relocated from old premises on the ramp.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Welcomes new Chairman Andy Field

Published: Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been giving a warm welcome to new Chairman Andy Field who joined the Trust on 4th September.

Andy takes up his new role from his position as Non-Executive Director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and brings a wealth of private and public sector experience to the hospital Trust.

 
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Amazing gift of organ donation remembered at St Peter’s

Published: Thursday, 14th September 2017

Family members and friends gathered at St. Peter’s Hospital on Saturday 9th September to remember loved ones who had died and given the gift of life to others by donating their organs and tissues. They were invited to write a personal message on the back of a wooden or paper leaf and then hang it upon the special memory tree sculpture, displayed prominently within the hospital.

 
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Trust Introduces New Virtual Fracture Clinic

Published: Monday, 18th September 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has introduced an innovative new Virtual Fracture Clinic (VFC) in a bid to reduce outpatient appointments.

 
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Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, visits the Trust

Published: Thursday, 21st September 2017

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP and his Senior Clinical Advisor, Professor Sir Norman Williams visited Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals on Friday 15th September to discuss patient safety with around 40 members of staff.

 
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Providing cutting edge endoscopic diagnostics and treatment

Published: Friday, 22nd September 2017

The Trust is delighted to announce the introduction of an innovative endoscopic technique, Spyglass® ERCP in identification and treatment of complex biliary tract disorders, enabling earlier and more definitive diagnosis for our patients.

 
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Update on ADHD Services

Published: Monday, 25th September 2017

North West Surrey CCG have been looking at the best way of providing sustainable ADHD services to children and their families and planned to re-commission the ADHD service currently provided at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals with a new provider from October 2017. However, the re-commissioning of this service has been delayed.

 
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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals shortlisted for prestigious national award

Published: Tuesday, 26th September 2017

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has been shortlisted in the ‘staff engagement’ category of the 2017 HSJ Awards. The awards are one of the largest celebrations of healthcare excellence in the world, recognizing and promoting the finest achievements in the NHS.

 
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Trust Pledges to End PJ Paralysis

Published: Thursday, 28th September 2017

Older patients at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were encouraged to ‘get up, get dressed and get moving’ last week as part of the Trust’s week-long series of events to highlight its commitment to ending pyjama paralysis.

 
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GUM and Sexual Health Services

Published: Monday, 2nd October 2017

From 1st October, there was a change in the organisation providing sexual health and HIV services that were provided from the Blanche Heriot Unit. The new provider is Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL).

 
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Trust in top rank for safe care of hip fracture patients

Published: Tuesday, 10th October 2017

The latest report by the National Hip Fracture Database, detailing outcomes for patients admitted to 177 hospitals in England with a hip fracture in 2016 has been released. This shows that Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals was in the top 10% for the first time, for achieving best practice in treatment and care, low mortality post operation and shorter length of stay.

 
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A big welcome to the new midwives who have started at the Trust

Published: Friday, 20th October 2017

Lauren Brown, Practice Development Midwife, recently welcomed a group of around 20 new midwives on board at Ashford & St Peter’s (ASPH). She said: “The midwives are dedicated to helping us achieve our 4 P’s “Patients First, Personal Responsibility, Passion for Excellence and Pride in our Team. I look forward to watching them develop their careers at our hospitals”.

 
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Donation of 40 care pouches to Haematology Day Unit

Published: Friday, 20th October 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and apart from Team ASPH doing our bit to promote the importance of breast awareness and raise money by ‘Wearing Pink’. Our Haematology team received a special donation this week. Sally Monaghan, clinical nurse specialist, Mariana Silver, deputy sister and Juliet Nkansa, sister at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received 40 chemotherapy care pouches from Sarah Mason and Amy Mann.

 
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‘Gold standard’ prostate biopsy now available

Published: Tuesday, 24th October 2017

The urology team at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has introduced a new prostate biopsy procedure – known as ‘template biopsy’- to provide more accurate detection of prostate cancer in men.

 
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Paediatric team go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Published: Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Our Paediatric Outpatient Department team went all out for Breast Cancer Awareness month on Friday; dressing up and dying their hair pink, selling cakes, pink lemonade and sweets to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research. They raised £165 in just one day!

 
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Greenfield School supporting Little Roo Neonatal Fund

Published: Tuesday, 31st October 2017

On Thursday 19th October, Mr. Sachin Sukhdeo (Head of Pastoral Care and Math’s) and Mrs. Jenifer Duhra (parent), along with her son Kieran of Greenfield School, handed over a cheque for £2000 to Sarah Robertson, Matron at NICU in Abbey Wing, St Peter’s Hospital.

 
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A visit from Professor Jonathan Benger

Published: Tuesday, 31st October 2017

The Emergency Department (ED) at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were delighted to host a visit by Professor Jonathan Benger (National Clinical Director for Urgent Care – NHS England) and his research team on Tuesday 24th October.

 
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Abbey Birth Centre welcomes 2000th baby

Published: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

The 2000th baby was born in the Abbey Birth Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital on Monday 30th October. Billy Stephen Roberts arrived at 12.51, weighing 6lb 7oz.

 
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Special visitor to maternity at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

On Friday 27th October the maternity team at St. Peter’s Hospital welcomed Gill Walton, recently appointed as the new Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwifes (RCM).

 
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Update on ADHD Services

Published: Thursday, 2nd November 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals is working closely with North West Surrey CCG and Surrey and Borders Partnership to ensure a sustainable and high quality ADHD service for local children and their families.

 
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Dr Fowle elected President of the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology

Published: Monday, 6th November 2017

We are delighted to announce that our Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, Dr Adrian J Fowle, was elected President of the British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology, on Friday 13th of October 2017.

 
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Professor Humphrey Scott, elected President of Coloproctology at the Royal Society of Medicine

Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

We are delighted to announce that Professor Humphrey Scott, Consultant Surgeon at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, was elected President of Coloproctology at the Royal Society of Medicine, on Wednesday 25th of October 2017.

 
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Thoughtful mum brings snack bar initiative to neonatal unit

Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

Young mother, Debbie Thwaites, took it upon herself to set up a free snack bar in the Neonatal Clinic at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after giving birth to her children at St Peter’s, both born prematurely. Her daughter Charlotte at 33 weeks in 2014, and son Oscar at 26 weeks in 2015.

 
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Norovirus at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals

Published: Monday, 13th November 2017

There are currently patients with Norovirus (viral gastro-enteritis) on five wards at St. Peter’s Hospital – Cherry, Cedar, Swan, Holly and the Acute Medical Unit. A ward at Ashford Hospital was also affected last week but is now clear of the virus.

 
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Planning Application Submitted for Redevelopment of Part of St Peter’s Healthcare Campus, Chertsey

Published: Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Optivo have submitted a planning application to Runnymede Borough Council for the redevelopment of surplus land at St Peter’s Healthcare campus in Chertsey, Surrey. The application includes plans for affordable housing for NHS staff; open-market housing; a multi-storey car park; and an extension to St Peter’s main reception to provide an improved customer café and retail offering.

 
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Digital step forward for maternity services

Published: Tuesday, 21st November 2017

There are some exciting developments afoot in maternity services at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals with the launch of a new electronic medical record system known as BadgerNet. This will replace the traditional folder of handheld notes used by pregnant women and mean everything is securely stored electronically and available at the touch of a button.

 
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St Peter’s goes purple for World Prematurity Day

Published: Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team at St Peter’s Hospital was out in force on Friday 17th November to raise awareness of prematurity and money for their Little Roo Neonatal Fund on World Prematurity Day.