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You Were Amazing!

James A Thomas

James A Thomas
Chief Operating Officer

 

I’ve taken over the message this week to share a really special video with you all. Over the summer, I reflected on the transformational changes that were made at ASPH in response to the first wave of the COVID pandemic. You’ll be aware of some of these changes as we’ve shared a number of updates in previous messages, and you may have been involved in the execution of some of them. Wards and entire departments moved within a matter of days, new services and clinics were swiftly introduced, some members of staff were redeployed to other areas of the organisation to provide support where it was needed the most, and others were required to work remotely to reduce footfall within the hospitals.

Of course these are only a few of the changes that were implemented - there were so many more and everyone did their bit to help during this time. When you look back at the volume and pace of change, it really is outstanding and I felt it was important that we recognise and record this to look back on. I also felt that our achievements should be shared by the people who made all of the changes possible, Team ASPH.

 

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COVID-19: The Local Situation

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

This week I thought it would be useful to reflect on the current Covid situation and the impact this may have locally and for Team ASPH.

You will, no doubt, know that the number of Covid infections is increasing steeply across the UK and there is recognition that we are now in the second wave of the pandemic. The number of patients admitted to hospital with suspected or confirmed Covid is increasing nationally and the death rate is rising. To provide a quick snapshot; yesterday (11th Oct) 12,872 new Covid positive cases were reported across the UK. This compares to 3,539 one month ago (11th Sep) and 1,148 two months ago (11th Aug). You can take a look at the latest statistics here.

Much of the media attention has been upon the north of the country, with news of high numbers of cases per 100,000 population, local outbreaks and lockdowns. Whilst it is clear the numbers are higher in this part of the UK, cases are also rising locally across Surrey. It’s really important we keep abreast of the local situation so we can prepare and respond accordingly.

 

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Challenges and Changes

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Today is my first day back at ASPH and it is really fantastic to be here – it feels like coming home! Hopefully you saw my message at the start of September explaining what I’ve been doing on secondment at NHS Test and Trace over the last four months. As I said in that message it has been the most challenging and intense experience of my professional life to date. It’s been an incredibly interesting and insightful opportunity and the time sped by. I did, however, really miss Team ASPH and have been looking forward to coming back and reconnecting with you all.

I’d like to thank David for stepping into the Chief Executive role and doing such a fantastic job whilst I’ve been away, ably supported by the executive team and all of you. As I said previously I never doubted this would be the case and having that confidence made it much easier to be away from the Trust. Thank you to David and the whole team for your unwavering support and commitment.

 

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Exciting Developments

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive

 

This week I’d like to use the message to describe some of the exciting capital and estates developments happening across the Trust.

You may have seen in the news that the government recently made an additional £150 million capital funding available to expand and upgrade more than 25 A&Es, to reduce overcrowding and improve infection prevention and control ahead of winter. We are delighted that ASPH has received £15m (£6m this year and £9m next year) which we will use to expand and improve our Emergency Department and Urgent Treatment Centre.

Our priorities are to increase bed capacity, redevelop the current Emergency Department and relocate the Urgent Treatment Centre to better accommodation, increasing the size and improving the waiting areas. We are currently working with the divisional teams on the exact plans, so will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

 

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Chief Executive's Message

On a regular basis, 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.