April 2020

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We would like to reassure members that we are doing everything possible to keep all at Ashford and St Peter's safe during this current pandemic. The Trust took the decision as of Tuesday 17th March to immediately restrict visiting to all inpatient areas until further notice. This will reduce the number of people passing through the hospital and offer the maximum opportunity to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

We will be providing up to date information about latest guidance and decisions about the hospital on our website at http://www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk. We have plenty of information on our website on how to protect yourself and your family including Government guidelines, for example, if you suspect you have the virus and how to self-isolate etc. www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk/coronavirus and a handwashing video.

Temporary Trust Leadership Change
Suzanne Rankin has been chosen to lead a very important project for the region about which you will hear more about in due course. This means that she will be temporarily detached from Ashford and St Peter's although we will, of course, continue to link in very closely with her during this period. I am incredibly proud that we have been asked to make this contribution as it is testament to the strength and resilience of our leadership and team at the Trust and the confidence that the system has in us.

In the interim, Dr David Fluck has been appointed Acting Chief Executive by the Board and I have absolute confidence that David will undertake this role with his usual energy, commitment and, most importantly, focus on ensuring on you, the team, are safe and supported during this most difficult time.

Whilst I do appreciate that the news of Suzanne's temporary absence from the Trust may be concerning, I am absolutely certain that David and the remaining leadership team have the strength, determination and expertise to lead the organisation successfully in the interim. I and the rest of the non-executive directors will also continue to make ourselves available to support the whole executive team with advice and expertise as required.

Suzanne will be keeping in regular contact with the Trust whilst on detachment and will be returning to us once her project is complete.

Andy Field

Members Meetings
It is with regret, but we have decided to suspend members' events due to the Coronavirus. We hope to reinstate them as soon as practically possible.

In the meantime, could you make a note for your diaries that the Annual Members' Meeting will now take place on Saturday 12th September alongside the Trust's Community Day. Venue and timings will be confirmed at a later date.

Introducing the New Governors
May I introduce your new Governors:

Helen Pernelet
Public Governor – Elmbridge

Edwin Addis
Public Governor – Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames

Hina Malik
Public Governor – Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames and Richmond-upon-Thames

Neal Adolphus
Public Governor - Spelthorne

Colin Hood
Public Governor - Spelthorne

Derek Barnes
Public Governor – Spelthorne

Shirley Holmes
Public Governor – Woking and Guildford

Michael Smith
Public Governor – Woking and Guildford

Miranda Alcock
Public Governor – Woking and Guildford

Tracey Bradshaw
Staff Governor – Nursing and Midwifery

The full Council of Governors can be viewed here.

How to exercise while staying at home
The Green Goddess - the original keep-fit queen of the 80s - is making a comeback on BBC Breakfast. Eighty-year-old Diana Moran, a member of Ashford and St Peter's, will be doing exercises three times a week from self-isolation so viewers can follow along at home.

Patient Panel Invite
We are looking for new members of the Patient Panel. If you would like to express an interest in being part of the panel, please submit an application by 11th April of no more than 400 words, together with your full name, email address and telephone number. The expressions will be reviewed, and if successful, you will be invited to a short interview in April/May (date to be confirmed). Please submit your application to Helen Collins at helen.collins21@nhs.net