December 2017


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St Peter's goes purple for World Prematurity Day
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.

It is estimated that one in every 13 babies is born before 37 weeks in the UK and last Friday staff, babies, parents and even the building at St Peter’s went purple – the colour of prematurity – as a striking reminder of the impact it has on families when babies are born too soon.

Pictured above: Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri holding baby Marshall with Mum, Jo Thorp-Lee

Certificate of Distinguished Service Award for Mr Arun Gupta
We are delighted to announce that our Staff Governor Mr Arun Gupta, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, was recently awarded the " Certificate of Distinguished Service" by the Mayor of London Borough of Hounslow, in honour of his outstanding service to Hounslow's blind and partially sighted residents and excellent contribution to Right to Sight Partnership working in London Borough of Hounslow.

Dates for your Diary
Council of Governors
Wednesday 7 March 2018, 6-8pm, Education Centre, Ashford Hospital

Trust Board
Thursday 25 January 2018, 11-1.30 pm, Chertsey House, St Peter's Hospital
Thursday 29 March 2018, 11-1.30 pm, Chertsey House, St Peter's Hospital

Members' Event
Monday 26 February 2.30 - 4.30 pm - Infection Control - Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Education Centre, St Peter's Hospital

If you would like to attend any of these, please call Anu Sehdev, Membership and Engagement Manager on 01932 722063

Digital step forward for maternity services
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.

Clinical Midwifery Manager, Louise Emmett, explains: “Pregnancy and birth can be unpredictable, so in a different way to other health services women need constant access to their maternity notes; hence the traditional practice of carrying a handwritten set around in a folder. Relying on a single set of notes, however, carries obvious risk of damage or loss so moving to an electronic system is much more reliable.”



'Gold standard' prostate biopsy now available
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.

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Mr Philip James, who recently joined the Trust, explains: “A traditional biopsy is still an effective way of diagnosing prostate cancer for the majority of patients, but it only samples a small area of the prostate and can provide a ‘false negative’ for up to 30% of men – meaning their cancer is not diagnosed. We will continue to monitor these men through Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) tests and if this raises concern, perform another biopsy, but this can all lead to a delay in diagnosis.”

“The new procedure enables more thorough assessment and precise mapping of the prostate through the use of a simple template. The template divides the prostate area into very small sections and a biopsy is methodically taken through the holes of the template in each area. Each biopsy is sampled individually and tracked – so if cancer is detected we know which area of the prostate is affected. This also helps us to stage the cancer more accurately.”

Make sure you choose the right health services this winter
As the weather gets colder again and more people are coming to hospital, Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is recommending local people to think carefully about where to get the right help when they are feeling unwell.

Chief Nurse Sue Tranka says: “Our Emergency Department is particularly busy at the moment, and in order to get the best treatment for you and your family, you need to make sure you choose the most appropriate service. This might be your GP, a local walk-in centre or, for simple coughs and colds, the local pharmacist. Many people think A&E is the quick and easy option but more often than not coming to hospital emergency departments will mean longer waits, often in busy and crowded waiting rooms. In most cases, unless you really are an emergency, you are likely to be seen more quickly elsewhere.”

As the temperature drops more adults and children will come to hospital with breathing problems and chest infections, meaning busy emergency departments with long waits – a pattern which is being repeated across most local hospitals in Surrey.

Sue continues: “If you or your children feel unwell and ‘over the counter’ medicines are not helping, then don’t wait for it to get worse – speak to your GP and it may avoid a trip to hospital at a later date. Keeping warm will also help you to stay well, particularly for older people, and you should make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked up with basics, such as paracetamol and a thermometer. Keep a good supply of your regular medications and if you need a repeat prescription, contact your GP.”

Lunch4Life committee's continuous donations to our Breast Clinic
Members of the ‘Lunch4Life’ committee presented a cheque for £16,000 to Consultant Breast Surgeon, Mr Tayo Johnson, at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on 10th November 2017 and since 2016 have given a total of £28,860 to the Breast Care Unit. Through their auspices, the Breast Unit also had a donation of £75,000 to purchase necessary equipment. These are just part of the many substantial charitable donations the fundraising group have given to the Ashford and St Peter’s breast service over the years.

Ashford and St Peter's 'Adopt a Grandparent' scheme wins FAB NHS Award
We are delighted to announce that Ashford and St Peter’s ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ scheme received the Academy of Fabulous NHS Stuff (FAB) ‘Tiny Noticeable Things’ (TNT) Award on the 23rd November 2017.

The ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ scheme launched in February 2016 at the Trust, with the aim to provide social interaction and communication to elderly patients, by asking our staff to volunteer half an hour of their time each week to sit and chat with them. The initiative was created by a former Junior Dr of Ashford and St Peter’s, Dr Chris Marsh, who worked in collaboration with Volunteers Co-ordinator, Sangeeta Singadia, to roll out the scheme Trust wide.