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June 2016

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A member of the Royal Surrey nursing team
Next Steps for our Proposed Hospital Merger with the Royal Surrey County Hospital
Yesterday (28th January) the Boards of both Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust approved the full business case and financial plans for the proposed merger. The decision was made by each Board independently at their respective board meetings.

Chief Executive of Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals, Suzanne Rankin, said: "The decision made by our Boards this week brings the proposed merger of our two hospital trusts another step closer. We are delighted that both Boards are in agreement and have approved the detailed plans which describe how the new organisation would operate over the next few years. The proposed merger is based around securing a stronger future for our two organisations which is imperative if we are to continue to provide high quality, acute care for patients across West Surrey."

The next step in the formal process will be a detailed assessment by Monitor the health sector regulator, and at a later stage, final approvals from Boards and Councils of Governors. In the meantime, both Boards have agreed to work collaboratively to address current operational and financial challenges ahead of a formal start date.

Peter Dunt, Chief Executive of the Royal Surrey County Hospital, added: "Whilst there is still a lot of hard work to do and important decisions to make, today's announcement marks an important milestone in our planning. Both Boards have spent considerable time and energy scrutinising these plans to ensure they are fit for purpose and will ensure a new organisation that is sustainable and successful for our patients. We are now looking forward to talking much more widely about our plans with staff and the wider public and hope that as many people as possible will engage with us over the next few months."

Subject to full regulatory, Board and Governor approvals the earliest start date for the proposed new organisation would be Summer 2016.

Merger Update Public Meetings
Following our announcement above we will be holding a series of public merger update meetings listed here. All are welcome, please do let us know if you would like to attend by emailing

Tuesday 2nd February 2016
Byfleet Village Hall
54 High Road, Byfleet
KT14 7QL
6.30 - 8.00 pm

Monday 8th February 2016
Cranleigh Village Hall,
Village Way,
7.00 - 8.30 pm

Monday 15th February 2016
Haslewey Community Centre,
Lion Green,
GU27 1LD
7.00 - 8.30 pm

Wednesday 17th February 2016
Education Centre,
Ashford Hospital,
London Rd, Ashford
TW15 3AA
6.30 - 8.00 pm

Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Dorking Christian Centre,
Church Street,
7.00 - 8.30 pm

Wednesday 2nd March 2016
St James Church Hall,
KT13 8DN
6.00 - 7.30 pm

Thursday 17th March 2016
Chiddingfold Village Hall
Coxcombe Lane
6.30 - 8.00 pm

Monday 21st March 2016
Bramley Village Hall,
Hall Road, Bramley
7.00 - 8.30 pm

At the memorial tree unveiling
Memory Tree Unveiled to Commemorate Organ Donors
A new artwork installation, 'A Memory Tree for Organ Donors', was unveiled at a special commemorative event at St Peter's Hospital on Saturday 12th December, to recognise the precious gift given by organ donors.

The Memory Tree was created in collaboration with the clinical team for organ donation at St Peter's Hospital - who helped with the emotive words featured on the sculpture, such as 'hope', 'joy' and 'dignity'. Designed to be a permanent feature at the hospital, the tree is positioned in a prominent and busy location close to the Intensive Care Unit. We have made great strides in organ donation at the Trust in recent years, largely due to the hard-work and dedication of our Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation. They have a really special and unique role; supporting our families at the most difficult time of their lives, whilst also ensuring that the many practical requirements of organ retrieval and donation take place.

Nationally, every day across the UK, time runs out for three people on the transplant list; they will die due to a lack of suitable donors. This really highlights the importance of championing organ donation and the inspirational benefits it can bring - one organ donor can help nine people to live; and with tissue donation the number is much higher.

People can sign up to the register at

Jinnie McCallion
New Alcohol Liaison Nurse for the Trust
A new service has been introduced at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals to help tackle the growing problem of alcohol misuse and alcohol related health harm.

The appointment of a new Alcohol Liaison Nurse, Jinnie McCallion, has been introduced to offer advice and support to patients admitted and identified as being at risk from too high an intake of alcohol.

Jinnie, whose experience covers a range of clinical nursing areas including two years with St Peter's, commenced her new role in November 2015. Speaking of her new position she said, 'In the UK over a quarter of the population drink too much alcohol. This costs the NHS around £3.5 billion annually, and in the Surrey area, it is estimated that 250 men and 200 women die from alcohol misuse each year. There is good evidence across the UK that alcohol liaison staff can reduce associated hospital costs by identifying those at risk and providing timely interventions. An estimated nine-million adults drink at levels that pose some risk to their health, unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing.

To read more about this story click here.

A newborn child
Trust Maintain Maternity Service Standards in Latest Survey
The latest national survey on maternity service standards across UK hospitals from independent regulator Care Quality Commission (CQC), shows that Ashford and St Peter's continues to maintain high standards in maternity care.

The 2015 survey of women's experiences of maternity services involved 133 NHS acute trusts in England, with responses received from more than 20,000 service users. A total of 157 patients, who received care and treatment at Ashford and St Peter's, took part. Their responses to questions across themes such as access to care, personal choice and type of birth were converted into a score of out ten, with the Trust's maternity staff receiving an overall rating of 8.3/10, a consistent rating since the last survey conducted in 2013.

To read more please click here.

At a GP appointment
Help North West Surrey CCG Improve Your Local NHS Community Services
North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) need your help to shape future NHS community services, as their current provider contracts are coming to an end in 2017.

So if you live in North West Surrey they would like to invite you to take part in one of two events they are holding. These meetings will have a particular focus on adult community services, which include things like community hospitals, community nursing teams, new locality hubs and so on. With the aim to improving these services and focusing more on local people, as well as looking at new ways of providing care which put GPs even more at the centre of things.
  • The first will be on Friday 12th February, Room A Chertsey Halls, Heriot Road, Chertsey, KT16 9DR from 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (with lunch)
  • The second will be on Thursday 18th February, and held at Saint Columba's House, Maybury Hill, Woking, Surrey GU22 8AB, from 10.00 am - 1.00 pm (with lunch)

Everyone's views are equally important and you don't need any special expertise or knowledge to take part. There will also be a chance to participate in the ongoing development and improvement of these services, after the new contract has started in April 2017.

If you are interested in either event or would like further information, please get in touch with Glynis McDonald at to book your place. (places may be limited)

Stay Well This Winter
Stay Well This Winter
Cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter.
  • Warm: Keep your house warm this winter at least 18°C (65F)
  • Immunisations: Get your flu vaccination
  • Neighbours: Keep an eye on elderly neighbours and relatives
  • Timely: Seek advice from a pharmacist at first sign of illness
  • Enough: Pick up repeat prescriptions so you have enough while pharmacies/surgeries are closed
  • Restock: Make sure you have enough food and medicine in the cupboards

For more information click here: