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January 2018

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Happy New Year
Dear Member,

Welcome to the first bulletin for 2018!

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year with my hope that this year will be a healthy and prosperous one for you!

I would like to highlight the next Members' Event on Infection Control taking place on:

Monday 26th February, 2.30 - 4.30 pm at St Peter's Hospital

This talk will cover how Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust ensures measures are in place to limit the spread of infection and how you can take this forward in your home and when out and about. Places are booking up fast so if you have not already, please email me or give me a call to reserve your place.

I hope you enjoy reading this month's messages and welcome any feedback you may have.

Best wishes

Anu Sehdev
Membership and Engagement Manager
Tel: 01932 722063

Dates for the diary
Members' Event on Infection Control:
  • Monday 26th February
    2.30 - 4.30 pm in the Postgraduate Education Centre at St Peter's Hospital

Next Council of Governors meeting:
  • Wednesday 7th March
    6.00 - 8.00 pm in the Education Centre, Ashford Hospital
Next Two Trust Board meetings (please check the Trust website for up to date timings):
  • Thursday 25th January
    10.30 - 1.30 pm, Chertsey House, St Peter's Hospital
  • Thursday 29th March
    10.30 - 1.30 pm in the Education Centre, Ashford Hospital
To book your place at any of the above, please reply to this email or call Anu Sehdev, Membership and Engagement Manager on 01932 722063.

At the recruitment stand
Christmas Membership Recruitment Drive
Leading up to the Christmas period, Anu Sehdev, Membership and Engagement Manager, was supported by Governors, Andrew Ryland, Danny Sparkes (pictured above), Richard Docketty and Bertie Swan in recruiting new members. Why not help us by spreading the word about membership by sharing this bulletin with friends and family and asking them to join our membership by clicking in the link below:
Of course, if they prefer they can call Anu to talk over the benefits of becoming a member which include:
  • Taking part in discussions and consultations about changes and developments at Ashford and St Peter's.
  • Voting to appoint Governors.
  • Standing as a Governor
  • Receiving regular communications about Ashford and St. Peter's developments.
  • Joining special interest groups at Ashford and St. Peter's.
  • Joining the NHS benefit and discount scheme.

A visit from Santa
Visit by Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves to our play room
On Thursday 14th December, the children's play room on Ash ward at St Peter's hospital had a very special visit from Santa, Mrs Claus and their Elves on behalf of Hasbro to hand out gifts and play with the children.

Hasbro are based in Stockley Park, Uxbridge and visit the Ash ward at St Peter's Hospital every Christmas with gifts for the children. They are keen to support their local charities and hugely enjoy entertaining the children with their new toys each year.

Pictured above: Mrs Claus, Muhammed Musa Yaseen and an Elf

At the Christmas lunch
Volunteers Christmas Lunch
On Tuesday 19th December we held our volunteers Christmas lunch for all our wonderful volunteers at Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Hospitals. It's held every year to say thanks for their help throughout the year. They were entertained by our staff choir who sang wonderfully.

Donated toys
Angel Tree gifts for children visiting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Mum Debbie Thwaites who had two babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a member of the hospital's charity "Little Roo" who along with one of our midwives Laura Pitfield organised with their church Hillsong a collection of toys to give to the brothers and sisters of babies residing on NICU this Christmas.

Debbie said: "A massive THANK YOU to everyone at Hilllsong Church Guildford, who gave Angel tree gifts this year to St Peters Hospital, NICU. These gifts are going to children who are spending Christmas Day in the NICU where their baby brother or sister is."

"Having a baby in a Neonatal ICU is such a traumatic experience, where our Christmas Days are usually full of fun, family times and amazing Christmas dinners."

"When in Intensive Care, this can be lost as only 2 adults allowed by the cot side, only siblings of the baby are allowed in. No Christmas dinners, no time for Christmas shopping, instead of music it's the sound of machines and alarms."

"Thank you for being part of making a difference and letting every adult and child know they are loved and not forgotten! Father Christmas does visit hospitals too!"

Sue with her book
Local charity book author has nothing but praise for the NHS
Local charity book author, Sue Chambers, has used the recent launch of her healthy recipe book to speak out about the high quality care and treatment she has received from the NHS and from Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals in particular.

Sue, who suffers from Addison's Disease, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer three years ago and has spent time since her diagnosis compiling a charity recipe book which focuses on healthy but tasty food for both adults and children. In particular, recipes focus on gluten free foods and meals that are very low in sugar and carbohydrates, perfect for others suffering from Addison's Disease and for those who simply want to eat more healthily ... read more

Clinician with young patient
'HANDi' Paediatric App Launched
Developed in collaboration between North West Surrey CCG and Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals, "HANDi" is a new paediatric app that has been launched for Ashford and St Peter's families, parents and carers living across North West Surrey to provide advice and support if their children have symptoms of common childhood illnesses.

The aim of the "HANDi" App is to empower parents/carers with knowledge to recognise when their child is unwell but can be looked after at home or when they need to see a GP or go to A&E ... read more

The support group
Bumps and Pumps - new support group launched for mums with Type 1 Diabetes
Ashford and St Peter's have recently launched a support group for mums, or mums to be, that have Type 1 Diabetes and use an insulin pump.

The support group was set up by Jo McBride our Diabetes and Insulin Pump Specialist Nurse and is held in our specialist diabetes centre Stephanie Marks.

Jo comments: "I set up this support group called "Bumps and Pumps" for mums/or mums to be who have Type 1 diabetes and who use insulin pumps to manage their diabetes. I found a lot of mums did not know anyone else with Type 1 diabetes let alone using a pump.

"Pregnancy/childbirth and coping afterwards with small children is hard enough but these ladies have the added challenge of their diabetes. They have to work really hard in pregnancy testing their blood glucose up to 10 times a day to maintain good diabetes control.

"We meet in the Stephanie Marks Centre approximately every eight weeks and it is an opportunity for those to share experiences and generally have some support from mums going through the same challenges. We have had some excellent feedback from our ladies and look forward to seeing more mums and babies in 2018."

Pictured above: Jo McBride diabetes and Insulin Pump Specialist, with our Chairman Andy Field and some mums attending the support group.

Members of the SAMS team
All change! Care of the Elderly is now the Senior Adult Medical Service
The Care of the Elderly Team have been working on various co-design projects with their patients, staff, relatives/carers and stakeholders, over the last few months to improve the department. Our Care of the Elderly department provides treatment for conditions that affect the elderly population. The medical team work across a number of wards throughout the trust.

One of the projects was to change the name of the department as there had been feedback from a number of patients about being called "elderly", and that they find the term derogatory and would rather not be called elderly. Staff and patients were surveyed to give their opinion on the current name and suggestions for a new name. A total of 183 completed the questionnaire over a one month period, 77 patients and friends/ relatives and 106 staff completed the questionnaire on line or via a paper copy. The majority of respondents (60) chose Senior Adult Medical Service - SAMS and therefore why the team chose this as the new name ... read more