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October 2018

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Council of Governor Elections - 2018 - Have a say on who represents you
If you live in or belong to one of the following constituencies:

  • Elmbridge (one Governor position)
  • Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Windsor and Maidenhead (three Governor positions)

  • Admin, Clerical and Managerial (one Governor position)
  • Medical and Dental (one Governor position)
  • Hospital Volunteers (one Governor position)

Please look out for voting information coming your way and take a few minutes to select the candidate you wish to represent you as Governor on the Council of Governors.

Voting begins on 23rd October and you have until 16th November to cast your vote. You can do this either on-line or by post, if you prefer.
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Members of our VTE team
ASPH VTE Prevention commended for outstanding practice
We are delighted to announce that the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Team at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been "Commended" for their work at the Anticoagualtion Achievement Awards in the category for "The best work in prevention of hospital acquired thrombosis" held on 10 October 2018.

The awards were hosted by Lyn Brown MP and part of World Thrombosis Day, a global movement to reduce the leading cause of preventable cardiovascular death. The award was presented to the VTE team by Professor Roopen Arya, VTE National Lead and Director of Thrombosis at Kings College Hospital.

Sue Tranka, Chief Nurse and Dr David Fluck, Medical Director said, "We are very proud of our VTE team and absolutely delighted with their achievement of this award. It is testament to their dedication and innovation to improving patient safety. Their commitment has been recognized by the national award, which highlights not only their passion in improving awareness of VTE, but also translating this into tangible benefits for patient who may be at risk."

Pictured above from left to right: Dr Tanya Bernard (Consultant Haematologist), Rebecca Bushby (Lead Nurse VTE Prevention), Sasha Light (VTE Prevention Nurse)

At the awards ceremony
Dr Peter Reynolds wins national "Who Cares Wins Health Award"
Dr Peter Reynolds, Consultant on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter's Hospital, was awarded Best Neonatal specialist for treating 13oz Frankie Thompson.

He was smaller than a can of beans when mum Michelle from Farnborough gave birth at 24 weeks. Frankie was then treated by Dr Reynolds and a very experienced team on NICU.

The Prime Minister said: "Peter and all the other winners represent the very best of our NHS - they have shown care, compassion and professionalism, and I want to say thank you to them."

Dr Reynolds said of Frankie, 13 months: "Seeing him now, so big and full of life, is so rewarding."

Pictures used with permission from The Sun

Cheque donation
Parents Charity Ball raises £10,000 for NICU
Sharon-Peirson Hagger and her husband, Russell along with daughter Mia (aged 10) and son Leo, (aged 13) presented a cheque on 15 August to Dr Tracy Lawson and Dr Peter Martin for £10,000 for Little Roo Neo-natal Fund on behalf of Mia who was born with complications at Ashford and St Peter's Neo-natal unit ten years ago.

Mia's parents hosted a charity ball in May 2018 because they wanted to give something back to the hospital, the funds will go towards intensive care equipment.

Mia was limp and could not breathe when she was born with Meconium Aspiration Syndrome and was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to be given the appropriate care. After care at St Peter's she was transferred to Great Ormond Street children's hospital in London for specialist treatment.

Pictured above: Leo, Sharon and Russell Peirson-Hagger, Dr Peter Martin, Dr Tracy Lawson and Mia Peirson-Hagger

CQC report
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has retained their rating of "Good" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the second consecutive time.

Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin, said: "I am delighted with the outcome of this inspection and that we have maintained our overall Trust rating of "Good" since the last inspection in 2015. I'm particularly proud to see some fantastic improvements - the overall rating for St Peter's Hospital and for our Children and Young People's service is now "Good" and our Critical Care service classed as "Outstanding".

In the current context of the pressures we face, which include very high demand on our services, challenging staffing levels, difficulties in recruitment and in some circumstances working with some very old infrastructure - this is a fantastic achievement. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of the team at both Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals and in addition, provides important regulatory assurance on the quality of our services to the local population we serve."

Opening the accommodation
Mayor opens refurbished parents accommodation on NICU
On 18 September, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Mayor of Runnymede, opened the newly refurbished parents' accommodation of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey. The refurbishment was completed by Richard Copperwheat, whose son Louise was born prematurely at Frimley Park Hospital before being transferred to St Peter's NICU where he sadly passed away after six days of amazing care.

The parents' accommodation at the NICU plays a very important part in the care of these babies and their families as their parents often spend many hours at the hospital whilst their little ones are being cared for. The rooms, bathroom and kitchen provide a place for them get something to eat or take a refreshing shower ready to for another day.

The use of the accommodation also helps with transition; after spending weeks or months in the unit taking their baby home can be a very daunting prospect for parents. If they are able to stay in the accommodation overnight with their baby, with all the facilities of NICU next door, it can increase confidence and ease the transition home.

Pictured above Mr. & Mrs. Copperwheat, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, Mayor of Runnymede and Sid Hurry, (Little Roo Neonatal Fund Coordinator)

Staff awards
TV broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire, herself a former patient, hosted Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's annual Staff Achievement Awards at Brooklands Museum on Friday 7th September. Awards were made in 11 categories, including Long Service Awards to 29 people.

Victoria Derbyshire commented on presenting the awards: "It's a real privilege, its magical being in that room with hundreds of NHS staff who work really hard day in day out. To recognize and acknowledge the kind of work that they do and reiterate that they are not taken for granted what they do is remarkable on a daily basis and I absolutely loved being here and being a part of it.

"For people like me who have been treated at the Trust it is so wonderful to see members of staff smiling away, when everybody knows how hard it is working in the NHS at present. I'm happy to be alive and that's thanks to the treatment I received at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals".

Urgent care workshops
What's important to you when you need care urgently?

Join one of our interactive workshops in Staines, Woking and Weybridge in November.

If you live in North West Surrey you are invited to an interactive workshop to discuss how urgent care services could be improved for you.

Local health and care organisations want to hear your thoughts and experiences to help shape future services. These events are part of The Big Picture - an opportunity for local people to join an open and honest discussion about the future of care delivered outside of hospital.