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September 2018

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At the members meeting
Governor Election 2018
Have you got what it takes to be a Governor?

Enthusiasm and support for Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals are the requirements for any would-be Governor. Being a Governor can be very rewarding and interesting. Governors represent the interests of the Trust's membership (which includes staff, patients and local residents) and the wider public.

Our Council of Governors is made up of 25 Governors and its main purpose is to hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.

We are holding elections this autumn for:

Public Constituencies
  • Elmbridge - 1 position
  • Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Windsor and Maidenhead - 3 positions

Staff Constituencies
  • Ancillary, Administration, Clerical and Managerial - 1 position
  • Medical and Dental - 1 position
  • Trust Volunteers - 1 position

No special skills or knowledge are required and support will be provided through the Membership Office to make sure any Governor can carry out his/her role.

How to apply

If you are interested in standing, more information and a nomination form can be obtained as follows:


Telephone: 0208 889 9203


Organ donation register
Organ Donation Week: 2 - 9 September 2018
Right now across the UK, there are around 6,000 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren't enough organ donors.

We need more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register now at It only takes a few minutes to register and please remember to tell your family that you want them to support your decision to donate and save lives. Ask them whether they want to be donors too. #YesIDonate

Displaying equipment techniques
Centre of Excellence for Endometriosis wins two awards
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals CEMIG (Centre for Endometriosis and Minimally Invasive Gynaecology) team won two awards at the annual British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy Conference (BSGE) Conference, held in Edinburgh in May - The Silver video presentation award and a Bronze video poster award.

The icing on the cake was when Mr. Shaheen Khazali was announced in Edinburgh as the elected Honorary Secretary (one of four officers) of the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, a specialist society with more than a 1000 members. ASPH has always been heavily involved in the BSGE work. Professor Jeremy Wright (now retired from ASPH) is a past president of the BSGE.

CEMIG is one of 50 accredited centres for the treatment of women with severe endometriosis. In 2017, it became the second busiest centre in the UK.

Endometriosis is a debilitating condition, affecting around 2 million women in the UK. It causes pain and can lead to infertility. Some patients would require surgery and in cases of advanced disease, surgery can be very complex and would need a team approach between colorectal surgeons, urologists and gynaecologists who have expertise in this particular type of procedure.

Pictured above: The CEMIG team demonstrating their surgical technique.

The quads
Quads born at St Peter's Hospital Maternity Unit
We are delighted to announce the arrival of the quadruplets born at St Peter's Hospital on Wednesday 11 July 2018.

Three girls and one boy were delivered by caesarean section to Melisa Patino and Jon Belsey. Mum Melisa and Dad Jon are over the moon and the couple decided to name the babies soon after they were born - the girls were called Evie, Maddison and Cassidy and the boy is Logan.

Dr Sian McDonnel, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, who was lead clinician for the birth said; "To be involved in the delivery and antenatal care of the quadruplets was an incredible privilege. It was the first, and probably the only time, that many people in the delivery room will be involved in such a case - and definitely one that I will remember for the rest of my career. With at least nine of the neonatal team in theatre with us for delivery, it really showed how our teams work well together.

"We all wish the Patino/Belsey family the very best for the future."

High Sheriff visit
High Sheriff visits St Peter's Hospital
On Tuesday 25th June the High Sheriff of Surrey, Mr Jim Glover, paid a special visit to St Peter's Hospital in Surrey to learn more about the Trust's partnership with Surrey County Council's Family Services; particularly the carpentry projects undertaken by young people referred to Surrey Family Services, to make items for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and stroke rehabilitation service.

Accompanying Mr Glover was Ellie Paterson MBE, Community Skills Relationship Manager and Ian McDougall, Youth Support Officer, who help with teaching young people new skills through community projects. They have been supporting Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals for many years, generously donating hand crafted items to help patients and their families.

In NICU, they provide special wooden memory boxes for families who sadly lose a baby - a place to keep treasured keepsakes and memories. Whilst for our stroke rehabilitation patients they make a range of equipment to help with recovery and regaining motor skills.

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals Chairman, Andy Field, said: "It was lovely to welcome Jim and Ellie to St Peter's and I know they both really enjoyed taking a tour around NICU, meeting members of the team and seeing the equipment kindly donated. I would like to thank Ellie, Ian and Surrey County Council's Family Services for their ongoing support and it's wonderful to work in partnership. Our patients and their families gain the benefit of high quality, useful equipment and I know the young people involved gain much from this restorative justice initiative."

Pictured above from left to right: Sarah Dodds, Occupational Therapist; Ellie Paterson, Community Skills Relationship Manager; Jim Glover, High Sheriff of Surrey; Louise Martin, NICU Sister; Andy Field, Chairman; Jo Willard, NICU Family Support Co-ordinator; Revd. Virginia Smith, chaplaincy team; Ian Mc Dougall, Youth Support Officer and Dr Tina Leontiadi, NICU Consultant