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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

This week I wanted to talk about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I’m sure you’ll all be aware of COVID-19; there has been a great deal of media speculation and much talk about how the UK will cope if the virus spreads.

A detailed overview of the background to the virus including epidemiology, virology, transmission and clinical features is available here.

This message is really to give an update on the current national picture and to share the steps that the NHS has in place to manage the situation, along with what we’re doing at ASPH.

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The Path to Progress

Tom Smerdon

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability

 

Following on from my message back in October - ASPH Transformation: Our Trust, Our Future – I’d like to update you on the progress we have made towards delivering the exciting plans to improve services and facilities across our Trust and local community.

This is all about delivering on our Together We Care strategy and aiming to provide the best possible experience and care to our patients, facilities with excellent amenities for staff, patients and visitors, and working with our local communities to improve health and wellbeing.

The work is complex and wide-ranging, and takes time to deliver but progress is being made all the time on individual projects. You will have seen the changes happening around our hospitals but not all of the progress is yet that obvious so I wanted to give you an update on just some of the work underway at present.

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It Takes a Team

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

I know last week was a particularly busy one for the Trust, dealing with norovirus on top of the usual winter pressures, the associated visiting restrictions and precautions. We will send a full update on the norovirus situation separately but it is improving and I would like to say a huge thank you to all. It’s been a supreme team effort, from those caring directly for patients on the ward, to those standing in the front entrances of the hospitals and car parks alerting visitors and encouraging hand washing. And of course all of the support ‘behind the scenes’, managing bed capacity, enhanced cleaning regimes, getting information to patients and visitors and keeping colleagues updated.

Dealing with events like this really does take a team and I’m proud that all of Team ASPH, including several volunteers, stepped up so ably and went above and beyond for the safety of patients.

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Supporting Staff Well-being

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s message. I’d like to talk about the simple but very powerful act of kindness and how the smallest gesture can make the biggest difference to patients, carers, families and colleagues. If we then ‘pay it forward’ we can spread this far and wide and create a culture naturally populated with those small acts of kindness and compassion that really do make for a happier working environment, patient experience and boosts health and wellbeing.

We know that January is one of the busiest and most challenging months for the NHS and experience at ASPH bears that out, so it’s even more important that we focus on caring for each other as well as for patients.

So this is a perfect opportunity to talk about kindness and what ASPH are doing to help support colleagues with their mental health and wellbeing during 2020 and beyond.

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Chief Executive's Message

On a regular basis, our Chief Executive sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.