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Tom Smerdon

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability


Many of you will have heard about the changes happening within our Trust over the next few years at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals. We have exciting plans to improve our hospitals so we can provide the best possible experience and care to our patients, a facility with excellent amenities for staff, patients and visitors, and work with our local communities to improve health and wellbeing.


What does this mean for staff?

Staff will have access to a well-being centre that will house an indoor gym, an outdoor active area, a relaxation garden and sleep pods. They will be able to select from a choice of good quality food and refreshments with a new retail offering which will include M&S, an improved WHSmith and two new cafes amongst others. We will be building a new Urgent and Emergency Care & Assessment Unit which will transform the experience for patients and ease pressure on staff.


What does this mean for our visitors and our local community?

Ashford and St Peter’s will offer our local community the best place to receive care, the opportunity to be locally employed or even the option to use our space for community meetings such as Girl Guides / Scouts Groups. Cala Homes will be building a variety of housing alongside St Peter’s Hospital which will include cluster flats accommodating four bedrooms and shared facilities. Improved, cleaner transportation to and from both hospitals with better, more visible cycling and walking routes put in place.


Who will be doing this?

We have joined with Well North Enterprises (WNE) and Lord Andrew Mawson to assist us in the design and in connecting the community to make them integral to our Trust. Lord Mawson was instrumental in developing the Olympic Park at Lee Valley, regenerating the area around Poplar in East London, and led the creation of the Bromley-by-Bow Centre, which pioneered many new approaches to healthcare and health buildings Bromley-by-Bow Health Centres. So you can see we are working with the best in the business. We will be connecting with you and our community throughout the transformation so you and our patients, visitors and local residents can have their say and help shape the changes at our hospitals.


When will all this happen?

We have already started to develop our ideas, working with members of staff and the community. The programme of work includes a number of major projects over the next few years, transforming our buildings and digital systems as well as listening to staff so we can improve their experience.

The first major part of the programme starts with car parking. Many of you will have noticed the car parking changes over the last few weeks at both sites. We have had to close the main visitors’ car park so the work could commence on the new multi-storey car park which will offer 700 spaces and provide improved access to the main reception. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused staff or patients and their visitors. We have taken on board the feedback and are adapting signage, have improved lighting and increased the number of parking attendants at the site to alleviate some of the congestion and parking concerns.


What’s next?

Look out for more detail on the transformation programme in future messages. Also in November and December we will be visiting parts of both hospitals to get staff views on our Trust Sustainability Strategy. As part of the transformation, our aim is to centre our operations on sustainable methods and we have started by signing the ‘single use plastics pledge’. With your support, we believe we will achieve our goal.

We look forward to connecting with you over the coming months on our transformation programme.

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability


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.