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Restoring Services Safely

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive


This week I wanted to talk about some of the ways that are helping to keep Team ASPH and patients safe as we continue to restore services. At the beginning of the COVID situation, you may remember Suzanne sharing the priorities of the Executive team during this time - the main one being to ‘keep Team ASPH, their families, and patients safe.’ Whilst the situation has moved on and we are in a different position now, this is still very much the priority.

There has been some great work undertaken to reinstate services and we are starting to see more patients back in our hospitals. I must take this opportunity to thank you all for the great support you have provided patients, particularly those who are anxious about coming into hospital at the moment.

We have received some queries from different departments around patient information, and how best to advise patients on what to expect when they come into hospital, and thought it might be useful to share some of the things we’ve done to make this as safe and accessible as possible.


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Improving our Hospital Sites

Chris Bell

Chris Bell
Director of Estates and Facilities


I would like to use this week's message to update you on some of the estates works taking place across the Trust. You will no doubt have seen there is lots happening and after the pressures and challenges of Covid throughout the last few months, it is good to have some positive updates to share.

At St Peter's Hospital the big development is, of course, the new multi-storey car park. You will see that our contractors, Vinci, have made great progress with this and over the summer the new car park has rapidly risen!

We are planning to open it at the start of September for staff, which will support us in returning the final parts of the West Site to Cala; the areas we have temporarily borrowed for parking.

From 1st September there will be no staff parking available on the Cala site. You will see that Cala are progressing rapidly with their works and the old chimney in the estates yard will come down in the next couple of weeks.


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Supporting Team ASPH

James A Thomas

James A Thomas
Chief Operating Officer


Over the past few weeks the discussions amongst many of us are about holidays we are having or indeed would have had and about how challenging the last six months has been. Most of us admit to at best being tired.

The last six months has without doubt been one of the most challenging periods for NHS hospitals in a generation. It was a period of significant change and adaption at considerable pace. We moved wards and services, changed working patterns and supported one another in ways we have never been required to previously.

Many of you did and still continue to be working in varying levels of PPE caring for patients often in challenging scenarios set against a backdrop of many other pressures. Regardless of what and where we are in the organisation working in our hospitals during a global pandemic and national lockdown has been hard. Many of you are experiencing the resultant impact of the Covid pandemic so far and now working equally as hard on restoring our services back to pre-Covid levels.


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Creating a COVID Safe Environment

Tom Smerdon

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability


You may recall back in June Louise wrote a message about safety at work and the new guide and checklist produced to help teams assess their workspaces and make any necessary changes to create a "Covid safe" environment.

We know that some teams have made great progress with this and are working in new, safe and often innovative ways. However, we also recognise that some teams are yet to carry out their assessment and others have found it difficult to identify workable solutions.

We must change this and in particular ensure all colleagues are complying with the principles below:

  • The rules to follow are not optional.
  • Everyone has a responsibility to maintain social distancing, at a minimum of two metres, at all times.
  • Where this isn't possible you must seek an alternative, for example work in another space, work remotely and / or wear a mask and other appropriate PPE.


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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.