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The recognition of nutrition in relation to hydration

This week seemed to be all about food! I began on Monday by attending the annual Chertsey House Bake-off at St Peter’s, where I presented prizes to Dawn Cooper, Liz Davies and Margaret Broomfield for their fantastic bakes. It’s a great initiative, bringing staff together over a slice of delicious cake and also raised £216 for Victim Support. Thanks to Margaret Broomfield and Barbara Capaldi for organising this again.

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‘We are a really caring organisation’

That’s how the CQC described Ashford & St Peter’s when they fed back to us at their Quality Summit last week. I know you will have read the messages I sent out, and some of you will have come to the staff briefings we’ve been doing, so you’ll be well aware of our ‘Good’ rating. What’s been more difficult to express is the warmth and positivity that we all felt in the room last week as Hospital Inspector Mary Cridge, who led our inspection, described their findings.

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Let us lead the way ...

After the rollercoaster of the last couple of weeks particularly following the CMA announcement on the merger, I’ve managed to spend some time this week reflecting on our strategic position.

Until now I’ve not had much opportunity to take that important step back to think things through but this week I’ve been able to do that, and take some expert advice from peers and colleagues. On Wednesday for example, I spent the afternoon in London at the Dalton Review - a workshop put on by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers to stimulate thinking around the recommendations from the Review (which puts forward new ideas on how healthcare organisations could be run in the future) click here for the full report.

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The Importance of Ashford Hospital to the Trust

Welcome everybody to my video message. As I said at the end of my last message, I have come to Ashford today. Ashford Hospital is a really important part of the Trust. It delivers brilliant care, as we are going to hear later from some of the team members.

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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.