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A Pause for Thought

I returned to a really busy and important week. I began this week by joining colleagues in Therapies and Outpatients Clinic along with The Friends of St Peter’s to officially open the newly refurbished staff rooms here at St Peter’s. The Friends have done a really great job in completely making over the two staff rooms with colourful furniture, new kitchen units and appliances. These refurbishments have made the staff rooms a much nicer place for staff to spend during their break times and to have some down time, so many thanks to all involved, especially The Friends of St Peter’s.

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Facing our financial challenges

This week I wanted to update you on the Trust’s financial situation – to be open and honest with you so that you are aware of the current situation and to ask for your help in managing this.

Much like many others at this time of year the full extent of our Christmas and New Year spending is now becoming clear. As you all know in order to cope with the recent operational demands we had to put in place various measures, such as using more agency staff, to ensure we maintained safe staffing levels, cancelling some operations and treating more emergency patients. These have all been the right things to do to provide the best and safest patient care we could in the circumstances, but they do have a financial impact for our Trust.

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Meeting staff in the Surgical Assessment Unit

Hello and welcome to my third video message and happy New Year to you all. Last time, we recorded our message from the accident and emergency department, where we described how we were going to follow the patient pathway. This morning I am in the Surgical Assessment Unit. The Surgical Assessment Unit is an extremely important part of the emergency pathway, and one we maybe don't talk about enough, so that's why I am here this morning.

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Developing a Digital Hospital

With the New Year comes new ideas and I thought I’d take the opportunity this week to update you on some of the progress we are making towards developing our Digital Hospital. This is a really exciting piece of work – something I’m sure most of you will be interested in – and a project we are developing jointly with The Royal Surrey County Hospital as part of our merger plans.

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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.