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Springing Forward

I’d like to start my message this week by saying a big thank you to everyone who has been taking part in this week’s Spring to Green to help improve the experience of patients in our hospitals. Focusing on efficient front-line care really helps to unblock unnecessary delays for patients and helps to reset our hospitals as we approach the winter period.

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Creating the right culture for our hospitals

You’ll remember when I spoke to you at the beginning of the month I talked a lot about my vision to create the right culture for our hospitals, both now as ASPH, and in the future as a new merged organisation. To help us understand more about where each Trust currently is, we are inviting all staff from both here and The Royal Surrey to answer a few questions as part of our Culture Survey.

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The essence of care

A real highlight this week has been the time we have spent with Philip Darbyshire who, as you may know, is an international and inspiring speaker on nursing and healthcare issues. We’ve been lucky to host two days with him in the Trust, at Ashford Hospital on Monday and at St Peter’s on Wednesday. Both sessions were well attended by a variety of colleagues from here, but also from our partners, in particular from The Royal Surrey County Hospital and Surrey and Borders Partnership.

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Let's Talk: Starting the Conversation

This has been a really busy week – and it’s only week two! But there’s lots of really positive things going on that I’d like to share with you.

The first is our shortlisting for the national WOW awards. Earlier this week we were invited to present to an external panel of judges. Louise McKenzie and I presented the category of Best NHS Trust, which is a fantastic award to be shortlisted for. It was a proud moment as we talked about our collective achievements this year, and regardless of whether we win or not it was a great start to the week.

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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.