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"Together we Care" is the name and ethos behind our new nursing and midwifery strategy, which sets the vision and direction of nursing and midwifery care at our hospitals.

At the end of 2012 the government launched a new national vision and strategy, centred around six values of care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Chief Nurse Suzanne Rankin explains: “We want our strategy to incorporate the focus of the six ‘C’s but also to reflect our own priorities and aspirations. Every day in our hospitals we see examples of excellent patient care but there is always more we can do and as a team, I want all our nurses and midwives to aspire to provide the best nursing and midwifery care to every patient, every time.”

Unsurprisingly, much of the strategy talks about safe care, professional competency, kindness, respect and understanding, but there is also an increasing focus on personal responsibility, strong leadership and developing a culture of openness and honesty.

Suzanne adds: “In the light of reports such as Mid Staffordshire, transparency and responsibility have rightly become hot topics in the NHS and we want to make those values ‘real’ at Ashford and St Peter’s.

A key element is ensuring that staff feel confident to challenge and speak up, whatever their position and grade.”

 

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Changes to accessing St Peter’s Hospital from Monday 24th February

As part of the ongoing Transformation works at St Peter’s Hospital, there will be some temporary changes to how the main entrance of the hospital is accessed. As of Monday 24th February, for eight weeks, there will be no access for patient or visitor drop off at the front entrance (shown above). If you are being dropped off by car or taxi, please go to the Duchess of Kent entrance and access the hospital this way.

 

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St Peter’s holds a tea-riffic party for patients

Patients on the Senior Adult Medical Services (SAMS) Wards were surprised and delighted when healthcare workers laid on a Valentine’s Day tea party complete with the swooning notes of classic love songs which reverberated through the ward during the afternoon.

 

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Norovirus Update

Due to high levels of patients with Norovirus at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals last week, we took the difficult decision to restrict visiting to all inpatient areas. We are pleased to announce that we are now able to completely lift this restriction on inpatient visiting across the Trust.

 

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Neonatal Unit receives prestigious award from baby charity Bliss

St Peter's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit held a ceremony on Thursday 19 December, 2019 in which they were presented with a plaque and certificate to mark having received Baby Charter Accreditation from the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity, Bliss.

 

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Introducing our online blood test appointment system

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals have introduced an online booking option for blood tests, giving patients the ability to book in advance at a time that is convenient to them. This has not replaced the current walk in service, it is in addition to this to help reduce waiting times and minimise delays for patients.

 

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