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Bed rest isn't always best

Hello and welcome to this week’s message. I’m sure you have seen many colleagues and patients this week wearing their PJs as we launched our 70 day challenge to end ‘PJparalysis’. This is part of a national campaign to get patients out of their pyjamas, dressed and mobile as much as possible.

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It's time to switch off paper

I want to talk to you all about the significant milestone we achieved this week, in our adoption of the national Electronic Referral System (e-RS).

From Monday (9th April), in addition to all routine referrals being processed through e-RS, suspected cancer referrals are being booked to us through this system too. This week also marked the start of North West Surrey’s switch off of paper referrals to us, known nationally as ‘Paper Switch Off’.

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The challenge of caring

You may recall that Dr David Fluck the Medical Director wrote the weekly message a little while ago to reflect on the issues raised by the Dr Bawa-Garba case. I wanted to follow up on this, particularly in light of the recent publication of a new guide by NHS Improvement on ‘Just Culture’ which gives an illustration of the approach to incidents from within a "just culture" context.

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Each week Suzanne Rankin, 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.


About Suzanne

Suzanne was announced as the new Chief Executive in June 2014.

Suzanne began her nursing and management career with the Royal Navy, including deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO Headquarters in Lisbon; and Nursing Officer in charge of the 56-bed Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

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