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At the time capsule event

Well what an absolutely fabulous week we’ve had at ASPH celebrating the NHS’s 70th Birthday, I have been brimming with pride all week! There has been a great buzz around the Trust and I feel honoured and privileged to be a part of this amazing institution looking after our patients with all of you - our amazing committed and dedicated colleagues!

So much has changed over those 70 years, we have taken many significant innovative strides in research and development, providing and co-designing modern healthcare services for the people we care for today.

My highlights from the week include:

Burying our very own ASPH time capsule; celebrating the past, present and the future, local school Magna Carta joined us – who recently raised an amazing £1948 towards surveillance equipment for our children’s ward, and our onsite staff nursery First Steps who both gave us items to include. We also honoured our dedicated volunteers for the huge contributions made to our hospitals over the years by planting a pear tree.


At the time capsule event


On the actual birthday itself, we held joyous tea parties at both sites for our colleagues, past and present with music from our ASPH choir, including the ‘Big ASPH Bake Off’! The cakes were incredible and the winners were:

  • First place for her amazing NHS themed cupcakes - Judy McGill, Staff Nurse
  • Second place for her wonderful cake about the NHS being tied together with hard work, dedication and care - Lorna Walding, Paeds Research Nurse
  • Third place for her incredible Harry and Meghan wedding themed cake - Charlotte Broughton, Matron for Specialist Surgery

BBC Surrey & Sussex radio joined us for the day broadcasting live speaking to staff and patients about the wonderful NHS and ASPH, to listen again please click here.

Some of our colleagues attended the big national events taking place at York Minster and Westminster Abbey with our Chairman Andy Field. The day was then wrapped up with the Surrey Heartlands beautiful choir service at G Live, Guildford. You will be able to see all the action and photos on Aspire immanently.


Another event that lots of colleagues took part in this week was 'Exercise Buzzard' - a live major incident / mass casualty exercise to test the response of the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network. It was a huge success and a full article will be coming out next week.


Finally a reminder that next week we have the Well-Led part of our CQC Inspection and they will no doubt take this opportunity again to come out to our departments and wards and speak to you all. Remember Be Open, Be Honest and Be Proud! The key issues that were raised from the unannounced inspection are below:

  • Fire doors and exits – the inspectors found fire doors blocked, exits restricted and doors wedged. This is dangerous and must stop with immediate effect. Even if the doors are blocked with moveable objects please move them and keep all doors, exits and routes free from obstruction.
  • Cleaning materials – the inspectors found cleaning materials and substances accessible to patients and visitors. All cleaning materials must be securely and appropriately stored at all times.
  • Bins – inspectors found clinical waste, gloves, giving sets and aprons in a large number of black bins. This is unsafe, an infection risk and not least exposes the Trust to a large fine for inappropriate disposal of waste to landfill. Clinical waste goes in yellow bins.
  • Medicines reconciliation – inspectors found some patients had not been reviewed for medicine reconciliation for several days following admission. Please review drug charts and seek support from pharmacy colleagues if medicine reconciliation is required.
  • Prescribing – inspectors found some charts with incomplete prescriptions – in particular no review dates specified.
  • FP10s – inaccurate completion of FP10s.

Thank you all for your continued hard work and support throughout these important visits.

With best wishes,

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive



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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