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Simon Marshall

Simon Marshall
Director of Finance and Information


I’d like to thank everyone who has been working over the festive period, caring for patients and going above and beyond to make their time in hospital as good as it can be.

I know the commitment of NHS workers over Christmas is truly recognised and appreciated and the front page of the Surrey Advertiser was testament to this - featuring ASPH ED Senior Sister Sophie Byrne along with other ‘Surrey NHS heroes’. Thank you Sophie for representing Team ASPH so well. You can read the article online here.

It’s certainly been a busy couple of weeks and great to see so many of Team ASPH getting in the festive spirit with a real sense of community and camaraderie.

We had our annual decorate-a-door competition with some amazing entries as always. I know Suzanne and Andy really enjoyed walking around the hospitals to judge the doors and chat to colleagues. The winners were announced last week – congratulations to you all! Whilst judging the doors at Ashford, Suzanne and Andy also joined some of our overseas nurses spending their first Christmas in the UK at a special Christmas party. For colleagues who are far away from home, family and friends Christmas may feel lonely, but coming together to spend time with supportive colleagues no doubt makes it a little easier.

We’ve had carol singing at both hospitals, including performances from our own choir, students from Stanwell Fields Primary School at Ashford and Royal Holloway University at St Peter’s. On 13th December we hosted a Christmas Lunch at New Haw Community Centre to thank over 70 of our hard-working volunteers. Our children’s wards have also had several special visits and kind donations of gifts from local businesses and organisations.

The big event this year was the first ever ASPH Pantomime, which was a roaring success. Huge thanks and congratulations to everyone involved in the planning and production of this epic event. It was clearly a lot of hard work and dedication but it certainly paid off. The feedback from all who attended was brilliant.

On Christmas Eve, Chairman Andy Field, accompanied by his daughter Catherine, hosted visits from the Mayor and Mayoress of Runnymede at St Peter’s Hospital and the Mayor of Spelthorne and Consort at Ashford Hospital. I joined the visit at St Peter’s and really enjoyed walking around, chatting to colleagues and, of course, handing out some festive chocolates.


Of course, whilst there has been lots of festive and fun events, the hospitals have been as busy as ever. We know that the start of January will be one of our busiest times – A&E attendances and admissions routinely peak after the Christmas / New Year period. We will therefore be holding a System Partners Reset Week between 6th & 13th January. This will be a period of intense focus on patient flow through ED, the hospital as a whole and system partner capacity. Please think ahead as all meetings during this week should be cancelled unless urgent.

I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year for Wednesday and thank you once again for all your hard work and support over the Christmas and New Year period.

With best wishes for the week ahead.

Simon Marshall
Director of Finance and Information



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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