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Testing our preparedness

As I’ve been walking around our hospitals this week, a couple of times late into the evening, I’ve been able to talk to a number of you about the difficulties we are currently experiencing and although we’ve been under tremendous pressure, I am continually impressed with the mature and capable way team ASPH is responding.

I know there are many of you working tirelessly to keep our patients safe during some quite dramatic peaks in demand, and we need to find a collective way of managing this and supporting you, particularly as we approach winter. I recognise that saying thank you is not really enough and my executive colleagues and I are working hard with the CCG and our other partners to secure the right support so we can manage this situation as a whole system and alleviate some of the specific pressures on our hospitals.

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Working as a team when under pressure

At the beginning of this week, I held my first round of consultant one to ones, which were an opportunity to start having some in depth conversations.

I heard a number of great ideas about developments consultant colleagues are making to services and their visions for individual specialities.

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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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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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