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So much to talk about ...

As we prepare for the Easter break, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a good bank holiday weekend. As you will know, Easter is traditionally the busiest time in our hospitals after the Christmas and New Year periods and I know many of you have been working hard to make sure our bank holiday plans are robust and that we have some head room in our capacity to meet additional demand. Thank you for all the extra work you have put into these plans and my thanks to all those of you who are working at some point over the weekend too.

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Shooting for the moon

I began this week attending the retirement celebration of a very well respected colleague, Consultant Nurse for Infection Control, Linda Towey. Linda retires officially next Tuesday, 31st March, along with another highly respected colleague from the team, Consultant Microbiologist Dr Angela Shaw.

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The recognition of nutrition in relation to hydration

This week seemed to be all about food! I began on Monday by attending the annual Chertsey House Bake-off at St Peter’s, where I presented prizes to Dawn Cooper, Liz Davies and Margaret Broomfield for their fantastic bakes. It’s a great initiative, bringing staff together over a slice of delicious cake and also raised £216 for Victim Support. Thanks to Margaret Broomfield and Barbara Capaldi for organising this again.

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‘We are a really caring organisation’

That’s how the CQC described Ashford & St Peter’s when they fed back to us at their Quality Summit last week. I know you will have read the messages I sent out, and some of you will have come to the staff briefings we’ve been doing, so you’ll be well aware of our ‘Good’ rating. What’s been more difficult to express is the warmth and positivity that we all felt in the room last week as Hospital Inspector Mary Cridge, who led our inspection, described their findings.

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Chief Executive's Message

On a regular basis, 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.