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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Dr David Fluck

Dr David Fluck
Medical Director

 

I’ve taken over the message for this week and would like to talk about a really important event happening over the next five days - World Antibiotic Awareness Week. This event is dedicated to increasing awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policy makers, to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance- one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, persistent overuse and misuse has encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, occurring when microbes such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them. Public Health England’s latest Surveillance report shows that there were an estimated 61,000 antibiotic resistant infections in England during 2018 - a 9% rise from 2017.

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Ever found yourself in a vulnerable situation?

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

Coming into hospital can be a daunting time for many and some of us can react in an unexpected and uncharacteristic way. Some patients or visitors may not have the ability to hold back emotions in stressful situations. This can lead to unpredictable behaviours that can result in a violent or aggressive incident. We also recognise that some of the violence and aggression we experience can be due to patients having cognitive impairment.

Because the NHS has seen an increase in violence and aggression against members of their team, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announced the first ever NHS Violence Reduction Strategy with a zero tolerance approach. To support this strategy and Team ASPH, we are piloting the use of Body Worn Cameras this month.

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Autumn Action at ASPH

Suzanne Rankin

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive

 

This week I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about a really important upcoming initiative, focusing on improving patient care at ASPH. Autumn Action - Reset Week, is taking place 7th - 13th November, and will focus the whole Trust and partners on improving inpatient care, by challenging ourselves to do whatever we can to remove unnecessary delays for patients. Patients time is the most important currency in healthcare and how we efficiently utilise our own time and prioritise patients time is imperative.

To make the necessary care improvements at ASPH, we need to address the current challenges with patient flow from the Emergency Department / Acute Assessment Units through the hospital. During Autumn Action, the objective is to discharge more people than we admit. This will help prevent the need for medical patients to be cared for in non-medical beds, help timely assessment (in our assessment areas), and provide the right care to those who need to be in hospital.

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ASPH Transformation: Our Trust, Our Future

Tom Smerdon

Tom Smerdon
Director of Strategy and Sustainability

 

Many of you will have heard about the changes happening within our Trust over the next few years at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals. We have exciting plans to improve our hospitals so we can provide the best possible experience and care to our patients, a facility with excellent amenities for staff, patients and visitors, and work with our local communities to improve health and wellbeing.

 

What does this mean for staff?

Staff will have access to a well-being centre that will house an indoor gym, an outdoor active area, a relaxation garden and sleep pods. They will be able to select from a choice of good quality food and refreshments with a new retail offering which will include M&S, an improved WHSmith and two new cafes amongst others. We will be building a new Urgent and Emergency Care & Assessment Unit which will transform the experience for patients and ease pressure on staff.

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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.