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As we experience the first frosts it’s clear winter is on its way. We are already seeing busy days in our hospitals and would encourage people to ‘choose well’ when they need medical attention. A&E isn’t always the right place and we need to keep the department working well for those who really need it.

In preparing for winter we are working closely with our partners, Virgin Care, Surrey County Council, NW Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group and GP colleagues, to make sure we have the right plans to cope with demand. When services are under pressure working together is so important and we talk daily to make sure patients get the right care, where they need it.

On a different note we are delighted to share our recent success in this year’s WOW! Awards. WOW! is an international recognition scheme aimed at rewarding those who have gone the extra mile and works across many industry sectors, not just health. Particularly impressive is the success of Midwife Kirstie Addison, who not only won the category Going the Extra Mile but was also shortlisted in the Judges’ Choice Award from over 15,000 nominations!

With the festive season approaching we hope you’ll enjoy our feature on festive calories and a wider piece on hospital catering. Christmas brings its own challenge if you have to be in hospital and staff do their utmost to make this a special time. Our thanks to the Friends of both hospitals for all the gifts they generously give to patients at this time of year.

We also take a look inside Paediatric Oncology which describes some of the fantastic work the team are doing, supported by the charity Momentum. We have also picked out one of our research projects which was showcased at our Research and Development Day. We have real ambitions in the field of research and the contribution the team are making is really putting us on the map.

We welcome newly elected Governor, Lilly Evans for Runnymede and Windsor & Maidenhead. Our thanks and best wishes to Margaret Lenton and Tracy Ward who had served as previous Governors for Windsor & Maidenhead and Runnymede respectively. We also welcome new Governor for Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames, Baghat Singh Rupal.

Finally our best wishes for the festive season and a happy and prosperous New Year.

 

Aileen McLeish, Chairman
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive