The picture above shows Amy Boast with Health Care Assistant Louise Buckle
Welcome to our short review of 2014/15, which gives a flavour of what’s happening in your local hospitals.
Overall this has been a positive year, despite continued pressure and rising demand for local NHS services.
Providing high quality patient care is at the heart of our vision and we are very proud to be described as ‘a caring organisation’ and receive a ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission following their inspection of our hospitals last December.
Last year saw the completion of several major capital developments at St Peter’s Hospital, which you can read more about on these pages.
Our new Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin, came into post last summer and led the Trust through a very difficult winter, dominated by rising demand and emergency pressures. This culminated in our decision to declare a Major Incident on 3rd January 2015. We are very proud of the way staff coped throughout this time, demonstrating real commitment to patients.
Going forward, as the NHS continues to battle with a rising tide of demand, ageing population and ever tightening financial position, it’s clear we need to find new ways of working in collaboration with our local NHS partners. Our potential merger with the Royal Surrey County Hospital is one element of this and you can read more about this later in the review.
We hope you enjoy reading this small snapshot of our work. Whilst there is no doubt the coming year will be one of great challenge, our overarching priority remains the same – to provide safe and high quality care to every patient.
Aileen McLeish, Chairman
Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive