Dr David Fluck
Acting Chief Executive
I have been appointed Acting Chief Executive by the Board and feel proud to once again step into this role. As is always the case I will be more than able supported by my executive colleagues and senior leadership team and our priority remains your safety and wellbeing.
Last week Suzanne described the work we are doing as we move into the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic to restore and recover services. She described our new "North Star" objective to "end health and care acquired infections for the team, patients and the community we serve."
One key element of this is the way we organise services across the hospital sites to minimise footfall and mitigate risk and Suzanne explained that we are moving as much planned activity to Ashford Hospital as possible, whilst emergency activity will remain at St Peter's.
Ashford Hospital will play an absolutely key role in the new operating model with the social distancing and COVID-19 screening measures we need to put in place.
Whilst we are, of course, still working under the pressures of COVID-19 this feels like an opportunistic moment in time. We've rapidly changed the way we provide services to patients in recent weeks and now is the time to build upon that and cement new, better, ways of working for the benefit of all.
With best wishes for the week ahead,
Dr David Fluck Acting Chief Executive