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Aileen and Suzanne

Welcome to the first edition of our new look ASPire magazine

We want to keep staff, patients and members updated with everything that’s happening at our hospitals, and also to have the opportunity to gain some insight into each other’s perspectives. So we have decided to combine our Aspire newsletter for staff with Members’ Matters into this new, quarterly magazine. We hope you enjoy reading it – please let us know what you think. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any comments or feedback.

As the nights start to draw in it feels like winter is on its way. Last year we experienced one of our busiest ever winter periods and whilst our staff coped admirably, our services were under huge pressure. This year we would like to help our local community be ‘winter ready’ and to stay as well as possible.

We have felt particularly proud recently to have been shortlisted in a number of national and regional awards – these include Board Leadership and Chief Executive of the Year in the national Health Service Journal Awards, emerging leader (Mark Hinchcliffe from our Programme Management Office) and collaborative leader (Professor Pankaj Sharma) in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Regional Awards. Our Housekeeping Team has also been shortlisted for Facilities Team of the Year in the national Building Better Healthcare Awards.

In addition this year we have been announced winner of the 2015 CHKS Quality of Care Award and Top 40 Hospital for the 3rd year running. The fact that we feature in so many different award categories tells us that others are now recognising the quality of care and treatment we provide as well as our improving culture, which should feel reassuring for patients, staff and our local community.


For members

Our new magazine incorporates some dedicated pages for our members with our usual diary dates and a special report on one of our recent Health Events.

As our merger plans progress, we are enjoying getting out and about meeting members of our local communities to talk about our wider plans and hear your views.

In the meantime we hope to see you at one of our public events in the very near future:

  • Wednesday 25th Nov 2015
    Cobham Village Hall
    Lushington Drive
    Cobham, KT11 2LU
    7.00 - 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 9th Dec 2015
    St Peter’s Church Hall
    Laleham Road, Staines
    TW18 2DX
    6.00 - 7.30 pm
  • Tuesday 12th Jan 2016
    West Horsley Village Hall
    The Street, W Horsley
    KT24 6DD
    6.00 - 7.30 pm
  • Thursday 28th Jan 2016
    Chertsey Hall, Heriot Rd
    Chertsey KT16 9DR
    6.00 - 7.30 pm
  • Tuesday 2nd Feb 2016
    Byfleet Village Hall
    54 High Road, Byfleet
    KT14 7QL
    6.30 - 8.00 pm


Merger Update

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued its final clearance for our proposed merger with the Royal Surrey County Hospital, following a provisional clearance in August.

The CMA has a statutory role to examine all potential mergers, specifically around competition issues (patient choice,) and has concluded that, should the proposed merger go ahead, patients would still have plenty of choice about where to get their care.  This means we can now move to the next stage of our planning. You can find the full report at https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases.

Both Boards now need to consider the detailed plans and make their decision on the next step forward which will be in late November.  Subject to their approval, the process will then include a detailed assessment by Monitor, the health sector regulator, and at a later stage, final approvals by both Boards and Councils of Governors. The earliest start date for the new organisation would be July 2016.  We are also planning a widespread engagement campaign with both the public and staff to make sure everyone has a chance to have their say.  Initial public meetings are taking place as detailed on the right, with more to follow including Spelthorne, Hounslow, Woking and across the area.  These are open to everyone, please let us know if you wish to attend by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01932 723800. See more at www.working-together.org.


A shared future ... the benefits of merging

Like many NHS hospitals, we face a challenging future. Joining together means we can strengthen and protect services for patients, saving money that we can reinvest in better patient care.

  • Increased consultant cover at weekends
  • Expanding A&E at St Peter’s Hospital
  • More services locally at Ashford Hospital, like chemotherapy
  • Expanding St Luke’s Cancer Centre at Royal Surrey
  • More investment in technology
  • Developing more specialist services