Raising awareness of sepsis
In the UK, sepsis claims the lives of 37,000 patients a year - that is just over 100 patients a day. Recognising the signs early and prompt treatment could save nearly half of those patients from dying. So last month, our sepsis champions, including consultants, junior doctors and members of our Outreach team took to the wards to promote Sepsis Awareness Month in their bright red t-shirts.
Thank you for your generosity
Staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and North West Surrey CCG have collected four pallets worth of urgently needed items, such as outdoor clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries for refugees across Europe. Pictured below, Head of Unplanned Care (CCG) James Thomas (left) and IT Projects Manager Julian Rolls (right) loading up the van to deliver the donations to the CalAid Charity Headquarters in East London, from where they will be transported to Calais.
Good news for our nurses
We have welcomed the recent news that the Home Secretary agreed to add nursing to the shortage occupation list. We already have 51 Filipino nurses waiting to come and work with us and this means we can now invite them to the UK to join us - which is very well timed as we move into winter. It also means we can retain our highly talented and experienced overseas nurses who already work with us.
Staff Social Committee and Social Club Café Evening
Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent survey about our social facilities and activities at the Trust. The response was very positive, with many of you saying you would like to get involved with the Social Committee, and that you would like access to Social Club and gym facilities on site if possible.
To kick-start things, there will be a Social Club Café Evening every Thursday, 5pm-9pm in the Post Grad at St Peter’s.
Kick back, relax and unwind with your colleagues after work, whilst enjoying a wine, beer, soft drink, tea or coffee. There will be music, Wii, games and free wifi available. Wine and beer are free (it is your responsibility to be fit for duty) but any donations would be gratefully received and go towards our Social Club fundraising for future activities.
Our Heather is an inspiration!
Our Chief Nurse, Heather Caudle, was announced as one of the country’s most inspirational nursing leaders in 2015. She was one of 48 individuals to be selected by a distinguished panel of judges to receive this prestigious title. Over 100 nominations were put forward by users of nursingtimes.net, so Heather beat off some stiff competition to be included on the Nursing Times’ Leaders 2015 list.