Welcome to the first edition of our new look ASPire magazine
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.
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
Cobham, KT11 2LU
7.00 - 8.30 pm
- Wednesday 9th Dec 2015
St Peter’s Church Hall
Laleham Road, Staines
6.00 - 7.30 pm
- Tuesday 12th Jan 2016
West Horsley Village Hall
The Street, W Horsley
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
6.30 - 8.00 pm
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.
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