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We were delighted to welcome over 300 visitors to the very first Community Open Day, held at St Peter’s on Saturday 6th July. The day was an outstanding success, with visitors of all ages attending and a fantastic buzz created around the Trust.

Interactive stands and activities were set up throughout the hospital for teams to showcase their departments and specialties, including a ‘behind the scenes’ operating theatre experience, which proved very popular with visitors. We were also supported by various partners including Unison, Radio Wey, Surrey Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, St John’s Ambulance and The Army Reserve and Cadets.

The feedback from all who attended was brilliant with comments such as ‘We’re so lucky to have Ashford and St Peter’s in our community – brilliant’ and ‘Amazing. Well done ASPH!’ posted on the visitor comments board.

Chairman Andy Field, Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin, and Colonel Ash Boreham signed the Armed Forces Covenant, formally marking the Trust’s commitment to the serving members of the armed forces as well as veterans and their families.

Andy said: “The Community Day was absolutely fantastic and a huge success. It was lovely to see families come together to find out more about everything the Trust has to offer. Most people come to hospital when they are unwell or they are visiting someone, so the Community Day provided a rare opportunity to come and see the variety of things that we do and to de-mystify the whole hospital experience. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and I’d like to thank everyone involved in the organisation of the day, including all our partners, along with all the visitors who came along to support us.”