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Last night, 16th April, staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ were joined by some of our local emergency services partners for a very special #ClapforCarers, an initiative that began a few weeks ago as a display of thanks for key workers across the country.

Police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines joined members of Team ASPH in the A&E car park at St Peter’s and simultaneously flashed their blue lights in a coordinated display to demonstrate the county’s unified approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

We were also delighted to be joined by a film crew from BBC News who broadcast the display live on BBC 1 last night at 8pm as part of the national coverage. The atmosphere was incredible and there was a real uplifting sense of camaraderie. You can see some of the footage on our YouTube channel or take a look at our Twitter account where we’ve shared videos that colleagues posted. Keep your eyes peeled for the ITU team who were clapping from the windows in their PPE, We’re so pleased that some of them were able to join in.

The ‘Blue Light Serenade’ is planned to take place each Thursday and is taking place at all five of Surrey’s acute hospitals-Ashford and St Peter’s, Chertsey; Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford; Frimley Hospital, Camberley; East Surrey Hospital, Redhill; and Epsom Hospital.

A huge thanks to everyone for making this happen, we look forward to doing it all again next Thursday at 8pm.