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Mythbusting and flu fighting

As Christmas approaches and the weather has really turned to winter, I wanted to focus my message today on an important patient safety issue and therefore the importance of our flu vaccination programme.

I think we would all agree that the care and protection of our patients – not to mention our own family and friends – is of huge importance to all of us. The flu vaccination offers that protection. It’s not a myth, it’s a fact.

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The place to be

This week we had a Quality Assurance visit for our undergraduate training at ASPH from St George’s Medical School and also at the beginning of November a visit from Imperial College and both have been an overwhelming success with fantastic feedback!

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Our winter winners

As we move into December, our focus is firmly on winter and the inevitable challenges it brings. Yet this time of year also brings much to celebrate, and lots of opportunity for us to get together and have a bit of fun alongside all the hard work we put in.

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It's about time

As part of our approach to ensuring that we remain resilient to the pressures that winter brings we will be focussing next week on our approach to improving the rate at which patients progress along their pathway of care. Using initiatives such as Safer Bundle and Red to Green can be really helpful in helping us to find ways to help our patients home safely, effectively and with clear discharge plans.

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Each week Suzanne Rankin, our Chief Executive, sends a message to staff about events at the hospitals, special achievements, and plans for the future.

We shall be adding them to this section as well as including them on our Twitter and Facebook pages.


About Suzanne

Suzanne was announced as the new Chief Executive in June 2014.

Suzanne began her nursing and management career with the Royal Navy, including deployment during the 1990 Gulf War; a spell as Senior Nursing Officer at NATO Headquarters in Lisbon; and Nursing Officer in charge of the 56-bed Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit at the former Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport, Hampshire.

Past Messages