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In this section, you can read the news articles published during the year.


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Transport Snack Packs

Published: Thursday, 17 January 2019

Sometimes babies are born prematurely or unwell in hospitals that do not have facilities to provide the appropriate level of care. In these cases it may be necessary to transport them from one hospital to a specialist unit in another – such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital (the only one in Surrey). To enable babies to be transported as safely as possible, a dedicated neonatal transport service has been developed.


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Accident and emergency departments busy across Surrey Heartlands

Published: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Hospitals across Surrey Heartlands are reporting an increased demand on accident and emergency departments, which is impacting on patient waiting times.

Robust contingency plans are in place but members of the public are being asked to Help Us Help You and know what to do and where to go for the right level of health care during this busy winter period.


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Community Corner opens for patients

Published: Tuesday, 28 January 2019

After looking at ways in which they could improve patients experience whilst staying in hospital, the team on the Senior Adult Medical Services Ward (SAMS) at Ashford and St Peter’s decided to create a sociable area for patients and visitors which they have named the 'Community Corner'.


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West Site Update

Published: Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Boards of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are pleased with the decision taken by Runnymede Borough Council on 7th February 2019 to issue planning consent for the redevelopment of the St Peter’s Hospital Healthcare Campus.


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Introducing the Junior Doctors Assistants

Published: Thursday, 14 February 2019

It’s been over 20 years since the first Medical Support Workers were employed at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals to assist Junior Doctors. The role was created in order to aid Junior Doctors of some of their administrative duties and enable them to spend more time on the wards ensuring that patients are seen quickly and that follow up care is organised efficiently.


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Trust research recognised

Published: Tuesday, 5 March 2019

On Friday 22nd February 2019, Chief Executives of NHS Trusts, researchers and patients came together to celebrate the excellent health and social care research taking place within the region at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Kent, Surrey and Sussex Awards.


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Relaunch of the Footsteps Pathway

Published: Tuesday, 5 March 2019

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital are relaunching the Footsteps Pathway, and in line with the NICU philosophy of family centred care and working in partnership with parents, we are providing an accessible and easy to use resource pack. The Footsteps Pathway is a tool for parents to use throughout their stay on NICU. It will help them to recognise their baby’s progress and enable them to anticipate discharge-‘big journeys begin with small steps.’


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Spelthorne buys hospital trust’s surplus car park for housing

Published: Monday, 18 March 2019

Spelthorne Borough Council has announced the purchase of a surplus car park on the site of Ashford Hospital's old incinerator with the aim of developing the land for much needed housing.


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Ashford and St Peter’s make new Board Appointments

Published: Friday, 29 March 2019

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are delighted to announce that following a thorough and competitive recruitment process, two new appointments to the Board have been made. James Thomas has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Tom Smerdon as Director of Strategy and Sustainability.


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SAMS recognised at Patient Awards

Published: Monday, 1 April 2019

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals are delighted to announce that the Multidisciplinary Senior Adult Medical Services Team have been recognised in a number of categories at the annual Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA) for their ‘What Matters to You’ programme.


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Land Sale to Fund Major Healthcare Improvements for Surrey

Published: Thursday, 4 April 2019

The sale of surplus land at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has been completed; this marks an exciting development that will pave the way for major healthcare improvements locally.


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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of our Cardiac Catheter Laboratory Service

Published: Monday, 15 April 2019

April 1st saw the 20th anniversary of the InHealth Cardiac Catheter Laboratory Service at St Peter's Hospital which was celebrated by staff and patients. 20 years ago, invasive cardiology procedures were not common practice in district hospitals, and there were many questions asked by commissioners about the need and safety of these types of procedures.


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Creative creatures feature at St Peter's

Published: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Momentum Children’s Charity has successfully completed another hospital refurbishment at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, thanks to an inspiring young man called Tudor. Tudor and his colleagues raised funds for the charity’s project and the whole Mediatonic team were involved in the creative designs.


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Launch of new NICU transport incubator system

Published: Thursday, 2 May 2019

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital is delighted to announce the arrival of its new transport incubator system for use by the Surrey Neonatal Transfer Service. The fully equipped mobile intensive care unit for babies was launched at the Level 3 unit in March and has already made several journeys, including a trip to Swansea to bring a premature baby back home to Surrey.


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The Mayor of Runnymede donates to our Audiology department

Published: Friday, 17 May 2019

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals were delighted to be visited by The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Dolsie Clarke and Consort, Dr Brian Perry last week who presented a cheque for £1,000 to Chief Executive of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, Suzanne Rankin.


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Trust shortlisted for CHKS national healthcare efficiency award

Published: Friday, 24 May 2019

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals have been shortlisted for the CHKS national healthcare efficiency award, part of the CHKS annual Top Hospitals programme awards 2019. The CHKS Top Hospitals awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and are awarded to healthcare organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality and improvement.


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Take a look behind the scenes at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Local people are invited to St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, on Saturday 6 July from 10am-3pm for its inaugural Community Open Day. The Open Day is for everyone in the community - patients, families, carers, schools, local businesses, stakeholders and partners - for a celebratory, fun, engaging and interactive day to help local people feel part of the Trust.


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Trust holds a Dragons Den style event for teams to pitch ideas to achieve our vision

Published: Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Last Friday, 14th June, saw the second annual Dragons Den event held by Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. The event, inspired by the Television Programme of the same name, provides the opportunity for staff to present their ideas to the Executive Team, who take on the role of the dragons, and pitch for additional funding to purchase equipment they feel would benefit patients whilst in hospital and improve team working processes.


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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals receive positive response to NHS National Audit Inpatient Survey

Published: Thursday, 27 June 2019

Last week, The Care Quality Commission published the results of the Adult Inpatient Survey for 2018, and we are delighted to announce that the feedback for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals was overall encouraging, with the majority of patients having a very positive experience.


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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit receives largest single charitable donation ever

Published: Thursday, 4 July 2019

Little Roo Neonatal Fund were lucky enough to be nominated as ‘Charity of the Year’ by Talon Outdoor Media Agency by colleagues Tom and Charlie Perret after their daughter Aurelia was cared for by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital. Aurelia was born at 34 weeks in St Peter’s Hospital on 3 July 2017 and spent three weeks in NICU.


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Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals hold successful first Community Day

Published: Tuesday, 9 July 2019

St Peter's Hospital opened their doors to welcome over 300 people to their first Community Day on Saturday 6th July. The day was an outstanding success, with visitors of all ages attending and a fantastic buzz created around the Trust.


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Lullaby Hour at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Monday, 5 August 2019

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s were delighted to recently be joined by professional singer and ukulele player, Emma Stevens, for Lullaby Hour. Lullaby Hour is an award winning project created by the Music in Hospitals & Care charity that brings calming music into hospital wards to help aid sleep and recovery for babies. Emma sang to some of the parents and babies in NICU, and played some gentle and soothing music on her Ukulele which created a relaxing and calm environment for parents as they held their babies.


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3000th baby born in Abbey Birth Centre at St Peter’s Hospital

Published: Monday, 12 August 2019

On Thursday 8th August at 20:48 Sheena Parmar from Addlestone gave birth to her second child, a healthy baby boy, named Dylan, who was the 3000th baby to be born in the Abbey Birth Centre at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. Dylan was delivered by Midwife Angela Affinito, weighing 6lb 6oz.


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Our partnering work with Surrey County Council’s Youth Offending Services

Published: Friday, 30 August 2019

On Tuesday 27th August the High Sheriff of Surrey, Bridget Biddell, paid a special visit to St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey to learn more about the Trust’s partnership with Surrey County Council’s Youth Offending Services; particularly the carpentry projects undertaken by young people referred to Youth Offending Services, to make items for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Stroke Rehabilitation service.


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Trust Transformation Programme begins with build of new multi deck car park

Published: Thursday, 03 October 2019

On 7th October the main Outpatients car park at St Peter’s Hospital will close until July 2020 and work will begin on a new, multi deck car park for patients and visitors. Parking has been a challenge at St Peter’s for many years and the new car park, which will have 700 spaces, will help us to greatly improve the situation for patients, visitors and staff.


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Staff Achievement Awards 2019

Published: Thursday, 10 October 2019

On Thursday 3rd October the ASPH Staff Awards took place at the prestigious Sandhurst Military Academy.

The event was hosted by Major Russell Lewis MC who presented the awards, along with our Chief Executive, Suzanne Rankin and our Chairman, Andy Field, to our staff and volunteers.