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Welcome to our Trust newsletter

Keeping staff informed and up-to-date is a priority for the Trust. This is achieved through the regular email bulletins, weekly Chief Executive messages, monthly "Team Talks", and our Aspire newsletters.

We have an archive of older issues (in PDF format) available by clicking here or on the years below:

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2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
2017 2018 2019 2020 2022



Summer / Autumn 2023

It has been a busy few months since the last edition of Aspire, and I am delighted to be able to share some of the amazing work and initiatives that have been happening across the hospital with you. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Team ASPH colleagues for all your continued hard work and efforts to provide the best possible care for patients, particularly during the industrial action - it is hugely appreciated

  • Coronation celebrations
  • Thank you and au revoir Andy Field
  • The Laparos laparoscopic surgical simulator
  • ASPH In Bloom Winners
  • NHS 75th photo competition
  • Pride in Nursing
  • Community Day
  • Royal Opens new Staff Garden
  • Armed Forces Week Breakfast celebrations
  • Spotlight on the Complex Discharge Team
  • Quality Improvement Day
  • Awareness Day Highlights
  • ASPH Charity Fundraising update
  • ASPH social media
  • Members’ Update



Winter / Spring 2023

We’d like to start with a massive, heartfelt thank you to the staff who worked over the Christmas and New Year period to keep the hospital running, sacrificing their time with their families to continue to care for our patients.

  • We’ve been busy
  • Decorate a door
  • Harms free care event
  • COVID-19 nasal spray clincial trial
  • ASPH Community open day
  • Staff achievement awards
  • Supporting our armed forces and their families
  • Bowel cancer screening colonoscopies at St Peter’s Hospital
  • Healing Arts staff garden
  • Right care, right time, right place
  • Fundraising update
  • ASPH social
  • Members’ update and dates for the diary



Summer 2022

It has been an exceptionally busy time at ASPH, and we are delighted to start by thanking our fantastic team who have gone above and beyond to provide excellent care for our patients despite the ongoing pressures.

  • Celebrating the Trust’s contribution to Covid research
  • Recognising the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at ASPH
  • Developments at ASPH
  • Spotlight on - Meet Julie Smith, Chief Executive
  • Healing Arts programme
  • Launching Surrey Safe Care
  • Launching North West Surrey Health and Care Alliance
  • Employee Experience update
  • Catering services at ASPH
  • ASPH join the Surrey Pride celebrations
  • Fundraising update
  • ASPH social
  • Members’ update and dates for the diary



Autumn / Winter 2020

It is safe to say that this year has been one of the most challenging that our NHS has ever faced, and certainly one of the most testing times for Ashford and St Peter’s. This edition is a reflection of the past few months and encompasses some of the changes, challenges and learnings of COVID-19.

  • Changes at ASPH
  • Virtual appointments - Attend Anywhere
  • Support from our local community
  • Returning to nursing during COVID-19
  • COVID-19 patient story
  • COVID test trials
  • Staff Interview
  • Keeping you safe when visiting ASPH
  • Fundraising Update
  • ASPH Social
  • Members’ update



Autumn / Winter 2019

Welcome to the first Aspire of 2020. We’d like to start this edition of Aspire by saying a big thank you to all colleagues who worked over the Christmas and New Year period. As always, it was an exceptionally busy time, but it was great to see Team ASPH pull together and support each other to ensure that we provide patients with the best possible care and treatment.

  • Staff Achievement Awards
  • Patient Stories
  • Spotlight On – Transforming outpatient physiotherapy services
  • ASPH Pantomime
  • Fundraising
  • ASPH Social
  • Members’ update



Summer 2019

It has been an exceptionally busy time at ASPH, with the extra pressures experienced during last winter continuing well into spring and summer.

Team ASPH have really pulled together to support each other and ensure that we strive to provide patients with the best possible care and treatment - a big thank you to you all. To support teams in coping with this sustained increase in demand, we are renewing our commitment to the Making Every Day Count programme. We want each day a patient spends with us to add real value to their care and recovery, helping them get closer to the place they call home. To support this we will shortly be changing the configuration of some assessment areas and wards. This will help ensure we have the right number of speciality beds in the right place and improve the flow of patients. Keep an eye out in the next issue of Aspire for more information on this.

  • ASPH recognised through National awards
  • A Special Day to Celebrate our Nurses and Midwives
  • First successful ASPH Community Open Day!
  • Becoming an anchor organisation
  • ASPH partners with Stanwell Food Bank
  • Team ASPH get fiery in the Dragons Den
  • Heather’s Update
  • Team Member of the Month
  • Ishbel Davis
  • ASPH Transformation
  • Fundraising Update
  • Annual Members’ Meeting Overview



Spring 2019

Winter, and indeed spring are particularly busy times for us at ASPH and this year is no exception.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fantastic team ASPH for your hard work and dedication in seeking to provide patients with the best possible care in what remains an extremely busy and pressurised time.

  • A message from our Chief Executive and Chairman
  • Research and Development Team recognised at National Institute for Health Research Awards
  • Community Corner opens for patients
  • NHS Long Term Plan and ASPH
  • ASPH Outpatient Transformation Programme
  • Why Transform Outpatient Services?
  • Healthcare Plays come to ASPH
  • Team Member of the Month
  • Important medical support role - Junior Doctors Assistant initiative
  • Trust Impact Case Study Included in National Repository
  • Speaking to: Hardev Gill
  • Supporting Inclusion through Staff Networks at ASPH
  • Fundraising Update
  • Flu Review
  • Meet two of our new Governors
  • Council of Governors’ Election



Autumn / Winter 2018

Recognition can be a very powerful way of demonstrating the value colleagues bring and to gather us together around a shared vision or goal.

The Staff Achievement Awards are always the highlight of the ASPH calendar and a superb occasion to take some time out and appreciate everything colleagues do day-in day-out, for patients, their teams and each other. We hosted an afternoon tea for about 300 colleagues and took the opportunity to celebrate with the Long Service Award winners for their amazing commitment and service to the Trust.

  • ASPH Transformation programme
  • A day in their shoes
  • Theresa May honours NHS heroes at The Sun’s inspiring Who Cares Wins health awards
  • VTE Prevention team commended for outstanding practice
  • Staff Achievement Awards
  • Our new Recognition Scheme launched in November 2018
  • R&D goes from strength to strength
  • Winter planning
  • Lunch4Life’s Charity Glitter Ball raises £15,000
  • Parents Charity Ball raises £10,000 for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Our Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating remains ‘Good’ for the second time



Summer 2018

Birthdays, awards, new services and new names for existing services. All these give us a good collective reason to cheer and shout about our ever increasing list of achievements.

We recently shared in one of the biggest birthday parties celebrating with other NHS colleagues across the country the 70th year of the existence of the NHS. Nothing like a good cup of tea with a sumptuous piece of cake to share at our amazing events

  • Our new strategy
  • iMSK - musculoskeletal must-have
  • iMSK - Patient journey
  • Happy 70th Birthday to the NHS
  • Preserving history for future generations
  • Meet the Early Support Discharge Team
  • SAMS live up to their new name
  • Smallest British boy to be born and survive is one year old
  • Well done Team ASPH
  • Rounders - the results
  • ASPH Dragons get fiery in the den
  • Annual Members’ meeting
  • Elections for Governors to take placec



Spring 2018

Welcome to our new look Aspire magazine – our first edition for spring. After a long and chilly winter it’s nice to move into brighter and warmer days.

Over the colder months we’ve had some exceptionally busy days in A&E and across our hospitals, which creates a challenge in managing our bed capacity. Coping with this extra demand whilst continuing to provide high quality care to our patients has required a supreme effort; thank you to every member of Team ASPH and all of our healthcare partners for your invaluable contribution.

  • Opening of our new Daffodil Room for bereaved families
  • 20 new midwives join Team ASPH
  • Success for Infant Feeding Team
  • Snack bar helps parents in Neonatal Unit
  • The local knitters helping premature babies
  • Urology team launch new virtual service
  • Dementia friendly project at Ashford
  • Breast service grateful for ‘Lunch4Life’ support
  • Meet Cherry Jordan, Clinical Site Nurse Practitioner
  • Digital step forward for maternity services
  • Mobile technology improving patient care
  • Our Knowledge Service - a wealth of information
  • Learning and earning ‘on the job’
  • Meet Richard, our Pharmacy Volunteer
  • Building Team ASPH
  • Members’ Event on Infection Prevention and Control
  • Being a Governor


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