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As well as monthly email bulletins, the Trust produces a newsletter for all our staff and members. You can download a PDF copy by clicking on images below.



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 place

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

Autumn 2017

  • The Trust welcomes two special visitors
  • Farewell to Aileen
  • Virtual Reality enhances Dementia Care
  • Farewell to Heather
  • New Chief Nurse
  • Inspiring visit by Cecilia Anim
  • National Organ Donation Week
  • Cutting edge endoscopic diagnostics and treatment
  • End PJ Paralysis

Summer 2017

  • Lady Forsyth-Johnson opens New Unit
  • Trust wins gold for healthy eating options
  • New GP service to help A&E patients at St. Peter’s
  • Our stars shine at Staff Awards
  • Team ASPH wins big
  • Ophthalmology in Focus
  • Spotlight on our Integrated Musculoskeletal Service
  • Stunning refurb inspired by children’s author
  • A mum, baby, and midwife reunion to celebrate IDM

Spring 2017

  • Celebrating our new Multi-Faith Centre
  • All change at St. Peter’s Hospital
  • Cherry Ward Lunch Club
  • New developments for our busy Endoscopy Unit
  • Spotlight on our Colorectal Cancer team
  • Peddling for pounds to support our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Autumn 2016

  • The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)
  • Meet our new Non-Executive Directors
  • ASPH now a NHS England Exemplar Centre
  • Innovative eye procedure launched
  • A&E Reconfiguration
  • Surrey Integrated Musculoskeletal Service
  • Members’ Update
  • Welcoming our new doctors
  • Spotlight on ... Quality Improvement

Summer 2016

  • Celebrating Staff Excellence
  • Capsule Endoscopy: A truly inner-vative treatment
  • Stroke Services: Supporting Best Outcomes for Patients
  • Pride in Nursing and Midwifery Day
  • Spotlight on….Therapies
  • An innovative approach to recovery
  • Dementia Services
  • “SimMom” helps our maternity team
  • Huge refurbishment project gets under way at St Peter’s

Spring 2016

  • Edna Adan Ismail’s inspirational visit to Maternity
  • Why don’t you - Adopt a Grandparent?
  • New service launched to support elderly patients
  • Cancer and Palliative Care
  • The team streamlining cancer care
  • Meet the Urological Oncology Team

Winter 2015

  • Preparing for Winter
  • WOW! Going the extra mile with a hat trick of awards
  • 2015 Opus Healthcare Research Award winners!
  • Sarah sails in to unveil new MRI scanner
  • New emergency surgery nurse co-ordinator role
  • Merger update
  • Members update
  • Meet our newest Governor
  • Reunited after 50 years and 6,390 miles
  • Spotlight on Paediatric Oncology
  • Research excellence
  • News from around the hospital

Autumn 2015

  • Moving forward together
  • Dementia Services
  • Taking a look inside … Imaging
  • The Friends of St. Peter’s Hospital
  • Ashford Hospital League of Friends
  • Judith Allford
  • Staff News Roundup
  • News Roundup

Summer 2015

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Update on our merger plans
  • Board and Council moves
  • Improving care for rehabilitation patients
  • Notice of election
  • Governors see what's happening "under the microscope"
  • Diary dates

This edition also includes our Annual Review 2014/15

Spring 2015

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Update on our merger plans
  • Our Pharmacy Team
  • Care Quality Commission Inspection Report
  • Radio Wey celebrates 50 years of hospital radio
  • Nutrition and Hydration Week
  • Winter pressures
  • Doctors Advancing Patient Safety (DAPS) Project
  • National Staff Survey 2014 - results are out!
  • Members’ Event – Cancer Services
  • Dates for your diaries

Winter 2014

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Opening of Abbey Birth Centre
  • New Ashford Chemotherapy Service
  • Spring to Green
  • Donation to breast cancer support group
  • New cardiac unit officially opened
  • Introducing our new Chief Nurse, Heather Caudle
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Members’ Health Event
  • Merger update
  • Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals WOW them at national awards ceremony!
  • Get involved and have your say
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection

Summer 2014

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Suzanne appointed as new Chief Executive
  • Celebrating front-line driven change
  • Our clinical vision for merger - in more detail
  • Blue Badge Parking Charges Update

Spring 2014

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Ashford and St Peter’s award winning staff
  • Andrew Liles stepping down as Chief Executive
  • Nutrition and Hydration Week
  • Trust’s Orthogeriatrics team shortlisted for BMJ Award

Autumn 2013

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Check It Out!
  • New Ashford Outpatients Department Opens
  • Showcasing our therapies
  • Annual Members’ Meeting

Summer 2013

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Together we Care
  • A special look at our A&E department
  • Ground breaking knee surgery
  • Nutrition for Life

Spring 2013

  • Chairman's Introduction
  • Reflections on the Francis Report
  • More choice for local women
  • Reaching out to patients with dementia
  • Delivering Compassion and Care

Winter 2012

  • Screening and surgery is saving lives
  • Inspirational address from Archbishop Tutu
  • Epsom Transaction Halted
  • Vigilant consultants save patient’s life twice

Autumn 2012

  • New shop at Ashford Hospital
  • The Queen’s Award presented to Volunteers
  • All in a night’s work
  • Care Quality Commission declares us fully compliant

Summer 2012

  • Friends celebrate double anniversaries
  • Volunteers receive Queen’s Award
  • Vascular Services
  • Major refurbishment for Ashford outpatients department

Spring 2012

  • Congratulations to our 6000th member!
  • Introducing the Trust’s new Medical Director
  • All in a day’s work
  • New technology improving patients’ experience

Winter 2011

  • 2011 Hospital Guide
  • Epsom Hospital
  • The Rowley Bristow Unit
  • Getting it right in outpatients

Summer 2011

  • Nominated as Top 40 Hospital
  • Car Parking Improvements
  • Living Our Values
  • Promoting the gift of life

Spring 2011

  • Our response to the Health Ombudsman’s Report
  • Staff rate Trust amongst the best!
  • Focus on our Emergency Services
  • Engaging our clinicians

Winter 2010

  • Continued low mortality rates
  • Our new visiting hours
  • Improving quality and efficiency - fractured hips
  • Introducing our new Council of Governors

Summer 2010

  • Nominate yourself as a Governor!
  • Celebrating successes in Maternity Services
  • Making our contribution count
  • High ratings for patient environments welcomed

Spring 2010

  • Registration with CQC
  • Long term plans for St Peter’s
  • How are we living our Trust values?
  • Staff Achievement Awards 2010

Winter 2009

  • Successful hygiene spot check
  • Improving Maternity Services
  • Annual Performance Rating 2008/09
  • Safeguarding your Privacy and Dignity


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