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World Antibiotic Awareness Week

I’ve taken over the message for this week and would like to talk about a really important event happening over the next five days - World Antibiotic Awareness Week. This event is dedicated to increasing awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policy makers, to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance- one of the biggest threats facing us today.

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Ever found yourself in a vulnerable situation?

Coming into hospital can be a daunting time for many and some of us can react in an unexpected and uncharacteristic way. Some patients or visitors may not have the ability to hold back emotions in stressful situations. This can lead to unpredictable behaviours that can result in a violent or aggressive incident. We also recognise that some of the violence and aggression we experience can be due to patients having cognitive impairment.

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Autumn Action at ASPH

This week I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about a really important upcoming initiative, focusing on improving patient care at ASPH. Autumn Action - Reset Week, is taking place 7th - 13th November, and will focus the whole Trust and partners on improving inpatient care, by challenging ourselves to do whatever we can to remove unnecessary delays for patients. Patients time is the most important currency in healthcare and how we efficiently utilise our own time and prioritise patients time is imperative.

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ASPH Transformation: Our Trust, Our Future

Many of you will have heard about the changes happening within our Trust over the next few years at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals. We have exciting plans to improve our hospitals so we can provide the best possible experience and care to our patients, a facility with excellent amenities for staff, patients and visitors, and work with our local communities to improve health and wellbeing.

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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.

From time to time, we shall ask other members of the Trust Board and clinical team to give their perspective on the week in our hospitals.


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.

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