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Today at our monthly Team Briefing session I was excited to get a glimpse into our future - a snapshot of a new estates model which, when completed, will boost our ambitions to further enhance the quality and provision of patient care at ASPH and enable new, smarter and dynamic ways of working for teams across the Trust.

It’s still early days and there are many variables yet to be decided but the future looks promising indeed. We must take this opportunity to be ready for the future, and the demographic shifts for example, that will see the proportion of 85 year olds in the local population almost double by 2022. This consideration alone makes it clear that there are many challenges ahead of us.

Being a public sector organisation means we have a responsibility to be smart, curious and creative, in order to rise to these challenges. New buildings alone will not meet these needs and we will need to collaborate with patients and partners on new models of care, new ways of working and embrace digitisation to be successful.

I find this kind of planning for the future exciting and I know we have the right motivation and the right team to turn these plans into reality – watch this space for the next update and opportunity to get involved.


As you will know, this weekend marks the end our involvement with the Blanche Heriot Unit (BHU), after 15 years under our management the service will transfer to CNWL NHS Foundation Trust on 1st October. It is important that we take this opportunity to reflect on what has been a very successful journey and recognise the significant contribution of the BHU team.

Under the guidance and leadership of Dr Jill Pritchard, the team has gone from strength to strength. It is widely recognised and credited for providing a valued and professional service to the many patients who have been cared for, and – as some services will still to be provided by ASPH - for those who will continue to rely on it.

My sincere thanks go to the entire team for the commitment and professionalism you have given to patients and the Trust over the years. For those transferring with the services to CNWL, or moving on to new endeavours I wish you all the very best for the future.

The original Blanche Heriot is a local heroine who will always be entrenched in folklore. If you don’t know the story you should Google it. Our Trust has been privileged to have had a clinic named in her memory at St Peter’s Hospital.


And finally this week, a huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in ensuring we are on track to hit 93% for the quarter with regards to our A&E performance. This is just fabulous news for our patients and testament to the commitment and determination of every member of Team ASPH – well done and thank you.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

With very best wishes,

Suzanne Rankin
Chief Executive



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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