Welcome to this week’s message, firstly I’d like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
As you all know the Trust has been under consistent pressure for the past few months with everyone working extremely hard. The Christmas and New Year period - as predicated - has seen this pressure increase and with a period of colder weather forecasted to start this weekend we can expect the demand to continue.
As ever you have risen to the challenge and shown great team spirit! I know many of you have worked in less familiar areas and adapted well. Indeed I went back to the floor over the New Year to support A&E and thoroughly enjoyed working directly with patients and clinical teams right across the Trust.
I am very grateful to all of you who have worked so hard and in particular those of you who have shown such great flexibility. Your support to patients in this way has made a significant difference.
Clearly the winter is not yet over and we will need to continue to place the needs of patients at the centre of all that we do and remain motivated over the coming months.
One of the key risks during the winter period is that of infections such as flu and norovirus which as you know can be awful for patients and severely limit the flow in the hospital. So I am asking you to be extra vigilant with regard to hand washing and universal precautions, especially when moving around the Trust and for those of you who are yet to take advantage of the flu vaccination I would ask that you consider taking that option up.
As you know we are reviewing the hospital status daily, continuing ASPH’s initiative Making Every Day Count, working collaboratively with system partners - as outlined in Tom Smerdon’s message a few weeks ago. Please do read his message here if you have not seen it already. As well as carrying out some external ‘choose well ‘communications to the local population all of which is an important part of our winter resilience plan.
As we head into another busy and cold winter weekend I thank you all for your continued hard work and professionalism and to simply say that I am so very proud to be a member of TeamASPH!