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Welcome to this month’s video message, which focuses on a very special and important topic, in a different format which I hope you will all enjoy. This month I was joined by colleagues from across the Trust to discuss the important subject of death. This was inspired by work that we’re currently undertaking to learn from deaths but also after having listened myself to the BBC Radio 4 series ‘we need to talk about death

In many ways and as one of the contributors put it, “death is the last great societal taboo” but we will all have to come to terms with the inevitability of it and in a hospital environment it is something that we are faced with every day so it’s really important that we start to have more conversations about it in order to normalise discussions with patients and carers.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the discussion; Susan Dargan - Macmillan Lead Nurse Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care, Clare Smith - Palliative Care Consultant, Paul Murray - Deputy Medical Director, Marjorie Nesbitt - former nurse, carer and current Dementia Volunteer, Dana Scott - Deputy Chief Nurse, Alison Allan- Bereavement Officer, Rosemary Roberts - FY1 Junior Dr, Miriam Petterson - Nurse, and Rev'd Laurence Gamlen - Lead Chaplin. I really enjoyed the conversation and as you will see I made a commitment to talk about death more with my family something I think we should all be doing if we can.

To assist in making conversations about death less uncomfortable we will be distributing and sharing this film more widely than the usual video messages, it will be used externally for patients, families and carers, across the Surrey Heartlands partnership and internally as an information and learning piece.

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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