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Let us lead the way ...

After the rollercoaster of the last couple of weeks particularly following the CMA announcement on the merger, I’ve managed to spend some time this week reflecting on our strategic position.

Until now I’ve not had much opportunity to take that important step back to think things through but this week I’ve been able to do that, and take some expert advice from peers and colleagues. On Wednesday for example, I spent the afternoon in London at the Dalton Review - a workshop put on by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers to stimulate thinking around the recommendations from the Review (which puts forward new ideas on how healthcare organisations could be run in the future) click here for the full report.

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The Importance of Ashford Hospital to the Trust

Welcome everybody to my video message. As I said at the end of my last message, I have come to Ashford today. Ashford Hospital is a really important part of the Trust. It delivers brilliant care, as we are going to hear later from some of the team members.

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A Pause for Thought

I returned to a really busy and important week. I began this week by joining colleagues in Therapies and Outpatients Clinic along with The Friends of St Peter’s to officially open the newly refurbished staff rooms here at St Peter’s. The Friends have done a really great job in completely making over the two staff rooms with colourful furniture, new kitchen units and appliances. These refurbishments have made the staff rooms a much nicer place for staff to spend during their break times and to have some down time, so many thanks to all involved, especially The Friends of St Peter’s.

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Facing our financial challenges

This week I wanted to update you on the Trust’s financial situation – to be open and honest with you so that you are aware of the current situation and to ask for your help in managing this.

Much like many others at this time of year the full extent of our Christmas and New Year spending is now becoming clear. As you all know in order to cope with the recent operational demands we had to put in place various measures, such as using more agency staff, to ensure we maintained safe staffing levels, cancelling some operations and treating more emergency patients. These have all been the right things to do to provide the best and safest patient care we could in the circumstances, but they do have a financial impact for our Trust.

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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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