In this section, you can read the news articles published during the year.



New Year Babies

Nine babies were born on New Year’s Day at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey - five boys and four girls. The first baby was Cleo Lewis of Woking who arrived at 01.14hrs weighing 6lbs. 15 oz. The last, Max Boutcher of Walton, arrived with only five minutes to spare at 23.55hrs weighing 8lbs. 1oz.


Published: 01 January 2008

Clean Water for Children

It may seem a daunting task by Dr Babikir Ismail is determined that the charity he has helped launched will provide 1,000 wells for the impoverished of Dafur by the end of 2008 – and he’s only got 980 to go!


Published: 02 January 2008

Non-Executive Directors Reappointed

Two Non-Executive Directors at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust have been re-appointed by the AppointmentsCommission to serve on the Trust Board for a further year to 31st October 2008. Peter Field was first appointed to the Board at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals in February 2000. Liz Brooks joined the Board later that year in October. The appointments are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.


Published: 03 January 2008

Lights brighten the day!

Paul Salt’s seasonal garden illuminations were down by the 12th day after Christmas and on the 13th day he visited the children’s wards of St. Peter’s Hospital to present the money donated by well-wishers who supported his electrical art-work.


Published: 07 January 2008

Living with Diabetes Day 2008

Last year’s ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ organized by The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal and Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, was a day of information and inspiration for those with diabetes, their carers, parents, partners and friends. The 2008 event, which takes place between 09.30 am – 4 pm on Saturday 19h April at Sir William Perkins’s School in Chertsey(where Stephanie was a student), is on target to deliver an even fuller programme of talks, demonstrations and exhibitors addressing all aspects of diabetes care. Places are limited and booking in advance is highly recommended.


Published: 14 January 2008

National Recognition for Excellent Patient Care

Local patients with lung disease – and their families and friends – might like to know that the team looking after their health needs has received national recognition for their work.


Published: 16 January 2008

Hospital’s New Eye Clinic Formally Opened

The Mayor of Spelthorne, Cllr Andrew Hirst, formally opened the new Eye Clinic at Ashford Hospital on Wednesday 16th January in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Commenting after a brief tour of the new facilities Cllr Hirst said: "I have been very impressed with what I have seen. These new ‘state of the art’ facilities will benefit patients from a wide area, not just Spelthorne. In Spelthorne we are very proud of Ashford Hospital and from what I have seen today we have every reason to be.”


Published: 17 January 2008

Trust and Texas learn from each other!

The Senior Specialist Nurse in Wound Management at the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust, Sue Harris, will shortly be sharing her American Scholarship experience with colleagues Surrey-wide.


Published: 21 January 2008

Trust Board Meetings for 2008 Start on 24th January

The Board of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust meets regularly in public and the Board meetings for 2008 are being held as follows.


Published: 21 January 2008

New equipment could benefit Glaucoma patients

The ophthalmology team have been looking at a cutting edge piece of technology that could bring forward the diagnosis of patients with glaucoma by as much as six years.


Published: 24 January 2008

Survey of mothers shows maternity services have improved

A report published today (25th January 2008) by Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust shows that maternity services have improved since the last national survey was carried out in February 2007.


Published: 24 January 2008

Statement on the Healthcare Commission Maternity Report

Michaela Morris, Director of Nursing and Operations, and a practicing midwife said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the results but I can assure women planning to have their baby at St. Peter’s that the maternity unit is safe. We have a very good clinical record and are supported by the excellent specialist Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which is one of the reasons why we attract to our maternity service, women from across Surrey and further afield, who it is expected may have difficulties with their birth."


Published: 25 January 2008

A very special “Thank you”

In her lifetime Jean Mitchell was very appreciative of the treatment her husband Edwin received from the NHS and particularly of the support he experienced from the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey. So it was only fitting that following her sudden death on 19th November 2007 her husband and daughters agreed that donations made in lieu of flowers at her funeral should go to the cardiac rehabilitation team.


Published: 28 January 2008

Make a Difference!

The NHS needs your help! Time is running out for entries for the Best of Health Awards 2008. Members of the public, NHS and social care staff are invited to nominate an NHS or social care worker who deserves to be recognised for excellence. Nomination forms are available in the main entrances to the Trust’s buildings at both Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals.


Published: 28 January 2008



Trust Chief Executive to take up Permanent Position at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells

It has been announced that Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is to move permanently to Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust as their Chief Executive.


Published: 04 February 2008

New £92,000 Dexa Scanner Installed at St. Peter’s Hospital

Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust have installed a new Hologic Bone Density Scanner, which has been supplied by VertecScientific Ltd. (of Aldermaston, Reading.) It is the top of the range model (£79,000 plus VAT totalling £92,825) and is situated at St. Peter’s Hospital. It will be used in the diagnosis of Osteoporosis covering all ages of the population. Representatives from Vertec Scientific Ltd and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Trust were present for the formal handover of the machine.


Published: 04 February 2008

DVD Shows Mothers What to Expect in Maternity Unit

Mayors, parents and staff gathered in the Parent Education Room in the Abbey Wing at St. Peter’s Hospital recently (Thursday 31st January) to witness the launch of a DVD showing mums and dads to be what it’s like in the Maternity Unit at St. Peter’s. The DVD, produced by Baby TV who supply TV information systems on the ground floor of the Abbey Wing and in a number of other hospitals, takes new parents from their first contact with the maternity service as part of antenatal care through to leaving the Maternity Unit and their care by Community Midwives.


Published: 05 February 2008

Boost for Breast Care Unit

Former members of the social club at Feltham Young Offender’s Prison can take a bow – knowing that three charities have benefited from their generosity since the closure of the club.


Published: 05 February 2008

Surrey Hospitals Seek Scottish Angels

One of the Surrey’s biggest hospital Trusts has embarked on a major recruitment initiative to recruit Scotland’s nurses. Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, is a large two site district general hospital Trust situated to the south west of London and has an urgent need to recruit General RGN’s for Medicine.


Published: 06 February 2008

From A&E to magistrate’s Court

A man who had to be removed by police from the Accident Centre at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, looks set to appear before Woking Magistrates on Thursday. (07-02-08). Security in St. Peter’s Hospital’s A & E includes the use of CCTV cameras which have recently been enhanced across the Trust.


Published: 07 February 2008

Dress code policy will help fight infections

Eagle eyed patients and visitors to wards at Ashford and St. Peter’s recently would have noticed a change in the appearance of some of the staff. Consultants with no ties and not a long sleeve in sight! But rather than showing slipping standards these things signify a change for the benefit of patients’ healthcare as part of the updated dress code policy which aims to increase the effectiveness of hygiene on wards, and also to provide a cohesive image for the Trust.


Published: 11 February 2008

Diabetes cook book

“A few years ago I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, which made me more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” explains Antony Worrall Thompson, who has written the foreword in support of this new recipe book – ‘Delicious Dining’ which will raise money for the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal.


Published: 18 February 2008

First of the “New” Matrons moves on ...

The first of the new wave of Matrons at the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, Liz Longley, is leaving to move to Cyprus with her husband Simon – himself a former member of the Trust’s staff. Liz became a Matron in 2000 - there are now 17 at the Trust.


Published: 27 February 2008



A day of inspiration and information

Saturday 19th April will mark the third annual Living with Diabetes Day, run by Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Trust and The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal. Described as a day of inspiration and information, the event is aimed at anyone with Diabetes, their family, friends and carers.


Published: 11 March 2008

A Lifetime’s Service

Forty-four years after qualifying as a State Registered Nurse, senior specialist nurse in breast care Gwyneth Craske is retiring. (Monday, 31-03-08)


Published: 17 March 2008

Princely Gift to Children’s Ward

The regulars of the Prince Regent public house in Chertsey have been involved in a fun fundraising Charity Night that has netted £1,200 for the children’s wards at nearby St. Peter’s Hospital.


Published: 17 March 2008

Hospital Trust Welcomes Patient Choice Extension

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has welcomed the extension from 1st April 2008 of the patient choice initiative. Any patient receiving routine elective treatment will now be able to choose from any NHS approved hospital provider in England.


Published: 20 March 2008

Maternity Unit has Impressive Record

Following the news today that one in ten maternity units had to ‘shut their doors’ more than 10 times during 2007.


Published: 20 March 2008

Trust Board to meet on 27th March 2008

The next meeting in public of the Board of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is held on Thursday 27th March 2008.


Published: 25 March 2008

Chairman Reappointed to Hospital Trust

Clive Thompson CBE has been reappointed by the Appointments Commission as Chairman of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust with a view to completing the discussions about the merger of the Trust. Mr Thompson has been Chairman at the Trust since March 2002 and the merger discussions have been taking place with Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since the end of July 2007.


Published: 25 March 2008

Surgeon retires - but family tradition continues

Consultant Surgeon Mr Douglas Donaldson, who is one of eight members of his family who have devoted their careers to the National Health Service, is to retire at the end of the month. (March 31) Mr Donaldson has specialised in an area of work that the public often find difficult to talk about – colorectal surgery.


Published: 26 March 2008

Wheelchair Service Moves from Chertsey to Woking

North West Surrey Wheelchair Service is on the move. The service which has been based at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey since the mid 1980s moves to Woking Community Hospital at the end of March 2008. The move to Woking should make the service more accessible to local people with better public transport links and convenient town centre location.


Published: 28 March 2008

Honorary Lay Chaplain Licensed

History has been made at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, with the licensing of an Honorary Lay Chaplain.


Published: 31 March 2008



Deep Clean Completed on Time

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has completed the deep cleaning of wards and major clinical areas and is now on a rolling programme of deep cleans across all other clinical areas.


Published: 01 April 2008

Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit Opened

Speaking at the opening today of the Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, actress Carole Boyd, who plays Linda Snell in the long running BBC Radio 4 soap ‘The Archers’, movingly spoke about the treatment and care her husband Patrick and she had received when he suffered a stroke some four and a half years ago. She praised the staff at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals, particularly Chaucer Ward on the Ashford site, where Patrick received care and rehabilitation services. “Patrick and I were treated as very special persons and the care was of an amazinq quality. This is a wonderful new project and is a positive turnaround for the Trust. It will be such a benefit for the local community.”


Published: 04 April 2008

Chief Executive Praises Staff

Paul Bentley, Acting Chief Executive at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has written to all staff working at the two hospitals to praise them for achievements during the year just ended - 2007/08 – and to set out the challenges for the forthcoming year, 2008/09.


Published: 07 April 2008

Creative Children Draw for Diabetes

Thrilled children get to see their illustrations published in a Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal new recipe book ‘Delicious Dining’ with a foreword by celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson. The book promotes ‘healthy eating for people with Diabetes and their families’.


Published: 08 April 2008

Huge Donation Two Years Running

For the second year running the Breast Care Unit at the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has benefited from the energetic fundraising of breast cancer survivor Lorna Ponti and her eight-strong committee of friends.


Published: 8 April 2008

Hospital Trusts say ‘not now’ to merger

The Boards of Frimley Park Hospital and Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals have decided not to proceed with plans to merge both hospital trusts at this time.


Published: 11 April 2008

Enlightening Evening for Expectant dads-to-be

Having a baby isn’t all about the mother. It’s time for expectant dad’s–to-be to have some attention. There are many questions that arise when your baby enters the world. This is a dad’s moment to deal with the bundle of joy.


Published: 14 April 2008

Line Dancers Donate £700 for Breast Cancer

A line dancing group from Shepperton have donated £700 to the breast cancer services at Ashford Hospital. The group meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30p.m. for 8.00p.m. at Bagster House, Walton Lane, Shepperton have a monthly meeting with live music. They have been going for 10 years and have raised money for good causes for the last eight including the children’s wards, Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Shooting Star Hospice.


Published: 15 April 2008

CleanYourHands Campaign Stepped Up

A campaign to encourage patients and visitors to cleanse their hands when they arrive at Ashford or St. Peter’s Hospitals has been stepped up this month with the installation of floor, wall and ceiling graphics along with gel dispensers at the main entry points to the two hospitals.


Published: 18 April 2008

Dr Vladan Visnjevac - GMC Hearing

Commenting on behalf of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust with regard to the GMC hearing in respect of Dr VladanVisnjevac, Paul Bentley, Acting Chief Executive, said: “Nothing can be done to bring baby Hollie back, nor turn back time for the family, however we have endeavoured to act in their best interests since these tragic and distressing events happened nearly six years ago, in May 2002. Following an independent investigation into the death of baby Hollie the Trust apologised to the family for the failings in care that occurred."


Published: 24 April 2008

Three Non-Executive Positions to be Filled

Up to three Non-Executive Directors are being sought for Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust. The posts are being advertised by the independent Appointments Commission which handles the recruitment to all Non-Executive Director posts in NHS Trusts. The Non-Executive Director vacancies will be coming up in 2008 due to the retirement and relocation of three long serving directors at Ashford and St. Peter’s, a Trust which has significantly improved services in recent years.


Published: 28 April 2008

Successful Day for Diabetes Appeal

The clear message from the third annual ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ organised by the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal in association with Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals is that good self-management and a healthy lifestyle are key to controlling diabetes. As the number of people with the condition continues to escalate at an alarming rate, supporting individuals to care for themselves can prevent the onset of diabetes and help minimize complications. Described as ‘A Day of Revelation and Reassurance’, over 150 people enjoyed outstanding presentations addressing all aspects of diabetes delivered by well respected clinicians, and had the chance to visit exhibitors offering a wide range of diabetes related products, services and advice.


Published: 28 April 2008

A Desire to Fundraise

Desire by Debenhams, a new concept department store, is due to hold a charity fundraising day in aid of the Early Births Fund at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals. The day will take place on Saturday the 10th May 2008 from 11am till 5pm at Desire byDebenhams at The Heart shopping centre in Walton-on-Thames.


Published: 28 April 2008



Be Sun Smart say Doctors

Dermatologists at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals are concerned that with summer fast approaching, local people need to take care more than usual about their exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.


Published: 02 May 2008

School and Stephanie Marks Appeal in Harmony

On Monday 12th May the Laudamus Chamber Choir and the Sir William Perkins's School Choirs and Chamber Orchestra will be performing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, featuring ex-pupil Elizabeth Hull as Dido and Nigel Evans Thompson (Director ofLaudamus) as Aeneas.


Published: 07 May 2008

Thank you, but it was a Team Effort!

Paul Steele, a 27 year old from Ashford, stayed as a patient at St. Peter’s Hospital for a few days with pneumonia and was discharged on Sunday 27th April. He and his parents, Sharon and Barry want to thank all of the staff on Birch Ward for their kindness.


Published: 08 May 2008

Appointments bring number of Matrons to 17

With the appointment earlier this year of two new Matrons at Ashford and St. Peter’s, the hospitals Trust, which serves around 400,000 people in the Boroughs of Hounslow, Runnymede, Surrey Heath, Spelthorne, Woking and further afield, now has a full compliment of Matrons. Sarah Hill has been appointed Matron for Wards at Ashford and Jill Hickman has been appointed Matron for Maple and May Wards at St. Peter’s. The pair complete the now 17 strong team of Matrons across the Trust all working to improve patient care and improve the experience of being in hospital for patients in every way. Along with their Consultant and Senior Nurse colleagues they provide leadership to the hundreds of nurses who work at Ashford and St. Peter’s and are celebrating International Nurses Day 2008 with a fun competition matching names to pictures of matrons in their early nursing days or other areas of their life.


Published: 09 May 2008

Best of Health Awards: Our Stars Shine

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves around 400,000 people living in Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Woking and further afield, had three entries in this years South East Coast ‘Best of Health Awards’.


Published: 09 May 2008

Successful First Thrombolysis

Since the opening of the Acute Stroke and Brain Injury Unit at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, which serves around 400,000 people living in Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Woking and further afield, at the beginning of April, staff have been on tenterhooks waiting for the first opportunity to use their new ‘clot-busting’thrombolysis skills on a stroke patient. Little did Alex Haggerty know when he started work on 8th May in the local branch of Sainsbury’s that he would be the first patient to experience the express treatment that thrombolysis provides.


Published: 12 May 2008

Welly Walk

Careful planning has gone into the organisation behind a fundraising walk that aims to help stroke patients. Those taking part will not only be wearing wellies but they will be giving the event some “welly” when they take part in a sponsored walk on Wednesday. (May 21)


Published: 12 May 2008

90% Patient Approval Rating for Ashford and St. Peter’s

Patients who use services at Ashford and St. Peter’s have given both hospitals an overall rating of 90% for their treatment and care.


Published: 13 May 2008

£570,000 CT Scanning Development Opens

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has opened a new CT scanning suite following the allocation of £570,000 funding from the Trust’s capital investment programme. The new Toshiba Aquillion 64 multislice CT scanner cost £420,000 and the additional £150,000 has paid for necessary building works, installation, services and training. The new machine started work last week.


Published: 15 May 2008

Top of the Class!

There has been first-class news for the Nursery at Ashford and St. Peter’s, ‘First Steps’; they have been given a ‘Good’ OFSTED report which is excellent for the Nursery and the Trust.


Published: 15 May 2008

Breast Patients Benefit from Refurbishment at St. Peter's Hospital

When bad news has to be broken the environment has to be right. That was the view of TACT (Tackling All Cancers Together), part of the Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire (SWSH) Cancer Network, when it was brought to their attention that breast care patients and their carers would benefit from a refurbishment of the room at St. Peter’s Hospital where breast care patients are taken for the fitting of a breast prosthesis or counselling or the breaking of bad news.


Published: 19 May 2008

Trust Board to Meet on 22nd May 2008

The next meeting in public of the Board of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is held on Thursday 22nd May 2008.


Published: 19 May 2008

Chris Pipes Pat Away

A midwife who has retired after 33 years service for the NHS was piped away from the Maternity Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey by one of her colleagues. Pat Wood qualified as a nurse at Westminster in 1975, and then moved on to St. Thomas’s, London in 1978 where she became a midwife. Pat then moved on to Ashford and St. Peter’s in 1981, where she has worked as a Sister. In 1985, she became a Community Midwife and the rest is history.


Published: 19 May 2008

Surrey Health Advisor Wins GUNA Nurse of the Year Award

Local Senior Health Advisor, Sister Jenny Evans has won The GUNA Nurse of the Year award – the first year the award has been made since GUNA was set up in 1991. Jenny who is based in the Blanche Herriot Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey beat off competition from other nurses who are members of the Genito-Urinary Nurses Association (GUNA) to grab the £1,000 prize.


Published: 21 May 2008

"Any Questions?" comes to town!

The National Health Service and the BBC Radio 4 programme “Any Questions?” are both 60 years old in 2008. Local activities to mark the 60th Anniversary of the NHS include inviting the programme to broadcast LIVE from the Abraham Cowley Unit Hall on the St. Peter’s Hospital campus on Friday 4 July.


Published: 22 May 2008

Shoes and Keys unlock the path to improved diabetes care!

At the age of 3, Abigail Courtney from Ashford, was diagnosed with having type1 diabetes. Now aged 8, and having to inject four times a day with insulin to stay alive, her parents John and Rebecca show their continued support by raising the awareness of this complex condition.


Published: 23 May 2008

‘Eyes Right’ Founder Recognised For Her Outstanding Contribution

‘Eyes Right’ founder, Frances Davies has been recognised by the outgoing Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Hugh Meares, for her outstanding contribution to the Borough.


Published: 29 May 2008



Cameras and Software worth £3,600 Donated

The Medical Photography service at Ashford and St. Peter’s are the grateful recipients of the latest digital cameras and software valued at £3,600. The donation by the Friends of St. Peter’s Hospital helps to ensure that the best possible digital images are provided to doctors and nurses during the treatment of patients. The Medical Photography service based at St. Peter’s, but also serving Ashford Hospital, sees over 300 patients each year and the numbers are increasing.


Published: 01 June 2008

Surgeon Returns from Pakistan with News of Hospital Progress

Urological specialist Dr Idrees Awan has returned from an overseas fact finding mission to see how the Hospital he founded is developing. Dr Awan visits his home village of Pindi Hashim in rural Pakistan twice a year to oversee the development of theHashim Welfare Hospital and its work with other clinics and dispensaries. Hashim Welfare Hospital is formally linked with Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital which serves a population of 400,000 who live in Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Woking and further afield.


Published: 02 June 2008

Occupational Health Department to take part in National Audit

The Spring Meeting of the South West Thames Occupational Health Group was held at St Peter’s Hospital last month (May). This was organised by Dr Gill Britton, Consultant Occupational Health Physician, Nadine Godfrey Occupational Health Manager and Dr Samuel Thayalan Consultant Occupational Health Physician St Georges Hospital, Tooting.


Published: 04 June 2008

Timberland Get their Boots Muddy!

The sunshine may be eluding us at the moment but local company Timberland have been helping Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust get one of its Quad Gardens and children’s outdoor play area equipment ready for some summer sunshine. Despite torrential rain on Tuesday 3rd June nine volunteer employees from the Timberland Head Office inWexham, Slough toiled in the Quad Garden near Pharmacy and in the Children’s area off Oak Ward. They will be returning to the task on Tuesday 10th June 2008.


Published: 05 June 2008

Milestone reached for Diabetes Patients

Supporters should be thrilled to read that their five years of hard work were validated yesterday when Runnymede Borough Council granted planning permission for the new, state-of-the-art Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre. Construction work should begin towards late autumn when the 3 month tender process has been completed. This momentous news coincides with National Diabetes Week 8th – 14th June.


Published: 10 June 2008

Remembering our Children

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust , together with ‘Surrey Sands’ and ‘Compassionate Friends’ are holding their annual Ceremony of Remembrance for all who have lost children – at any age.


Published: 12 June 2008

Looking after Workplace Health

Have you ever wondered who looks after the workplace health of the staff of your local borough council? Probably not!


Published: 12 June 2008

Faster Care for Patients

Data recently released by the Department of Health confirms that patients attending Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals are now treated more quickly. Under the ‘18 weeks’ initiative the aim is for patients to be diagnosed and start their treatment within 18 weeks of the Trust receiving a referral.


Published: 18 June 2008

Immediate Action Taken on Healthcare Commission Improvement Notice

“The Healthcare Commission have an important role to play in ensuring high standards and we welcomed and cooperated fully with their inspection of both Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals on 5th and 6th June,” says Ashford and St. Peter’s Chief Executive, Paul Bentley. “Whilst the initial feedback we received from the visit was positive we were concerned to learn on the afternoon of 13th June that an improvement notice was to be issued in respect of a special pressure relieving ‘air’ mattress decontamination room and a risk assessment on a bench top steriliser, at Ashford Hospital. Acknowledging these observations we have already taken action to start to resolve these issues including the immediate closure on the evening of 13th June of the small decontamination room.”


Published: 20 June 2008

Meeting the Needs of Teenagers

Children of all ages who attend St. Peter’s Hospital have been helped over many years by the regulars at The Royal Oak public house, Sunningdale. A weekly meat raffle is held at the Station Road pub when those taking part have a chance to win first class cuts of meat – favourably made available by a Windlesham butcher – while knowing that their raffle money is helping youngsters.


Published: 23 June 2008

All Welcome at Hashim Welfare Hospital Appeal AGM

Members of the public are invited to attend the annual general meeting of The Hashim Welfare Hospital Appeal and bring themselves up-to-date on the progress of improving healthcare for the impoverished community in north Pakistan. The AGM will begin promptly at 3pm on Sunday, 6th July, 2008 and is being held in the Post-Graduate Education Centre, near the Duchess of Kent Wing, St. Peter’s Hospital, Guildford Road, Chertsey. During the 45 minute meeting Urological Specialist DrIdrees Awan – who founded The Hashim Welfare Hospital in his home village of Pindi Hashim - will outline the progress of the hospital which treated its first patient in June 2003. Since then over 59,000 people have been treated in the outpatients department many for diabetes and eyesight problems; and over 800 eye operations have been successfully completed.


Published: 26 June 2008

Nursing in 1948 and an NHS volunteer in 2008

Beryl Round had just turned 17 when she began her nurse training. Little did she think that it would lead to a lifetime of devotion to duty and that at 82 she would still be involved in serving the health of her local community! But that’s just what Beryl is doing – as a volunteer at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey.


Published: 30 June 2008



Multi Faith Centre Opened During NHS 60th Anniversary Week

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals which serves a population of over 400,000 across the Boroughs of Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, and Woking provides acute hospital services to a very diverse population. For many years the hospitals have provided a Christian chapel of worship and ad-hoc arrangements for other faiths on both sites. Now in the first stage of a project to improve facilities on both sites a Multi-faith Centre for those of all faiths and of no faith has been developed at St. Peter’s Hospital. A similar project is being developed at Ashford Hospital.


Published: 01 July 2008

Consultant welcomes new family cook book

A new cook book aimed at helping mothers to prepare nutritious and enjoyable food that can be enjoyed by the whole family as well as their allergy-affected children was launched today. (Tues 01-07-08)


Published: 01 July 2008

Local Hospitals Represented at Westminster Abbey

A trio of staff and volunteers who work for Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals are representing the Trust at the national service of celebration at Westminster Abbey today to mark the 60th Anniversary of the NHS. The three – Beryl Hughes, a volunteer in A&E; Dr Bhaskar Mandal, Consultant in Care of the Elderly, and Jose Garcia, a member of the Portering staff were all nominated for their outstanding contribution to Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals and the wider NHS.


Published: 02 July 2008

NHS has baby on 60th Anniversary!

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust was all set to have a little celebratory get-together between a youngster born on 5 July 1998 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, and a baby born on 5 July 2008 when the event took on an added “extra” as it was discovered that the new Mum has the initials NHS!


Published: 07 July 2008

Tony at Number 10

For almost 30 years Tony Humes has been sending out-of-date and obsolete material and disposable items of NHS stock to developing countries. He has been supported in this work by colleagues at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals and his wife Carol, who is a Health Care Assistant here, together with local people. Now Tony’s work has been recognised with an invitation to Number 10, the Prime Ministers residence in London.


Published: 07 July 2008

Rain did NOT stop play!

There were three good reasons why rain could not stop play at a very special picnic on Sunday!


Published: 07 July 2008

Local MP Visits Hospital during NHS60 Week

Member of Parliament for Runnymede & Weybridge and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Philip Hammond, visited St. Peter’s Hospital at Chertsey on Friday 4th July, the eve of the 60th birthday of the NHS, to see for himself the progress made at the hospital. On hand to greet him and provide a tour of the facilities were Trust Chairman Clive Thompson CBE and Chief Executive Paul Bentley.


Published: 07 July 2008

Any Questions Broadcast from Chertsey on eve of NHS 60th Anniversary

BBC Radio 4’s long running “Any Questions?” which also celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year came to the Abraham Cowley Hall on the St. Peter’s Hospital campus on Friday 4th July the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service.


Published: 07 July 2008

Maternity Service Much Improved since Healthcare Commission Survey

“Maternity Services at Ashford and St. Peter’s are much improved since the Healthcare Commission’s February 2007 survey;” says practicing Midwife and Associate Director for Maternity Services, Eileen Nolan. “As Sir Ian Kennedy has urged, we seized the opportunity that the Healthcare Commission Survey presented and used the information as the basis for making targeted improvements. The Healthcare Commission inspectors came back to see us in February 2008 and commented that ‘it became obvious during the visit that much progress had been made’ at the Unit. Although the original survey did not recognise the specialist and complex nature of some of the cases we handle at St. Peter’s due to our co-location with Surrey’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) we are pleased that many women and their partners are now reporting improvements in standards of care at the Unit.”


Published: 09 July 2008

Hashim Welfare Hospital AGM

Everyone connected with the charity that brings health care to a remote part of Pakistan can be very proud of what has been achieved, Woking Mayor Cllr Peter Ankers said at the weekend.


Published: 10 July 2008

Maternity Unit Win Award for Inspiring Work

Inspiring work by the Maternity Unit at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals to improve local maternity services has been recognised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity (APPGM). From amongst 50 entries Ashford and St. Peter’swas chosen to be joint winners of an award for innovative services following developments at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Bronzefield.


Published: 10 July 2008

Cardioversion - Improvements for Patients

One of the last things a patient with a heart problem wants to experience is any anxiety over their hospital appointments.


Published: 14 July 2008

Golfing Grandpa says Thank you

A round of golf has generated thanks all round due to the generosity of some very sporting people who have supported the work of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.


Published: 16 July 2008

Fish Expert Cleans Tank

Youngsters visiting the Children’s Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital will be able to spend their waiting time looking at the wonderful watery world of the unit’s tropical fish!


Published: 21 July 2008

Keen to learn more ...

The end of the academic year provided an ideal opportunity for 20 Surrey youngsters from 14 different schools to spend a week in one of the biggest acute hospital trusts in Surrey.


Published: 23 July 2008

In Memory of Mum

Contributions in lieu of flowers at the funeral of a well known local person have made it possible for an additional piece of equipment to be added to the resuscitation trolley that is always on standby in the physiotherapy gym at St. Peter’s Hospital,Chertsey.


Published: 23 July 2008

Play specialist retires to play with grandchildren!

Play specialist June Clark - whose work involved more than just keeping children in hospital entertained - has taken early retirement.


Published: 28 July 2008

New NHS career route for bus driver!

This is the time of year when exam results seem to count for everything and decisions about which career path to follow can appear daunting and irreversible. But, don’t think things cannot be changed later – because they can, and Dr Stephen Evansif a fine example of how a career change can give immense satisfaction.


Published: 30 July 2008



Hospitals Duo are Beijing Bound

“Participating in the Olympics is a great honour,” says hospitals Chief Executive Paul Bentley. “We are proud that two colleagues from Ashford and St. Peter’s are part of Olympic team during this prestigious event and everyone at the Trust will be supporting both of them.”


Published: 01 August 2008

Massive £10,000 Boost for Cardiac Support Group

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Club (ICDC) Vice Chairman Trevor Fernandes has resulted a £10,000 donation to ICDC to support them in their important work with patients at Ashford and St. Peter’s and elsewhere. Trevor, who had a Cardioverter Defibrillator implanted in October 2006 worked as a consultant with 2e2. The consultancy fee was a donation to ICDC and that is how they came to be £10,000 better off!


Published: 05 August 2008

Pests and Cleanliness are Under Control at ASPH

Both cleanliness and pests are strictly controlled at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals says Head of Communications Andy Hollebon. Responding to the naming of Ashford and St. Peter’s as hospitals with pest control problems Andy says: “If the Conservatives want to alienate the healthcare community in England then this is the right way to go about it – this is a shameless piece of scaremongering and use of the NHS for party political purposes. Our hospitals are on large sites with a substantial number of buildings and they are used 24/7 by the local community. Regrettably pests are a fact of life – whether you run a public service or your own home. We have a tight control on pests at both our sites which are identified and dealt with quickly and effectively. I am sure that a more detailed look at local authority pest control records and discussions with pest control companies would put the whole issue into perspective and show just how often pest controllers are needed in our wider local community to keep pests under control.”


Published: 06 August 2008

Dual role for consultant with dual specialty

The team in the pathology laboratory of the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has been joined by another “detective” who will be dividing his time in the two areas of lab work and seeing patients in clinics.


Published: 06 August 2008

£1,000 Donation to Holly Ward

A grateful family and friends have donated over £1,000 to Holly Ward at St. Peter’s Hospital in memory of Walton on Thames resident Philip Cox who died on 13th April 2008. Presenting the cheque to the medical ward Mrs Hilary Cox, Philip’s widow, said: “You see so many negative stories written about the NHS that we wanted to say how good we found the service at St. Peter’s despite the sadness of losing my husband. We are so appreciative of the fantastic care and treatment Philip and we received during his stay on Holly Ward that we cannot speak highly enough of the service provided.”


Published: 07 August 2008

Cbeebies Boo! is a hit at St. Peter's Hospital

Boo! from Cbeebies paid a visit to the Children’s Wards at St. Peter’s Hospital to say hello to staff and children and was a great hit with kids and staff alike.


Published: 07 August 2008

Two New Faces Join Trust Board

Two new faces – Professor Philip Beesley and Mr Peter Taylor - have joined the Board of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust. The two hospitals serve a population of over 400,000 across six Boroughs – Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, and Woking.


Published: 08 August 2008

Healthcare Detectives Pass Inspection with Flying Colours

The Pathology laboratories at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust conduct over fivefour million tests every year and are rightly regarded as the detectives of the NHS – detecting and reporting on the thousands of specimens that are sent to the laboratories every month. Every NHS Pathology Laboratory has to be accredited and the Laboratories at Ashford and St. Peter’s have just passed their biennial inspection with flying colours. As well as the work load generated by patients attending Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals the laboratories also deal with specimens from local GPs, community hospitals and some private hospitals.


Published: 11 August 2008

Trust Confident it will be 'Licensed' by Care Quality Commission

Responding to reports in the national press that Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust may not be 'licensed' by the new Care Quality Commission in the new year.


Published: 12 August 2008

Olympics Report

The name of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals has gone even further a field than its already well-established international reputation, thanks to the two members of staff at the Beijing Olympics.


Published: 19 August 2008

Are you a Dad-to-be?

Two midwives who also have the role of parent education advisors are holding special sessions at St. Peter’s Hospital for a very special type of person … a Dad-to-be!


Published: 19 August 2008

West Side Story

When West Side Story comes to Woking there will be two members of the audience who will be re-living the time they saw the original production at Manchester Opera House in 1958!


Published: 26 August 2008



Trust Takes Control of Infection Seriously

Commenting on the publication of C. difficile and MRSA figures for 2007 by the Office for National Statistics Dr Angela Shaw, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals said: “The rate of MRSA bacteraemia at Ashford and St. Peter’s has fallen to such an extent that the Trust had the lowest rate in Surrey in 2007/08 and levels of C. difficile have fallen significantly since July 2007 but can be driven down further. In 2007/08 there were a total of 15 cases of MRSA bacteraemia – less than half the number of cases in 2006/07. Of these 15 cases, 7 (47%) were admitted from the community with MRSA including one from a hospital abroad. None of the hospital acquired cases died as a result of the MRSA infection.”


Published: 01 September 2008

New Chair Appointed for Trust

The new Chairman for the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust from 1st October, 2008 is to be Ms Aileen McLeish. Her term of office will run for four years. Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals serve around 420,000 people living and working in the Boroughs of Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, and Woking.


Published: 01 September 2008

Beefy opens the Digging

Former England Captain Sir Ian Botham, HIT DIABETES FOR SIX yesterday, Thursday 4th September, as he launched the construction of the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre at the entrance to St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.


Published: 05 September 2008

Grateful Grandma raises £2,222!

Determination runs in the Waterson family and baby grandson Tai has obviously inherited the genes from Grandma Joan! Tai weighed only 1lb 7oz when he was born only 24 weeks into a 40 week pregnancy.


Published: 10 September 2008

Eyes Right Help Glaucoma Patients at St Peter’s

The Eye Clinic at St. Peter’s Hospital has been aided by the arrival of new equipment to help the monitoring of glaucoma, thanks to the monumental fund raising efforts of the Eyes Right charity which has included concerts and sponsored walks.


Published: 15 September 2008

Exercise Tests Major Incident Response at Trust

Major incident systems at Ashford and St. Peter’s were fully tested today in an exercise involving ‘live’ casualties and representatives from local media. At 06:05hrs this morning South East Coast Ambulance Service activated St. Peter’s Hospital at Chertsey as a major incident receiving hospital for coach crash said to have occurred at 06:00hrs on the M25/A3 junction at Wisley. Over 70 casualties were said to have been involved.


Published: 18 September 2008

Investment in Stroke Care Improves Services

Investment in a new stroke unit at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has paid dividiends with the latest survey of stroke care showing the Trust has improved from an ‘amber’ or average to ‘green’ or good rating. Dr Bhaskar Mandal, Consultant in Care of the Elderly, said: “We had already made improvements to stroke services at Ashford and St. Peter’s before the new unit opened in April. These results indicate that we are in the top 25 per cent of hospitals providing quality stroke care.”


Published: 19 September 2008

Ramadan Update for Hashim Hospital Supporters

As Ramadan comes to a close supporters of the Hashim Welfare Hospital have been updated on the progress of the appeal during this years Muslim holy month. Leaflets setting out the progress made since the foundation stone was laid in 1999 and the first patient seen in 2003 show that there has been steady progress. The eye department was opened in October 2003, a clinical laboratory in March 2005 and, with the assistance of the World Health Organisation, a dental department in March 2006. Hospital staff also played a crucial role in helping victims of the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Pindi Hashim, the village in rural Pakistan where the hospital is located is about half way between Lahore and Islamabad.


Published: 22 September 2008

New Non-Executive Director at Hospitals Trust

The Appointments Commission has appointed Terry Price (54) a Non-Executive Director of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust which serve a population of over 400,000 across six Boroughs – Elmbridge, Hounslow, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, and Woking.


Published: 26 September 2008

Work of young offenders benefits sick children and their parents

Bird tables, a dolls house and wishing well were just some of the items made by young offenders and presented to the Children’s Service at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospital by representatives from the Surrey Youth Justice Service.


Published: 29 September 2008

Local Hospital Leader Steps Down

After six and a half years at Ashford and St. Peter’s Clive Thompson CBE steps down as an NHS Hospitals Trust Chairman today, 30th September 2008.


Published: 30 September 2008



New chairman for League of Friends at Ashford Hospital

Long serving members of the Committee of the League of Friends at Ashford Hospital have stood down after 15 years service. Eric and Vi Molinari, of Sunbury on Thames, have held the posts of Chairman and Secretary of the League of Friends at Ashford Hospital for many years.


Published: 03 October 2008

New Chief Executive at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals

Andrew Liles has been appointed Chief Executive at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust. He will join the Trust full-time in January 2009.


Published: 03 October 2008

Campaign Highlights Damaging Effects of Fraud on the NHS

Posters and leaflets highlighting the damaging affects of fraud against the National Health Service (NHS) are being distributed by Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals during October. Fraud Awareness Month (FAM) runs throughout October 2008 and the Trust is hoping that educating employees and patients about the damaging effects of fraud and some simple ways to stop it will reduce abuse of the service. In addition to circulating the posters and leaflets Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) Bruce Spottiswoode and colleagues held a Fraud Awareness Day at St. Peter’s Hospital on Friday 3rd October.


Published: 09 October 2008

Healthcare Commission Lifts Hygiene Code Improvement Notice

Paul Bentley, Interim Chief Executive at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals said: “This is welcome news and comes in advance of the Healthcare Commission annual Health Check ratings which are due to be published later this week. We’ve learnt from the experience and we took immediate action to rectify the issues identified by the Commission. Our work was completed by the end of July.”


Published: 13 October 2008

Healthcheck Ratings Confirm Improvements at Trust

The Healthcare Commission’s annual Healthcheck Ratings for 2007/08, published today, show that Ashford and St. Peter’s hospitals have improved in both the quality of services and use of resources.


Published: 16 October 2008

Trecia Retires after 43 Years

Trecia MacLaren, physiotherapy receptionist at Ashford Hospital, retired today (Friday 17-10-08) after 43 years of dedicated service.


Published: 20 October 2008

Barclays Support Ashford Hospital

A total of £11,000 was presented by Rachel Ince, Area Corporate Director, Barclays Commercial Bank Heathrow to Aileen McLeish, Chairman of Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust at Ashford Hospital last Thursday (23 October).


Published: 27 October 2008

Delivering Babies is an Honour

The Obstetrics and Gynaecology team at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed the appointment of a colleague, which brings the number of consultants in the team to 11.


Published: 27 October 2008

Driving for Diabetes

Constant Busch, Orthopaedic Consultant with Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust and his co-driver Yasar Jabbar who was a registrar at the hospital have a ‘driving ambition’, they’ll be participating in The Lombard Rally to raise money for The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal.


Published: 27 October 2008



Charity Starts at the Checkout

The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal has been selected by Waitrose Partners and shoppers at its West Byfleet Branch to be one of three Community projects during the month of November, to benefit from a share of the supermarket’s £1,000 regular donation.


Published: 11 November 2008

Helping children’s dreams come true

Senior paediatric physiotherapist Linda Berwick of the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has been quietly helping the dreams of a special group of children to come true for the past 14 years.


Published: 11 November 2008

Intensive Care Unit staff thanks family for donation

Four new transportable suction machines have been donated to the intensive care unit at St. Peter’s Hospital by the family of a young woman who was brought into the unit after she was taken ill while jogging.


Published: 10 November 2008

For Scrummy mummies read money mummies!

While their sons are used to taking on opponents on the rugby pitch a group of Mums tackled their own challenge of fundraising - and came up with £1,000!


Published: 10 November 2008

Rallying for Resource Centre

Constant Busch, Orthopaedic Consultant with Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust and his co-driver Yasar Jabbar who was a registrar at the hospital participated in this year’s Lombard Rally from 6 – 9 November 2008 to raise money for The Stephanie Marks Diabetes Appeal. This is their story ...


Published: 25 November 2008



Non-Executive Director sought by local acute hospital Trust

The New Year brings the opportunity for an exciting chance to contribute to the running of local health services, and particularly for someone who has a special interest in the work of acute hospitals.


Published: 02 December 2008

£10,000 gift to unit will give years of benefit

A gift of £10,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Peter’s Hospital will help to ensure that the gift of “liquid gold” from the hospital’s Breast Milk Bank to the unit’s tiny patients does not dry up!


Published: 08 December 2008

Midwives Multiply!

With more than 4,000 babies delivered in 12 months it’s hardly surprising that the maternity unit at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, needs an increasing number of midwives!


Published: 09 December 2008

A very special Specialist!

A new consultant, who is a rare specialist in her field of expertise, has been appointed at the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust. Miss Tanaya Sarkhel FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedic) has taken up the role of Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon. She is one of only 73 female orthopaedic consultants in the NHS – there are more than 2,000 male orthopaedic consultants.


Published: 15 December 2008

Gift of cycles for rolling programme!

They really do want people to get on their bikes - in the physiotherapy gym at Ashford Hospital! And this very healthy form of exercise is being supported by the Ashford Hospital League of Friends and the hospital’s cardiology department.


Published: 22 December 2008

Boost for children from footballers

Youngsters on the children’s ward at St. Peter’s Hospital enjoyed a happy visit from professional footballers who brought a Wii gift which they donated to the teenager’s bay to provide some entertainment in 2009while they are at the hospital for treatment. They brought the team’s mascot K C Kat for good measure!


Published: 24 December 2008

Breathing difficulties

For adults and children alike, the main reason for patients needing attention in both the adult and children’s A&E departments at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust over Christmas and Boxing Days has been respiratory problems.


Published: 24 December 2008

A century of cystectomies at St Peter’s Hospital!

Consultant Surgeons at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust who specialise in treating patients with bladder cancer have successfully performed their 100th Cystectomy operation.


Published: 24 December 2008

2009 and a new lease of life

Sixty-five-year-old Robert had no idea he was seriously ill with bladder cancer until he was admitted to hospital as an emergency in the summer.


Published: 29 December 2008

Christmas Day 2008 babies

Thirteen babies were born at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, on Christmas Day 2008 compared to five last year when three baby girls and two baby boys were born on Christmas morning.


Published: 29 December 2008

Special garden for special children

For many children getting out into the fresh air and playing on slides and climbing frames, or rolling down a grassy bank, is normal everyday life. But for those youngsters whose immune system is low sharing recreational space with other children is not possible.


Published: 31 December 2008


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