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



Stop and think

That’s the message from Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust to the public following a fortnight of intense activity in the Accident Centre.


Published: 05 January 2010

Karen Marsden Retires

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve in this job for 21 years” – that was the message from Karen Marsden at her retirement tea party in a packed Aspects Restaurant on Wednesday. (05-01-10)


Published: 08 January 2010

Battling the weather – our snow heroes!

When most of the country was battening down the hatches, schools were closed and many people settled for a day at home, working or simply enjoying the delights of this magical winter wonderland, our hospitals – and the rest of the NHS – were open for business as usual!


Published: 13 January 2010

Special twins return to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Twins, who have just celebrated their second birthday, have paid a visit to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where their lives were saved, and brought with them a very special gift. Their nine-year-old cousin visited the unit with them and presented £440 to the unit’s Early Births Fund, which she raised through selling her craftwork.


Published: 14 January 2010

New cardiac lab opens at St. Peter’s Hospital

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust today (15th January 2010) opened a second cardiac catheterisation laboratory (cath lab) as part of its ongoing determination to expand and improve an already excellent cardiology service. The lab was officially opened today by former Ashford and St Peter’s cardiology consultant, Professor Michael Joy OBE, and the event was very well attended by representatives of the local community including Cllr Margaret Roberts the Deputy Mayor of Runnymede, other local councillors, former patients as well as staff from the unit and colleagues from Surrey PCT.


Published: 18 January 2010

St Peter’s Hospital Campus 20-Year Plan

Long term plans have been submitted to the planning authority to redevelop parts of the St Peter’s Hospital campus in Chertsey over the next 20 years to improve the infrastructure for local healthcare services.


Published: 19 January 2010

Supplies got through despite the snow!

Five night’s a week 60 cages of medical and surgical supplies are delivered to the stores at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust and everyday they reach their destination on the wards and in the operating theatres – despite the snow!


Published: 20 January 2010



Thank you for the wonderful care

The family of the late Mr Vasanji Vadgama paid a visit to Falcon Ward at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey last week in order to thank the staff there for all the care their father received . Mr Vadgama, a resident of Feltham, was a patient on the ward for over seven weeks last year


Published: 09 February 2010

Better food for young patients

Nursing, catering and housekeeping staff are working hard to improve the catering service on the children’s ward at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. In a survey which took place last year patients and parents said they wanted to see a greater variety of food served up and more drinks and snacks available throughout the day.


Published: 09 February 2010

New 24 / 7 stroke service offered at St Peters

The medical team at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has extended its stroke service to offer the best possible treatment to patients whatever time of day or night they arrive in the emergency department.


Published: 15 February 2010



Patient Safety: Trust's Response to the Surrey Herald

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust NOT putting patients’ lives at risk, as claimed by the Surrey Herald following a report from medical charity Action Against Medical Accidents.


Published: 01 March 2010

Step closer to Foundation Trust

Following a meeting with members of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority Board earlier this week, Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is now through to the next stage of their Foundation Trust application.


Published: 01 March 2010

Specialist neonatal unit receives largest ever donation

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has received a donation of £36,000 from Wentworth Golf Club, the largest amount ever contributed to its Early Birth’s Fund. The money was raised through the Lady Captain’s Charity last year and will be used to buy specialist cooling and brain function monitoring equipment to help babies born in distress across the South East.


Published: 01 March 2010

From one hi-tech world to another!

Consumer Affairs reporter Lucy Siegle stepped out of the hi-tech world of television into the hi-tech world of medicine and surgery when she visited Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust this week. (02-03-10)


Published: 04 March 2010

Versatile Interventional Hi-tech Equipment

The expertise of the radiology department at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust has been matched by the installation of one of the most State-of-the Art pieces of equipment available in the highly specialised field of imaging and angiography.


Published: 03 March 2010

Masterplan for St Peter’s Hospital campus receives approval

Long term plans submitted to the planning authority (on behalf of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) to redevelop parts of the St Peter’s Hospital campus in Chertsey over the next 20 years were approved by Runnymede Borough Council at a public planning meeting yesterday evening. Known as the ‘Masterplan’ this sets out a vision for the whole health campus for the future which, now that it has been approved, will allow both Trusts to submit further detailed plans for individual developments that fit within this larger picture.


Published: 11 March 2010

A subject close to his heart!

Sixteen years after receiving a new lease of life thanks to the NHS, international dog judge Peter Jolley is still happily giving something back!


Published: 22 March 2010

The Science behind Pathology

Biomedical Scientists in the Pathology Department at St. Peter’s Hospital have had busy and exciting week. In addition to their usual workload, The Pathology team have organised an exhibition stand and hosted a special event for a small group of A-Level Science students from a local school. These efforts were made to show support for both Healthcare Science Week and National Science and Engineering Week.


Published: 22 March 2010

Staff Success at Ashford and St Peter's

'You're all champions' was the verdict of celebrity guest Jason Leonard OBE, who presented the annual achievement awards to staff at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust earlier this week.


Published: 29 March 2010

Motivated to Succeed

The latest NHS staff survey results, published last week by the Care Quality Commission, show that staff working at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust are amongst the most motivated 20% in the country.


Published: 29 March 2010



Trust welcomes registration with Care Quality Commission

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has today (1st April) welcomed their registration under the Care Quality Commission’s new monitoring standards for healthcare provision in the NHS.


Published: 01 April 2010

Winning the battle against hospital acquired infections

Over the past year, Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust has make excellent progress in ensuring a reduction in hospital acquired infections. Since April 2009, the Trust has declared 9 cases of MRSA bacteraemia out of a maximum target of 14. Only 3 of these cases were contracted within the hospitals and the remainder were patients who came into hospital with a community acquired case of MRSA bacteraemia.


Published: 12 April 2010

New kit helps patients in distress

Falling over and not being able to get back up is a very stressful experience for anyone and this can be more likely to happen in hospital when patients feel unwell and unsteady on their feet. It can be a difficult job to rescue patients from the floor, but new modern equipment at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals is making it much easier.


Published: 26 April 2010

All welcome to celebrate opening of Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust is opening the doors of its new Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre to the local community for an open afternoon on Thursday 20th May 2010. This will follow an official opening ceremony during the morning, being officiated by Sir Ian Botham OBE, patron of the Stephanie Marks Appeal which raised over £1 million to build the centre.


Published: 27 April 2010



An untimely tragedy motivates a local community

After the untimely death of 17 year old Stephanie Marks, a young girl who dreamed of becoming a doctor, a £1 million diabetes resource centre – dedicated to the condition that took her life – finally opens in her name.


Published: 05 May 2010

Four years of fantastic fundraising

When survivor of breast cancer, Lorna Ponti, regained her strength after extensive treatment for breast cancer in 2005 she put her renewed energies into fundraising that would benefit other local women facing a similar battle.


Published: 13 May 2010

A change in visiting times at St Peter’s Hospital

Visiting times are changing from 1st June 2010 at St Peter’s Hospital, as part of a pilot to help provide a more restful environment for patients while they are in hospital.


Published: 18 May 2010

Nurses take part in 3 Peaks Challenge

Working together on a night shift at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Lisa Dennis and Noleen Seale discovered they had a common goal, to complete the 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge. They put up a poster in Paediatric (childrens) A&E to see if anyone else would like to join them and to their surprise had a good response. Six members of Paediatric A&E staff plus two members of family walking and three drivers.


Published: 20 May 2010

Trust commitment to improving patient care

“Improving the way patients feel about the care they receive in our hospitals is one of our top priorities at Ashford and St Peter’s and is a very personal ambition of mine,” confirms the Trust’s Chief Nurse, Caroline Becher.


Published: 20 May 2010

Opening of the Stephanie Marks Centre

The newly built Stephanie Marks Diabetes Resource Centre at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, was officially opened yesterday by Sir Ian Botham OBE. The centre is dedicated to Stephanie Marks, a young girl who dreamed of becoming a doctor and who tragically died from complications from the disease in 2002, aged just 17.


Published: 24 May 2010



Rocking horses donated to help sick children at St Peter’s

When Ken and Eve Godfrey decided they wanted to say ‘thank you’ for the excellent care they have received at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, they did so in an unusual way by donating two handmade rocking horses.


Published: 03 June 2010

Seeing the rear view of a patient’s heart

Nearly every image that is shown of a heart shows the vital organ from the front – but have you ever thought about what goes on at the rear of a heart?


Published: 21 June 2010

Two new appointments brings fresh talent into the NHS

The appointment of one new Non-executive Director and one Designate at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust brings two fresh sets of business skills to the organisation as it approaches the final stages of its application for Foundation Trust status.


Published: 22 June 2010

Nurses rose to the top in 3 Peaks Challenge!

At a time of year when countless people are jumping on bikes, putting on their walking boots or taking part in daring adventure to raise money for good causes, it is good to report that the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust children’s A & E nurses who took part in the Three Peaks Challenge got safely to the top and back.


Published: 24 June 2010



In the pink following donation!

Since 1999 Isobel Napper and her friends have been raising money for the Breast Care Unit at the Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust.


Published: 01 July 2010

It’s time to have your ‘Heart to Heart’

On average, around 8000 people are in urgent need of an organ transplant every year in the UK. Yet, each day, three people die waiting for a transplant that never comes, which is around 1000 people a year. As a timely reminder for local people to start talking about organ donation, staff and volunteers at St Peter’s Hospital will be taking part in National Transplant Week, between 5th and 9th July.


Published: 01 July 2010

From the Heart

Members of the North Surrey branch of the British Heart Foundation and the Staines branch of the BHF met at the cardiology department of St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, this week (29-06-10) for the launch of a £16,000 fundraising appeal. The aim is to purchase a Trans Oesophageal Echocardiogram probe (TOE probe) for use in conjunction with a new £85,000 high resolution Echo machine that has been purchased with cardiology department funds and a St. Peter’s Hospital League of Friends donation.


Published: 02 July 2010

Seeing double at St Peter’s!

On Saturday 3rd July, maternity staff at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey hosted their annual picnic for families with multiple babies. Judi Linney, the President of the Twins and Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) and over 30 families attended to enjoy the glorious sunshine and a picnic on the lawn outside Abbey Wing. Naomi Warrington, Midwife, said: “After several years of having to re-locate the picnic inside because of bad weather, it was a real treat to be able to set up outside and enjoy the sunshine! We all had a fantastic afternoon and are looking forward to next year’s picnic already.”


Published: 12 July 2010

Baby friendly is best for St Peter’s Hospital

St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has been awarded a Certificate of Commitment in its first step towards gaining international recognition from the UNICEF (United Nation’s Children’s Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative.


Published: 12 July 2010

Three national awards in three years for St Peter’s midwives

On Monday 19th July a team of midwives from St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey made a special trip to the Houses of Parliament to collect a Highly Commended All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity Award. The award was given to the hospital’s birth reflections service for the exceptional level of aftercare and support offered to women following pregnancy, in the category of ‘responsive, woman-centred, family focused postnatal care’.


Published: 26 July 2010

Join in the fun and raise money for your local hospitals

On Saturday 31st July G4S Patient Transport are organising a summer fete to raise money for the Abraham Cowley Unit, run by Surrey and Borders Partnership, and St Peter’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit.


Published: 26 July 2010

Environment at Ashford and St Peter’s is good for patients

For the second year running a national survey involving patients, members of the local community and staff has rated Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust highly for the environment it provides to patients.


Published: 30 July 2010



Get a ‘round’ to help your local Urology Department

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has joined forces with The Urology Foundation to improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of urological disease for local people.


Published: 16 August 2010

Good food for new mums

The food service on the maternity unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has been overhauled to offer a better range of choices and more flexibility on when women can have their meals.


Published: 27 August 2010



All are welcome to AGM

Looking back over a year of achievements and challenges for Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust is the subject of an open meeting on Thursday, September 30.


Published: 17 September 2010

Ashford Hospital League of Friends AGM

Members past and present of the Ashford Hospital League of Friends – which has been raising funds for the hospital for the past 47 years – came together at the charity’s Annual General Meeting last Thursday evening at Ashford Hospital.


Published: 29 September 2010

”Music at the Mansion” raises money for sick children

£4, 000 for St. Peter’s Paediatric Oncology Unit! Sally Lethbridge and her two friends, Melani Hinshelwood and Anthea Hunt organised a concert in Anthea’s back garden or rather grounds! Music and entertainment was from ‘The San Remo Dixieland Jazz Band’, a Frank Sinatra tribute by Paul Holgate followed by the main band of the evening the ‘d-Beez’, all giving their services for free.


Published: 29 September 2010

The Importance of Play

Last week young patients at St Peter’s Hospital were able to take advantage of a whole series of fun activities as part of ‘Play in Hospital’ week.


Published: 30 September 2010



Hospital Trust Annual General Meeting

Around 80 local people joined senior managers and clinicians of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust yesterday evening at their Annual General Meeting, which was held at the HG Wells Centre in Woking.


Published: 01 October 2010

Visiting hours agreed at Hospitals

Over the past four months most wards at St Peter’s Hospital have piloted new visiting hours, with ‘evening only’ visiting during the week (6.00 – 8.00pm) and more relaxed visiting on Saturdays and Sundays (2.30 – 8.00pm). The aim of the pilot was to provide the best environment for recovery with protected mealtimes and rest periods for patients, and more dedicated time for staff to undertake care and treatment.


Published: 04 October 2010

Maternity Unit Awarded Highest Standard for Patient Safety

Maternity Services at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, based at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, were recently awarded the top standard for patient safety protocols by the NHS Litigation Authority.


Published: 08 October 2010

Donation in memory of Beena helps stroke patients

A family from Chobham has raised £5,000 to buy a new piece of heart monitoring equipment for Cedar Ward, a specialist stroke unit, at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. Beena Higgins was a patient on the ward in May 2010, but sadly passed away after five days.


Published: 18 October 2010

Award-winning Staff

On Thursday 7th October, three members of staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals enjoyed their success at the South East Coast Health and Social Care Awards. Lynn English, Chaucer Ward Clerk at Ashford Hospital, won the ‘Unsung Hero’ award with Maxwell Freer, IT Network and Systems Manager, also a finalist in the same category. Dr Gill Britton, Occupational Health Consultant, won the much coveted title of ‘Health Professional of the Year.’


Published: 18 October 2010

Successful launch of Golf Marathon tees off at Wentworth with Ronnie Corbett

Staff, friends and supporters of Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals enjoyed a Gala Dinner at Wentworth Golf Club on Friday 8th October, with entertainment provided by legend Ronnie Corbett. The event was supported by Wentworth, who donated the room hire for the evening and formed part of the new Golf Marathon charity initiative - a fundraising drive for new urology equipment and services set up by the Trust and The Urology Foundation.


Published: 22 October 2010

Washing the bugs away

The infection control team at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has been busy throughout International Infection Prevention and Control Week (17th – 23rd October) educating staff, patients and visitors about the importance of good infection control.


Published: 25 October 2010



Result of the Governor Elections

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust has announced the results of its public and staff elections for a new Council of Governors, in preparation for becoming a Foundation Trust.


Published: 03 November 2010

Signature Knee Surgery

Ashford and St Peter’s is the first Trust in Surrey to introduce a pioneering technique for knee replacement surgery based on computer MRI scanning. In conjunction with the MRI unit at St Peter’s, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Knee Specialist, Mr A Hassan, first introduced the new procedure last month which is expected to result in improved outcomes and potentially fewer risks for patients. Mr Hassan has been specially trained in Amsterdam to carry out this procedure.


Published: 04 November 2010

New film launched at St Peter’s for local mums-to-be

The maternity team at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey has made a new short film for expectant mothers, packed with information about the services on offer. Explains Associate Director of Maternity Services, Eileen Nolan: ”The film shows women the modern facilities we provide and really takes them on a journey through our antenatal clinic, newly refurbished labour ward and postnatal ward. It also features our antenatal ultrasound department, unique birth reflections service and specialist Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”


Published: 11 November 2010

Fourth donation by Mills family to help sick babies

The Mills family from Addlestone has donated money to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey for the fourth time. Paul and Diana Mills recently presented a cheque for £2050, which brings the total they have raised in the last five years to over £7000.


Published: 19 November 2010

Strengthening the role of nursing and midwifery

A consultation with staff begins today at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust aimed at strengthening the role of nursing within the Trust and investing in front-line nursing staff.


Published: 19 November 2010

Busting the myths of pathology

Earlier this month, staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and Royal Surrey County Hospital joined forces to support National Pathology Week. Pathology is involved in over 70% of clinical decisions made in the NHS, yet few people know much about these vital services.


Published: 19 November 2010

Pathology Services are of the Highest Quality

Pathology services at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust have once again received a top quality stamp from the Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) office.


Published: 19 November 2010

Continued Low Mortality Rates at Trust

Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide for 2010, published on 28th November, reports continued low mortality rates at Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust. Trust Medical Director Dr Mike Baxter, comments: “This year’s guide shows that the Trust continues to have very low overall standardised mortality rates, which is reflective of a low mortality rate in a number of individual conditions which are some of the most common causes of death in hospitals (heart attacks, stroke, pneumonia, congestive heart failure and broken hips). This reflects the expertise of our staff and underlines our commitment to high quality care, with the safety of our patients as an absolute priority.”


Published: 29 November 2010



Ashford St Peter's Licensed as a Foundation Trust

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals have been licensed today as a Foundation Trust by Monitor, the independent regulator of Foundation Trusts.


Published: 01 December 2010

Hearty Support for Life-Saving Equipment

A local hospital appeal has completed in record time thanks to generous donations from local supporters.


Published: 02 December 2010

Experience of new mothers much improved at St Peter’s

Results just in from a national survey of maternity services by health regulator, the Care Quality Commission, show a significant improvement in the experience of women across all aspects of care at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey over the past three years.


Published: 03 December 2010

Stop and think – that’s the message from A&E

Do not come to A&E unless you really need to! That’s the message from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to the public following a week of intense activity in the emergency department.


Published: 08 December 2010

Improving communication for patients with specific needs

The outpatient department at St Peter’s hospital has recently opened a Communications Resource room, to help patients with specific communication needs.


Published: 09 December 2010

U3A ladies donate 2000th quilt

Six ladies from the Spelthorne group of the University of the Third Age (U3A) visited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital on Friday 10th December with a very special gift.


Published: 13 December 2010

Stop and Think Before you Visit

At this time of year many hospitals are under increased pressure due to outbreaks of norovirus, the 24 hour winter vomiting bug.


Published: 15 December 2010

Improving Pharmacy Services for Patients

The pharmacy at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals is speeding up the time it takes patients to receive their prescribed medicines, with additional support offered through a dedicated helpline which patients can access when they have returned home.


Published: 16 December 2010

Christmas Birthday Celebrations

Not only is Joseph Italiano, a porter at St Peter’s Hospital, celebrating his 40th birthday on Christmas day, he was also one of the first Christmas babies born at the hospital’s new maternity unit in Abbey Wing in 1970.


Published: 17 December 2010

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