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



Staff facing the Winter Challenges

Local hospital staff working extra hard to make sure patients continue to receive life saving treatment. Despite the additional pressures of winter, staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are working hard to make sure patients continue to receive life saving and emergency treatment.


Published: 06 January 2011

A further boost in funds to our NICU

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of local fundraisers, a further £11,000 has been raised for the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital. This has enabled the department to buy one of the latest high tech intensive care incubators, which was celebrated today by Daisy Boast and her family and the Chertsey Rotary Club, who have been raising money for the unit through their ‘Daisy Appeal’.


Published: 06 January 2011

Local midwife celebrates 50 years

Local midwife, Bridget Smith, who works for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust recently celebrated 50 years as a qualified midwife.


Published: 07 January 2011

Staff rise to the challenge of snow and ice

The snow and ice which hit just before Christmas has caused a dramatic rise in the number of fractures and falls seen at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals over the past few weeks. And staff have worked round the clock to treat these additional cases.


Published: 17 January 2011

More innovative ways of working in Theatres

Not content to rely on expensive agency staffing, despite a national shortage of Operating Department Practitioners, an innovative theatre nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s decided to create a bespoke training programme so the Trust could train their own. And they are now reaping the rewards, both in terms of improved quality for patients, but also in terms of financial savings that can be reinvested back into patient care.


Published: 24 January 2011

National Cancer Patient Survey

Patients surveyed about their experience as a cancer patient at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust felt they were treated as individuals, rather than as a ‘set of symptoms’, putting the Trust into the top 20% of trusts nationally for this score.


Published: 24 January 2011

Dancing on Ice comes to St Peter’s

Two celebrities from ITV’s Dancing on Ice show visited the A&E department at St Peter’s Hospital, two days in a row, after taking separate tumbles on the ice during their training.


Published: 31 January 2011

Extended Service for Specialist Stroke Nurses

The Specialist Stroke nursing team at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is extending its service and will now be available to patients seven days a week.


Published: 30 January 2011



Local charities show their support for Children’s Department

The children’s play area at St Peter’s Hospital has recently received several generous donations from local charities. Just last week, the charity Thyme at the Tavern, donated a whole range of exciting toys and games bought from money raised through local events such as auctions and carol services, and support from local businesses.


Published: 10 February 2011

In response to Health Ombudsman report

Chief Nurse at the Trust, Suzanne Rankin, responds: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to apologise unreservedly to Mrs Catton and her father for the poor care they experienced at Ashford and St Peter’s. When people come to hospital they need to feel confident they will be well looked after which clearly didn’t happen on this occasion and is, quite simply, inexcusable. We are committed to providing the very best patient care and this case is a long way from the high standards we set ourselves.


Published: 15 February 2011

Trust Response to Guardian Article

The figures quoted in last week's Guardian (18th February) regarding planned job reductions at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals are based on outdated information. In fact for the coming year, we are planning to increase the number of nurses working on our wards by 18.


Published: 22 February 2011

Local family show their support

The family of local lady Eileen George, who died last October aged nearly 80, have praised staff at St Peter’s Hospital for their Mum’s care in the last weeks of her life. Instead of flowers at Eileen’s funeral, the family asked for donations so they could purchase some additional equipment for the hospital in her memory.


Published: 28 February 2011



League of Friends donate £55,000 to launch laser service

The St Peter’s League of Friends have recently donated a massive £55,000 to help launch a new laser service at St Peter’s Hospital.


Published: 07 March 2011

In response to Sunday Times

The food hygiene report from St Peter’s Hospital which was referred to in yesterday’s Sunday Times (6th March 2011) was made by Runnymede Borough Council following an inspection in May 2010.


Published: 07 March 2011

HeartBeat Woking Donates £5,000

Volunteers for a local support group showed their thanks and appreciation to St Peter’s Hospital last week when they donated a cheque for £5,000 to the hospital’s Coronary Care Unit.


Published: 17 March 2011

Trust rated as one of the best hospital employers in the country

Staff working at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals rate the trust as one of the best hospital employers in the country according to the latest NHS staff survey results. Published this week by the Care Quality Commission, the results show that staff at Ashford and St Peter’s are amongst the most motivated 20% in the country and that they also rate the Trust as one of the top 20% for job satisfaction and as somewhere to work and receive treatment.


Published: 17 March 2011



St Peter’s School raise funds for St Peter’s Hospital

Head girl Natalia Rana and fellow pupil Lauren Pickering from St Peter’s School in Guildford presented a donation of £1,000 to the neonatal intensive care unit at St Peter’s Hospital last week. The money was raised at the school’s Rag Week in March with the hospital’s neonatal unit chosen as this year’s charity after the excellent care experienced by two teachers at the school who both had babies cared for in the unit.


Published: 12 April 2011

The Mayor of Runnymede opens new garden and seating area

On Monday the Mayor of Runnymede, Councillor Margaret Roberts, joined 20 other guests of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals to officially open a new garden and seating area at the front of St Peter’s. Central to the garden, designed by local garden designer Richard Jackson, is the sculpture called Lightwaves by local artist Duncan Bell. On cutting the ribbon the Mayor expressed her delight in the garden and her passion for healing therapies in hospital such as music and art.


Published: 12 April 2011

Patients report significant improvements in care

The latest patient survey results for 2010, published today by the Care Quality Commission, show a significant improvement in how patients rate the quality of their care at Ashford and St Peter’s.


Published: 21 April 2011



Ashford and St Peter’s rated as a ‘Top 40 Hospital’

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been nominated as a CHKS top 40 hospital at an award ceremony in London earlier this week.


Published: 16 May 2011

Latest hospital infection rates lowest ever

The latest hospital infection rates, published at the end of the last financial year, show an all time low at Ashford and St Peter’s.


Published: 23 May 2011



Volunteers helping patients every step of the way

A new Hospital Guide service began this week at St Peter’s Hospital, staffed entirely by volunteers, to help patients find their way around the hospital.


Published: 06 July 2011

Complex knee surgery exceeds all expectations

A complicated injury nearly saw the end of Woking teenager William Marment’s rugby playing days, but thanks to the surgical expertise of Mr Paul Trikha at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and a spoonful of luck, the young player’s knee was saved.


Published: 13 July 2011

Trust’s housekeeping team wins nationally recognised award

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s housekeeping team were recently awarded the President’s Cup at the Association for Healthcare Cleaning Professional’s (AHCP) Annual National Conference and Exhibition, held at the Telford International Centre.


Published: 21 July 2011

Ashford and St Peter’s top performing Trust for hip fractures

Recent data published in the National Hip Fracture Database Report for 2011 shows Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as one of the top performing Trusts in the country for the care and treatment of patients with hip fractures.


Published: 22 July 2011



Volunteer goes above and beyond for St. Peter’s patient

An elderly patient, Jack Collins, was admitted to St. Peter’s Hospital after dialling 999 from his home in New Haw, Surrey.


Published: 01 August 2011

New appointment confirmation service introduced

To help remind patients of their routine hospital appointment, and to reduce the number of missed appointments, Ashford and St Peter’s is introducing a new appointment confirmation service from Monday 15th August.


Published: 04 August 2011

Major advance in vascular surgery at St Peter’s Hospital

Last week the vascular team at St Peter’s Hospital, led by consultant surgeon Mr Tahir Ali, performed the Trust’s first keyhole aneurysm repair. This is emergency, life saving surgery, yet the patient was up and about within hours and able to leave hospital within only 48 hours.


Published: 05 August 2011

The Trust celebrates one year MRSA free

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reporting 365 days - one full year - without a hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia at the Trust. This is a significant achievement - only 11 other Trusts in the country have done as well - and demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to first-class infection control and the hard work put in by staff at all levels.


Published: 10 August 2011

New Special Care Unit for St Peter’s Hospital

St. Peter’s Hospital is proud to announce a new 9 bed Special Care Unit for mothers and their babies. The new SCU is replacing the old 6 bed transitional care unit and will be part of, and managed by, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It will be staffed by neonatal nurses and led by Sister Therese Nursey.


Published: 18 August 2011

Improvements to Trust catering services - for patients, visitors and staff

Deputy Chief Executive at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Valerie Bartlett, comments: “The catering contract we have with our current supplier is due to be re-tendered shortly and gives us an opportunity to significantly improve and modernise our current catering facilities for patients, visitors and staff. For example, we would very much like to bring all our public restaurant facilities into the main building at St Peter’s hospital – more convenient for both visitors and staff - which would mean a major capital development. At Ashford we would like to provide a smaller, better located restaurant facility in the main entrance with a new tea and snack bar in our main outpatient department which is due to be refurbished next year.


Published: 25 August 2011

New Bariatric Surgical Procedure at St Peter’s Hospital

From Friday 9 September, St Peter’s Hospital will be able to offer a new bariatric surgical procedure to patients who need a gastric bypass. Such patients, who need to lose weight in order to maintain a healthy life, will benefit from being able to have the surgery locally in Chertsey.


Published: 30 August 2011



Trust performs first ever gastric bypass surgery

Last Friday, consultant surgeon Mr Samer Humadi and his team at Ashford and St Peter’s hospitals, undertook the Trust’s first ever gastric bypass operation. This represents a significant development in specialist weight loss surgery offered by the Trust and means they will be attracting patients from a much wider catchment area for this specialist service.


Published: 16 September 2011

Mobile British Sign Language Computers now available at Trust

Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals have recently received the delivery of three mobile and height adjustable computers for patients who need a British Sign Language service. There will be two of these computers at St Peter’s, with one in A&E and the other on Abbey Wing, and one at Ashford in the Outpatients department.


Published: 21 September 2011

Care Leadership in NW Surrey

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been driving integration work in North West Surrey, where clinicians from primary, community, acute and mental health care, along with colleagues from social services and NHS Surrey, have been working together since October 2010 to develop a more joined up way of delivering care to patients.


Published: 27 September 2011



Local people demonstrate interest in hospital services

Around 100 people joined Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals yesterday evening at their Annual General Meeting, held at Ashford Hospital.


Published: 03 October 2011

Epsom Hospital

Following the announcement [on 5th October] by the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust that they will no longer be submitting a bid for Epsom Hospital, Chief Executive of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Andrew Liles, comments.


Published: 10 October 2011

Trust Wins Award for Home Monitoring of Pacemaker Patients

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Cardiology Department is the proud receiver of the ‘Silver Award’ for being the first centre in the UK to register over 100 active users on the Biotronik Home Monitoring systems for pacemaker and ICD (Implantable Cardiovertor Defibrillator) patients.


Published: 24 October 2011

New patient reminder service is a great success

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals has been busy reminding patients about their upcoming appointments and has seen a significant reduction in the number of people not attending as a result.


Published: 31 October 2011



New mortality index shows we are a safe hospital trust

A new hospital mortality indicator – published last week by the NHS Information Centre - shows Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation trust is a safe hospital trust, with a lower than expected mortality index. The Trust received a score of 90 [where 100 would be the expected level], which takes into account of variables such as age, type of illness, social demography and other factors.


Published: 03 November 2011

Making a Difference at the Trust

Since 1st May this year, Ashford and St Peter’s have been running a new physiotherapy service specifically for staff. The new service, run in conjunction with the Trust’s Occupational Health department, offers staff members easy access to assessment and treatment. This includes a weekly drop-in clinic, which gives hospital employees the opportunity to take responsibility for their own health without having to take time off work.


Published: 10 November 2011

Trust submits plans to acquire Epsom Hospital

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has now confirmed the submission of their plans to potentially acquire Epsom Hospital and become a larger, three hospital Foundation Trust.


Published: 15 November 2011

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 several days of intense activity in the St Peter’s Hospital Accident and Emergency Centre.


Published: 17 November 2011

Dr Foster reports continued low mortality rates at Trust

Dr Foster’s Hospital Guide for 2011, published on 28th November, reports continued low mortality rates at Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Trust Medical Director Dr Mike Baxter, comments: “We welcome Dr Foster’s Good Hospital Guide which, importantly, demonstrates continued low mortality rates at Ashford and St Peter’s across a range of conditions. The new Summary Hospital-level Mortality Index published by Dr Foster reports a score of 90 for the Trust [where 100 would be the expected level], taking into account variables like age, type of illness, demography and other factors. This is good news for our patients and shows that Ashford and St Peter’s continues to be a safe place for care and treatment.”


Published: 28 November 2011

Celebrating the Breast Cancer Service Pledge

On Friday 25th November 2011, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launched a special Service Pledge for their breast cancer patients.


Published: 30 November 2011



Tottenham Hotspur makes a donation to Chaucer Ward at Ashford Hospital

On the 8th November, Lisa Thomas (Ward Manager) and Lynn English (Ward PA) from Chaucer Ward at Ashford Hospital were invited down to White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur, to receive a cheque for £2,500. This money was donated by Spurs for some photographs of the famous sixties football player Danny Blanchflower that were originally given to Chaucer Ward to sell.


Published: 08 December 2011

Clinical Examination Award from the MRCP(UK) for Trust

The MRCP(UK), Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom, recently came to Ashford Hospital and presented the Trust with an award plaque in recognition of their commitment to the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) – widely considered as one of the toughest physician tests in the country.


Published: 09 December 2011

First Anniversary as a Foundation Trust

This week Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust celebrates its first year as a successful Foundation Trust.


Published: 09 December 2011

Professor retires after 28 years at Trust

Professor Mark Britton, Respiratory Consultant, has certainly seen things change in the NHS throughout his long and established career. After 28.5 years of dedicated service at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, ‘The Prof’, as he is affectionately known as by his colleagues, is retiring from the Trust, but will continue with his other work interests and spend more time with his family.


Published: 13 December 2011

Ashford & St Peter’s know how to serve up Christmas

As Christmas fast approaches, staff at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are getting into the festive spirit and treating patients to a whole range of Christmas delights.


Published: 16 December 2011

St Peter’s Perform Career Saving Operation

Samuel Sturt, an acrobat from Chertsey, who has previously competed in both national and international gymnastic championships, could continue his career thanks to Orthopaedic surgery at St Peter’s Hospital.


Published: 22 December 2011

First Steps Nursery at St Peter’s scores well

The Tiggers Room, for children aged three to five, in the First Steps Nursery at St Peter's Hospital, was recently re-audited and received a score of 6.4 out of 7 for the ECERS E Environment Rating Scale, which specifically looks at learning and development in early years. This figure is much higher than the average ECERS E score across Surrey, which was at 3.29 on 31st March 2010, and is a great improvement on their first audit score of 3.5 in 2009.


Published: 22 December 2011

Everyone needs “Friends” at Christmas

Over the Christmas period, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals League of Friends and their helpers deliver small presents, complete with Santa hats and big smiles, to all in-patients in their care.


Published: 22 December 2011

Local family raise £4000 to help Neonatal Unit

A family from Addlestone fundraised over £5,500 to help sick and premature babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. Lauren White, along with her family and friends, hosted a Fun Day at the Jubilee High School in Addlestone which included a football match and fete which raised just over £4,000 with the remainder being raised through the family’s Just Giving webpage.


Published: 28 December 2011

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