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The Trustís New Nutrition and Hydration Strategy
From Ďcook-chillí service to parenteral nutrition in ITU, from the bedside water jug to IV fluids, this month marks the launch of Ashford and St Peterís Hospitalís Nutrition and Hydration strategy, nicely timed to coincide with the national initiative ĎNutrition and Hydration weekí.

Developed by the Trustís Nutrition Steering Group, the document details the excellent services we already have in place and addresses our visions for future improvement. Having such a document is recognised as good practice by the Department of Health and whilst many trusts are working towards this, we are among the few who have a working document published.

Nutrition and hydration impact on our patients in all clinical areas, whether on the wards, in outpatient clinics, therapy or diagnostic departments. Nutritional health is important for everyone including staff as well as patients and we want to promote the right nutritional messages for all individuals whether that means healthy eating or nutritional support.
The Strategy aims to ensure:
  • High quality food and nutrition services to meet the needs of all our patients
  • Motivated and nutritionally aware staff who support nutrition delivery at all levels of care
  • An environment that encourages and facilitates nutritional health amongst staff and visitors to the Trust
  • Sustainable and cost effective use of resources
The document is available on our website and you are welcome to read more about it here.


Liz Hedges,
Therapy Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics,
Speech and Language Therapy
Retirement of Miss Susan Bateman
Sue Bateman took up her appointment at St. Peterís Hospital, now Ashford & St Peterís Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 1987 at a time when there were no female consultant obstetricians or gynaecologists at Ashford, Frimley or Guildford She rapidly became part of an enduring and happy partnership with the two incumbents to run a successful and happy department delivering high quality care to the community which we then served. She was known for her quiet competence, commonsense and sympathetic empathy with all she came in contact with, always being responsive to the needs of her patients and requests for help from doctors in the community. In those days, as probably now, she could never be separated from her diary which held all-important information and allowed her to run a seamless high quality service. She can look back with satisfaction on a virtually incident free 29-year run of service to the community and a calm unflappability in acute situations. As clinical director she has overseen the rapid growth of the obstetric and gynaecological services to the busy and thriving unit it is today, and her time at the helm will be remembered for wise counsel and an all embracing inclusive culture. She stepped down from this role and took early retirement to return and to continue to oversee a service for those having difficulty to conceive, which in her typical way combined compassion with robust common sense and an efficient and timely passage through the sometimes arduous journey that is the investigation and treatment of these matters. She deserves a long and happy retirement and there are may that will remember her as a steadfastly loyal, honest and compassionate friend, colleague and doctor. She will be sorely missed but equally will have more time for her new responsibilities as adoring grandmother.
Free educational events for patients newly diagnosed with Osteoporosis
Ashford and St Peterís Hospital NHS Trust and the National Osteoporosis society are running 6 monthly FREE educational events for patients newly diagnosed with Osteoporosis.

The next event is taking place at Chertsey House, St Peterís Hospital on Monday 23rd May , 1.30-4.15pm.

It will include an overview of Osteoporosis and its treatment, which will be given by Dr Rod Hughes the Consultant Rheumatologist at ASPH, as well as an informative talk on exercise and lifestyle from a Physiotherapist based at ASPH .
A representative from the National Osteoporosis Society will also explain their work and how they may help.

We would be very grateful if you would give out the flyer to any patients who would benefit from attending and also put one up in your waiting area.
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