New non-executive director welcomed to the board
16 October 2014
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike O'Donovan, former Chairman of Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to the board of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Your hospital trust needs you!
13 October 2014
The Chairman of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust is urging people in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire to join the trust as members.
The trust is urgently seeking new public members from the area served by Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, which it took over two weeks ago.
Sir Mike Aaronson said: "We are seriously underrepresented in the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire area. It's free and simple to join and by signing up you get a link so you can find out all about your local hospital services."
The new trust came into being on 1 October when Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust expanded its boundaries to take over the running of Wexham Park and Heatherwood services.
Because the previous trust running Heatherwood and Wexham services ceased to exist, the new trust was not able to automatically transfer across the 6,000 or so Heatherwood and Wexham Park public members. Frimley Health is as a result underrepresented in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Members play a vital role in foundation trusts, acting as a sounding board in the community and influencing decisions through their representatives on the trust's Council of Governors.
The new trust has big plans for transforming services at Wexham and Heatherwood and wants the community to be involved.
Sir Mike added: "These are your services, and they will be better if you are involved. You don't get much for nothing these days, but we promise trust membership will always be totally free of charge. There are no obligations and no pressures, you can be involved as little or as much as you like.
"But by showing an interest you can really help us be in touch with the community we serve and refine our services to meet your needs."
He added: "We have elections for governors starting next month, so we are calling on as many people as possible to sign up become members. The more people we sign the better and fairer the elections will be. Practically anybody over the age of 16 can sign up to be a member.
"We are also looking for interested people to put themselves forward for election to be a trust governor. Again, practically anyone who is a member can stand to be a governor. All we ask is that you care about your hospital services and are able to give up some time to help us manage them."
In Frimley Health's former catchment area around Frimley Park Hospital, near Camberley, there are more than 10,000 public members.
"Our members play an active role and are very interested in what we do. We hold a programme of regular health events, which we will be expanding into Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire, where we keep our members informed about our services and new developments.
"Our engagement with our current members is the envy of most foundation trusts and we have had up to 300 people attending some of these health events. We are now aiming for a similar level of engagement across our expanded area.
"This could be especially important when we get to upgrading facilities, such as a new A&E at Wexham and a potential rebuild at Heatherwood."
To sign up, go to the trust website at www.frimleyhealth.nhs.uk and click on the JOIN US button at the bottom of the home page for an online application form.
* The new trust is holding its first Health Event at the Copthorne Hotel, Cippenham Lane, Slough, on Tuesday evening (14 October) at 7pm. All members of the public are invited to attend this free event.
Cardiologist Dr Vinod Achan, from the trust's Regional Heart Attack Centre, will be giving a talk on the trust's state of the art services and there is the chance to meet the new Chairman, Chief Executive and other Board members and hear about the future plans for hospital services.
Please note if you were formerly a member of Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust you will need to sign up again to be a member of Frimley Health.
Frimley Health sets out vision of a new era for patient care
1 October 2014
Today marks the official launch of a new NHS foundation trust running hospital services for nearly a million people across four counties.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide a wide range of services to patients in Hampshire, Surrey, east Berkshire and south Buckinghamshire.
Frimley Park's acquisition of Heatherwood and Wexham Park receives final approval
26 September 2014
The board of Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce its formal acquisition of neighbouring Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HWP) after receiving final approval from Monitor, the foundation trust regulator.
Help for a soul destroying condition
9 September 2014
Help is at hand for sufferers of a medical condition that can be soul destroying for up to a quarter of the UK population.
Frimley Park Hospital will be holding a continence open day on 17 September for people with reduced or no bladder or bowel control. As well as inviting members of the public, the hospital is welcoming healthcare colleagues to attend and find out more about managing the condition.
New vascular treatment option at Frimley Park
11 August 2014
Frimley Park Hospital, serving patients across Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, has become one of only eight centres in the UK to offer a new vascular treatment option for patients.
The hospital's vascular team has introduced a new stent graft system, known as the Nellix system, for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).
This type of aneurysm is a swelling or bulging of the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the body) in the abdomen, and is more common in men over 65 years of age. If an aneurysm gets too big, surgery is required to stop it from rupturing.
The first patient was successfully treated with a Nellix device on 30 June at Frimley Park by a team comprising consultant interventional radiologist Dr Jeremy Taylor, consultant vascular and endovascular surgeons Mr Neville Dastur and Mr Patrick Chong, with input from Mr Paul Hayes from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Neville Dastur explained: "Minimally invasive techniques such as endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) to treat AAA are well established and offer a less traumatic approach to aneurysm repair for suitable patients than open surgery.
"However, standard infra-renal EVAR devices are not suitable for all patients depending upon the exact location of the aneurysm. And a proportion will require further procedures in later years.
"The Nellix device, which has a new concept of sealing and fixation within the aneurysm sac, enables us to treat some aneurysms that previously required more costly, custom made systems. Furthermore, we hope the new system will reduce the need to re-operate on some patients."
Patrick Chong agreed and added: "We have great surgical outcomes in aortic surgery for our team of vascular surgeons on the National Vascular Registry and this new stent graft adds another useful option to our wide range of treatments against aneurysms available here at Frimley Park Hospital."
As an accredited regional vascular hub, the vascular service at Frimley Park Hospital benefits from three interventional radiology suites and a dedicated endovascular hybrid operating theatre.
A team of six vascular consultants and two consultant interventional radiologists work on a rota to provide a round-the-clock emergency service at Frimley Park, seven days a week.
The centre at Frimley also provides aneurysm screening as part of the west Surrey and north Hampshire AAA screening programme.
Pictured above are (from left) Dr Jeremy Taylor (consultant interventional radiologist), Sister Daisy Fernando (lead vascular theatre sister) and Mr Neville Dastur (consultant vascular and endovascular surgeon) in one of the trust's interventional radiology suites.
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