Yesterday completed the second and final part of our CQC inspection and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to you all for your contribution throughout. The inspectors remarked on more than one occasion, about the warm welcome they received from across the Trust and I’m hugely proud that despite the challenges we face in some areas, there were many accounts of positive improvement for us to share. The CQC will now continue to examine the information they have collated to compile their reports which we expect to receive later in the summer.
On Tuesday we were delighted to announce that our Rocky Appeal has reached its £2.4million fundraising target. An extremely generous anonymous donation helped us reach the final amount, securing the future of the Da Vinci robot here at QA and allowing us continue to offer this leading edge robotic surgery. Since the appeal began in 2014 over 1,000 patients have benefitted from the technology resulting in reduced pain, less need for blood transfusions and a faster recovery time. As the first hospital in the region to benefit from a Da Vinci robot, we now use it across multiple specialties including urology, colorectal and head and neck. This is fantastic for our patients and would not be possible without the support and generosity of our local community to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude. I would also like to thank our fundraising team and in particular, Mick Lyons who has been instrumental in co-ordinating support for Rocky over many years.
Today the Department of Health and Social Care announced that we have been one of fifteen organisations selected to be part of their flexible working bank pilots. This is great news for staff working on the staff bank as you will soon be able to benefit from the use of new technology to make flexible working more accessible and help balance work/life commitments.
It would be remiss of me not to mention International Nurses Day 2018 which we celebrated across the hospital today with pride, enthusiasm and an impressive amount of cake! Thank you to everyone who contributed to organising the events throughout the day, and to those who found the time to join in the celebrations.
Continuing the nursing theme, this evening I am looking forward to attending our ‘Nurse of the Year’ Awards. The event has been instigated by Paul Thomas, a former patient who wanted to extend his gratitude to staff by hosting a celebration of nursing excellence at QA. Open to NHS and military nurses, health care support workers, trainees and students the awards will recognise the very best of the profession across eleven categories. Thanks to Paul the night promises to be a well-deserved celebration of all that is great about nursing in Portsmouth.
Thank you for all that you do every day to ensure our patients have the best possible care.