A few weeks ago I mentioned our plans to examine the issue of violence and aggression against our staff and to make some recommendations to help address it. Since then I have met with a number of you who have shared your personal experience and offered your support in helping us to take appropriate action. In October we will be hosting an event open to all staff to discuss the issue in more detail, find ways to prevent instances of violence occurring and support all of you, especially those working in areas where this is more likely. Details of the event will be shared shortly and I would encourage you to come along and join the conversation if you can. This is an important area of focus for us.
This week I am delighted to share the recent success of our neonatal team. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health carry out a national neonatal audit and for 2017 our service was rated as ‘outstanding’ for temperature control within one hour of birth for infants born at less than 32 weeks. This is a reflection of the hard work carried out by the entire team over many years and is further evidence for our patients of the excellent care our neonatal service provides.
I would also like to give a special thank you to our staff working in the Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit. During this week we experienced a problem with our RO water which is used to sterilise our instruments in theatres. HSDU staff went above and beyond by travelling to other providers to ensure that HSDU could keep running. The result was a very limited impact on our emergency and planned surgery. Their dedication to our patients was admirable and their actions reflect exactly what our Trust values represent. Thank you to them all.
This year we are proud to be joining colleagues from Solent NHS Trust to participate in Portsmouth Pride 2018 on Saturday 15 September in Southsea. Pride events are well known for their celebration of LGBT+ culture as well as their promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equal rights, and sexual diversity. Getting involved in Portsmouth Pride is a key part of our diversity agenda and also gives us an opportunity to promote the Trust as a place to work as well as celebrate and enhance our role within the local community. Volunteers are needed to support this event by simply taking part in the parade or handing out recruitment leaflets – Pride T-Shirts, flags and whistles will be provided! Learn more about how to get involved and any members of staff who would like to register their interest should email O.D@porthosp.nhs.uk or call extension 5071.
You may have noticed this week that our public lifts in the main entrance now relay an important message about joining the organ donor register. This year our Annual General Meeting takes place during national Organ Donation week and I’m delighted that this important subject will be the focus of our meeting. As an organisation we have a large number of organ donors, particularly in the area of altruistic donations and it is important we recognise the contribution they make. The AGM takes place on Thursday 6 September at 2pm in the Lecture Theatre where we will be joined by a number of Trust staff speaking about the importance of organ donation, the role we play at QA and the positive difference our service makes to patients. We welcome all members of staff and the public so please do join us if you’re free.
Thank you for the work you do every day to support the delivery of care we take pride in and we would expect for ourselves and our loved ones. My thanks in particular go to all those who will be working over the bank holiday weekend.