I would like to say a big thank you to all of our staff who persevered with the inclement weather over the past week to ensure that there was no disruption to our clinical services. Our Estates team did a great job of clearing pathways and access roads and gritting to keep patients, visitors and staff safe.
Today is NHS Sustainability Day and so I took part in the 'Planting Two Trees at Two' initiative that many Trusts across the North West are getting involved with. This was the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by the Trust to demonstrate its commitment to increasing green space for staff, patients and the local community to use and enjoy for rest, relaxation and exercise. The tree planting was organised in association with the NHS Forest, and complements a range events and activities implemented at the Women's as part of the year long Simple Actions campaign to reduce carbon, cut waste and conserve energy in the NHS.
A great deal of my time this week has been spent on preparation for next year. We are finalising our Corporate Objectives which will determine our priorities for the next twelve months. We have been putting the final elements of our budget together. We have also looked at our plans for investing in a new clinical information system.
Undoubtedly the best news I have received this week is that Dr David Richmond, Consultant Urogynaecologist and former Medical Director at Liverpool Women's Hospital was this week elected as the new President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. David will take up this prestigious role for a period of 3 years in September 2013. David, all of your friends and colleagues at Liverpool Women's Hospital are incredibly proud of what you have achieved. Well done!!!!
I will be finishing work today for a few days holiday over the Easter period. I know that my week is set to end on a high note as this evening we hold our annual Focussing on Excellence Awards. We have some incredibly talented, motivated and compassionate people working and volunteering at Liverpool Women's Hospital, we will be tweeting the winners of the various categories throughout the evening.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.