Fiona Dalton, CEO

Chief executive's blog - 31 July 2017

In my personal blog, I'll keep you up to date on what's happening at the Trust, sharing what I think we're doing well and what we can improve.

Fiona Dalton, chief executive

At this time of year there's a theme for me of welcoming new people to the 'UHS family' - it's a real pleasure to speak to so many people, both last week and this week, who are starting work here.

Last week I spoke to the foundation year one doctors, who are beginning their first ever jobs as doctors here this week. We have a particular responsibility to look after these new healthcare professionals – in the same way that we will be looking after the newly qualified nurses and midwives who will be starting work on wards and in departments across the Trust in a few weeks’ time.

And of course many other doctors in training are rotating this week into posts here in Southampton. I hope that the transition process is smooth and that you feel a full part of the team here, for as long as you are here.

In addition, on 1 August this year, the nurses, healthcare assistants and administrative staff who work in surgical services at Lymington Hospital are transferring to be part of UHS. Lymington Hospital provides a much valued service for patients from the New Forest area and we are delighted to take on this new responsibility.

On behalf of the whole hospital, I wanted to say welcome to all of these groups of staff - and indeed everyone who joins us at all times of the year.

I want to tell you that we are so pleased that you are joining us. You are really valued and we will try to look after you with the the care that we know that you will try to give our patients. We may not get it right all the time but if we don't, please tell us and we will try to put it right. And please keep your ‘fresh eyes’ to look at problems – and if you see systems here that aren’t as good as you’ve seen in other hospitals, please say! We want to learn from other hospitals whenever we can.

I hope that everyone who has chosen to work at UHS is pleased that they made this decision, that they enjoy work life here and that they have the opportunity to learn and develop.

I think that in any job there are moments of frustration, tiredness or dissatisfaction. But I hope that everyone here also has moments of joy, and can experience what I believe is the privilege of being part of a team that makes a difference for patients.

Fiona Dalton


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Thank you for your kind words regarding Lymington Hospital joining the Trust family. I am excited at the opportunity of caring for more patients on their surgical pathway and the future development of a wonderful hospital.
Michelle Trent (02/08/2017 21:36:05)