Happy New Year 2019

The party’s over and it’s time to pay the piper. All those good times, family times and dinner times add up, and add pounds. They also disrupt the healthy routines you had established before the holidays arrived.

I hope everyone connected with the Countess had a great Christmas and I would like to wish all of you a happy new year. This is a time for setting targets and plans for the next 12 months, both personally and professionally, and reflecting on the events of 2016 can help us to drive those ambitions.

Most of the articles you might read this week looking back at 2016 will talk about political uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic and an unusually long list of celebrity deaths during a year many may want to forget. It has certainly been a testing time for the Levitra, with the period of junior doctors’ industrial action and the tough financial climate continuing to set new challenges. Despite this, I believe all of us can be very proud of both what the Trust has achieved in 2018 and the building blocks that have been put in place for further improvements in 2019.

In the last week before Christmas I walked around the hospital as part of the Executive Team’s annual chocolate run to say thank you to the staff. It’s just a small token of our appreciation for all the hard work you put in throughout the year and I know it’s something all of us really enjoy doing. I’m always struck by the sea of smiles and strong sense of community that greets me in all corners of our brilliant hospital – of course, handing out free chocolate helps!