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Tony Chambers

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Chief Executive of Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust.

Tony Chambers has written 26 posts

  • Nov18
    Talking targets and teamwork…

    Thank you to all my colleagues here at The Countess continuing to pull out all the stops to get behind our plans and arrangements to be as ready as we can be for winter. I do know how hard it is. This week it is our care of the elderly consultant and Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine Kausik Chatterjee, who has stopped us all in our tracks.  He has done a detailed piece of work reviewing a sample of case notes of Emergency Department attendances between January 2016 and October 2016.


  • Nov04
    Always winter, never Christmas…

    Within the last couple of weeks I’ve had some of my most senior emergency, elderly care and surgical consultants come and find me, for a frank and open conversation. There is a pressing matter that is the focus of all our efforts and energy… winter. More specifically, how we will care for our patients and how we will care for each other in the weeks and months ahead of us. 


  • Sep26
    An unusual start to my working week

    It has been an unusual start to my working week here at The Countess. My Monday began reading local newspaper coverage reporting that the hospital at which I am Chief Executive is to be merged with a neighbouring Trust. What’s more, the article went on to suggest that our hospital in Chester as well as others nearby will no longer be needed as care will instead be provided at a brand new hospital building in Ellesmere Port. I had been briefed that this story was in the offing and I feel it may be helpful for people to know that this coverage is the consequence of an informal or ‘leaked’ email, which we’ve not seen or been contacted about directly here at The Countess. It is not based on fact or an accurate reflection of any discussions and ambitions for the NHS that I’ve been involved in as part of my regular regional planning meetings. 



  • Dec31
    Happy New Year from Chief Executive, Tony Chambers

    I hope you have returned refreshed and re-energised from your Christmas and New Year break. To those of you who worked or were on call over the holiday period I would like to say thank you.

    All our services have been particularly busy over the last week. This is not new or unusual. People flock to GP services after Christmas and again after New Year’s Day; many come to A&E and this year was no exception. I popped into the department between Christmas and New Year and was hugely impressed by the calm and professional way in which patients were cared for. What struck me was the humour and camaraderie between staff; supporting each other is often the thing that helps us to cope – I know it works for me!


  • Oct29
    Culture, Excellence and Performance

    Aneurin Bevan’s famous words that “if a hospital bedpan is dropped in a hospital corridor in Tredegar, the reverberations should echo around Whitehall” has been interpreted a number of ways by those working in and leading the NHS. Does it mean that we should have a target for reducing dropped bedpans? Or that the Westminster Government should take direct responsibility for and control over every tiny detail of care provided in the NHS? Or was he saying something more general about accountability for services in the NHS?

    Well, times move on!


  • Sep24
    The Model Hospital

    Lots of people ask me what is the role of the Countess of Chester Hospitals chief executive. For me the answer is pretty straightforward…

    ….and that is to work every day to make sure the care experience of everyone who comes to our hospitals is a safe and as positive as possible.