An update from our hospitals

Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Report of the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has asked us to make improvements to maternity services at Basildon University Hospital. It published its report last week following an inspection of the service in June.

While inspectors noted improvements had been made since their last visit, the service has been given a rating of Inadequate.

Chief Executive, Clare Panniker, said: “This is extremely disappointing. It is so important that mums feel safe when they come to us to have their babies, and that our staff feel supported to deliver the very best care. These are the two areas we’ve been focusing on and have taken urgent and significant action to address.

“We had already begun to make improvements before the CQC visited us – and the report recognises that a raft of changes had been put in place.” Read more here.

Trust receives almost £5 million funding for Emergency Department

We have received funding from the Department of Health and Social Care totalling over £4.8 million for upgrades to Emergency Department facilities. This will allow us to create additional space and make better use of our facilities for patients at our Broomfield and Basildon sites, with funding for Southend yet to be announced.

The works will allow us to achieve appropriate social distancing in the Departments, keeping our patients and staff safe as we approach the busier winter period.

Visit of Sir David Amess MPVisit of the Mayor of Basildon
MP and Mayor visit our hospitals to thank staff
Local political leaders have paid visits to sites across the Trust to thank staff for their work during the pandemic.
Sir David Amess, Conservative MP for Southend West, visited Southend Hospital and spoke to several members of staff from a range of areas and departments about their experiences in caring for patients. Read more here.

Councillor David Burton-Sampson, the Mayor of Basildon, also heard from frontline staff at Basildon University Hospital about how we are resetting services following the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mayor met Andrew Pike, Basildon’s Managing Director, and Roslyn Blackboro, Head of Nursing, to discuss the Trust’s plans to provide the best care to patients this winter.

Aneurysm wristband to save men’s lives
A new wristband for men with abdominal aortic aneurysm that could save lives has been introduced across our hospitals.

The wristband was the idea of Healthcare Assistant Leeanne Turner, based at Southend Hospital. Leeanne said: “Time is of the essence with an aneurysm, so we wanted something simple that will alert emergency services to the potential problem if one of our patients collapses whilst they are awaiting surgery.” Read more here.

Artwork donated to Critical Care Unit
The Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Basildon University Hospital has received a kind donation from artist Melanie Aylett, whose brother was looked after by the Unit.

Roopson Paluri, Matron in the CCU, said: “This painting was an extremely kind donation. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been overwhelmed with support from our local and neighbouring communities.” Read more here.

Ribbon cut on Tiptree Ward after delayed ceremony goes ahead
The team on Tiptree Ward at Broomfield Hospital have finally been able to hold a formal opening ceremony six months after welcoming their first patients.

To mark the occasion, staff were joined by Chief Operating Officer Sam Goldberg, Divisional Director for Medicine Dr James Orpin, and Associate Director of Operations Louise Jones.

Tiptree Ward opened in February as a general medicine ward for the under-75s but the coronavirus pandemic saw it quickly change to a COVID-19 ward, before it became a temporary home for care of elderly patients.
Read more here.