An update from our hospitals

Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Think NHS 111 First

The Think NHS 111 First programme will be implemented across mid and south Essex this winter as part of a national initiative by NHS England.

From December, residents who think they need to visit their local emergency department will be asked to call NHS 111 first. If needed, they will be given an appointment to come to the emergency department and the NHS 111 team will let us know when the patient is coming.

For those with life-threatening illness or serious injury, the 999 service remains in place.

COVID-19 vaccinations

The Government has asked the NHS to be ready to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination programme so that it is set to mobilise and start offering vaccinations as soon as one becomes available.

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust are working hard alongside partner organisations to ensure we are ready to deliver a safe and effective vaccine programme to our staff and healthcare partners.

Note: South Woodham Ferrers Health & Social Care Group are working with the project planners for the delivery of Covid vaccinations; these vaccinations will be delivered by a combination of new hubs, clusters of GPs, and hospitals; the details are still being finalised; announcements will be made in due course about how patients and people will access them.

Improved service for our frail and older patients

We have previously outlined plans to move two medicine for older people wards from Basildon Hospital to Brentwood Community Hospital (BCH) on a temporary basis. 

This enables us to enhance the service and care we offer some of our most vulnerable patients. Crucially, it strengthens our partnership working to ensure all our patients receive the best care in the right place during the winter period. We’re pleased to announce this service is now up and running.

The move is making space for more critical care beds in Basildon Hospital, allowing for the best care for COVID-19 patients. The services at BCH are being delivered by doctors, nurses, therapists, healthcare assistants and other support staff that previously worked on the wards at Basildon Hospital, in addition to community and newly recruited staff.

Essex-based COVID-19 researcher wins Parliamentary award

A medical researcher at Basildon Hospital has been given a lifetime achievement award.

Major Mark Vertue has been chosen as the East Regional Winner in The Lifetime Achievement Award category in the NHS Parliamentary Awards.

This is an annual competition where MPs nominate local heroes from the NHS as a recognition of the vital work they do for our communities. Major Mark was nominated by Sir David Amess, the MP for Southend West.

MP visits our new COVID-19 test centre

Sir David Amess MP has visited our new COVID-19 testing centre at the former Nazareth House care home in Southend.

More than 200 people are tested at the centre each day, including patients with planned operations, as well as key workers and members of their households with COVID-19 symptoms.

MSE PLACE team nominated for national award

The MSE Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) team has been shortlisted for the Volunteers Award at the national Audit Heroes Awards.

The nomination recognises the commitment of 32 volunteers who give their time to assist the Trust in evaluating the care environment from a patient’s perspective, providing valuable insights into how service can be improved.

Nurse wins national Hail Your Heroes Award

A Basildon Hospital nurse on the frontline has won The Sun’s Hail Your Heroes award after being nominated by her mother and father-in-law for her dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rona Coronel, from Wickford, is a Sister on Florence Nightingale respiratory ward, which was the designated COVID-19 ward during the peak of the pandemic.

Her in-laws, Dave and Carol Lovell, praised Rona for going above and beyond for her patients and the NHS.

Faster treatment for prostate cancer patients

The radiotherapy department at Southend Hospital is taking part in a clinical trial to improve treatment for men with prostate cancer.

Patients with localised prostate cancer can now have high-precision radiotherapy

treatment, which is much faster and allows a quicker recovery.

This significantly reduces treatment time to one-and-a-half weeks, down from the usual four weeks of daily treatment.

Sight-saving treatment stops man from going blind

Thanks to quick-thinking medical staff at Southend Hospital, a man who suddenly lost sight in his right eye has had it restored.

Ronald Jackson, 81, from Benfleet, had a ‘stroke of the eye’, but thanks to a brand new fast-acting way of delivering treatment, his sight came back in just a couple of days. He is one of the first people in the UK to be treated in this way.