An update from our hospitals, Tuesday 22 December 2020

Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Excerpts from the Update are below. To read the full Update, please click here

COVID-19 vaccinations

We were honoured to be chosen as one of the 50 hospital hubs to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the over-80s. From Tuesday 8 December we have been vaccinating approximately 200-250 people a day between 8am and 8pm. We hope it won’t be long before we can offer health and care staff in mid and south Essex the vaccination. You can find all the information on our website.

Details of the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out for all health and care providers across Essex can be found on the EPUT website here.

Winter pressures

The number of COVID-19 cases being admitted to our hospitals has now increased markedly, putting severe pressure on Emergency Departments, medical teams and Intensive Care. We’re seeing many more cases than in wave 1.

We’re now at the stage where we are having to pause all planned non-urgent activity – so we can cope with increased pressure and keep our hospitals safe. We will continue to treat cancer patients.

We’ll also continue to work closely with our partners in community healthcare and social care, to ensure that all patients are being seen in the right place at the right time.

During this busy period, we’re encouraging all our staff to make use of the range of resources available to support their overall health and wellbeing. And reminding one another of the importance of getting some rest over the Christmas holiday period.

Merger has helped cut hospital stay times

Patients are spending less time in hospitals across Essex thanks to merger improvements at the Trust.

The merger saw the joining together of Basildon, Mid Essex and Southend Hospitals in April, making it easier to work together than ever before and helping to improve care for its 1.2 million patients.

Charlotte Williams, Director of Strategy, said: “We’ve already reduced the time some of our patients have to stay in hospital, which helps keep them safe and means we are able to see more patients, quicker.”