Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
COVID-19: Restoring our routine and planned services
The second wave of the pandemic has had a significant impact on planned care waiting lists. However, we are now seeing a reduction in COVID admissions which allows us to reset our services and reduce the backlog.
We have been able to restart urgent planned work on our hospital sites for a selection of patients, in particular those with cancer. Our focus is now on how we can expand these services and increase the number of patients being treated.
As part of our service restoration, we continue to work with independent sector hospital providers to treat patients prioritised as needing surgery within one month. This partnership has been hugely successful as patients have been able to receive confirmation of surgery within a week.
Our outpatient services remain a blend of virtual and face-to-face – with more activity returning to face-to-face at our hospital sites.
Essex COVID-related projects shortlisted for national awards
Two COVID-related projects that have been helping patients and staff throughout the pandemic in Essex have been shortlisted for the prestigious HSJ Awards 2021.
In the category of IT & Digital Innovation Award, the Trust has been nominated for its testing and vaccination service using the Shift Partner web-app. The web-app for COVID-19 testing is also being used to book appointments, document clinical information and receive results and notifications.
The life-changing app IBDoc, developed by a member of staff on the MSEFT Innovation Fellowship scheme, has also been shortlisted for the Post-COVID Sustainable Transformation award. The innovative app allows patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to self-test and monitor their condition from the comfort of their home. As patients with IBD were previously identified as a priority high-risk group, the introduction of this app has reduced unnecessary hospital visits during the pandemic.
Safeguarding patients using remote consultations
We have strengthened our safeguarding message for patients who use our remote consultation system, AttendAnywhere. This message includes information and phone numbers that patients can contact if they are unable to raise their concerns during a remote consultation. All patients will see this message before entering their virtual consultations.
The use of remote consultations will form a key part of the return of our outpatients and non-urgent services, and so it is important that we provide support to our patients using virtual platforms. This will make sure that any safeguarding issues are raised and not missed when patients are not attending a hospital in person, and patients are protected when attending consultations online.
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COVID survivor urges ethnic minority groups to get a vaccine
After contracting COVID-19, Philip Kudjoe, 36, continued to have breathing difficulties and was later taken to Basildon Hospital. He was put in an induced coma and on a ventilator with 80% oxygen for three weeks in March last year.
Now fully recovered and back at home with his eight year-old daughter, Kyra, he is urging people from ethnic minority groups to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Philip said: “COVID is not a joke – it’s literally life and death. I’ve had the vaccine myself and I would encourage everyone to have the jab and to protect themselves, their loved ones and everyone else.”
Phillip thanks all the nurses and doctors at the Critical Care Unit at Basildon Hospital and says that he is so grateful for their fantastic care.