An update from our hospitals

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.


Trust partners with South Essex College to offer Supported Internships

South Essex College and the Trust are looking for students to begin a new Supported
Internship
 this September. The Supported Internship is a structured study programme and aims to improve the lives of young people in Basildon with learning disabilities or Autism.
   
Interns will have the opportunity to work in a variety of roles over nine months and develop the skills they need to move into paid employment within the Trust. It’s all about real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with disabilities to make a successful transition from school to productive adult working life.
   
Head of Inclusion and Engagement at the Trust, Rob Brunger, said: “It’s a privilege for us to be able to work closely with our local authority and Education sector partners to be able to improve life chances for local people”.

 
The Supported Internship Programme is just one of the many positive initiatives coming out of The Anchor Programme. If you would like more information, please contact robert.brunger@btuh.nhs.uk or supportedinternship@southessex.ac.uk.

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.

For more information, please visit our website.


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.

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