An update from our hospitals

Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust 

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 This month, we launch our new values to guide our behaviour at work and the MP for Chelmsford visits the chemotherapy unit at Broomfield Hospital. Plus, a team of midwives are shortlisted for an award for their excellent bereavement care.
We launch our values

This month, we have launched our values to guide us in being excellent, compassionate and respectful in everything we do.

Since we merged as an organisation in April 2020, we have engaged with our staff to find out what’s important to them and what makes them feel valued in the workplace. Our new values will support us to deliver outstanding care across all of our sites. 

Excellent – We go all-out for excellence and put delivering exceptional care at the heart of everything we do.
Compassionate – We act with care and compassion towards ourselves, patients, colleagues and our communities.
Respectful – We appreciate the value of each other and nurture positive relationships. We ensure all voices are heard and respected.

These values will guide the way we work, to ensure our services are the best they can be for our patients and our colleagues. We are creating an approach in which staff feel healthy, supported and engaged, are part of highly effective teams and can provide high-quality care to patients.

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Chelmsford MP visits new chemotherapy unit

Vicky Ford, MP for Chelmsford and newly appointed Minister for Africa visited the new chemotherapy treatment centre at Broomfield Hospital.

The centre, which was designed with the help of patients, was a £1.2 million project that has increased the capacity at the unit from 12 chairs to 16, so that more cancer patients can be cared for. The bright new unit also has more space to maintain social distancing and patients’ privacy.

Mrs Ford said: “It’s great to see the new chemotherapy unit up and running with an improved environment for its patients. I would like to thank all staff across the Trust who are continuing to work hard to deliver excellent care.”

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COVID-19 booster vaccinations

We have started to offer COVID-19 booster vaccinations to our staff and eligible members of the public.

The national programme began on Tuesday 21 September. People who are more vulnerable to the virus are being invited to top up their protection ahead of winter six months or more after receiving their second jab. They do not need to contact the NHS, as they will be invited by letter or by text. Once they have been invited, they can book appointments via the NHS booking service, by calling 119, or through their GP.

We currently operate a hospital hub at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon, which recently featured on BBC Look East. Clinics for staff are open across our hospital sites.

Further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme can be found here.
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Partner of woman who saved lives of others urges people to talk about organ donation

As part of Organ Donation Week (20 – 26 September), David Runcorn, from Stanford-le-hope, has pleaded with the public to take action and speak to their loved ones about organ donation. 

David’s partner, Rosemarie had a sudden bleed on the brain on New Year’s Day and sadly passed away four days later. As she was generally fit and healthy, her organs and tissues were donated to help save the lives of four others, including new-born babies with heart defects.

David explained that it’s important these conversations happen so families are aware of their loved one’s wishes. He said: “It has helped give us some comfort that she has helped so many other people. More people need to know what a difference organ donation can make”.

In memory of Rosemarie, a gold leaf bearing her name has been placed on a memorial tree at Basildon Hospital.

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Bereavement midwives shortlisted for national award

A team of midwives have been shortlisted for a prestigious Royal College of Midwives award for their excellence in bereavement care.

The team based at Basildon Hospital, known as the Lullaby Team, is made up of three bereavement specialist midwives, Sian Ness, Beth Towsey and Debbie Olajugbagbe.

The team help make sure that every family who experiences the death of their baby feels comforted and supported during the difficult time. Their extensive support includes helping with funeral arrangements, creating a specialist care plan for future planned pregnancies and referring women to local charities for on-going support.

The team will find out if they have won the award at the end of October.

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Blood testing clinic opens in local shopping centre

We opened the first of our new blood testing clinics in local shopping centres on 21 September in the Victoria Centre in Southend.

The new clinics will make services more accessible and convenient for patients while preventing unnecessary visits to hospitals. 

Parking is available in the multi-storey car park at the Victoria Shopping Centre, which is around a five minute walk from the clinic.

Patients can book as normal via or by telephone on 01702 746 065.

The phlebotomy services at our hospital sites will continue to offer same-day urgent blood tests which support outpatient consultations and specialist tests. 

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Leg amputation gives local man a new lease of life

On the first ever Prosthetists and Orthotists’ Day, 81-year-old Allen Braden marked the occasion by sharing his experience of how his leg amputation gave him a new lease of life.

Allen is one of many patients who have benefitted from the hard work of prosthetists and orthotists and so wanted to share his story with those about to have similar operations.

As the pain subsided, he was able to return to doing the things he loves. Allen, from Westcliff-on-Sea, said: “I still love doing DIY, gardening and have even taken up bowls. I was very active when I was younger, doing lots of sports, so I wasn’t going to let losing a leg at 70 stop me from doing anything.”

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