An update from our Hospitals

Content originally from Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Hannah Coffey
Acting Chief Executive Hannah Coffey
Welcome from Hannah Coffey
I am delighted to have stepped into the role of Acting Chief Executive at such an exciting and important time for our organisation. I know you’ll join me in thanking Clare Panniker for everything she has done for our Trust.

During these summer months, work continues to gather pace across our organisation, and now is the right time to focus on making real and sustainable changes.

As we look to restore our services, we need to put in place the building blocks that will allow us to be the very best we can be for our staff and our patients.

Our new programme, Foundations for the Future, clearly sets out our areas of focus for the summer.

We’ll be concentrating our efforts on areas such as recruitment, emergency and cancer care, where we know we can bring about improvements that will make a real difference to our patients.

If there is anything I can help with, then please get in touch at
Hannah Coffey
Acting Chief Executive
Southend Enhanced Discharge Service
Julie Black, Caroline Gallant and Victoria Hucker in the SEDS team
Our new Southend Enhanced Discharge Service

We have launched a new scheme to help patients leave hospital sooner with better support at home.

The Southend Enhanced Discharge Service is a therapy-led assessment at home for Southend residents who have been discharged from hospital, but don’t have any support.

This includes patients who may be at risk of falling at home, people with chest infections or those with mobility issues. Our aim is to provide our patients with the support they need at home to recover their independence as much as possible, and patients have already seen benefits from this.

We have developed the service in partnership with Southend Council and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community services.

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Ben Middleton from the CTC with balloon pump equipment
Ben Middleton, head of clinical perfusion science at the CTC, with an intra-aortic balloon pump console Life-saving heart pumps get a fresh upgrade

Our surgeons are embracing the use of new equipment to provide our patients with the highest standards of care.

We now have nine new cardiac balloon pumps at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC), to help our sickest patients who have difficulty pumping blood around their body.

The intra-aortic balloon pumps, worth more than £400,000, help synchronise the heart’s rhythm by inserting the balloon into the aorta, the biggest artery in the body.

It is inflated and deflated in time with the heartbeat, helping squeeze blood into the coronary arteries.

This upgraded fleet of machines gives more accurate readings, especially for those with irregular heartbeats.

Ben Middleton, head of clinical perfusion science at the CTC, said: “We have very proactive cardiologists and surgeons who are giving our patients every chance they can by utilising this advanced intervention. “It’s been fantastic to have these new machines in our cardiac centre, and they have already been used to help poorly patients. “Upgrading these machines is great news for our patients, because it allows our dedicated staff to continue to deliver the best care and cutting-edge support to them.”
Living Well Cancer Programme
The Living Well Cancer Programme team
Cancer programme shortlisted for national award

Our cancer care has been recognised for helping to improve the lives of patients.

The Living Well Cancer Programme has been nominated for a Nursing Times Award. The programme offers rehabilitation to cancer patients at diagnosis and supports them through treatment in their homes.

The dedicated team includes a cancer physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist, cancer support worker and cancer nurse specialist, all offering patients ‘prehabiliation’ where they are supported with their exercise, nutrition and wellbeing, to help improve outcomes. Emma Chaplin, lead cancer nurse for the Trust, said: “It is of course wonderful to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, but even better news is that funding has been secured to have the Living Well Cancer team help patients across all our sites, which means we’ll be able to help even more people.”
Trigger response, resuscitation team award
Broomfield Hospital’s resuscitation team in Westminster
Hospital team net regional award in Westminster

The excellent care we give our sickest patients has been recognised after our resuscitation team at Broomfield Hospital received an NHS Parliamentary Award this month.

The department, also known as the trigger response team, won the award for Excellence in Urgent and Emergency Care for the East of England for teaching their colleagues resuscitation and basic life support skills.

Their innovative programme, which includes simulating resuscitation scenarios, meant that staff could still be trained during Covid-19.

The team was nominated by John Whittingdale OBE, MP for Maldon, and they collected their certificate in Westminster.

Ian Edwards, matron for resuscitation training, said: “I am so proud of my team for receiving the regional award and am so grateful the trigger response team has been recognised for all their dedication and hard work.”Read more

Arrival of one of the first patients to Southend Hospital in 1932
Arrival of one of the first patients to Southend Hospital in 1932

We’re celebrating two major anniversariesWe have recently celebrated several milestones across our Trust.

This week marks 90 years since Southend Hospital, then called the Southend-on-Sea and District New General Hospital, opened its doors in front of 4,000 onlookers.

The hospital has been integral to Essex history, from growing crops on hospital grounds during rationing in the Second World War to joining the National Health Service in 1948.It has continued to grow and develop to deliver the best care in an ever-changing world. As part of one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, the hospital helps in the delivery of care to 1.2 million people.

This month also marks 15 years since the world-renowned Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) welcomed its very first patients to Basildon Hospital.

It’s estimated that it has treated 69,000 patients, with 432,000 diagnostic tests carried out; all with the latest equipment and technology, operating theatres and cardiac catheter labs.

The CTC has also established a strong track record for surgical innovation, including Britain’s first double heart operation in 2015, a heart valve replacement without major surgery in 2017, and advances in lung surgery.