|How the Trust is run|
Who we are
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust primarily serves a 400,000 population in south-west Essex covering Basildon and Thurrock, together with parts of Brentwood and Castle Point.
We provide an extensive range of acute medical services at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals, plus x-ray and blood testing facilities at the St Andrew's Centre in Billericay. We also provide dermatology services across the whole of south Essex.
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre is also part of the Trust, providing a full range of tertiary cardiothoracic services for the whole county and further afield.
In April 2004, we became one of the first ten NHS foundation trusts in the country, with a Council of Governors comprising local elected members, meaning we could work much more closely with our local community to address and deliver their needs.
Local people, patients and staff can become members of the Trust and have a say in the healthcare services we provide. We have more than 10,000 public members and 4,000 staff members.
Foundation status gives us have more control over how we spend our money and plan our services. We remain firmly part of the NHS and are subject to NHS standards, performance ratings and inspections.
We have always put a high value on training and education and in 1997 we were awarded the status of Associate Teaching Hospital by the Royal Free University College London Medical School. In 2002, the Secretary of State for Health conferred University Hospital status.
Further information can be found in our Annual Report and Accounts