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special remembrance service for families who have lost a baby

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A special remembrance service for families who have lost a baby will take place on Sunday 2 November.

The annual Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Forget-Me-Not service of remembrance and thanksgiving is organised by the hospital’s chaplaincy team, with the help of the bereavement midwives.

The service is held to unite and support parents and family members in remembrance of their children. The service includes prayers, poems, readings and an opportunity for families to light a candle in memory of their baby.

It is also a chance to donate to the hospital’s Forget-Me-Not suite, which was designed with such families in mind.

The service will begin at 3pm at the Trinity Methodist Church, Clayhill Road, Basildon.

Crèche facilities are available.

For further information please contact the Chaplains at Basildon Hospital on 01268 524900 ext. 3503, or the hospital’s Bereavement Midwife on 01268 524900 ext. 1516.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:47

Basildon Hospital leads the way on stroke care

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Basildon University Hospital's Hyper Acute Stroke Unit is among the best performing in the East of England according to official statistics released this week.

The Royal College of Physicians data shows that patients treated for stroke at Basildon Hospital, receive rapid access to the best available drugs; have a better chance of surviving and are more likely to return home than go into care.

The hospital's stroke service – which covers South Essex – also provides some of the best physiotherapy and occupational therapy services across the sector which improves the chances of patients retaining their independence after suffering a stroke.

Patients also benefit from rapid access to scanning equipment which helps doctors establish how best to manage their stroke, improving outcomes.

A key indicator for a successful stroke services is access to thromboloysis, a clot busting drug which if administered rapidly, can improve – and save – lives.

Basildon Hospital is the second best performing hospital in the East of England, behind Colchester, when it comes to thromobolysing patients, according to the Stroke Service National Audit Programme (SSNAP) data which assesses 44 key indicators.

Meanwhile, more than nine out of ten patients who are treated at Basildon Hospital survive their stroke – above the national average.

The hospital is one of only a few across the sector which provides the same high quality stroke service – with access to consultants, nurses and therapists – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dr Ravi Rangasamy, clinical lead for stroke medicine at Basildon University Hospital, said: "This is really encouraging news for stroke patients who come to Basildon Hospital.

"They, and their families, can have confidence that if they are unfortunate enough to suffer a stroke, they will be getting some of the very best care the NHS has to offer."

Earlier this year Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Thurrock CCG made an additional £1 million investment for stroke services at Basildon.

Basildon Hospital has used some of the extra funding to extend consultant cover to seven days a week, increase the number of beds on the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit to ten; recruit an additional consultant taking the total number to five; recruit a dietician; additional nurses, a clinical psychologist and additional therapists.

Tom Abell, chief officer at Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: "Improving the care of stroke patients within Basildon and Brentwood is one of our key priorities. It's incredibly encouraging that the extra investment that we, together with Thurrock CCG, have put into local stroke services has helped to transform outcomes for patients with more lives being saved and more patients being given the intensive support needed to make a better recovery."

Case study: Patricia Barnes

When Patricia Barnes set off for Lakeside on Tuesday last week (October) 14, it wasn't going to be the shopping trip she had bargained for.

After leaving her home in Orsett Village, other motorists saw her car 'zig-zagging' inexplicably across Stifford Clays Road.

Mrs Barnes only recalls hearing a bang and her car's airbags exploding in her face. The blue flashing lights she soon saw told her that the police and paramedics had arrived on the scene.

She had suffered a stroke. Time was now of the essence.

Two million neurons are lost in your brain every minute after a stroke. Rapid access to thromboloysis, a clot busting drug, is crucial as it dramatically improves outcomes and saves lives.

Mrs Barnes was rushed to Basildon University Hospital's hyper-acute stroke unit where she received the crucial treatment. Just 48 hours later she was sitting up in her hospital bed, sharing a joke with her close family.

"It was Tuesday evening and I decided I would go to Lakeside," recalls Mrs Barnes, a mother of two who has lived in Orsett since 1978. "I wasn't aware of feeling unwell or giddy but all I remember is a bit of a bang – I thought I had hit the curb.

"I really didn't know what had happened until somebody opened the door and the emergency services arrived. Somebody said I had hit a parked car and my speech was slurred. They assessed me in the ambulance and brought me to Basildon Hospital.

"They explained that if you catch a stroke early it improves your chances - it's all about time.

"When I first came to hospital my leg and my arm felt like a lead weight and I thought I might not be able to use them again. I've been here 48 hours and I'm now able to move both of them.

"I was lucky to be so near to Basildon because it meant I got the drug I needed quickly. The care here has been fantastic."

Photo (L-R): Dr Ravi Rangasamy, clinical lead for stroke medicine at Basildon University Hospital; Patricia Barnes; Jacqueline Lim, senior ward sister

Basildon Hospital chief executive to lead safety drive

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The chief executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to play a key role in improving patient safety for six million people in London and three of the home counties, as part of a new Government drive.

A national programme was launched this week by Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, to tackle the leading causes of avoidable harm to patients.

Clare Panniker will chair one of 15 patient safety collaboratives across England that will focus on key safety areas. The priorities of each group will be determined by local need, and might include issues such as reducing pressure ulcers, falls or medical device errors.

The collaborative covers Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and parts of London. It is led by UCLPartners, a not-for-profit academic, health and science partnership that works with NHS organisations to bring about improvements in healthcare.

The initial priorities of the UCLPartners programme will be sepsis and acute kidney injury – both major and under-recognised causes of avoidable mortality. 

UCLP places a strong emphasis on high standards of patient safety and arming doctors and nurses with the skills essential to achieve these.

In the past 18 months, Basildon Hospital has been working with UCLP to improve recognition of the early warning signs of deteriorating patients. This has led to a reduction in the hospital’s mortality rates and halved avoidable cardiac arrests. The joint working arrangement has also resulted in additional training for doctors and nurses identify patients with sepsis, one of the UK’s biggest killers.

Clare said:“Patient safety is an absolute priority for everybody at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Our work with UCLP has already had a demonstrable impact on the quality and safety of care our patients receive.

“Healthcare organisations should always be learning from each other and sharing best practice – that’s what this collaborative is about. I am delighted to be chair of this group and look forward to driving these improvements forward even further.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:41

Stop the spread of infection - wash your hands

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Basildon Hospital’s infection prevention and control team are encouraging patients, staff and visitors to focus on hand hygiene on Global Handwashing Day.

Washing your hands thoroughly is an essential part of keeping healthy, especially during the winter months when viruses and illnesses are more prevalent.

Global Handwashing Day on Wednesday 15 October is a timely reminder to make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.

Sian Olivio, head of infection, prevention and control, said: “Everyone has heard the saying ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’ and the best way to stay healthy is to practice hand hygiene, especially during winter.

“Norovirus, C difficile and flu are highly infectious and can easily be passed from person to person. But simply washing your hands with soap and water considerably reduces that risk.”


Dietetics careers open morning

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If you are interested in health and nutrition, dietetics could be your ideal career choice.

An event is being held at Basildon University Hospital, offering expert advice and information on the work of dietitians in hospitals and community health, career paths and opportunities.

Experienced dietitians, recent graduates, dietetic students and a representative from the University of Hertfordshire will be on hand to share their knowledge and answer queries.

Lynda Jaques, senior dietitian, one of the event organisers, said: “Being a dietitian is a challenging and rewarding career, with many different opportunities, where every day is different and you never know who you are going to meet.”

The dietetic open morning takes place on Wednesday 29 October, from 9am to 1pm, at Basildon University Hospital.

Booking is essential, for full details please email


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