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‘Mo Bros’ at Basildon Hospital campaign for men’s health

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Staff at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have laid down their razors and grown moustaches in an effort to raise money and change the face of men's health.

Hospital staff show off their moustaches in support of men's health

During November each year, the Movember campaign is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world, raising vital funds and awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

Dozens of male staff at the hospital, including doctors, managers, porters and engineers, took part in the bristle challenge to raise money and also a smile from their family, friends and colleagues.

Steve Lewis, health and safety coordinator, said: "It's great to think that as people are laughing they are also being reminded of the importance around Movember. A family member of mine is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer so if my itchy top

lip can help raise awareness and much needed funds for men's health then I'm more than happy to do it."

Fellow Mo Bro, Matt Rangue, associate director of quality and nursing, added: "A good friend of mine was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer this year. I want him to have the best chance of being my friend for as long as possible. By becoming involved and growing my moustache, I've raised awareness for men's health and would encourage others to get involved next year.

To make a donation and help make a difference to the future of men's health, please go to:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 12:41

Board of Directors meeting: see how your hospitals are run

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The next Board of Directors meeting of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be held on Wednesday 26 November 2014, in Committee Rooms 1 and 2, Basildon University Hospital, starting at 2.30pm.

Local people are welcome to attend our Board meetings, which are meetings held in public rather than public meetings. This means that members of the public have the opportunity to ask questions they have submitted in advance, but are not able to participate in the decision making process.

If you wish to raise a question, please contact Ruth Taylor, Corporate Secretary, no later than Friday 21 November, on 01268 524900 ext 3943 or email:

The meeting offers the opportunity to see how Orsett and Basildon Hospitals are run and the chance to meet some of the Governors.

The Chairman and Chief Executive will update the Board on their areas of responsibility.  In addition, the Board will receive reports on how the Trust performed last month in relation to the current finance position, achievement of national targets, clinical workforce numbers, quality measures and safety initiatives.

Copies of the agenda and papers will be supplied at the meeting. Copies can also be obtained from the Corporate Secretary at Basildon University Hospital and will be placed on the Trust website the week preceding the meeting

Launch of dementia project

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Dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is not a natural part of aging, but is caused when the brain is damaged by disease or a series of strokes.

It is estimated that there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and that 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 has dementia.

Each year in our hospitals we care for hundreds of patients with dementia. They will be in hospital for many reasons, but we also need to ensure that we meet any additional needs they have due to their dementia.

To provide a focus to improving care for patients with dementia, the Trust has established the Dementia Project.

Areas the dementia project will be concentrating on during the next year include:

  • Creating dementia friends, linking with the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia friends learn a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action. Anyone of any age can be a dementia friend
  • Identifying dementia champions on each ward
  • Developing a dementia ‘care bundle’, which is a set of documents that describe the care to be provided
  • Setting up a carers forum
  • Ensuring there is high quality staff education, training and support

Jane Gilby has been seconded from her role as a ward manager to be the Trust’s dementia project lead nurse. Jane explains: “We need to ensure that we are providing the best possible care for all of our patients with dementia. There is more we can be doing to tailor our services to meet their needs, and we need all staff to understand their role in this.

“A small number of staff have already been trained by the Alzheimer’s Society as Dementia Friends Champions to deliver awareness sessions to colleagues, and we have identified our first ward dementia champions.”

The dementia project was officially launched with the opening of a new reminiscence room at Basildon Hospital. The 50’s-themed room includes a kitchen and living room area, old-fashioned furnishings and a TV, giving a familiar background to activities for patients with dementia, for who the hospital environment can seem extremely daunting.

The room’s transformation has been made possible thanks to a generous donation of £9,400 from the Basildon Hospital League of Friends. The donation was part of £30,000 given by the League of Friends to enhance care for patients with dementia, which has also funded the refurbishment of Kingswood Ward to make it easier for patients with dementia to orientate themselves during their hospital stay.

Photo left to right standing: Jane Gilby, project lead nurse; Richard Ernest, Rempods; Diane Sarkar, director of nursing; Karen Fashanu, matron Seated: Sylvia Blake, Basildon Hospital League of Friends

Dementia Friends
Further information about Dementia Friends can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society website at:

The reminiscence room has been created using the expertise of the RemPods team.
For further information about RemPods and ‘RemRooms’ see their website at:



Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 15:42

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals chairman to stand down

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The chairman of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced to staff that he will not be standing for a second term.

Ian Luder announced his decision in an open letter to staff, explaining that his term expires in March 2015 and that as he feels it is time for a new chairman. He has informed the Trust's Board of Governors that he does not want to be considered for a second term.

He said: "We have made huge progress since 2012, and I feel it is in the best interest of the Trust to have a new Chairman to work with Clare [Panniker, chief executive], the Executive Team and all of you, to steer the Trust through the challenges of the next few years. I shall work with Clare and the Governors to help recruit the right person for this role.

"I am always impressed by the collaboration of work across the Trust, and not having a silo mentality is the true hallmark of a high performing team. Other hospital chairs have told me how much they envy "the Basildon way" of working.

"I am incredibly proud of this Trust and what we have achieved, and look forward to continuing to work with you over the next six months."

A former Lord Mayor of London, Ian joined the Trust as Chairman in April 2012 and oversaw the appointment of Clare Panniker as chief executive. He has overseen numerous changes within the Trust which led to it becoming the first to be taken out of special measures following a 'good' rating from the Care Quality Commission.

The process to appoint the new chairman will begin shortly. This will be overseen by the Appointments Committee, which is made up of public, staff and appointed governors from the Trust.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 13:17

Be sepsis aware

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Doctors, nurses and families affected by sepsis have joined together to highlight Basildon University Hospital’s ‘Be Sepsis Aware’ campaign.

Sepsis means septicaemia, or blood poisoning. It is caused by the body reacting to an infection and attacking its own organs and tissues. If not spotted quickly, sepsis can rapidly lead to organ failure and death.

The campaign at Basildon Hospital launched on Monday 10 November with an information stand in main reception, to raise awareness among staff, patients and visitors

about the dangers of sepsis, how to recognise it and how it can be treated.

In Britain, sepsis accounts for 37,000 deaths each year; more than breast, prostate and bowel cancer combined. Most cases of sepsis are due to familiar infections such pneumonia, urinary tract infections and bites, cuts or stings.

During the past year there has been a drive by clinical staff at Basildon University Hospital to improve the quality of care provided to patients with sepsis. This has included the introduction of new guidelines which clearly set out for staff what actions they need to take if they suspect a patient has sepsis.

Raising recognition and awareness of the disease, alongside increasing the number of patients treated in the first hour – the ‘Golden Hour’ are the most effective things that can be done to save lives. These are the key aims of the UK Sepsis Trust, the charity which  campaigns to raise awareness about sepsis.

UK Sepsis Trust trustee, Clare Jupp, from Brentwood,  lost her sister to sepsis in 2011 and is spearheading the campaign at Basildon University Hospital.

Clare’s sister, Kay Dejan, from Grays, died tragically and suddenly at the age of 44 from sepsis in 2011 after a fall in a supermarket and simple knee surgery.

Clare is now a member of the Sepsis Board at Basildon University Hospital and has also been involved in delivering training to junior doctors at the hospital and giving talks.

She said, “I am excited to be involved with this campaign to raise awareness about this relatively unknown yet incredibly common condition. Since my sister’s death in 2011, I have been committed to raising awareness about sepsis to improve care and outcomes.”

Clare Panniker, chief executive, said: “Sepsis is a major patient safety priority and we have put several initiatives in place to tackle it. The vast majority of our patients with suspected sepsis are given antibiotics within one hour, which is one of the most important things we can do to save lives.

“It is enormously helpful to work alongside Clare Jupp and the UK Sepsis Trust in our drive to improve recognition and treatment of sepsis.”

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