Welcome to Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
We're delighted to let you know that our three Trusts have now officially merged, and today we have become Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
This is the culmination of more than four years of collaborative working which has already led to better clinical care for our patients, more career opportunities for our staff, and improved working with the wider health and care system in Mid and South Essex.
We now have a new board in place, and new governance arrangements.
We fully appreciate that this news is not a priority at this incredibly difficult time, but it's important to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of our teams which have got us to this point. They are continuing to work tirelessly to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak, demonstrating the amazing teamwork across our hospitals.
For now, all of our efforts are focused on caring for the patients who need us. As ever, we will keep you fully updated, and look forward to realising the benefits of working together as one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country.
Domestic violence support available despite COVID-19 restrictions
People affected by domestic violence are still able to get support and advice at Basildon Hospital - despite access restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 emergency.
Two staff from the Essex Domestic Abuse Partnership Project are on-site 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
They see people referred by A&E clinicians or other staff. They also provide support and advice to those who arrive at the hospital after experiencing psychological or emotional domestic abuse.
Outside those hours people experiencing, or at risk of, any form of domestic violence can call the 24-hour helpline at COMPASS: 0330 333 7 444
You can also seek initial support at the hospital, see our safeguarding page at: http://www.basildonandthurrock.nhs.uk/safeguarding-adults-and-children
Coronavirus - advice for hospital visitors
We have been given a directive that we must take steps to minimise the impact of the current Coronavirus (COVID 19) particularly for our patients who may be more vulnerable to infection.
For the safety of our patients and staff, from 24 March visitors will not be permitted to enter Basildon Hospital.
The only exceptions will be:
- Where a patient is receiving end-of-life care
- A partner accompanying a woman in labour
- Children’s wards and neonatal units, one visitor per child
We ask for the public’s help in respecting these rules.
If you need urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
nhs.uk/covid-19/ Only call 111 if you cannot get help online
Maternity unit improvements underway
We are taking steps after listening to feedback both from you, as the users of our service, and our staff.
The maternity unit at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital is delighted to announce that the work to increase the bed capacity and redesign some of our facilities has begun.
The refurbishment will include
- Adding extra rooms and beds
- A new birthing pool on our Delivery suite
- A redesign of the Forget-Me-Not Suite
This exciting schedule of work is expected to last approximately 3 months.
We would like to apologise in advance, for any inconvenience or disturbance this may cause to you during this time and assure to you that we will do our very best to keep any noise and disruption to an absolute minimum.
We appreciate your patience and support while improvements are underway.
Basildon Hospital staff member in UN peacekeeping mission
Jean-Baptise Tsanga, deputy chief accountant in Basildon’s finance department, has joined hundreds of army reservists in Norfolk to start their training for a UN peace-keeping mission in Cyprus.
The British Army's largest ever deployment of the Army Reserve in a single, formed unit under its own command comprises 500 part-time soldiers from a wide variety of backgrounds . They take up their duties on April 1st 2020 for 6 months.
They will be based at Thetford, in Norfolk, for around two months of pre-deployment training (PDT), which will see them learn and practice the skills they need to keep the peace on Cyprus’ Green Line.
Jean-Baptiste said: “It’s an honour to serve both as a British Army reservist and a UN peacekeeper. Both organisations have a long tradition of helping communities restore normality and build peaceful and productive futures. I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Jean’s line manager Zoe Thompson-Arnold, financial controller said: “We are so proud of Jean-Baptiste. UN Peacekeeping is a selfless and caring task, undertaken by people who are committed to a better, safer world. We are delighted to see him out there, but will be even happier to get him back, safe and sound, next year!”
Basildon Hospital project has helped 150 young people
Since July 2019, Essex County Council youth workers have been working alongside doctors and nurses at the hospital to identify and support young people who are presenting with various needs.
Essex Youth Service has a dedicated team who are available six days a week to speak to young people attending hospital injured or in crisis.
The project has so far received £150,000 funding as part of the Violence and Vulnerability Programme established by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst and County Hall.
Glenn Crickmore, Senior Youth and Community Commissioner for South Essex, said: “We have placed experienced youth workers within the hospital to work with young people who are victims of youth violence or have mental health issues which could make them vulnerable.
"Some young people who need additional support will be referred to the targeted youth adviser team within our service or onto another specialist service such as youth clubs we support, boxing clubs or a music programme.
"Alternatively, they could be referred for one-to-one support with our hospital youth work team or other specialist services, for example social care, the mental health team or specialist gang workers. Each individual case is assessed to find the right pathway to meet the young person’s individual needs."
For some, the issues young people present with at A&E could be just the tip of the iceberg, and youth services help identify further issues.
Rengarajan Subramanian, paediatric emergency medicine lead at Basildon Hospital, said: "It’s been incredibly rewarding being a part of this programme. As nurses and doctors caring and listening is what we do. It’s a natural fit for us to work alongside the youth workers and identify young patients who may need their support.
"The results speak for themselves. Out of the 150 young people who have accessed the service 73 per cent have signed up for further help once discharged from hospital."