Staff rose to the occasion celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS with the usual fantastic displays of BTUH talent and creativity, featuring singing (one chorus made it onto ITV news), baking and artwork.
We welcomed baby Izzie, whose mum Kelly Taverner is ward sister on Burstead, as the first baby born at Basildon Hospital on NHS70 day.
Kelly said: “We had a conversation at about 1am this morning about the fact it was NHS70 and my mum said ‘what a day to be born’.”
It was an emotional moment when our longest serving member of staff was surprised with a certificate and presents.
Mary Owen, a staff nurse in gynaecology, has worked for the Trust for 43 years and 11 months. Mary started out as a cadet nurse at Orsett Hospital in the late 70’s at the tender age of 16. Her first post after qualifying was on a surgical ward at the hospital.
She said: “I was so shocked to realise everyone was here to see me. I don’t think about how long I’ve worked here; I enjoy my job, I like coming in and seeing my colleagues and the patients, so it was a bit of a shock.
“The NHS is special because it’s for everybody and free at the point of care. It’s a wonderful environment to work in.
As the celebrations began, staff on Linford ward laid on a special party for patient 21 years older than the health service.
Denis George, known as George to his friends, was widowed five years ago and has not had a birthday cake in a while. When staff realised they rustled one up for him, complete with candles, and sang happy birthday. They also decorated his bed in England colours as he’d enjoyed the football the previous night.
George said: “No one wants to come into hospital, but if you have to, the care I have had here is good beyond words, caring and courteous.
Winners of the the BTUH Platinum poster competition were Suzan Cowell from the bowel cancer screening team for best clinical, Chris Boatman from the facilities team for best non-clinical and Alleli Abad, critical care nurse, for best creative poster.
Each received a £100 prize.
Our charity cake sale raised £327 for the Polly Parrot and Butterfly appeals.
Thanks to each and every member of staff for the fantastic work you do. The NHS wouldn't be what it is without you.