Cedar Ward Refurbishment
Basildon Hospital is delighted to inform you that the Maternity ward refurbishment works will commence on Cedar Ward on Monday 1st February 2021.
We are taking these steps towards improving both the Maternity facilities and environment after listening to feedback from the people that use the service in collaboration with the team that deliver the service.
This exciting schedule of works are expected to last approximately 8 weeks.
During this time, it will be necessary to move our antenatal and postnatal ward area to another location within Basildon Hospital. The temporary location for this ward can be found by following signs to SRU which is located on B level.
There will be signs providing clear directions and staff available to support you with directions to avoid any unnecessary confusion.
We will do our very best to keep any noise and disruption to an absolute minimum and would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disturbance this may cause to you and your family.
We really appreciate your patience and support during this time.
If you have any questions or concerns with regard to these works please feel to raise them with any staff member present at the time, or alternatively contact Lesley Overy, Head of Peoples Experience and Engagement for Maternity and Neonatal services. Lesley.firstname.lastname@example.org
We will keep you updated with our progress.
Basildon Hospital roadworks - Sunday 22 November
Basildon Hospital, Sunday 22 November, 10am to 7pm:
Highways UK will be attending Basildon Hospital’s site to resurface the road leading to the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC).
The work will start on the corner of Fobbing farm.
Access to the front CTC can be provided by the back gate in Dry street. Access to Mental health Services will be via the road outside outpatients.
We apologise for any inconvenience cause by this essential work.
Voting closes in governor elections
Voting in the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust Council of Governors elections closes at 5pm on Tuesday 15 September 2020 so if you’re a member and you haven’t voted yet, you only have a few days left.
If you were expecting to receive ballot papers, either by email or by post, and haven’t received them yet, please contact the Trust’s election agents, Civica Engage, as soon as possible. You can telephone 020 8829 8456 or email Ciara.email@example.com or contact our membership manager firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile breast screening units make their return
The mobile breast screening units in Grays and Canvey Island have opened their doors to patients once again, screening invited women who are aged between 50 and 71.
Located next to Morrisons in Grays and at Knightswick Shopping Centre on Canvey, the units have additional PPE, wipe clean vinyl seating and flooring and additional hand sanitising points for patients coming along for their screening. Both sites have recorded good attendance since reopening.
They are just two of the mobile unit in the area, with another one sited at Warrriors Square in Southend set to open at the end of September and one outside the Basildon Council building, whose date has yet to be finalised. All sites are chosen for their central and easily accessible locations.
For the screening year 2019/20 23,457 women came to be screened, 613 were re-called to have further assessment and 186 cancers were detected in women in the local area from our breast screening programme.
Breast screening in the community plays a really important role as it helps identify breast cancer early. The earlier the condition is found, the better the chances of surviving it. You're also less likely to need a mastectomy (breast removal) or chemotherapy if breast cancer is detected at an early stage.
Screening saves about one life from breast cancer for every 200 women who are screened, this adds up to about 1,300 lives saved from breast cancer each year in the UK.
Clare Rogers, Programme Manager for South Essex Breast Screening for Mid and South Essex University Foundation Trust, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome women back to breast screening, not only at the hospital site but now on the mobile screening units as well.
“This phased return will see changes to units being made to ensure we are keeping everyone as safe as possible. We are working through the screening backlog as quickly as we can for those who were due to be seen at Warrior Square, Grays and Canvey by putting on additional clinics and opening at weekends where possible. We urge anyone who has any breast concerns not to wait for their screening appointment and to contact their GP immediately.”
Aneurysm wristband will help save men’s lives
The introduction of a wristband for men who have abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) could help save their lives in an emergency.
The wristbands, which are now being introduced to AAA patients across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust’s hospitals, were the idea of Southend Hospital Healthcare Assistant Leanne Turner.
She explained that she wanted her patients to get the help they need as quickly as possible. “Time is of the essence with an aneurysm, so we wanted something simple that will alert emergency services to the potential problem if one of our patients collapses whilst they are awaiting surgery. Hopefully it gives patients peace of mind as well.”
The simple wristband can be worn in the shower and is safe to wear during a CT scan, so there is no danger of patients taking it off and forgetting to put it on again.
One of the first people to get the wristband was George Millbank, 62, from Leigh-on-Sea. He said: “You don’t notice it is there, it is no different than wearing a watch. Should I collapse I know paramedics will be alerted to my condition straight away. It’s a great idea and I think the more people who know about it the better.”
The NHS AAA screening programme is offered to all men during the year in which they turn 65.
Artwork donated to Critical Care
The Critical Care Unit at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital has received a kind donation from the family of a recent patient. Artist Melanie Aylett and relatives were keen for the stunning painting to be donated to the team in the CCU, who looked after her brother when he was extremely unwell.
Staff have been overwhelmed at the level of support from the local community through what have been often stressful and gruelling periods.
Roopson Paluri, Matron in the Critical Care Unit, said:
“This painting was an extremely kind donation. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been overwhelmed with support from our local and neighbouring communities. It really lifted our spirits, and I can’t thank everyone enough for taking the time and effort in preparing, collating and delivering hot meals, hand creams, and toiletries, clapping every Thursday, and thank-you posters from nearby schools. You have kept us all going."