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Three Dutch nursing students have come to the end of their 3-month placement at Basildon Hospital. They have been working alongside experienced nurses in our accident and emergency (A&E), ambulatory care (AMU) and neonatal intensive care (NICU) units.

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Patients on the children’s ward at Basildon Hospital had an Eggstra special start to the Easter holidays this week when Tesco, Pitsea, arrived with Easter Eggs for the wards.

Kerry Mileham, Community Champion for Tesco said, “Being in hospital in no fun at any time of the year. We wanted to bring smiles to the faces of as many children as possible, so we brought lots of chocolate eggs to give to the young patients who need to stay in hospital over the holiday period.”

Clair Grayston, fundraising officer at Basildon Hospital said: “The team at Tesco brightened up the children’s day and we want to say a huge thank-you.”

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Congratulations are in order for our CEO, Clare Panniker, who has been ranked ninth in the Health Service Journal’s Top 50 chief executives of 2019.

The HSJ’s sixth annual list recognises the NHS leaders whose achievements in tough times impressed the judges.

Clare has made five appearances in this listing and is the only chief executive on the list who manages three trusts. She has worked with the NHS for more than 25 years, leading change and improving the quality of healthcare wherever she has worked.

Well done Clare!

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Team leader and senior charge nurse in our Emergency Department, Mithun Thampi, has helped a young man in his early thirties who went into cardiac arrest at a leisure centre, while on duty with Essex Police as a special constable.

Mithun was on police duty with another officer, when he attended to a man who had collapsed at a sports leisure centre and was in cardiac arrest.

The man had been teaching gymnastics to school children at the Eversley Leisure Centre, when he collapsed. Mithun and his colleague arrived and performed CPR, with the help of paramedic colleagues who were at the scene a few minutes earlier. As an experienced full time nurse in A&E his response was instinctive.

Once the patient was stable, Mithun gave the ambulance crew a brief handover, the man was then transported via Air Ambulance to Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in Basildon Hospital.

The day after the incident, Mithun checked the wellbeing of the patient and met his family who were very grateful for all the help. The man is currently recovering with support from his family.

Special Constable Mithun Thampi, from Basildon Local Response Team, said,

“When I got there I felt like it was another day at work. It was out of my comfort zone as we were dealing with a life and death situation with just two kit bags from the paramedics on a gym floor. I’m pleased I was there to help, and the paramedics were glad to have me as an extra pair of hands.

“My role as a volunteer police officer is very satisfying, as I give up time for a good cause. It’s very interesting and I’ve learned so much. It has also helped with my main job as it’s given me more confidence to deal with difficult and conflicting situations.”

Mithun, who has worked in Basildon for 10 years, gives up his own time to be a special constable. These are volunteer police officers who have the same police powers but sacrifice their free time on a voluntary basis.

From a young age it has always been one of his dreams to join the police force. He joined last year after attending an Essex Police open day at Lakeside. He had to undergo exams, interviews, a physical test and four months of training before he could commence duties as a fully warranted officer.

The Trust is very supportive of his voluntary work and commends him in his live saving efforts.

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Consultant Jeremy Rabouhans and his interventional radiology team are Basildon’s team of the month.

Dr Rabouhans came into work to attend to a 75-year-old gentlemen who was seen previously in our emergency department two days prior. The patient returned with ongoing bleeding and was seen by a Consultant Surgeon in A&E.  

He underwent upper gastro -intestinal endoscopy followed by a CT scan which confirmed the source of bleeding in the colon. The same evening, despite not being on call and despite prior engagements, Dr Rabouhans and his interventional radiology team stayed back out of hours to save this patient’s life.

The team went above and beyond the call of duty to provide the best service they could. The procedure was a success and the patient is recovering and well.

Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Dr Jeremy Rabouhans said:

 “It was my day off, but I had come in earlier to treat another emergency patient to unblock their kidney as that also needed to be done. I was walking out of the door with my coat on when the case was presented to me. The patient was already in the imaging department for his CT scan, so my team could treat him straight away. When there’s a patient in front of you in need, you have to help - it’s what we’re here to do.

“We performed a mesenteric angiogram and embolisation, a procedure used to look at the blood vessels that supply the small and large intestines and then stop the bleeding. If we hadn’t treated the patient he may have needed major open surgery or be required to transfer to another hospital to do the procedure.

“My team were very helpful and some staff stayed longer than they needed to. We were able to avoid potential complications from surgery and help the patient. That’s what matters.”

Consultant Vascular & General Surgeon, Mr Jay Menon said:

“Jeremy’s help with the patient’s management was extremely valuable. He wasn’t supposed to be working. Yet, he was kind enough to stay back and do whatever was necessary to help that patient.

The whole interventional radiology team went above and beyond and deserve acknowledgement for their hard work and commitment to excellent patient care.

Without this intervention, this patient would have had a bad outcome - out of hours in our Hospital.

This was a typical case of right intervention at the right place at the right time.”

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Cathrine Robinson is taking a break from her day job at Waitrose in Billericay to do a secondment as a volunteer in Basildon Hospital’s Breast Care Unit.

Cathrine was a stage-three breast cancer care patient in 2015, and wanted to give back to the team after completing her treatment programme.

As an employee of Waitrose, the John Lewis Partnership provided the opportunity for her to do a volunteer placement with a charity of her choice.

The Golden Jubilee Trust scheme allows employees to be released on full pay to work with a local charity.

Cathrine completed a comprehensive application process detailing why she wanted to volunteer. Familiar with her story, Basildon consultant breast surgeon, Dr Wayne Chicken and John Baron MP of Billericay, endorsed her application.

The breast care unit also has a fundraising team, which is part of the Basildon Hospital charity, and consists of medical professionals and current and ex-patients.

The team, called BUST (Breast Unit Support Team), fundraise to improve the unit and provide a better patient experience.

Talking about her new role Cathrine said: “This is a great opportunity for me! I’m here for three afternoons a week. When I saw the information about the programme I knew immediately that I wanted to come to the breast care unit and give something back, I’m familiar with the team and it’s local.

“My three main objectives in my application were to be an initial point of contact, co-ordinate fundraising projects and recruit more volunteers and I aim to achieve that. When I leave in mid-May I will leave the unit better than I arrived. This experience really makes a difference and hopefully will enhance the experience of patients.”

Vanessa Kendall, nurse practitioner lead in breast care explained the benefit for patients: “This programme provides a really positive opportunity for patients. Cathrine can relate to them as she has been in their shoes and it makes the patients journey easier. She is available for patients and visitors as they arrive, to provide a warm welcome and assistance."

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