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Are you considering a career as a Dietitian?

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There are exciting career opportunities in the field of dietetics and nutrition, and the dietitians at Basildon University Hospital are hosting an event to encourage more people to join their profession.

Anyone interested is welcome to come and meet the team at an open morning being held at the hospital on Wednesday 30th October from 9.15am to 1.30pm. They will offer advice on degree courses in dietetics and provide an insight into their work in both hospital and the community, with adults and children. Guest will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops on topics such as food labelling and body composition, and ask the team questions.

Hannah Butterfield, dietitian, said: “Nutrition and dietetics play a vital role in the management of patients to improve their outcomes. Dietitians are able to assess, diagnose and treat nutritional problems and work closely with the medical team and therapist to provide the best care for patients. The job is very rewarding and you are able to build great relationships with your patients, we want to raise awareness of dietetics as a career opportunity.”

For further information please contact on how to book your slot now!

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The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has been working closely with the NHS, trade associations, wholesalers, pharmaceutical companies, suppliers of medical devices and many others, to help to ensure medicines and medical products continue to be available.

The government has put in place contingency measures to help ensure medicines continue to be available. 

National medicine supply guidance

National guidance for patients on the continuity of supply of medicines is available here:

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Information regarding the availability of medicines in the event of a no-deal EU Exit, is available here:

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With record breaking numbers of patients visiting A&E, have you ever wondered how our Acute Medical Units are managed, especially when under increased pressure?

If so, then come along and find out at our 15th Annual Members’ Meeting which is being held on Tuesday 24 September 2019. The meeting is open to everyone.

Key note speakers this year will be Fawad Ali, consultant physician, acute medicine and Anthony Schirn, head of nursing, emergency care.

Attendees will also find out more about the work of the Trust and meet our Basildon Hospital governors. We will be offering light refreshments and parking is free.

The meeting will take place from 4pm in Function Room 1, Barleylands, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD.

To find out more and reserve your place, please call 01268 598975 or email

Pictured: Anthony Schirn and Fawad Ali

Note to editors: You are welcome to send a reporter and photographer to the AMM. Please confirm your attendance with the communications team on 01268 524900 ext 2994.

Radio station Gateway 97.8fm hired The Big Red Memories Bus to visit landmarks including Basildon Hospital, to celebrate 70 years of the town recently.

The hospital radio joined Basildon Community Radio on their journey to collect memories from the people who live in the town. The bus stopped at landmarks such as Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon Sporting Village, Barleylands, and Wickford Downtowner Youth Club.

Many local people joined the celebration, including Billericay town crier Jim Shrubb, Matt Everard and his Tuk Tuk, that he had shipped over from Thailand and chairman of Gateway Radio, Alan Ursell.

The bus stopped outside Basildon’s outpatient department and the radio team were ready with microphones, broadcasting live and talking to patients and staff about Basildon life.

Jacqui James, chairman of the hospital radio said, “Basildon Hospital is a significant part of the town and it was fantastic to visit the hospital and mark 70 years .”

BHR1287 is the radio service operated by Basildon Hospital Radio, which broadcasts 24 hours a day throughout the year for patients. The live programme plays a continuous mixture of news, features and show favourites.

Money donated to the hospital radio goes towards the running of the service, so entertainment, information and news can be supplied free of charge to the patients of the hospital.

 Left to right: Alan, town crier Jim Shrub and Jacqui outside of Basildon hospital.


L- R: Laura Tomsett, Jackie Gibson, Katy Low, Emma Chaplin, Catherine O’Doherty and Sue Barry

Over 75 family, friends and colleagues joined together in support of Basildon Hospital's cancer services on Thursday 8 August. The evening raised funds for future health and wellbeing events for people living with and beyond cancer in the Basildon and Thurrock area.

The event was held at the Tandoori Parlour in Thundersley where guests enjoyed delicious food and music followed by a raffle with fantastic prizes that were all kindly donated by local businesses in the Basildon, Southend and Thurrock area.

Sue Barry, health and wellbeing coordinator at Basildon Hospital and organiser of the event said:

“We need to raise money so we can host more health and well-being events for patients living with and beyond cancer.

“Macmillan lead cancer nurse, Katy Low and I organise the health and wellbeing events that are designed to educate and empower patients promoting a positive and active lifestyle.

“These events help increase patients’ confidence and knowledge, enabling them to identify the consequences of treatments, deal with the physical and emotional distress associated with cancer and recognise symptoms of cancer recurrence. The events are supported by Basildon Hosital clinical nurses specialist group”.

“The event was very well attended and thank you to all sponsors who donated such wonderful prizes”

Jackie Gibson, cancer manager at Basildon commented:

“All previous events were funded by the Cancer Alliance and this budget is not ongoing.

“Off-site locations are a better environment for patients, but the costs are higher once we add in venue hire, speakers and catering.

“The funds raised at this event will improve the wellbeing of our cancer patients and their carers going forward”.

Congratulations to all winners on the night.

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A new app, Maternity Direct, will mean mums-to-be across Mid and South Essex will have greater peace of mind in between their scheduled midwife appointments.

Basildon Hospital has launched Maternity Direct, a free, secure, web-based app that connects mums-to-be with an NHS midwife. This is the first app to interactively connect registered NHS midwives with pregnant women for secure instant messaging chats.

The app was developed after the Trust found that women had many questions regarding their pregnancy between scheduled midwife appointments. Feedback from women found that searching online did not instill confidence, and some felt uncomfortable contacting their midwife or the maternity unit with non-urgent questions.  

Set up for non-urgent enquiries, the app provides access to up-to-date, evidence-based information and advice. Mums-to-be who have registered with Basildon Hospital for their maternity care can access the chat function of the app, and a record of their chat will be available on the woman’s phone and stored in the Trust’s secure patient record.

The main aims of the app are to improve communication for women whilst reducing the number of unnecessary phone calls, hospital attendances, and GP appointments for non-urgent issues. Midwives can support more than one “chat message” at a time, compared with the time taken on standard telephone calls. A “midwife group chat” will also provide assurance and support.

An in-app appointment calendar offers reminders of upcoming maternity related hospital appointments to help reduce the number of missed appointments.

Clare Panniker, Chief Executive Officer at Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group said:

“I’m very proud of the work the maternity team have done in creating the maternity direct app. To be able to chat online with a midwife and be guaranteed a response in a few hours for those issues that are not an emergency is so reassuring and will give peace of mind to women going through the normal but unexpected developments pregnancy brings. I’m confident that this app will soon be the first port of call for women all over Mid and South Essex.”

At present, the “chat” and “my appointments” functions of the app are only available to women who have referred their pregnancy to Basildon Hospital although anyone can access the app as a guest for health information. Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals are part of the Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group, and Maternity Direct will be introduced to the Southend and Mid Essex sites within the next year.

Karen Berry, Maternity Commissioner of the Acute Commissioning Team for Mid and South Essex, said: “The Maternity App has been tested by our maternity patient partners and will grow and develop, supporting the great work being undertaken in our local maternity community. The app will also offer women information about their choice of maternity services, along with accessibility to personalised care plans and will enhance the continuity of care throughout their pregnancy journey. The development of this app forms part of the BETTER BIRTHS initiative, the aim being to improve outcomes to our mothers and babies.”

Lesley Overy, Head of Midwifery, Nursing & Quality at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals said: “This app is a fantastic step forward to helping provide women with greater confidence during their pregnancy. With up-to-date information and a midwife to hand, women can access non-urgent support and advice when they need it. The need to organise non-urgent appointments may also be reduced, saving women time whilst protecting our appointments for those women who require closer monitoring".

The Trust partnered with software developer Acadiant Limited to create Maternity Direct.

Jackie Kestenbaum, Director of Acadiant Limited, said: “With Maternity Direct, pregnant women will now be able to get the answers they need easily, from a reliable, trustworthy source in the manner they are most comfortable using—on their smartphones. Maternity Direct is a wonderful software solution using telemedicine to enhance a woman’s pregnancy journey while better scaling Trust resources. It has been a delight to partner with Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group on this important innovation.”

To view the app please go to

How to get the maternity direct app

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    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
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    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
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