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Congratulations to Basildon Hospital fundraising team, recognised as one of 70 Basildon heroes to mark the town’s 70 year anniversary celebrations.

All this year, Basildon Council and Eastgate Shopping Centre have been asking the public to nominate their Basildon Hero. Many nominations were received, mostly for individuals but also for a number of community, voluntary, sports and cultural organisations. A judging panel made the final selection.

The team was nominated by a member of the public for the fundraising they do and the contribution they make to the local community.

All heroes were honoured at a reception at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon where the Mayor of Basildon, Mr David Burton –Sampson and local councillors were in attendance.

Clair Grayston and Dee Harris, fundraising co-ordinators at Basildon Hospital attended to represent our fundraising team.

Clair commented:

“The team was recognised because of our Polly Parrot Appeal, which has raised over £500,000 to help improve children's services at our hospital. Our appeal also funds Polly's Pad, the three bedroom parent accommodation on the hospital site. We are very proud of this recognition and thank all those who took the time to nominate us”

Pictured is Clair (Polly) with Dee.

You can currently see the Heroes exhibition at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon town centre.

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More than 140 former and current patients and their families joined together for our latest Health and Wellbeing day, aimed at those living with and beyond cancer in the Basildon and Thurrock area.

Our Health and Wellbeing events are designed to educate and help patients promote a positive and active lifestyle; increase their confidence and help them to deal with any physical or emotional distress associated with cancer.

Held at Woodlands School in Basildon, several speakers and support groups gave their time to offer information and advice, all to help patients to feel better about themselves, their diagnosis and the future. Topics covered included exercise, counselling, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing.

Katy Low, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at Basildon Hospital presented on the day and said:

“These events help increase patients’ confidence and knowledge, enabling them to manage the effects of diagnosis and treatments more easily and to better cope with the physical and emotional distress associated with cancer.”

Sue Barry, health and wellbeing coordinator at Basildon Hospital and organiser added:

“Our latest event was very well attended and to make sure we keep momentum going forward, we asked our patients and their carers to complete an evaluation form. Patient feedback is important when guiding our work within health and wellbeing”

well being event

More than 140 former and current patients and their families joined together for our latest Health and Wellbeing day, aimed at those living with and beyond cancer in the Basildon and Thurrock area.

Our Health and Wellbeing events are designed to educate and help patients promote a positive and active lifestyle; increase their confidence and help them to deal with any physical or emotional distress associated with cancer.

Held at Woodlands School in Basildon, several speakers and support groups gave their time to offer information and advice, all to help patients to feel better about themselves, their diagnosis and the future. Topics covered included exercise, counselling, healthy eating and emotional wellbeing.

Katy Low, Macmillan lead cancer nurse at Basildon Hospital presented on the day and said:

“These events help increase patients’ confidence and knowledge, enabling them to manage the effects of diagnosis and treatments more easily and to better cope with the physical and emotional distress associated with cancer.”

Sue Barry, health and wellbeing coordinator at Basildon Hospital and organiser added:

“Our latest event was very well attended and to make sure we keep momentum going forward, we asked our patients and their carers to complete an evaluation form. Patient feedback is important when guiding our work within health and wellbeing”

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Anglian Ruskin University (ARU) nursing student, Temitope (Temi) Babajide, undertook a 21-day nursing elective placement to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi in Ghana, as part of her second year placement.

Temi raised over £950 before travelling, using the funds to support an orphanage and purchase Malaria and HIV test kits for the patients abroad. She was also given items to donate to the hospital on behalf of Basildon.

Temi (pictured, third from left) said: “Basildon provided me with sharps boxes, gloves, sanitisers, a vital observation machine, Clinell clean indicators notes, among many other useful clinical items and equipment. These items were beneficial when I organised free health checks for widows during a village healthcare experience.”

During her stay, she was given the student nurse of the year award, as the hospital had noticed the positive impact she had made on the staff and patients.

At the time of Temi’s visit, Nkwanta Hospital was undergoing an assessment, similar to Basildon’s CQC inspection. The kit donation was a major contribution as it helped improve their rating from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.

Ms Adriana Yankum, principal nursing officer at Nkwanta Hospital, said: “The entire staff and clients of our A&E department are very thankful for your support.”

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Photo caption: Left to right: Dilshan Arawwawala, 2018/19 fellow with Adam, Krisnan, Ash, Najeeb, Bejoy and Philip.

The Mid & South Essex (MSE) Sustainability and Transformation Partnership is pleased to announce that eight clinicians have been chosen to join the 2019 – 2020 Innovation Fellowship. The Innovation Fellowship was set up in 2018 to help advance improvements in patient care, the aim being to encourage and support the development, testing and adoption of new ideas and advance improvements in care for patients, communities and staff. It sits within the MSE Hospital Group Innovation Programme.

The successful Fellows and their innovations are:

Philip Alton                 Medical device to enable remote care of chronic respiratory patients

Bejoy F. Kuttikkate    PLAMAC - a biodegradable laryngoscope, used to view the larynx

Gary Cordery              ADELE - tissue viability nurse buddy

Krishan Ramdoo        TympaHealth – microsuction for earwax

Adam Ali                     CareCompare – an online comparison tool for social care

Husain Khaki              KroniKare - a wound scanner

Najeeb Rahman        REDAR – Real Time Emergency Department Alert and Risk software

Ashish Kalraiya          MediShout, an innovation to simplify the reporting of broken equipment.

This year the successful individuals were chosen from applications submitted by staff from across Mid and South Essex STP and from those on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur programme who have great ideas based around the themes of outpatients; digitally enabled care, and self-care (patient activation).

Charlotte Williams, group director for strategy and new care models, said:

“Congratulations to all Fellows who have been chosen to join the Innovation Fellowship Programme this year. We had some excellent applications and I am sure that those appointed will have many opportunities to develop and test their ideas and innovations in ways that can benefit patients and support staff across the Mid and South Essex STP.”

The Fellows were formally introduced to existing Fellows and other stakeholders at the Innovation Fellowship 2019-2020 launch and induction event on Monday 25 November, held at Basildon Hospital.

With a welcome from Clare Panniker, CEO of MSE University Hospital Group, Fellows had an opportunity to share their innovation with staff and stakeholders from across the STP. Over the coming twelve months the Fellows will have access to a dedicated mentor and a series of learning and networking events to support the advancement of their innovation.

Gary Cordery and Husain Khaki were not able to attend the event but both sent videos introducing themselves and their innovations.

For more information about innovation at MSE please contact msbinnovation@btuh.nhs.uk

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Eight-year-old Basildon lad raises funds for children who are receiving treatment at Basildon Hospital, where he was born.

Brandon Wildman-Tutt, recently visited the hospital, with mum Shirelle to donate £70 of his pocket money to The Polly Parrot Appeal, the hospital’s children’s charity.

The Polly Parrot Appeal raises funds for the children’s wards, including the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and children’s oncology.

Money raised from the appeal is used for distraction and sensory equipment, toys, child-friendly furniture, decorations, TVs and other electronic gadgets.

Brandon said: “I was born in Basildon Hospital, so I thought it would be a good idea to raise money for children who are patients there.”

Shirelle encouraged her son’s charity saving efforts and said: “I bought him a money box and he immediately started putting loose change into it. When it was full, he said he wanted to donate to the hospital which I thought was a lovely gesture.”

Clair Grayston, fundraising officer at Basildon Hospital, said: “It’s great meeting such a kind hearted young boy who has thought about other children.”

Brandon wants to beat his current fundraising total and save more money next year.

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