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EoE PAFTAS Award 2019 3.1

Basildon Hospital’s paediatric department has wona major accolade at this year’s East of England Paediatrics Awards Night. The event which took place at the prestigious Frank Lee Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospital on February 8 was a great success. 

The Paediatric Awards for Training Achievements (PAFTAs) were introduced for paediatric doctors and teams that go above and beyond the call of duty. Every year the East of England School of Paediatrics, host the PAFTAS award night to recognise significant contributions from individuals or Hospital Teams. They seek nominations for various awards from the different members of staff in the 16 Hospital Trusts in the East of England.

Basildon paediatrics team received the maximum number of nominations from trainees and won the Best Teaching Unit for Paediatrics. Individual consultant and trainee members also received various nominations. At the award ceremony the team were presented with the award by the Head of the School of Paediatrics for the East of England, Dr Wilf Kelsall.

Dr Himadri Chakraborty, consultant paediatrician at Basildon, who received the award as the Unit Training Director said,

“It has been a challenging two years for the team and I cannot thank my colleagues enough. Their dedication and hard work made this possible. We have been able to turn things around when things got tough.  What matters most is the team winning, I feel proud to be a part of such a wonderful team.

“Our focus is to commit to providing best patient care and the best training for our future colleagues and consultants. By offering trainees the greatest training opportunities we are ensuring the future of paediatrics in the East of England is safe and in the best hands.”

The East of England PAFTA team said,

“The department is very supportive for middle grade and junior doctors. There is a dedicated teaching session at least twice per week. As it is a busy unit it provides a lot of opportunity for learning and seeing a wide spectrum of paediatric illnesses. The consultants are very supportive.”


(L-R) Laura Ryan, play team leader, with Jack Wallace and Michelle Bannister, paediatric oncology clinical nurse specialist.

Former oncology patient Jack Wallace visited the hospital on Friday 8 February to donate money he raised to support our children’s cancer unit.

Staff working at Jack’s mum’s business, The Rodwell Engineering Company based in Basildon, raised money by wearing Christmas jumpers on Christmas jumper day last year.

Jack, 16, has been working at the company part-time since he left school and asked if the money raised could go to the cancer unit where he had his treatment.

The firm raised £400 in total which was shared between two charities, Little Havens Hospice and Basildon Hospital.

Jack was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2009 he finished treatment in 2013 and has always been passionate about raising money for the cancer unit.

Jack said:

“Any bit of money that can go to the oncology unit is a bonus. I feel like I am giving back after they’ve given to me. The money isn’t much but it’s still something, and that makes me happy.”

Laura Ryan, play team leader in paediatrics said:

“It’s great to see Jack again it’s been a long time. To see him grown up and raising money for the department following what he’s been through is lovely.  His treatment here was a massive part of his life and it took over his whole family. His decision to choose to raise money for new equipment for the children and our kitchen area is just overwhelming.”

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The Thurrock Dolls House Miniature Group has donated a miniature garden and allotment to the Osler Ward. The Osler ward is an acute medical ward for patients with dementia who benefit from engaging in activities that help to improve mood, wellbeing and mental abilities.

Urology SACU opening

A new urology surgical ambulatory care unit has opened in Basildon Hospital. This will provide care to patients who are referred from their GP, A&E or another route and means they can be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital.

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Picture: Bethany Hambelton (left), Sally-Ann Elkington (right)

Bethany Hambelton, patient on the children’s ward at Basildon Hospital, has won the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation’s Achievement Award (student level) for her determination and positive and pleasant attitude..

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A charity golf day has raised an amazing £4,053.63 for Basildon University Hospital’s Breast Unit Fund (BUST) and event organiser, Allan Brodie, presented the cheque to Breast Unit staff on 21 November. 

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