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Recovering stroke patients at Basildon Hospital are being helped by therapy assistant and musician, John Edwards, and his weekly music therapy sessions.

Singer and guitarist John has worked at the Trust for 25 years and now sings and plays guitar for patients on Osler, Lionel Cosin, Kingswood and Lister wards.

Researchers claim that listening to music in the early stages after a stroke can improve a patient’s recovery. Listening for just a couple of hours a day could help patients recover from brain damage and improve mental functioning and mood.

But it’s not just stroke patients that can benefit from music, as John explains:

“A dementia patient attended one of my sessions. She was very reserved and constantly looked down at her hands, but when I began playing her fingers started tapping and she lifted her head to see where the music was coming from. It was very heart-warming to see; her daughter was so surprised and pleased she began to cry.”

Lead nurse and matron for stroke, Beth Smyth, said: “John is a valued member of the team and patients look forward to his weekly music therapy sessions as it helps boost their morale.”

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The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at Basildon Hospital is offering a free hands-on simulation programme for doctors across the country to practise complicated heart and lung operations.

The Essex Wet Lab Simulation Programme is one of the most comprehensive programmes in the country and gives doctors of all levels and specialities the opportunity to perform operations using tissue from animals such as pigs and sheep.

Senior clinical fellow in cardiothoracic surgery, Mr Muhammad Usman Shah (pictured, above), started the programme in January 2018, under supervision of unit training director, consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, Mr Arvind Singh.

This programme has since evolved with each of the courses now accredited by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Mr Muhammad Usman Shah said, “Bypass surgery is the most common operation that we perform in the CTC. This innovative programme is part of a series that provides in-depth teaching and a hands-on practical element that delegates can learn from in a simulated environment.

“The simulation takes stress out of the equation by giving doctors the chance to practise away from the operating theatre.”

With every programme offering a different focus, delegates can obtain six CPD points when they attend, which is essential for revalidation and appraisals.

For further information on upcoming programme details and dates, please contact Mr Muhammad Usman Shah:

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Nigel Beverley has been appointed as the Chair of Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group.

Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are planning to merge on 1 April 2020. Mr Beverley has been appointed as Chair of the new organisation.

Chief Executive of Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group, Clare Panniker, said: “Nigel has a long and successful career in health management, and I am delighted to be working with him.

“By joining our hospitals and services together we will become one of the largest Trusts in the country. Nigel has the knowledge and experience to ensure that we use that opportunity to continue to improve the care we provide to our patients.”

Mr Beverley has been Chair of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for four years and will officially take on the role of Chair of the new organisation when it is formed on 1 April. Until then he will Chair the group Board.

He said: “This is a hugely exciting time for healthcare in mid and south Essex.

“We are redesigning services to make sure they meet the needs of communities, and we know that will lead to real improvements in patient care. Bringing the three hospital Trusts together will allow us to do more, and to do it quicker.

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Congratulations to Basildon Hospital's 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”

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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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  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
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    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

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