High standard of care at Basildon Hospital for patients with lung conditions

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Joanne Peacock third from left and members of the respiratory team
Joanne Peacock (third from left) and members of the respiratory team

The respiratory team at Basildon University Hospital has received a plaudit from Britain’s leading medical professional body for the care and treatment it provides for patients with certain lung conditions.

All hospital respiratory teams are now required to submit data four times a year to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) on the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.

The first results for this new national COPD audit show that Basildon Hospital is one of the best performing in London and the south east of England. The data showed that the respiratory team ensure that the care and treatment of high numbers of patients meets the standards set by the RCP. These include being seen by a specialist within 24 hours of admission, being assessed for an exercise and education pulmonary rehabilitation programme, and being advised on smoking cessation programmes.

Latest heart valve repairs for patients at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

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Doctors and John Orchard
L-R Dr Rajesh Aggarwal; Dr Swamy Gedela, consultant radiologist; John Orchard; Mr Inderpaul Birdi; Sheila Smith, specialist nurse; Dr Rohan Jagathesan

A procedure to repair damaged heart valves, which does not involve major surgery, is now available for patients at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC).

People suffering from the most common form of heart valve disease will no longer have to travel to London for the minimally invasive treatment, but can go to the world-class specialist centre at Basildon University Hospital.

Last month, Mr John Orchard, aged 88, was the first patient to have a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedure carried out by specialists at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.

Narrowing of the aortic valve, known as stenosis, leads to obstruction of blood flow out of the heart. It is the most common form of heart disease and occurs in two to four per cent of adults over the age of 65 years.

First primary care paramedic arrives in Thurrock

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paramedic story image Sharon and Sue

A forward thinking GP provider in Thurrock brings the expertise of a Paramedic – Emergency Care Practitioner to GP surgeries in the area.

Dr Pro Mallik, Medical Director, College Health, has engaged Sue Finan, ECP, to support unscheduled patient care for patients in and around Grays, Tilbury and Corringham. Dr Mallik hopes to embed this community practitioner service across all College Health surgeries. Sue joins a small team of carefully selected, qualified and experienced specialists as the new first port of call for all unplanned home visit and urgent care requests as well as essential support to the GP’s looking after the care needs of patients in care homes in the area.

In addition to work out in the community, Sue also supports the GPs in surgeries including; Oddfellows Hall Health Centre and the Commonwealth Health Centre (formerly Shehadeh Medical Centres), taking triage calls and assessing patient requirements for support from a medical professional in the surgery or a home visit. She is able to update patient records from her mobile computer so that GPs can quickly see their patient’s treatment plan.

Excellent care of endoscopy patients leads to prestigious accreditation

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endoscopy team

The endoscopy department at Basildon University Hospital has received a prestigious quality accreditation with the compassionate care of patients being praised.

Staff were applauded by inspectors for “the high standard of achievement and for their hard work during the accreditation process”, as the team was awarded Joint Advisory Group for GI Endoscopy (JAG) accreditation for one year.

The unit was commended on its:

  • Excellent clinical, nursing and managerial leadership.
  • High quality clinical governance practices and detailed analysis and audits.
  • High quality, safe endoscopy for all patients.
  • Reconfigured patient flow, optimising privacy and dignity in the department.
  • Compassionate attitude of the staff, who were observed to be very caring, with patients at the focus.
  • Post-procedure helpline staffed by the on-call endoscopy nurse.
  • Robust processes for assessing the competence of new endoscopists.

As part of the accreditation there was an agreement that additional evidence of action to further reduce waiting times would be submitted in October 2017.

Clare Culpin, managing director of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The endoscopy department worked tirelessly to secure the JAG accreditation and I am thrilled that they received such a glowing report.

“The team’s united effort has produced excellent results and this is reflected in the incredibly positive impact it has had on the staff’s morale.”

For more information: http://www.thejag.org.uk/ 

New options for south and mid Essex hospitals

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Doctors and health care leaders have announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.

In recent months, two main options for change have been discussed with patients, staff and stakeholders. Both options would have seen significant changes to the way the three A&E departments at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend hospitals operate.

Having studied the available evidence and listened carefully to the views of local people, patients and stakeholders, clinicians and health leaders have now decided to develop a revised model that would enable all three current A&E departments to continue to treat people who need emergency hospital care, including continuing to receive ‘blue light’ emergency patients with serious conditions. It would rule out the blanket redirection of all ‘blue light’ ambulances to Basildon, as in previous options.

Under this plan, patients would be assessed, stabilised and treated in their local hospital, with the most unwell patients transferred to a specialist team, if that’s what they need. The ‘norm’ would be for people to go to their local hospital in an emergency. As before, all three A&E departments would continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and run by consultants.

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