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December 2016

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21 December  

Festive fun continues at Broomfield Hospital in the run up to Christmas

The festive fun has been continuing at Broomfield Hospital with a host of exciting events in the run up to Christmas.

Staff on Heybridge Ward were surprised by a current inpatient’s family on Thursday, who sent them a delivery of two hampers full of Christmas treats from Maldon organisation Secret Hamper, delivered by founder Nigel Richardson in his superhero outfit.

The Heart Angels also visited Phoenix Ward to distribute toys from The Giving Tree appeal on Friday, which the radio station organised in conjunction with Freeport Braintree.

The Grammaticus Choir performed a selection of festive songs in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital on Saturday, raising £163.72for the Children’s Burns Club.

On Monday, Naomi Hull, a Senior Meetings and Events Consultant for Feering based company Inntel, visited Phoenix Ward with her colleagues Chloe Thornton, also a Meetings and Events Consultant, and Lily Baker, a Supplier Partnership Administrator, to donate some toys to the Children’s Burns Club.

She said: “I won employee of the year in June for 2016/2017 and with that I was able to choose the company’s chosen charity for the year.

“My husband, John, was run over when he was nine and had to have this leg rebuilt with skin grafts. This was done at the Burns Ward in Chelmsford and they also helped him walk again.

 “All the staff were amazing to him and his family throughout the procedure then recovery and I therefore wanted to choose the Children’s Burns Club for the chosen charity.

 “We have been fundraising throughout the year with various different events and will continue to do so until June when the final total will be donated to the charity. In addition to raising money, we asked all employees to donate toys or gifts for the children over Christmas.” 

On Tuesday, the Medical Secretarial Team celebrated the festive season with a Christmas quiz.

Gary Pearce, Operational Lead for the Medical Secretarial Service, said: “Every year the Medical Secretaries celebrate Christmas by meeting and playing a festive quiz together.

“The Central Medical Secretarial Service employs over 160 staff, based in 23 specialties and at three sites.

“The usual purpose of our monthly meeting is to share information and to offer training to our staff, however the Christmas meeting gives us the opportunity to obtain a new level of team working such that the groups are completely mixed and staff members who would never ordinarily meet in their day to day responsibilities get to know someone from another department.

“The quiz is also a great opportunity to share fun and laughter (which is of course the best medicine) with our teams and to give the staff a massive ‘thank you’ for their hard work during the course of the year.”

Each winning team scooped a prize, and this year the event was sponsored by Marks and Spencer, who generously donated goodies.

St John Payne students Charlotte Rushton, 17, and Francesca Wright, 18, donated approximately 50 of their childhood cuddly toys to Phoenix Ward on Tuesday.

This was the result of a charity event the pupils organised at their Chelmsford school.

Charlotte said: “We both really love helping younger people and people who have had hard starts in life.

Francesca added: “I work in Marks and Spencer at Broomfield and I see lots of children here – without pity I feel sorry for them and I wanted to do something to make their lives better.”



Secret Hamper Donation 9-12-16

19 December 

Dad whose son was born more than two months prematurely on Christmas Day donates festive hampers to Neonatal Unit

A dad whose son was born more than two months prematurely on Christmas Day has donated a selection of festive hampers to staff at the Neonatal Unit.

John Church, Managing Director of Maldon Furniture, organised for the hampers to be supplied by Secret Hamper – complete with founder Nigel Richardson dressed in his superhero outfit.

The hampers contain a cornucopia of tasty treats from Secret Hamper’s corporate partners, including biscuits, crisps, chocolate and puddings.

John said: “My wife went in for a check up on Christmas Eve 2013 and when they put on the equipment they realised that she was going into labour. Our son, Jack, wasn’t due until March 14.

“He was born on Christmas Day and we spent seven weeks in the hospital. My wife, Rachel, never left his side and neither did the nurses.

“It was tough – a lot of people say ‘how did you do it?’, but you just do. I have always wanted to say thanks for what they did  and we are now in a position to do so.”

The Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Linda Denston, and her husband, Councillor Bob Denston, attended the presentation alongside the Maldon Furniture team on Friday, December 9.

She said: “We have seen the hospital grow, it is a beautiful hospital and it is a lovely Neonatal Unit.

“It is fantastic that John decided to give something back because of the experience that his family had while his son was being cared for at the Neonatal Unit.”

Toni Laing, Matron, said: “We’re extremely grateful to John Church, the team at Maldon Furniture and Secret Hampers for these lovely festive treats.

“It’s a real boost for the team and the presentation was a great occasion for us all to enjoy.”



Laura Jones and April Jones Burns Unit Donation 6-12-16

16 December

Daughter raises more than £1000 for St Andrews Centre team in thanks for saving her mum’s life

The daughter of a woman who was severely burnt in a patio heater explosion has raised more than £1,000 for the St Andrews St Centre in thanks for saving her mum’s life.

Laura Jones, 32, of Napier Close, Basildon, suffered 40 per cent burns all over her body when a mistake while refuelling the heater resulted in it exploding, covering her skin in extremely hot fuel.

She was rushed to Broomfield Hospital and was put on life support.Laura was induced into a two-week coma and stayed in intensive care for two months, undergoing multiple surgeries. She is still under the care of the department for scar management.

She said: “I had fantastic treatment and support from the team.

“It was a very hard time for all of the family – one of the worst things was not being able to see the children for so long.”

A year after the accident, Laura’s 10-year-old daughter April, supported by her sisters Angel, 14, and Bailie-Rae, 8, decided to organise a 5k run with about 20 friends and family members to raise funds for the team.

They completed the run at Basildon Sporting Village on September 18 and raised £1,100 in total.

April said: “I wanted to help other people and say a massive ‘thank you’ to all of the people who helped my mum.”

Consultant plastic and burns surgeon Mr Naguib El-Muttardi added: “A burn of 40 per cent is a major burn and Laura’s treatment was a good success. We will be keeping an eye on her for a long time.

“We would like to thank April and her family for the donation – she’s a very special young lady.”



Friends Scanner Donation 5-12-2016

8 December

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital donate £6,000 probe to the Ophthalmology Department

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital have kindly donated a £6,000 probe to the Ophthalmology Department.

The probe allows clinicians to establish a clear, full view of the eye and replaces the older model which recently stopped functioning.

It can be used for patients with conditions such as diabetes, cataracts and bleeding of the retina.

Mr Ajay Sinha, joint clinical lead and retinal consultant, thanked the Friends at Broomfield Hospital and said: “If there has been bleeding in the eye we need to be able to look in and see what is happening.

“It has a lot of applications for us - it is a front line piece of kit and something that any modern eye department can’t be without.”

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital formally presented the equipment to the department on Monday, December 5.