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February 2017

Don Payne_EPR

March 16

EPR Team introduces Cutover Manager Donald Payne

The EPR team would like to introduce their newest member, Cutover Manager Donald Payne.

Donald is responsible for overseeing and ensuring a smooth transition from Clinicom PAS to Lorenzo, while maintaining business continuity.

He has worked in health IT since 2007, during which time his roles have included a trainer, product specialist, workstream lead and cutover manager. His EPR implementation and cutover management experience ranges from Colchester General Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow to the Field Hospital at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

Alongside IT positions in the private sector, he also has a clinical background. He was a nurse for 17 years, with 10 of those spent in theatres. After training with the NHS, he then served as a nurse in the Royal Air Force.

He said: “I am here to help the Trust through the Lorenzo go-live process and you will see me around as I meet with wards, departments and teams to plan the transition from Clinicom PAS and some associated systems to Lorenzo.

“The job of Cutover Manager is like conducting an orchestra; I will make sure that everyone knows what they need to do, and how and when they need to do it. I work from the Training and Innovation Centre, and will come and see anyone or any team who would like to know more about cutover and how it will affect them."

INFORMATION: You can contact Donald on 01245 51 2748, 07968 953014, or donald.payne@meht.nhs.uk.



Valentine's Day Party Notley Ward 13-2-17
Valentine's Day Party Notley Ward

February 17

Notley Ward holds Valentine’s party

Patients, relatives, staff and their children joined together for a Valentine’s themed party on Notley Ward.                     

There was music, party games, and plenty of food to enjoy at the occasion, ahead of Valentine’s Day, on Monday afternoon (February 13).

It is the latest in a series of themed parties organised by the ward staff.

Prabha Guske, Senior Sister, said: “It was really a success - one of the patients and her daughter said what a lovely experience it was and that it brought tears to their eyes as the patient was in hospital for nearly four weeks.

“It’s about that satisfaction that you get when your patients or relatives are enjoying the party. Having the staff’s children at the party was just the icing on the cake – patients loved them being there.” 


Bouygues Team donate £1,200_News release2017
The Bouygues Team donating their cheque to Danbury Ward.

February 13

Bouygues Team donate £1,200 in total towards hospital services at Broomfield

The Bouygues Team raised £600 each for Danbury Ward and The Chemotherapy Unit in memory of two of their colleagues.

They organised a raffle over the Christmas period and a cake sale at Broomfield Hospital on December 23, reaching a fundraising sum of £600, which Contract Director Barry Coleman agreed that the company would generously match.

Lisa Pallant, Contract Administrator, said: “We chose to donate to the hospital because sadly last year we lost two members of the Bouygues Broomfield Team to cancer.

“Performance Manager Trevor Leary and Maintenance Engineer Sam Davis both spent time on Danbury Ward and the Chemotherapy Unit while they were battling their illness and we just wanted to give something back to these units as a mark of respect and memory to them both.

“They were very friendly, outgoing, bubbly people – it was a short space of time between their diagnosis and when they passed away and they are very sorely missed.

The public and staff were truly very generous, some not taking a cake but just wanting to put money in the bucket.

“We would like to thank the staff for all of their hard work and compassion for the people that pass through their care.”



Nurses learn more about orthopaedics at a special educational event_News Release photo2017
Chief Nurse Cathy Geddes speaking at orthopaedic nursing event.

February 10

Nurses learn more about orthopaedics at a special educational event

Nurses had the opportunity to learn more about orthopaedics at a special event at Broomfield Hospital on Wednesday, February 8.

The study day featured a programme of educational sessions to expand knowledge and enhance training. This included working with models of bones and surgical tools.

The event was attended by 35 members of staff from Notley Ward, Lister Ward, and John Ray Ward, plus therapy staff. It was organised by three Senior Sisters: Gemma Hughes, Caroline Forder and Prabha Guske.

Prabha Guske, Senior Sister at Notley Ward, said: “The staff enjoyed the day and have given some lovely written feedback. They said they felt involved, and that it was educational, fun, and helped improve morale.

The event was supported by Jo Francis, Matron, Mr Andrew Macdowell, Orthopaedic Consultant, and Paul Heard, Trauma Co-ordinator - without their support we could have not achieved this.”

The next session will be held on February 27, with an aim to in time involve all staff across the Orthopaedic Department.



Nicola Leslie Retirement
Nicola Leslie, front row, left, with some of her colleagues at her party.

February 8

Midwife looks back with “great fondness” on career spanning more than three decades as she retires

A midwife who qualified 35 years ago has spoken of the “great fondness” she feels for her career on her retirement.

Nicola Leslie, Antenatal and Newborn Screening Co-ordinator at Broomfield Hospital, enjoyed a surprise retirement party organised by her colleagues on Tuesday (January 31).

It was her childhood ambition to become a nurse, and she commenced a three-year training course upon leaving school, qualifying in 1980. During her training she was seconded to a 12-week midwifery programme which sparked her interest for her future career. 

After completing her nursing training and working as a staff nurse for nine months, she began an 18-month midwifery training course at Colchester Maternity Hospital. This led to many years working in Colchester as a staff midwife, progressing to a junior sister post before taking several years out to look after her two children.

She undertook a Return to Midwifery Course at the Trust in 2000, ahead of taking on the role of staff midwife. She later became the Antenatal and Newborn Screening Co-ordinator, supporting expectant parents who have received difficult news.

She said: “I have been a qualified midwife for 35 years and have seen many changes during this time. I have worked with lots of wonderful people who have supported me over the years and in return I have always tried to guide others, especially within the role of Antenatal and Newborn Screening Co-ordinator. I remember how anxious we were as midwives moving from St Johns to Broomfield Hospital and now we feel that we belong at Broomfield, with St Johns being a distant but fond memory.

“I am now looking forward to my retirement and spending more time with my family. My husband and I plan to move to Derbyshire, near to where our children now live and will enjoy having a new area to explore. We also plan to travel, but I am not sure if we will ever complete our bucket list, as there are so many wonderful places to see in the world.

“I look back over my career with great fondness, knowing that I have made a difference to families at times when they most needed support and have made some wonderful friends along the way."


Gastric Cancer Support Group

February 6

Our Charity supports £1.3 million fundraising appeal for new surgical robot

Our Charity is calling on our generous supporters to help us reach our goal of funding a new £1.3 million surgical robot for Broomfield Hospital. 

This state-of-the-art piece of equipment will help to transform the care we provide to our patients, with a wide range of clinical applications.

We would also like to thank those who have already donated to the appeal. The Essex Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Support Group gave £1,000 towards the project to celebrate their first anniversary on December 2. They presented the cheque to us, plus some gifts for our nurses, at a special occasion at the Medical Academic Unit at Broomfield Hospital.

If you are looking for a new fundraising challenge, whether a skydive, bake off, mountain climb, or something more unusual, we will be pleased to support you to bring your ideas to fruition.

For more information about how you can get involved with the appeal, please contact Charities Manager Yvonne Carter on 01245 514559 (extension 4559) or yvonne.carter@meht.nhs.uk