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September 2017

Mia Graham
Mia Graham

September 20

Supportive sister to have her long locks cut to raise money for the Children’s Burns Club in thanks for the care of her sibling


A supportive sister is to have up to 18 inches of her long hair cut off to raise money for the Children’s Burns Club in thanks for the care of her sibling.


Mia Graham, 10, from Feering, near Colchester, wants to make a difference to other children who have suffered burns like her younger sister, Maizie.


In 2013, at the age of eight months old, Maizie was involved in an accident at home in which she nearly lost her life. Due to a fault with the family’s boiler, the water from the hot tap in the bath was coming out at 82 °C and Maizie suffered 45% deep dermal burns.


Their mum, Jodie, said: “Maizie was a very poorly baby and spent three-and-a-half months on the Burns Intensive Care Unit at Broomfield Hospital and then became even more poorly and spent a month in Great Ormond Street Hospital - all of this time she was on full life support. Finally she started to pull through and get better and we managed to get her home days before her first birthday.


“Maizie is now a very happy, bubbly five-year-old. She still spends a lot of time in and out of hospital having operations, physiotherapy, laser treatment etc., but she is such an inspiration and takes everything in her stride and with an infectious smile.


“The Childrens Burns Club helps burn survivors and their families to cope with everyday life, gives them the chance to feel that they can be themselves and shows them that they are not alone in their injuries. They have helped and taught us so much and we would truly be lost without them all.”


INFORMATION: You can support Mia via her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jodie-graham2

Surgical Robot Exec Photo Shoot

September 14

Our Charity launches fundraising appeal for a new surgical robot and Trust holds Showcasing Healthcare Event and Annual General Meeting

On Thursday, September 14, Our Charity launched its fundraising appeal for more than £1.5million for a state-of-the-art new surgical robot.

The groundbreaking model which it is fundraising for – a da Vinci Xi – was on display in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital as part of the Showcasing Healthcare Event. This gave patients, staff and visitors the opportunity to see a demonstration of the latest in surgical technology.

Pictured left, from left to right, are Robert Lee-Bird, Chairman of the Patient Council, Karen Hunter, Non-Executive Director, Professor Sheila Salmon, Trust Chairman, Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, and Nick Alston, Non-Executive Director with the robot. The day concluded with the Trust’s Annual General Meeting at the Medical Academic Unit (MAU).

To donate to the fundraising appeal: Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/midessexhospitals or https://mydonate.bt.com; you can send a cheque made payable to Mid Essex Hospitals to MEHT Charities Office, Broomfield Hospital, Pudding Wood Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET; or text your donation from your mobile phone. Message MEHT01 and the amount to 70070.  For more information about how you can get involved, please contact Charities Manager Yvonne Carter on 01245 514559 or yvonne.carter@meht.nhs.uk.


September 12

“I fell in love with working in research”

Christine Catley is no ordinary nurse.  After 12 years working in the insurance industry, she grasped the opportunity to train for the career she now loves. 

The Comms team from CRN North Thames visited Christine during a working day, at the Helen Rollason Research Centre and asked her all about her journey and love of clinical research.

Christine’s journey

Having studied for a nursing degree, Christine qualified in the year 2000 and began working in the renal unit whilst raising her family. Her chance came when one of the many respected researchers at Broomfield wanted to conduct a polycystic kidney disease study. With no research-experienced renal nurse to hand, Christine was offered training to broaden her role and she enthusiastically rose to the challenge. Within the Broomfield Hospital grounds in Chelmsford, the team at the Helen Rollason Research Centre were so supportive, the study made Christine fall in love with working in research.  

Initially fulfilling a research role for one day a week, Christine is now a dedicated full time Research Nurse, working as part of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust’s (MEHT) team at Broomfield Hospital.   

Research at MEHT

Since starting in her research role, Christine and the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) have grown from strength to strength. The unit were the top UK recruiters in the polycystic study and last year Mid Essex were the highest recruiting non-teaching hospital for the specialty in North Thames. Christine has helped teach other nurses about research and get them involved in studies across the hospital. There is now a second renal research nurse and others working in different specialties. 

The research nurses work closely together, assisting each other with practical support as well as pooling knowledge and experience. Christine thrives in the busy department and is inspired by those she works with. She tells us:

“Our renal doctors are very enthusiastic about research, and our nursing colleagues in the renal unit are very supportive of research too.”

The research nurse’s role

Christine is passionate and enthusiastic about her position and is frequently an advocate for the research nurses’ role. She reveals some interesting facts behind the growing profession:

“Research nursing is now one of the fastest
emerging specialisms, and nurses are the largest body of professionals
carrying out clinical research in the NHS"

“Research nursing is a great extension to the skill set of the renal multi-disciplinary team and it’s important that nurses can offer research to patients. The role is ideal for those wanting to extend their education and through it we’re able to actively contribute to knowledge of conditions and bring about positive change.   

“It’s a real privilege working so closely with individual patients and we receive great feedback. Many patients and their families tell us how much they enjoy coming here to the CTU”.

Support from the NIHR

“Through the NIHR CRNs the Department of Health is placing more than £300 million a year into funding research staff and paying for the use of NHS equipment and facilities. CRN North Thames coordinate and support the delivery of our research and give us practical help in things like advice on studies in the pipeline and facilitating regular teleconferences with other hospitals undertaking renal studies”. 

Patients are key

Patients seem keen to participate at MEHT, but what would you say to others who are considering taking part in clinical research?

“Just to take your time to make sure you are comfortable with the requirements of the study; discuss it with your family, friends and any healthcare professionals. Research is completely voluntary and the patients’ needs and safety are always put first so we make sure that it’s always right for them”.

Christine has participated in two studies herself and gained personal experience:

“I know I felt content that I helped improve the knowledge surrounding diseases which will hopefully improve care for patients in the future. Without volunteers, there would be no innovative treatments, devices or new techniques to improve care or quality of life.”

“One of my patients spoke to me recently after taking part in a two-year study” Christine tells us.  “He told me”:

“I would say to anybody
who is asked to enter this kind of research,
       seize it with both hands. It is a wonderful opportunity”.         

 

Article courtesy of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

September 4

Mid Essex Hospitals Charities Foundation launches £1.5million fundraising appeal for state-of-the-art new surgical robot

Mid Essex Hospitals Charities Foundation is calling on the community to rally together as it launches its appeal for more than £1.5million to fund a state-of-the-art new surgical robot.

On Thursday, September 14, the groundbreaking model which it is fundraising for – a da Vinci Xi – will be on display in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital as part of the Showcasing Healthcare Event. This will give patients, staff and visitors the opportunity to see a demonstration of the latest in surgical technology. 

This equipment has a wide range of clinical applications and has benefits for patients including less invasive procedures, resulting in shorter recovery times, reduced hospital stays and the potential for enhanced quality of life outcomes. Specifically, the Trust intends to continue to use the new system for upper GI, colorectal and urologic procedures and could develop the skill set for use in bariatric, vascular, gynaecology, plastics and oral maxilla facial surgery (OMFS).

It is envisioned that the current surgical robot – the da Vinci S - will then be used for teaching at Anglia Ruskin University.

The purchase of the da Vinci S surgical robot in 2009 allowed it to become a national leader in surgical innovation and some ‘first of type’ operations for Europe were performed at the Trust as a result. The Broomfield Upper GI Surgical Department was the first accredited robotic upper GI surgical unit in the UK and one of the consultant upper GI surgeons, Mr Sritharan Kadirkamanathan, was the first accredited robotic upper GI surgeon.  At present, some very complex procedures are delivered via the robot with certain upper GI procedures (e.g. oesophageal and gastric cancer surgery and gastric pacing) highlighted in the latest CQC report as good practice. The Trust’s robotic gastric pacing service is a national centre, and the second largest centre in the world. 

The current robot will be decommissioned in December 2017 when it reaches the end of its surgical life cycle. If robotic surgery is to continue at the Trust beyond December, a contract for a replacement robot needs to be placed.

To donate:

Online: Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/midessexhospitals or https://mydonate.bt.com 

By post: You can send a cheque made payable to Mid Essex Hospitals to: 

MEHT Charities Office, Broomfield Hospital, Pudding Wood Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET

By text: Text your donation from your mobile phone. Message MEHT01 and the amount to 70070. 

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

NOTES FOR EDITORS

*Robotically assisted laparoscopic surgery has gained huge momentum worldwide. By the end of 2016, there were approximately 3,800 installations of the da Vinci Surgical System worldwide, including 644 in Europe. There have been over 13,500 peer reviewed publications involving robotically assisted surgery using the da Vinci system in multiple clinical journals. It is estimated that there will eventually be a robotic system for every 1.5 to 2 million people in the UK.