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Anouk Cheque Presentation
The Children's Burns Ward team with Anouk, her parents Tom and Ellie, and Yvonne Carter, charities manager (third from right) and Nick Alston, trust chairman.

August 24

Charity bike ride raises more than £2,000 for Children’s Burns Unit

The family and friends of a young patient who was treated at the Children’s Burns Unit raised more than £2,000 by cycling from London’s East End to Broomfield Hospital’s East Entrance in thanks for her care.

Anouk Leathes, aged two, was looked after by the Children’s Burns Unit team and in the Burns ITU in October 2017 after she scalded her arm and hands having knocked over a jug of boiling water. 

Unfortunately during treatment for her burns, Anouk developed sepsis after 48 hours and had to spend two nights in intensive care. She recovered quickly but some areas of the burns then required skin grafts and she ended up spending 10 days being cared for at the St Andrew’s Centre. Anouk has now made a full recovery.

The 20-strong group of her friends and family cycled 75 miles from Walthamstow, East London, to our hospital and back again to raise funds. The fundraising drive was led by Anouk’s aunt, Lauren Baskett.

On Friday, August 3, Anouk’s dad Tom and mum Ellie attended the hospital to present the cheque for £2,080 to the Children’s Burns Ward.

They said: “The care that Anouk received in the Children's’ Burns Unit and the Burns ITU was incredible. The expertise and support from the nursing staff, doctors and entire team was world class, and we’ll be forever grateful to everyone at Broomfield. 

“Aside from the medical care that’s led to Anouk making such a quick and full recovery, the team also supported us as parents during such a difficult time. They helped us cope with the process, and made us realise that life would get back to normal in time - it has! The staff somehow manage to remain cheerful, supportive and attentive to all the patients in their care and their families.

“With the bike ride we’re pleased to have been able to do something to support the ward and its patients.” 


Charlotte Jefcoate
Charlotte Jefcoate.
Yvonne Carter.
Yvonne Carter.

August 22

Less than one month to go until Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust team pedal from the capital to the coast to raise funds for ‘Our Charity’

There is less than one month to go until the MEHT team pedal from the capital to the coast to raise funds for ‘Our Charity’.

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, and Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator, will take on the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on September 16, with proceeds going to our robotic surgery appeal. 

They will be joined by a group of other employees and their friends and family, including Jeff Ott, mechanical craftsman, Tony Turland, building craftsman, Phil Robson, head of maintenance, and his fellow cycling enthusiast friends Robin Steward and Paul Edgley.

The route covers 54 miles from south London to the Brighton sea front.

Charlotte said: “With less than a month to go, Yvonne and I are now increasing our distances, even bringing our training into the office with some lunchtime steep stair climbs!

“I’m excited, but also a little daunted – however I’m working hard to be ready to take on the challenge to make a real difference for our patients who undergo robotic surgery.”

INFORMATION: You can support the team via their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charitiesteam2018. For more information, call 01245 514860 or email fundraising@meht.nhs.uk.


Jackie Jacob.
Jackie Jacob.

August 21

Patient Story: Head and Neck Service Fundraising – “I highly praise and admire the staff involved in my cancer care”

Jackie Jacob, 64, from Maldon, Essex

Jackie has undergone a total laryngectomy (the surgical removal of the larynx, the vocal cords and surrounding throat area, the region of sound). This requires patients to relearn how to talk, swallow and breathe. 

“I am proud to say I came up with the crazy idea of a climb over the O2 dome to raise money for Broomfield Hospital’s Head and Neck Service. The money raised will go towards buying Electrolarynx machines and iPads with the ‘Verbally’ app. These machines will give back audible communicating skills to patients who have undergone throat operations, avoiding the arduous task of writing everything down on paper. 

“My story begins in 2003; I visited my GP on the pretext of some other symptoms than the one I found myself needing examining for by an ear, nose and throat consultant. My GP had grown concerned at the unhealthy sound of my rough voice. Scans revealed I had a cancerous lump on my vocal cords. It was surgically removed, but unfortunately, I've had several operations for recurrences. When things settled down, my consultant explained that if I remained well for five years he could give me the all-clear. I remained well, but in 2010, six years after my first operation, scans revealed my cancer had recurred. Several more operations and laser treatments followed this devastating diagnosis.

“In 2013, I fell ill again. My consultant informed me that my scans revealed an aggressive recurrence, with cancer spreading from my vocal cords to the larynx. My surgeon, Mr Stafford, an amazing man, to whom I shall be forever indebted, informed me my only option was a total laryngectomy. Without this, I would die. During this conversation, I felt like a fish looking at the world from under a frozen lake. Three weeks later, I had surgery that would change my life for good. This could have been the straw that broke the camel's back, but I felt angry, and I would show my nemesis that although it had ruined 10 years of my life, this latest setback was not going to beat me.

“However, it is one thing taking on a positive attitude, and another surrounding yourself with positive people; the last thing I needed in my life was people feeling sorry for me. I wanted to stay strong and upbeat for my close family's sake as well as my own. I would never be the Jackie I was, but I am a survivor, not a victim.

“I had a mentor, Norman, he had lived a reasonably normal life for 20 years since his laryngectomy. He answered all my worrisome questions and gave me the strength and courage to go through with my life-saving operation. Norman is my hero. It is such a life-changing procedure, with the harrowing thought of waking up from surgery without your voice. A laryngectomy is literally an amputation of the throat. When the patient sees a healthy survivor of a laryngectomy, and hears them talking, it shows them life can go on after their operation. I now visit patients who are about to undergo a laryngectomy and I smile when I see that I have lifted some of the mystery and cold fear out of their operation, like Norman did for me.

“I regularly talk to trainee speech therapists who are at university, so they can listen to what a laryngectomy survivor has to say. They also have many questions they want answering. It is more than they could ever hope to learn from a book. 

“I highly praise and admire the NHS staff involved in my cancer care. The sponsored walk over the O2 dome came to me as an ideal way to give something back to these wonderful people by raising money and awareness for the Head and Neck Service. This is only the beginning – we plan to have more fundraising events in the future.”

Well done to the Head and Neck Service for their fantastic fundraising, with more than £5,800 raised via their climb over the O2.

JustGiving confirmed that they were in the top 1 per cent of fundraisers for July, out of 47579 different ventures.

To support the Head and Neck Service, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/midessexhospitals, ensuring that you specify your name and that the funds are to be donated to the Head and Neck Service. You can also send a cheque to MEHT Charities Office, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET. In addition, you can text MEHT01 and the amount to 70070.

Matthew Wright Robot Appeal
Matthew Wright.

August 16

Patient Story: “I am forever grateful for specialist robotic surgery treatment”

Matthew Wright, 38, from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

“Mr Kadirkamanathan and his team at Broomfield Hospital have given me back my life, so I can live as normal a life as possible. I am back at work, training at the gym and I am gaining weight slowly. I am feeling healthier and happier and that is down to the excellent work and attention I was given by Mr Kadirkamanathan and his team. I am so grateful to them; at a time when we just did not have any idea of what was wrong they were all so helpful and reassuring, if we had any questions they were patient and understanding. I am truly blessed to be under the care of Mr Kadirkamanathan, myself and my family are forever grateful to him for his specialist care!

“I was 36 when I first became ill, initially with an upper respiratory tract viral infection. I had just returned from a weekend away in London visiting some friends watching the Euro 2016 tournament. I was never sick, however this virus was particularly nasty and led to severe shortness of breath so my GP sent me to our local Emergency Department in Northern Ireland as he felt there was a possibility I was suffering from pneumonia. However, I was diagnosed with a viral infection and after several courses of steroids I began to feel a little better. That didn’t last long - as the respiratory symptoms were settling, the vomiting began after every meal.  It didn’t matter what I ate, it never stayed down more than a few minutes. A follow up with my GP led me to being referred to the local Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) where they diagnosed it as being a side effect of the virus that would eventually settle.  

“It never did settle and I began to lose weight as the vomiting continued after I ate anything. Various tests were carried out which found no obvious cause for the vomiting. After five and half months of constant vomiting I was admitted to my local hospital in Northern Ireland under the care of my gastroenterology consultant who wished to insert a syringe driver to administer anti-emetic drugs to try and stop the vomiting as I could not tolerate these drugs orally. The syringe driver made no difference at all as the vomiting continued as aggressively as ever. By this stage the weight loss had become so severe I was beginning to become malnourished and another GI consultant made the decision a few days after my admission to begin feeding me via NG tube as I was tolerating nothing orally with exception of a few sips of water. Each test that was carried out came back negative including a CT brain scan. 

“Finally after a multidisciplinary ward round one morning another GI consultant said he thought that I may have gastroparesis, which I had never heard of before. I was referred for gastric empty study which did reveal that I had a severe delay in my stomach emptying. By now I had been in hospital three weeks and I just wanted to go home to my family as it was Christmas Eve. I was discharged from hospital with the feeding tube removed and issued with high calorie drinks with a referral letter being sent to a specialist GI Consultant in Essex. 

“My wife and I travelled across to Essex in March to see Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan and his team for the first consultation. From the first moment we walked into the examining room we both felt at ease. Mr Kadirkamanathan and his team were amazing; they were very welcoming and reassuring. After asking about the history and the symptoms it was decided that I would be referred for another specialist test to rule out another condition and once this was done then I could be considered for gastric pacemaker insertion. The additional test was done at the Royal London Hospital in June 2017 and I was reviewed by Mr Kadirkamanathan in October with the results which ruled out this other condition and so it was decided then that I would be put on the list for gastric pacemaker insertion.  Mr Kadirkamanathan wanted me to gain some weight before I could undergo the surgery so it was back home to Northern Ireland to have another feeding tube inserted as I was still losing weight with the high calorie drinks. By this stage I had lost 36kg in weight going from 106kg to 70kg. People were asking my wife if I had cancer, it was extremely upsetting for her and our children. 

“Life was becoming increasingly difficult, as a family we couldn’t go out for meals or even invite friends over for dinner as I couldn’t eat. After a few problems with the feeding tube and another three weeks in hospital I finally got home and started to gain small amounts of weight. Another review with Mr Kadirkamanathan and his team in December led to the date finally being set for surgery. Mr Kadirkamanathan made it clear that there was no guarantee that the pacemaker would be successful but he was hopeful. My wife and I travelled over for surgery in January; we were both nervous but hopeful that this surgery would be the thing that would give me some sort of a normal life again. The surgery went well and for the first time in eighteen months I was able to eat a small amount of toast with tea and not vomit. Signs looked good at this early stage.  

“Mr Kadirkamanathan came and reviewed me in hospital after the surgery and increased the settings on the pacemaker slightly and I was back home in Northern Ireland two days after surgery with a view to a follow up appointment in six weeks. I recovered well from the surgery and as time went on was able to eat small amounts of food with no vomiting.”

‘Our Charity’ is calling on the community to rally together for our £1.5million appeal to fund the upgrading of the robotic surgery service at Broomfield Hospital, including a state-of-the-art new surgical robot and the continued use of surgical robotics.   

There is significant evidence that demonstrates a number of advantages for patients who have benefited from surgery with the surgical robot compared to conventional surgical techniques including: 

•Shorter hospital stays

•Immediate effects during recovery

•Precision surgery (overcoming limitations of laparoscopic surgery)

Your support will put Broomfield Hospital firmly on the map as surgical innovators in Essex.

You can donate to our appeal, ‘Rally Together for the Robot’, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/midessexhospitals/surgicalbot


Lions Club Donation
Chelmsford Lions Club making a £1,500 donation to our robotic surgery appeal.

August 15

Chelmsford Lions Club make generous £1,500 donation to our robotic surgery appeal

The Chelmsford Lions Club have made a generous donation of £1,500 to our robotic surgery appeal.

On Thursday, August 2, the group attended the Theatres Department at Broomfield Hospital where they met Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan, consultant upper GI surgeon, Samuel Gnamanani, theatres matron, and Yvonne Carter, charities manager.

They had the opportunity to find out more about the robotic surgery appeal and the pioneering work being carried out with the surgical robot. They were also shown a demonstration of how this state-of-the-art equipment works.

Stanley Brown, community chairman, said: “We chose to support this major appeal as many of our members have relied upon the hospital’s services over the years.

“We wanted to give something back for the wonderful work they do.” 

The funds were from the club’s general fund and an Easter egg raffle with local pubs, which raised £900 of the total.

‘Our Charity’ is calling on the community to rally together for our £1.5million appeal to fund the upgrading of the robotic surgery service at Broomfield Hospital, including a state-of-the-art new surgical robot and the continued use of surgical robotics.   

There is significant evidence that demonstrates a number of advantages for patients who have benefited from surgery with the surgical robot compared to conventional surgical techniques including: 

•Shorter hospital stays

•Immediate effects during recovery

•Precision surgery (overcoming limitations of laparoscopic surgery)

Your support will put Broomfield Hospital firmly on the map as surgical innovators in Essex.

You can donate to our appeal, ‘Rally Together for the Robot’, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/midessexhospitals/surgicalbot


Friends at Broomfield Hospital Speech and Language Equipment
The Friends at Broomfield Hospital and the Speech and Language Therapy team with the equipment.

August 10

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital fund £40,000 equipment to help patients with swallowing and voice impairments 

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital have kindly funded state-of-the-art technology to enable the Speech and Language Therapy team to provide advanced assessment for patients with swallowing and voice disorders.

Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) will benefit a wide patient group who present with oropharyngeal dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). People with dysphagia frequently include those with neurological disorders, patients who have had an acute stroke, and those who have undergone treatment for head and neck cancer.

The use of this equipment is designed to reduce the risk of malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, prolonged tube feeding, readmission and to allow for a safer and faster discharge from hospital.

It is also of benefit in the use of Videostroboscopy; allowing for detailed assessment and management of voice disorders.

The equipment is operated by speech and language therapists, whose training has been supported by ENT in the use of the nasendoscope. The scope is connected to a screen which then provides instrumental guided imaging to assess swallowing and/or voice function. It is portable and easy to use, directly at a patient’s bedside.

On Tuesday, August 7, the Friends at Broomfield Hospital officially presented the equipment, which totalled £39,700, to the Speech and Language Therapy team.

David Curtin, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist (Head and Neck Oncology) said: “The purchase of this equipment enables us to complete specialist assessment of voice and swallowing disorders. It sets us apart as we are currently the only speech and language therapy service within Essex offering such specialist assessment. 

“It is indicated for use in a select group of patients. It allows for speedier assessment, helping us to formulate and expedite patient management decisions on the wards and in clinics, with an evident improvement in patient care. The Speech and Language Therapy Department are most grateful for this substantial investment from the Friends; and look forward to using it to improve patient care over the coming years.”

Alison Douglas, chairman of the Friends at Broomfield Hospital, said: “The Friends were very pleased to be able to fund this important piece of equipment and support the staff in carrying out their vital work helping patients with complex swallowing and speech difficulties.  

“We were very happy to give this donation, which was raised solely from the profits generated from our two shops and our daily trollies that go round the wards. It makes all of our volunteers’ hard work worthwhile.”


Secret Hamper
From left, Stephen Beeson, Director of Finance, The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Yvonne Spence, the Richardson family and a representative from Countryside Properties

August 8

‘Secret Hamper’ superheroes make a difference with fantastic selection of gifts for staff to mark NHS 70

The ‘Secret Hamper’ superheroes have made a difference for staff across Broomfield Hospital with a fantastic selection of gifts to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The company, based in Tolleshunt Major, called in the support of generous businesses across Essex to create the bespoke hampers for our hard-working teams.

Some of the hampers were designated for specific wards by donors, while the remainder were for sharing by colleagues across the hospital.

On Monday, August 6, the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, attended the hospital to meet Nigel Richardson, owner of Secret Hamper, as he distributed some of the hampers to the specific wards they were designated for. Joining Nigel were his wife Andrea and children, Gracie, 9, Isla, 6, and Harry, 3, Yvonne Carter, Charities Manager, and Fundraising Coordinator, Charlotte Jefcoate. 

The group visited the Helipad, Neonatal Unit and Maternity Department, the Renal Unit and Phoenix Ward to give them the hampers some of the Essex businesses had donated for them.

Nigel said: “Being the 70th year of the NHS, we knew we just had to do something special. Our core ethos is all about acts of kindness, something which is demonstrated daily by the dedicated staff of the NHS. Having started our launch tour from Farleigh Hospice two years ago and our first ever delivery to Broomfield that same day it seemed only too appropriate to choose Broomfield for our #NHS70 initiative, not to mention that our two youngest children were born here too. 

“Given the amazing support from the local business community and how overwhelmed the staff have been by this show of appreciation to the unsung heroes of the NHS we now plan to attempt to reach out to a total of 70 hospitals around the UK in this next year.”

Yvonne Carter, Charities Manager, said: “It was wonderful to see what a positive impact these gifts had on our staff – there were smiles all round. 

“We are ever so grateful to Nigel and the Secret Hamper team, and of course the very generous local businesses who have been so kind as to support us by sponsoring hampers for our staff.

“I give my thanks on behalf of the hospital to the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, for attending and making this such a special occasion.”


North Essex Ileostomy Association Robot Appeal Donation
From left to right, Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator, Stephen Beeson, director of finance, Mr Sri Kadirkamanthan, consultant upper GI surgeon, Raymond and Christine White, and Yvonne Carter, charities manager.

August 7

North Essex Ileostomy Association generously donate £1,000 to our robotic surgery appeal

The North Essex Ileostomy Association have generously donated £1,000 to our robotic surgery appeal.

Raymond White, chairman of the group, visited Broomfield Hospital together with his wife, Christine, treasurer, on Thursday, July 27, to present the cheque. They were met by Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan, consultant upper GI surgeon, Stephen Beeson, director of finance, Yvonne Carter, charities manager, and Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator.

Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan explained to Raymond and Christine about the advantages of robotic surgery, which Raymond hopes will greatly benefit fellow patients who have an ileostomy (a procedure where a stoma is inserted into the colon to allow for the removal of waste from the body externally). Raymond underwent this procedure in 1992 after suffering from ulcerative colitis. 

Raymond said: “We were inspired to make the donation after seeing the appeal advertised in the hospital and the hugely positive outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal issues. We hope this money will make a difference for others.”

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors every day, and we’re so grateful to Raymond, Christine, and the North Essex Ileostomy Association for supporting our robotic surgery appeal.

“The development of our robotic surgery service is of paramount importance to our hospital and our patients in the region. The support of our community is vital to ensure its advancement.”

‘Our Charity’ is calling on the community to rally together for our £1.5million appeal to fund the upgrading of the robotic surgery service at Broomfield Hospital, including a state-of-the-art new surgical robot and the continued use of surgical robotics.  

There is significant evidence that demonstrates a number of advantages for patients who have benefited from surgery with the surgical robot compared to conventional surgical techniques including: 

•Shorter hospital stays

•Immediate effects during recovery

•Precision surgery (overcoming limitations of laparoscopic surgery)

Your support will put Broomfield Hospital firmly on the map as surgical innovators in Essex.

You can donate to our appeal, ‘Rally Together for the Robot’, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/midessexhospitals/surgicalbot


Schools Robot Appeal Visit
Pictured, trust chairman Nick Alston, second from left, and Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan (far right) with Joe (second from right) and Sam.
Joe and Sam Squire Robot Appeal Visit
Joe and Sam Squire.
Joe Squire Robot Appeal
Joe Squire.

August 6

Winner of ‘name the robot’ schools competition visits Broomfield Hospital to see our surgical robot

The lucky winner of our ‘name the robot’ schools competition visited Broomfield Hospital to see the surgical robot on Thursday, August 2.

Eleven-year-old Joe Squire, from Rayne Primary School, and his little brother Sam, 6, had the opportunity to don surgical aprons and see how the robot – now named ‘Buster’ - works. Joe’s entry to our competition was the winning name picked out of the hat by the robot itself – with consultant upper GI surgeon Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan at the controls.

They met Mr Kadirkamanathan, alongside Nick Alston, trust chairman, and Samuel Gnanamani, theatre matron, who explained to them and their mum, April, all about our robotic surgery appeal and the pioneering work being carried out with the surgical robot.

Joe and Sam tried out operating the console – which Mr Kadirkamanathan explained was not dissimilar to playing Xbox – and saw how the team use advanced technology to help improve patients’ lives.

Joe said: “It was so exciting being able to touch and use Buster", and Sam added: “It was an amazing experience.”

Their mum, April, said: “It was fantastic to learn how modern technology is advancing so fast and to get a hands on, in depth view of it was out of this world.”

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, said: “It has been absolutely wonderful to be able to reach out to young people and give them an insight into the surgery of the future. Some of the young people reading may even be inspired to become the surgeons of tomorrow.

“Congratulations to Joe on winning this competition – he can always know that ‘Buster’ is now helping people across the Mid Essex area.”

‘Our Charity’ is calling on the community to rally together for our £1.5million appeal to fund the upgrading of the robotic surgery service at Broomfield Hospital, including a state-of-the-art new surgical robot and the continued use of surgical robotics.  

There is significant evidence that demonstrates a number of advantages for patients who have benefited from surgery with the surgical robot compared to conventional surgical techniques including: 

•Shorter hospital stays

•Immediate effects during recovery

•Precision surgery (overcoming limitations of laparoscopic surgery)

Your support will put Broomfield Hospital firmly on the map as surgical innovators in Essex.

You can donate to our appeal, ‘Rally Together for the Robot’, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/midessexhospitals/surgicalbot

Mayor's Visit
The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Yvonne Spence, and the Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Christine Garrett (centre) with staff and patients from our elderly care wards.

August 2

Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford visit Broomfield Hospital to meet the dementia team as part of their support of fundraising project

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Christine Garrett, visited Broomfield Hospital on Tuesday, July 31, where they met with the dementia team, whose work they are supporting as one of their charities of the year.

The Mayor has kindly selected our dementia project as a cause she will fundraise for during her term of office, alongside Kids Inspire.

Cllr Spence and Cllr Garrett spoke with staff and patients on Baddow and Braxted Ward about the care provided for people with dementia.

The team explained more about the initiatives they are hoping to fund via the appeal. This includes the provision of day rooms on our elderly care wards (Baddow and Braxted), to enhance our patients’ hospital experience. This will provide a space for patients to socialise together, plus meet with their relatives and visitors.

The dementia team are also planning to purchase ‘kwick screens’ to enable the easy division of the day room areas for different purposes, helping to create a calm environment and make the area less clinical. They hope to be able to buy entertainment equipment, such as a record player so patients can enjoy music from a bygone era and a projector to screen classic films, in order to encourage patients to reminisce about their past experiences and to create a familiar environment.

Other desired improvements which charitable funding could facilitate are the provision of 'serene side rooms’, featuring mood lighting, aromatherapy and decorated ceiling tiles to reduce overstimulation of the senses for people with dementia. In addition, the team would like to purchase activity trolleys for the wards containing craft items such as card and wool as a tool to benefit people with dementia, offering a distraction from the ward environment. 

This is the continuation of our work to support the care of people with dementia at our hospital, following the completion of our two dementia-friendly gardens, the ‘Forget-Me-Not Garden’ and the ‘Live Well Garden’. We also encourage a wide range of other initiatives, including the Daily Sparkle newspaper, a medium of communication and a strategy for refocusing attention; music in hospitals, helping patients to regain a sense of control, independence, and confidence; and we receive donations of activity sleeves, knitted goods which assist with relieving stress and providing a source of motivation both physically and psychologically. Furthermore, patients enjoy visits from dementia therapy dogs on our wards and benefit from clear to read dementia-friendly clocks. 

Cllr Spence said: “I was very impressed with the sensitive care being offered to the patients in the wards visited. The staff have tried to make the surroundings more dementia-friendly and it is wonderful to hear their ideas of how more improvements can be made, especially the day rooms, which is the focus of our Mayor’s charity fundraising.

“It was lovely to talk with patients and visitors alike and all were very happy with the care provided.

“I was also delighted to hear about the fantastic results the trust achieved in the last National Audit of Dementia, as the top in the country for carers’ perceptions of dementia care, and they are working very hard to maintain that position.

“We will do our best to raise the money your department needs!”

Justine Wren, Matron for Medicine, said: “It meant a great deal to our staff to have the opportunity to meet the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor to speak about the developments in the dementia team and what we hope to achieve with charitable funding.

“It was a fantastic occasion, complete with a visit from our ‘pets as therapy’ dog, Gordon, culminating in a group discussion in the lovely surroundings of the Baddow Ward dementia-friendly garden. Thank you to the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for attending and for their ongoing support.”

Yvonne Carter, Charities Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor to our hospital to see first-hand the difference that the items the team wish to purchase could make for people with dementia, encouraging positive memories and relaxation.

“We are very much looking forward to continuing to work with the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor throughout the year.”


Leon Prudential Ride
Leon.
Tom and Mark Prudential Ride
Tom and Mark.

July 31

Prudential Ride London fundraisers pedal their way to success!

A big ‘well done’ goes to our Prudential Ride fundraisers, Tom Davis and 

Mark Alexander-Williams from the Pain Team; and Leon Smolen, who is raising money for our Cleft Service, on taking on the 100-mile challenge on Sunday.

Mark, Lead Consultant for the Pain Service, and Tom, Pain Clinic Healthcare Assistant, raised more than £800, which will be used to fund a number of projects including courses to support professional development and refurbishments to enhance the environment for patients in their department.

Leon, SODP for the Anaesthetic Support Service, has raised more than £100 for the CLEFT charity, proceeds of which are divided between cleft services here at MEHT and at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, the fundraisers pedalled through the city and onto Surrey’s country roads before returning to the capital to cross the finish line on the Mall in central London.

Mark said: “We experienced horizontal rain, four punctures, a stop to buy some more inner tubes and a stop for a meat pie and we eventually made it in a little over seven hours, phew!

“Thank you to everyone who supported us.”

Leon said: “I was lashed with rain and wind for most the ride, the god of mechanicals broke my front mech, so there were no easy gears for the two big hills and the rest of the ride, and I got a puncture, but the rain later stopped and it started to brighten up.

“It was all in all a great day, despite the weather and mechanicals, five and a half hours of riding later I met up with the Team CLEFT backup team who plied me with crisps and a sandwich. Any donations you can make would be very much appreciated by me and the CLEFT charity.”

INFORMATION: You can support the Pain Service’s fundraising via JustGiving here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mehtpainservice and Leon’s cleft service fundraising here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Leon1


Children's Cancer Cake Sale
The Children's Outpatients Department and Children's Oncology team.

July 27

Children’s Outpatients Department and Children’s Oncology team raise more than £600 with charity cake sale

The Children’s Outpatients Department and Children’s Oncology team joined together for a charity cake sale, raising more than £600 for their services.

A host of tasty treats were on offer in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital, together with a tombola, on Friday (July 20).

The event was very well-attended and was an opportunity to also raise awareness of the Children’s Oncology Fundraising Appeal.

Jill Madlin, a retired receptionist who used to work in Children’s Outpatients, is famous in the whole department for her amazing cakes, and she kindly brought in a selection of special home-made cakes. The staff from the Children’s Outpatients Department also contributed, led by Jacqueline Banks, Children’s Outpatients Senior Sister and Lorraine King, Play Specialist. 

The successful tombola was organised by the Play Specialists Lorraine King, Susan Hursit and Leanne Ditch. Ann Porter, who volunteers at Broomfield Hospital reception, took time out to spread the news and help sell the cakes with the team. Local businesses including Marks & Spencer’s, Sainsbury’s and Tesco donated cakes and cookies for the sale.

Dr Ranjith Joseph, Consultant Paediatrician Oncology and Palliative Lead, said: “We were delighted that our charity cake sale was such a success – thank you to everyone who supported us, and especially to our master bakers!

“This is part of our ongoing campaign to continue to improve our provision for children with cancer. The money will be used by the oncology team for staff training, peer support events, end of treatment ceremonies, end of life wishes and to improve nursing and allied services for these children. The Children’s Outpatients Department is looking to raise funds for medical equipment and facilities for children.”

To contribute to the Children’s Cancer Charity Fund or the Children’s Outpatients Department, please contact fundraising coordinator Charlotte Jefcoate on 01245 514860 or fundraising@meht.nhs.uk.


Cleft fundraising match
Oliver as a baby.

July 26

Parents boost Cleft Service’s fundraising total with charity football matches in thanks for son’s “impeccable” care 

The Cleft Service at MEHT’s fundraising drive for equipment to enable mothers to breastfeed their babies has continued with two charity football matches.

Carol and Stuart Gosling, whose two-year-old son Oliver has been cared for by the team, asked for assistance from their family, friends and colleagues, and were delighted to secure this support.

The first match, held between Basildon Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Property Services Ltd on June 8, at Barleylands, Billericay, raised circa £640. A subsequent match between Access Automation, the company which Stuart works for, and Dorma Kaba, in Hitchin on July 16, raised circa £150.

This adds to the fantastic total of £398.40 raised via a craft and cake sale at the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital on June 14.

Babies with a cleft lip or palate are unable to breastfeed directly, and mothers require a special pump to enable them to do so. Each pump costs circa £1,200, and the limited resources the department has will soon reach the end of their useful life, with no replacement parts available.

The proceeds will be used to purchase a number of pumps, depending on the total raised, to provide mothers with this important opportunity to nourish and bond with their babies. 

At Broomfield Hospital, approximately 60 children are born with a cleft lip or palate each year. In addition, the team care for babies from across the region as part of the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service.

Oliver’s Story 

Oliver’s mum, Carol, said: “In 2015, we were excited to be completing our family with a new addition due in the October. We went for our 20 week scan and were given the news that our baby was to be born with a cleft lip and possibly a cleft palate too.

“Our world was turned upside down; this was not what we were expecting. We were scared, frightened, and anxious, but also excited to meet our new addition.

“Oliver arrived on October 12 and was quickly found to have a cleft lip and palate. This meant that he would not be able to be breastfed.

“The cleft department at Broomfield were amazing and helped us learn to tube feed Oliver. Eventually, he was able to take a specialised bottle which helps you to squeeze assist his feeding as with no palate, Oliver was unable to suck.

“As a mum, I was very upset to not be able to breastfeed Oliver and the cleft department were amazing in supporting me. They lent us a professional breast pump so I could express, as when my daughter was born I was unable to express using shop bought breast pumps.

“Oliver is now two and is doing amazingly well, having had two operations already. He has attended speech therapy and has had numerous hearing tests as cleft babies can also have hearing problems.

“Babies born with a cleft lip and palate will have to go through a big operation when they are around just three months old to reconstruct their lip, and another around 12 months old to join together the palate. When babies are born with a cleft they can sometimes have a gum notch, which can also affect their teeth. When they are eight or nine years old they will have a bone graft, and bone from their hip will be used to fill this gap.

“Around 1 in 700 babies are born every year with a cleft, meaning that the support that a cleft department provides is absolutely vital. 

“Everybody knows that research has shown that breastfeeding is best for your baby and we believe that every mum should be given the opportunity if they wish to be able to provide breast milk. 

“Before Oliver was born, we attended an antenatal appointment where we were given a pack containing important leaflets and a specialised bottle ready if we needed it. Without funding these packs cannot be provided to expectant parents, and the thought of not having a bottle to feed your baby with is a worry new parents could do without.

“Our aim is to help Broomfield Hospital’s cleft department continue to provide the impeccable service that we have, and are continuing to receive from them. Oliver will be under the cleft team until he is 21 years old.”

You can support Carol’s fundraising here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oliverscleftjourneywithbroomfield


O2 Head and Neck Climb
The team assemble on the roof of the O2.

July 26

Head and Neck team raise more than £4,000 by conquering London landmark

The Head and Neck team at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust have raised more than £4,000 for their service by conquering the heights of a London landmark.

The group of 26 climbers, six of whom were patients, took on the ‘Up at the O2’ challenge on Saturday, July 14. The event involved walking across the rooftop of the iconic O2 Arena, enjoying views of the capital along the way.

More funds are still to be collected to add to the total. Proceeds will be used to support projects improving the experience of our surgical head and neck patients.

Vanessa Bell, Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “The original idea came from Jackie Jacob, one of our patients who had a laryngectomy some years ago, and I just helped to organise it. 

“It was a brilliant day for all who took part and the amount of money everyone has raised is a fantastic achievement which will really benefit our surgical patients.”

INFORMATION: You can still support the team here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/o2climbheadandneck


Pain Clinic Tennis Tournament
Neill.

July 13

Pain Clinic take on tennis tournament to raise funds for their service

The Pain Clinic got into the Wimbledon spirit with a tennis tournament to raise funds for their service on Saturday, July 7. 

They raised the fantastic total of £720 via the event at Hampton Sport and Leisure in Great Baddow, Chelmsford. 

The opponents, Neill Bartlett, Senior Psychological Therapist for the Pain Service and Pete Downes, graduate of a Mid Essex Pain Service Pain Management Programme battled for victory in the sweltering heat, with a score of 2 sets to nil to Neill. 

Lynne Mustard, lead clinical nurse specialist for the pain service, said: “The two contestants put on a sterling show in the heat and played most of two sets! Pain Consultant Dr Tom Durcan and Specialist Physiotherapist Sean Edwards made lovely cheerleaders, with Pain Consultant Dr Carol McCartney umpiring. There was no shortage of ‘ballboys’ and the event was well supported by friends, family and pain team members.  

“Special thanks to Hampton’s for giving us the court for a couple of hours and providing jugs of cold water!” 

The funds will go towards a number of projects including courses to support professional development and refurbishments to enhance the environment for patients. 

Children's Burns Unit Bike Ride
Anouk.

July 12

Charity bike ride for Children’s Burns Unit to take place this weekend

The family and friends of a young patient who was treated at the Children’s Burns Unit will take on a cycling challenge from London’s East End to Broomfield Hospital’s East Entrance in thanks for her care on Saturday (July 14).

Anouk Leathes, aged one, was looked after by the Children’s Burns Unit team and at Burns ITU last year, and now the 20-strong group, coined ‘Team Noodle’, will cycle 75 miles from their home in Walthamstow, East London, to our hospital and back again to raise funds.

So far, they have reached a total of £1,500, with the fundraising drive led by Anouk’s aunt, Lauren Baskett.

Anouk’s dad, Tom, said: “Our daughter, Anouk Leathes, was treated at the Children’s Burns Unit (and the Burns ITU) last October. The care that she and our whole family received throughout was amazing. Anouk has now fully recovered, and we wanted to do something to say thank you to the Broomfield team, and help the unit in a small way.”

You can support the event via JustGiving here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamnoodle2017


Rickstones Academy Visit
Fundraising coordinator Charlotte Jefcoate with the pupils.

July 11

Thank you to Rickstones Academy in Witham for donation of hats for our Maternity Unit

A big ‘thank you’ to the pupils and teachers of Rickstones Academy in Witham for their donation of hats for our Maternity Unit. 

The students worked together, as part of the development of their craft and textiles skills, on creating red hats for our initiative to help midwives to identify those babies who are in need of extra care and observation.

We were overwhelmed by the response from the public and have therefore now closed the red hat appeal until further notice. We are, however, always in need of hats of other colours and knitted goods such as blankets and activity sleeves.

On Monday, July 2, Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator, visited the school to speak to Year 7 and 8 pupils about the knitting projects at the hospital and how their work helps families.

Damian Lee, headteacher of Rickstones Academy, thanked the Maternity Unit for their personal support during the birth of his two children and, together with his team, is to work alongside ‘Our Charity’ on future projects.

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, said: “We are enormously grateful to the students at Rickstones Academy for such a fantastic selection of hats for newborn babies at our hospital. 

“It was a lovely addition to see that the pupils had included little notes with coloured drawings too! We look forward to continuing to work with Rickstones.”

For more information about knitting projects at our hospital, please visit http://www.meht.nhs.uk/our-charity/volunteers/knitting-projects-at-broomfield-hospital/.

Stock Ward Staff
The team with their family and friends after the event.

June 29

Stock Ward team raise more than £1,500 via colour fun run event

The Stock Ward team have raised more than £1,500 via their colour fun run on Saturday, June 16.

Attendees, some of whom were MEHT staff, ran circuits around Witham Rugby Club while being splashed with paint.

The event, for which they joined together with Witham WI, also featured a family fun day, complete with inflatables for children to play on and activities such as face painting to enjoy.

The proceeds will go towards improvements to the ward environment, including projects to renovate and furnish the day room. They also plan to reconfigure the staff room and create some dedicated consultation areas for doctors and nurses in order to streamline the admissions process.

Ella Davis, senior sister of Stock Ward, said: “The day was lovely, it was sunny and there was a good turnout from everyone.

“It was fantastic, we made money from the inflatables, a bottle tombola, which raised nearly £200 of the total, entry fees for the colour run, and we enjoyed a barbecue.

“It will be great to be able to provide a more comfortable day room for patients and their families, including displaying a calming mural, alongside improvements for staff areas and additional training.

“The event was very well supported, even more than last year, and people are already saying ‘are you going to do it again next year?’. We hope to!”


Della Brockis BRA Fundraising
Della, third from right, presents the cheque to the BRA team and Yvonne Carter, charities manager (far left).

June 28

Support through “one of the worst times of her life” inspires patient to raise more than £2,000 for Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) group

It was the support of the Breast Reconstruction Awareness group through “one of the worst times of her life” that inspired patient Della Brockis to organise a charity event, with proceeds of more than £2,000 raised for the service.

On Saturday, June 9, Della’s friends and family gathered at her workplace, the OAKhouse Bar Café in Maldon, for a night of entertainment with live music and a charity auction featuring prizes worth up to £250.

On Tuesday, June 26, Della visited Broomfield Hospital to present a cheque for £2092.16 to the nurses who cared for her through her breast cancer treatment.

She said: “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 41, in April 2013, I thought I was going to die. That’s what you think is going to happen when you hear that word.

“I attended the hospital three to four times a week for tests and was encouraged to go to a Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) meeting.

“As soon as I walked into that room, they were all happy, they looked amazing and were so full of life. That’s when I knew I was going to get through it – they have helped me so much and they made me feel positive. It is so lovely to be able to give something back.”

Della’s treatment involved a number of operations, including a lumpectomy, mastectomy and reconstruction.

She added: “From one of the worst times of my life I have made some amazing friends. 

“The event was a really, really good night, with more than 100 guests - everyone who supported me was there.

“Thank you’ to those who donated prizes for the auction – all I had to pay for was the double sided sticky tape!

“I have just had my five years clear, and organising this event has helped me to start to move on.”

The money raised will be used for specialist bras, compression garments, and education and training for staff, among other projects. Della plans to organise another fundraising event for BRA in the future.


Pain Service Prudential Ride
Mark and Tom at the Pain Clinic.

June 28

Pain Service prepare to pedal for the Prudential Ride London 

Two members of staff from the Pain Service at Broomfield Hospital are preparing to pedal 100 miles for the Prudential Ride London, fundraising for their department.

Dr Mark Alexander-Williams, Lead Consultant for the Pain Service, and Tom Davis, Pain Clinic Healthcare Assistant, will take on the mammoth cycling challenge on Sunday, July 29.

Starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, they will pedal through the city and onto Surrey’s country roads before returning to the capital to cross the finish line on the Mall in central London.

The keen cyclists have already begun their training, although plan to increase the distances they are cycling over the coming weeks to around 60 miles.

Tom described the team as “close knit”, and they collectively wish to raise money to fund a number of projects including courses to support professional development and refurbishments to enhance the environment for patients.

So far, they have raised almost £500 of their £1,000 target.

Tom said: “We were approached by Lynne Mustard, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Pain Service, about a year ago to see if the Prudential Ride would be something we were interested in doing. Mark is an avid cyclist and I have done the Prudential Ride before – it’s a great challenge and a really good route. 

“I am very excited and going as a team to raise money for the department makes it even more special and worth the distance.”

INFORMATION: You can support the Pain Service’s fundraising via JustGiving here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mehtpainservice


Football Fun Day
The players assemble before the match.

June 27

Berendsen employee raises more than £800 for Cardiac Service and Chemotherapy Unit at Broomfield Hospital in loving memory of his late father

It was the loving memory of his late father that inspired Mark Phillips, linen porter, who works for Berendsen at Broomfield Hospital, to organise a football fundraiser in his honour.

On Saturday, June 16, on what would have been his late father, Lee Phillips’s, 79th birthday, his friends, family, and colleagues gathered for a charity match at Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford. Lee passed away on December 16, 2002.

The match concluded with a score of 7-4 to the blue team – with a fantastic effort from the yellow team. Guests then gathered for the raffle, with a host of prizes including Tottenham Hotspur bags, beauty products and a hamper of tasty treats.

The event has raised £843.65 so far, to be divided between the Cardiac Service and Chemotherapy Unit.

Mark said: “It has always been a goal of mine to raise money for the Cardiac and Chemotherapy Units since losing my father to a heart attack and having my mother battle cancer twice.

“I would like to thank everybody for turning up to help me, but would like special thanks to go to the following: Tom Lacey, Marc Lambert, my beautiful girlfriend Sarah Perry and my wonderful mother Maureen Phillips. Again, thank you all, and see you next year!”

You can view a video of the event here: https://youtu.be/TZozB4CDOOE


Pain Service Tennis Tournament
The competitors for the Pain Service tennis tournament.

June 27

Pain Service Tennis Tournament

Please support our Pain Service team with their fundraising tennis tournament on Saturday, July 7.

The event will be held at Hampton Sports and Leisure, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, starting at 11am.

To donate via JustGiving, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/broomfieldpainteam, and for more information, email pain.service@meht.nhs.uk.


Oliver Cleft Fundraising
Oliver as a baby.

June 18

Cleft Service at MEHT launches fundraising drive for equipment to support mothers to breastfeed their babies

The Cleft Service at MEHT has launched a fundraising drive for equipment to support mothers to breastfeed their babies.

Babies with a cleft lip or palate are unable to breastfeed directly, and mothers require a special pump to enable them to do so. Each pump costs circa £1,200, and the limited resources the department has will soon reach the end of their useful life, with no replacement parts available.

The team hope to be able to purchase a number of pumps, depending on the total raised, to provide mothers with this important opportunity to nourish and bond with their babies. 

At Broomfield Hospital, approximately 60 children are born with a cleft lip or palate each year. In addition, the team care for babies from across the region as part of the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service.

The Cleft Department have joined together with some of the families they have supported to organise fundraising activities. The first event, a craft and cake sale at the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital on Thursday, June 14, raised £398.40.

Carol Gosling and her husband Stuart are fundraising in thanks for the care their two-year-old son, Oliver, has received.

Carol said: “In 2015, we were excited to be completing our family with a new addition due in the October. We went for our 20 week scan and were given the news that our baby was to be born with a cleft lip and possibly a cleft palate too.

“Our world was turned upside down; this was not what we were expecting. We were scared, frightened, and anxious, but also excited to meet our new addition.

“Oliver arrived on October 12 and was quickly found to have a cleft lip and palate. This meant that he would not be able to be breastfed.

“The cleft department at Broomfield were amazing and helped us learn to tube feed Oliver. Eventually, he was able to take a specialised bottle which helps you to squeeze assist his feeding as with no palate, Oliver was unable to suck.

“As a mum, I was very upset to not be able to breastfeed Oliver and the cleft department were amazing in supporting me. They lent us a professional breast pump so I could express, as when my daughter was born I was unable to express using shop bought breast pumps.

“Oliver is now two and is doing amazingly well, having had two operations already. He has attended speech therapy and has had numerous hearing tests as cleft babies can also have hearing problems.

“Babies born with a cleft lip and palate will have to go through a big operation when they are around just three months old to reconstruct their lip, and another around 12 months old to join together the palate. When babies are born with a cleft they can sometimes have a gum notch, which can also affect their teeth. When they are eight or nine years old they will have a bone graft, and bone from their hip will be used to fill this gap.

“Around 1 in 700 babies are born every year with a cleft, meaning that the support that a cleft department provides is absolutely vital.

“Everybody knows that research has shown that breastfeeding is best for your baby and we believe that every mum should be given the opportunity if they wish to be able to provide breast milk. 

“Before Oliver was born, we attended an antenatal appointment where we were given a pack containing important leaflets and a specialised bottle ready if we needed it. Without funding these packs cannot be provided to expectant parents, and the thought of not having a bottle to feed your baby with is a worry new parents could do without.

“Our aim is to help Broomfield Hospital’s cleft department continue to provide the impeccable service that we have, and are continuing to receive from them. Oliver will be under the cleft team until he is 21 years old.”

You can support Carol’s fundraising here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/oliverscleftjourneywithbroomfield


Chelmsford Ladies Circle Donation
Fundraiser Sidney Macdonald from Chelmsford Ladies' Circle (second from right), with Tabitha Stuthridge, bereavment midwife (far right) and members of the maternity team.

June 18

Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle generously donate variety of items to support parents who have experienced a stillbirth

The Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle has generously donated a variety of items for the bereavement midwifery team to use to support parents who have experienced a stillbirth.

In addition, they have given £500 to fund the 3D hand and foot casting service, which creates a special memory for families to treasure.

The gifts include a memorial frame for families to display a butterfly with their baby’s name at our midwifery bereavement suite, ‘heart in their hand’ memory keyrings, a changing and bath station, a Bluetooth speaker to enhance the suite’s atmosphere, and 20 copies of a support book for fathers.

The group chose to support the maternity bereavement suite as many of their members have young children or are currently pregnant and they wanted to help parents in Chelmsford that are sadly experiencing a loss. They raised the funds via a quiz night, running the VIP tent at the Chelmsford Round Table Fireworks and holding their annual Bunny Hunt at Easter. 

In addition to their donation to the bereavement midwifery team, they also gave £300 to benefit children on Phoenix Ward.

Sidney Macdonald, immediate past chairman of Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle, said: “Being a new mum with little support around us, it was important to me to find ways to help support young families and new parents in Chelmsford during my time as Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle Chairman. 

“I am pleased we have been able to provide items that will help the midwifery team offer support and comfort to families who go through such an unimaginable loss.”

Tabitha Stuthridge, bereavement midwife, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle for such a lovely selection of gifts for bereaved families. It means a great deal to the families we support that we can offer keepsakes of their babies, such as hand and foot casting.

“It will also make a wonderful addition to our bereavement suite to have this new literature to offer fathers and a Bluetooth speaker through which families can play soothing music.” 


Grayson Perry
Trust chairman Nick Alston (far left) with Grayson Perry and Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan.

June 14

Renowned artist Grayson Perry visits Broomfield Hospital

Renowned artist Grayson Perry has today (Thursday, June 14) visited Broomfield Hospital as part of a forthcoming filming project. 

While Grayson was on site, he met with trust chairman, Nick Alston, CBE, DL, who invited him to view the surgical robot. They were joined by Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan, consultant upper GI surgeon, who talked with Grayson about the benefits of surgery using robotic techniques.

The advantages offered by the ability to perform more precise surgery using the robot include more rapid recovery and shorter hospital stays as well as reduced surgical risk in the most complex cases. 

This state-of-the-art equipment, the Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Xi, is being funded by ‘Our Charity’s’ £1.5million robotic surgery appeal. The local and wider community is invited to rally together to help fund the upgrading of the robotic surgery service at Broomfield and to extend the use of the equipment to surgeons from other local hospitals. 

More than £1million has already been raised but more support is required to put Broomfield Hospital firmly on the map as surgical innovators in Essex.

Nick Alston, said: “We were delighted to welcome Grayson to Broomfield Hospital today and I was pleased to be able to show him the surgical robot.

“We are proud of our reputation for innovation in the use of robotic surgery and, with the support of the community, we are committed to working to secure the future development and expansion of robotic surgery here in Essex.”

You can donate to our appeal, ‘Rally Together for the Robot’, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/midessexhospitals/surgicalbot


Bereavement Suite Donation
Tabitha Stuthridge, bereavement midwife, (front row, centre) with Laura-Rose Atling (front row, second from left),

June 12

Kind fundraiser donates hamper of beauty and wellbeing products for families affected by stillbirth

A kind fundraiser has donated a hamper of beauty and wellbeing products for families who are affected by stillbirth.

Laura-Rose Atling, from Leigh-on-Sea, who works as a consultant representing the Body Shop at Home, presented the goods to bereavement midwife Tabitha Stuthridge and team members on Wednesday, May 23.

The donation, which includes shower gels, face washes and more, will be given to parents who stay at the bereavement suite following the loss of their baby.

Laura said: “It has been excellent to be able to help such a wonderful cause. Having known people that have been through what these families are going through, being able to help, even in a small way, is such an honour."

Tabitha Stuthridge, bereavement midwife, said: “We are overwhelmed by this generous gift which will help improve the hospital setting for parents who find themselves in the most tragic of circumstances.”


Inner Wheel Breast Unit Donation
The Inner Wheel Club with the Breast Unit team.

June 11

Burnham-on-Crouch Inner Wheel Club kindly present Breast Unit with £500 donation

The Burnham-on-Crouch Inner Wheel Club have kindly presented our Breast Unit with a donation for £500 in thanks for the care of one of their members.

Member Jean Foster personally thanked the team for the care she has received. She attended the presentation alongside other members and the club’s president, Jo Newell, on Wednesday, May 30.

The Inner Wheel club of Burnham-on-Crouch is part of a women’s organisation that supports many local and international causes.

The money will be used to enhance the services provided for patients with breast cancer.


London to Brighton Collage
The London to Brighton fundraisers.

June 11

MEHT team prepare to pedal from the capital to the coast to raise funds for ‘Our Charity’

The MEHT team are preparing to pedal from the capital to the coast to raise funds for ‘Our Charity’.

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, and Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator, will take on the London to Brighton Cycle Ride on September 16, with proceeds going to our robotic surgery appeal.  

They will be joined by a group of other employees and their friends and family, including Jeff Ott, mechanical craftsman, Tony Turland, building craftsman, Phil Robson, head of maintenance, and his fellow cycling enthusiast friends Robin Steward and Paul Edgley.

The route covers 54 miles from south London to the Brighton sea front. 

Phil said: “At present Jeff and I have brought our bikes into work and we have a circuit to ride in our lunch break of around 12 miles. Paul, Robin and I also meet up on Sunday mornings for a ride when we are all available.

“We thought it would be a good thing to do for a worthwhile cause. I then roped in a couple of cycling friends to join our team. This is a ride we have all done in the past and it is an enjoyable day out (if you discount Ditchling Beacon).

“Paul, Robin and I have completed charity rides across France, Belgium and Holland, and Jeff and Tony have done charity rides in the UK.”  

Charlotte added: “As a fundraising coordinator, I always ask others to support our events - now it’s time to step out of the planning process and pedal alongside fellow supporters. 

“Working at the hospital over the last eight months, I can really see the difference charity funds make on all wards and departments. Fundraising is so important to the hospital and I believe you should lead by example, although I am already regretting this one - I should have held a bake sale!”

INFORMATION: You can support the team via their JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charitiesteam2018. For more information, call 01245 514860 or email fundraising@meht.nhs.uk.