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July 28 2016


Early Pregnancy Unit and Gosfield Ward staff bake their way to improved quiet room for patients

It was all go for staff at Gosfield Ward and the EPU as they donned their aprons, grabbed their mixing bowls and got to work making cakes to fund a tranquil space for patients.

They displayed an array of more than 100 tasty treats - including classics such as Victoria sponge, lemon drizzle and red velvet cake - in the main atrium at Broomfield Hospital on Wednesday (July 27).

The stall proved to be so popular that they had sold out by lunchtime – making £319 in the process.

The funds will go towards renovations to the quiet room used by patients at Gosfield Ward and the EPU.

Lisa Brightmore, senior sister and manager of Gosfield Ward, said: “The room is very clinical, so it’s not a nice environment for ladies and their families. We want to make the area more pleasant and tranquil – somewhere for reflection.

“I haven’t been on the unit long and the team has been really lovely. They care about each individual lady that comes in. The support of all of the staff and the consultants has been something I’m really proud of – the units are united.”

As a continuation of their work to improve services for their patients, Amelia Rich, junior sister at the EPU, is in the process of setting up a support group for women to help them come to terms with fetal loss. For more information about this project, please contact her on  amelia.rich@meht.nhs.uk.

Early Pregnancy Unit Cake Sale_Gosfield Ward 2016

July 27 2016


Senior radiographer elected as vice president of national organisation 

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is pleased to announce that senior radiographer Sue Webb has been elected to the prestigious position of Vice President of the Society and College of Radiographers.

The SCoR is the national body for the profession and Sue will be able to represent the Trust while attending a variety of meetings and forums concerning the health profession, including at the Trade Unions Congress.

She will raise the profile of the Trust while acting as vice president, then president elect and finally she will take up the post of president in 2018 for a term of a year.

Having been an industrial relations representative for 10 years, Sue was then asked to stand for the UK Council and became one of 14 members in the country. She retained the post for three years before she was nominated for this vice presidential position.

Following her inauguration on July 6 at King’s Place in London, Sue’s colleagues at Broomfield Hospital gave her the VIP treatment by decorating the scanner, rolling out a red carpet and asking her to don a tiara.

She said: “I am really thrilled to have achieved the vice presidency – everybody has been very supportive of me. Radiography is something I really love doing and I want to raise the profile of working radiographers and what they do in a hospital.

“Most people in the hospital will come to the radiography department for diagnostic investigations and radiography is a vital part of the patient pathway, both as inpatients and outpatients.”

Sue began her career at Broomfield in 1992 when she started training as a radiographer, achieving her BSc (Hons) in 1995.

Sue Webb - Radiography

July 25 2016

New information cards to be offered to patients and visitors with disabilities as part of national initiative

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is updating its provision for patients and visitors with information or communication support needs.

The Accessible Information Standards – which have been developed and launched by NHS England – will be rolled out across the Trust’s sites by an expected date of July 31.

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that information on healthcare is accessible for all, in line with The Equality Act 2010.

Patients and visitors who require this support, such as those with a disability, impairment, or who have sensory loss, can apply for an Access 2 Support Card to be issued to them. This enables people to be well-informed about their own care or that of a family member and for specific requirements to be clearly conveyed to staff.

The A2SC cards feature a section to record a patient or visitor’s primary communication method, assistance required such as a talking mat or hearing aids, necessary format of information and preferred contact details. The card should then be presented at reception on arrival, providing a reminder to staff of the adjustments which need to be implemented.

Assistance may include information being offered via email, letter, telephone, text, British Sign Language, easy read, audio, or other appropriate option. Patients and visitors can also be guided to the clinic room and given a visual or audio alert.

With the consent of the patient, their specific communication needs – but not their disability – will be recorded in their medical notes and on the IT system. This information will be shared with other health and social care professionals involved in the patient’s care where appropriate to do so. Posters will also be displayed across MEHT sites advising patients of the options they have as part of the Accessible Information Standards scheme.

Sandra Morton-Nance, Hospital Liaison Nurse Specialist at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The Accessible Information Standards focus on ensuring that patients’ needs are met to enable all to communicate with staff members and receive necessary information.

“At MEHT, we are committed to support those with a disability, impairment or sensory loss so that the patient or visitor experience we provide is exemplary at all times.

“The Access 2 Support Cards are an excellent way for us to offer a fully integrated system to assist those attending our hospitals.”


20 July 2016  

Hospital appeals for fundraisers to help support second specially designed garden for the elderly and people with dementia

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust’s Charity is launching a fundraising appeal for a second therapeutic garden for people with dementia.

The charities team is calling on its generous fundraisers to rally together and reach the £50,000 total it needs to create another tranquil space for patients to enjoy.

Based in Baddow Ward, it will be designed to complement the care of people who have a diagnosis of dementia. Specialist choices will be made to create a peaceful environment from calming colour schemes to beautiful greenery and reminders of times gone by.

While £36,500 has already been raised for the project by the Trust’s charity, the team is seeking donations to meet its target and bring the garden to fruition.

This follows the success of the forget-me-not garden - based in a courtyard in the Braxted Ward of Broomfield Hospital – which was opened in April after more than a year of hard work from keen volunteers. The project cost £70,000 in total, with contributions from The Friends at Broomfield Hospital (£15,000), V Festival (£10,000), and J W Steele & Sons Ltd (£3,000), with the remainder donated by the Trust’s charity and other generous supporters.

The Trust’s charity is also celebrating the introduction of The Daily Sparkle to the wards – a newspaper which is designed to provide information and entertainment for the elderly and people with dementia. Featuring articles, quizzes and old news stories, its aim is to stimulate the mind and improve memory.

Funded by The Friends at Broomfield Hospital, the team at MEHT began distributing the title to patients in May after seeing how popular it was at Southend University Hospital NHS Trust.

Julie Green, dementia specialist, said: “The Daily Sparkle helps as a conversation starter – often it will make people with dementia feel much more confident. We have had some really positive feedback about it.

“The impact of the garden has been absolutely massive – access to an outside space is so important for everybody. The whole design is completely safe for patients so they don’t have to have somebody with them when they go out. You just see them take a deep breath of fresh air and calm instantly. It has been one of the most positive things I have seen in dementia care.

“The first garden was about open space and freedom and it has a circular route. The second garden will be very different and will be divided into circular rooms. It will be calming and patients will be able to have the option of both gardens. I would love to show people what a difference it makes.”

Barbara Coupe, vice chairman of The Friends at Broomfield Hospital, said: “The forget-me-not garden is a place where elderly people can go outside in a calm environment with pictures up of things that they might recognise from the old days. We all thought it was a wonderful, worthwhile thing to do.”

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, said: “We are always extremely grateful for the support that we receive from our generous, committed fundraisers.

“The forget-me-not garden has been very popular with our patients here at Broomfield Hospital and we will be pleased to receive donations for our new project. We hope to enhance the lives of our patients with another peaceful outside space in which to spend time.”

Dementia Garden & Daily Sparkle
From left to right, Allan Hodson, treasurer of The Friends at Broomfield Hospital, Carol Haensell, volunteer, Barbara Coupe, vice chairman, Alison Douglas, chairman, Julie Green dementia specialist, Beverley Lewis, volunteer and Terence Large, patient experience and voluntary services administrator, displaying copies of The Daily Sparkle in the forget-me-not garden.

July 18 2016

We announce Olympic themed knitted teddy making competition to provide a cuddly distraction for children

Get ready to assemble at the starting blocks ahead of a race to the finish line for an Olympic Games themed knitted teddy making competition.

The charities team will be accepting entries for the Rio 2016 Teddy Sports Star Competition until the end of the Olympics on Sunday, August 21. The teddies will provide a cuddly distraction for children who are staying at Broomfield Hospital, Braintree Community Hospital or St Peter’s Hospital in Maldon.

We are encouraging entrants to get creative with their designs to represent one of the 206 countries taking part. The only restriction is that it should be child friendly and not excessively large.

There will be a gold, silver and bronze winner for each hospital who will have their teddies displayed, win a prize and have their photo taken with children and staff to be distributed internally and to the press.

We would like entrants to choose from the full range of countries to help us meet our goal of receiving a teddy for every country. Please check the MEHT social media feeds for pictures of the teddies and updates on which countries have been chosen so far. However, more are always welcome so you can send a teddy (or more than one) for a country which has already been selected if you wish.

You can drop the teddies off to the Charities Team or the Goods Receiving Office. In addition, you can send entries by post to The Charities Team, Broomfield Court, Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7ET. Please include a note with your name, job title, telephone number and email address.

Cathy Geddes, Chief Nurse at Mid Essex Hospitals said: "We are delighted to launch this competition and are excitedly anticipating the arrival of the first entries. It is an opportunity for the community to work together to help brighten children’s stays at our hospitals.

"We know from experience that there are some very talented knitters who create wonderful gifts to give to our patients and we hope that they will be inspired to join in.

“The competition will be a chance for everyone to get involved with the Olympic spirit and help our young patients.”

Yvonne Carter, Charities Manager, said: “The toys our charity has received in the past have been really appreciated by our young patients and we’re sure that knitted sporty teddies will be just as popular.

“Above all, we’re looking for the creativity of the entries we receive. Please don’t be deterred if you’re not as nimble with knitting needles as you’d like to be – every teddy will find a home with our young patients.”

Knitting Teddies Charities 2016
From left to right, Jessica Wagjiani, nurse, Lisa Savage and her daughter Roisin Savage, Yvonne Carter, charities manager, Amy Waterhouse, nursery nurse/HCA.

15  July 2016

Help our charity with a final boost to reach our fundraising target for refurbishments to the discharge lounge 

We are encouraging fundraisers to help us finance improvements to the discharge lounge at Broomfield Hospital.

We have already raised £10,000 for renovations and new chairs, but we need a further £5,000 to fund additions such as patient amenities, magazines and refreshments.

As part of the refurbishment of the area, Hatfield Peverel Art Group member Jim Cole has painted a series of eight townscapes and countryside landscapes to enhance the aesthetics of the surroundings. The titles of the pieces are Canal Boat Rocky’s Roost at Sandford Mill, Pump Cottage on Writtle Green, Relaxing by the Stone Bridge, Castle Hedingham Station on the Colne Valley Railway, Canoeing on the River Chelmer, Chelmsford City High Street on a Wintry Day, Costa Therapy at Broomfield Hospital and Walking the Dog at Hylands Park.

Mr Cole, 85, a retired engineer of Lawn Lane, Springfield, began donating paintings about 10 years ago, which are now displayed in the corridors of the Baddow and Braxted Wards.

He said: “It is thought that the paintings might help people to feel more at home and possibly to help them not struggle so much.

“I hope that people will be interested in the subjects and will sit down and look at the pictures and they will have a calming influence.”

Yvonne Carter, charities manager, added: “I would like to thank everyone for their support with the project to refurbish our discharge lounge to make it a better environment for people leaving hospital.

“We will be pleased to receive donations to help us raise the final £5,000 to complete our planned work.

“With your help, our patients can soon be benefiting from extensive improvements to the space.” 

Yvonne Carter and Jim Cole with some of Mr Cole’s paintings.
Yvonne Carter and Jim Cole with some of Mr Cole's paintings.

July 14 2016


Every vote counts to help Children’s Burns Club win competition cash prize

We are asking our staff to join together to help the Children’s Burns Club win a share of £9,000.

The charity has been shortlisted for the Heart of Essex competition organised by The Essex Chronicle and Brentwood Gazette.

Every vote will increase its chances of being one of the 20 groups to go forward to the competition judges. The panel will then decide who will win a share of the £9,000 prize moneyand/or a year of editorial support.

Your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues can all help the charity to succeed in the next round. Instructions on the fast and simple voting process are listed at the end of this release. You can spot the listing in the ‘Heart of the Community’ supplement in this week’s edition of The Essex Chronicle and The Brentwood Gazette.

Martin Palmer, Children’s Burns Club manager, said: “We’re appealing for everyone to vote for us and support our work. With just under 5,000 staff at Broomfield Hospital and their extended network of friends and family, you can all make a difference.

“A minute of your time to vote can have an extremely positive impact on the lives of children who have had a burn injury and their families. Please get involved in the competition by sending coupons or texts.”

The Children’s Burns Club works to help children who have had a burn injury. It focuses on providing social opportunities for members and their families, plus rehabilitation support. The group’s shortlisting follows its success in the competition last year, when it won £2,000 towards its Family Funday. It plans to use the money for a similar event this year if it is successful.


How to vote:

  • By Coupon – Voting coupons will be printed in the Brentwood Gazette’s 13th, 20th and 27th July editions and in the Essex Chronicle’s 14th, 21st & 28th July editions. Collect as many as you can and send them to the address on the coupons, putting them all in one envelope.
  • By Text – Simply text EC HEART, the four digit voting code of the group you are voting for, plus your email address and postcode to 85100. For example, you could text EC HEART 9999 joe.bloggs@aol.com CM1 4PF. Texts will cost £1 per text plus one standard network rate message. Please don’t forget to include the spaces.