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21st March 2016

Trust Chair re-appointed at 

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust


The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the re-appointment of Professor Sheila Salmon as Chairman of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.

Professor Sheila Salmon has been re-appointed by the Appointments Commission as the Chair of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust for a period of two years from 1st April 2016.

Professor Salmon currently works as an International Consultant in Health Services and Educational Development and as a Leadership Mentor and Executive Coach (2005 to date). She is also currently a member of the National Steering Group (2012 to date); an Ambassador for the promotion of Diversity in Public Appointments (2009 to date) and a Lay Associate for the General Medical Council, (2010 to date). She was previously the Chair of NHS North East Essex before joining MEHT NHS Trust in 2010.  She currently holds a number of other non-executive positions including Chair of East of England NHS Coaching Strategy Group for the Talent Development Programme (2009 to date) and Chair of the Professional Advisory Group for Essex (2008 to date). She was Professor and Project Director of Health Services Development at Anglia Ruskin University and has been a member of the Court of this University since 2007.

On her appointment Professor Salmon voiced her excitement about her role.

“It is a fresh leadership challenge for me with all the current changes in local healthcare provision and one that I am relishing with keen anticipation. It is an exciting time for local health services with many opportunities and challenges.

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is renowned for the excellent service that it provides to the people in the communities that we serve, and our hospitals are staffed by skilled and caring individuals working across all service areas in highly committed and dedicated teams.  I feel hugely privileged to be re-appointed to the Trust as Chairman and look forward to building and realising the future together”.

“With my experience of regulation, emergency services and commissioning, coupled with a strong background in learning, research and development, it will be fascinating to continue to bring use these insights as we all work together with our partner organisations in providing specialist and acute healthcare services. We must all move forward with imagination and confidence to fully realise this exciting vision of future healthcare”.


16th March 2016


Mid Essex Hospitals to Provide Weekday Blood Tests in Witham


Mid Essex Hospitals is pleased to announce that from the 4th April 2016, blood tests will be available for patients in Witham, five days a week.

The service is held at Douglas Grove Surgery in Witham, with the appointments being taken by Fern House Surgery. Patients from Fern House as well as those from Witham Health Centre and Collingwood Road Surgery will be able to use this service. The number to call to make an appointment for a blood test is: 01376-502108. 

The service currently operates on three mornings during the week, 8.30am to 12.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The plan to add the additional two days is to help fully utilise the service for patients, allowing easier access to blood tests in a local setting, rather than having to travel to one of the main hospital sites in Braintree or Chelmsford. 

This new service will initially be run as a trial scheme, to assess how the appointments are utilised by the local community. 

Richard Green, Manager for Pathology at Mid Essex Hospitals said: 

"We have had a close working relationship with both Douglas Grove and Fern House surgeries and our partners at Mid Essex CCG for some time now in providing local phlebotomy services in mid Essex, and it is these working relationship within the local community that have enabled the Trust to provide this enhanced service for patients in Witham. 

We hope that people will take advantage of the benefits of having these blood testing facilities right on their doorstep."

14th March 2016

Problems with Hearing Aid Batteries


Mid Essex Hospitals Audiology Services has been alerted by the manufacturer that there is a problem with ZeniPower mercury-free batteries that we supply to our patients for use with their hearing aids.

Zhuhai Zhi Li Battery Co Ltd issued a warning notice that the batteries with a best before date of either ’08-2018’ and ‘09-2018’ are affected. An example of the packaging is shown at the bottom of this press release.

The batteries in question may have been issued to patients from the Audiology Services Department at Broomfield Hospital, or at one of the following clinics:

  • Moulsham Lodge Clinic
  • Parkside Clinic Melbourne
  • Springfield Green Clinic
  • The Writtle Surgery
  • Danbury Medical Centre
  • Braintree Community Hospital
  • Witham Health Centre
  • John Tasker House Surgery Dunmow
  • Brentwood Community Clinic
  • St Andrews Billericay
  • South Woodham Health Clinic
  • Wickford Health Clinic
  • Burnham on Crouch Health Centre
  • St Peter's Hospital Maldon
  • William Fisher Medical Centre
  • Maylandsea Medical Centre


The advice we are offering to all our patients with hearing aids is:

Check the dates on your batteries, remember only those with a date of ’08-2018’ and ‘09-2018’ are affected. If in doubt do not use, call 01245 513237 and ask for advice.

Contact either the Audiology Services Department on 01245 513237 or one of the clinics listed above where we will arrange for you to receive replacement batteries.


ONLY ZeniPower mercury-free hearing aid batteries with best before dates of ’08-2018’ and ‘09-2018’ are affected. An example of the packaging is shown below.

Patients can contact the Audiology Services Department at the hospital on 01245 513237. The phone is manned Monday – Friday 0900 – 1230 and 1330 – 1700

2nd March 2016

Creating Our Culture - Launching Our Values


Following the success of the listening events the Trust held in September, ‘In Your Shoes’ and ‘In Our Shoes’ sessions, with staff and patients sharing their experiences of care and treatment, and of working at the Trust and the additional feedback received via an online and printed survey, we are now in a position to launch our new values and behaviours identified during this consultation process.

This coming Friday, 4th March, a day long event will be held across two sites within Broomfield Hospital, allowing patients, visitors and staff the opportunity to see how their feedback helped form the values and behaviours we will be taking forward as a Trust.

Evidence shows that when patients and staff have a better experience being cared for, and working environment, in hospitals, patient care, safety and outcomes improve.

The values and behaviours that we have agreed on are the standards that were deemed to be the most important to our staff and patients. These standards will now help us to determine the expectations that we will set for each other going forward, and they will underpin the way we work, how we recruit and the way we care for our patients and colleagues.

There will be two main events on the day (Friday 4th March) – a stand in the atrium from 10.00 – 16.00 with literature and information on our Values and Behaviours.

The other part of the day starts with a presentation from Cathy Geddes, Acting Chief Executive at 14.45, followed by afternoon tea in the MAU at 15.00 – 16.00.

We hope as many patients, visitors and staff will be able to come along on the day to hear more about the Values and Behaviours, that we as a Trust, in consultation with staff and patients, have agreed as part of our Culture, the way we do things here at MEHT.