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26th May 2016

Motoparking Launch


On Monday, 23 May 2016  the new Deputy Mayor of Chelmsford, Linda Denston officially opened ten MotoParking motorcycle parking units that has been installed outside the main hospital atrium. The Chelmsford Town Crier, Tony Appleton announced the opening of the units.

These units are manufactured in Italy and they represent the first secure parking unit of its kind to be installed at any healthcare facility in the UK. The Trust is proud to have worked closely with Motoparking UK to promote motorcycling as a more sustainable form of travel to work. The units offer a unique way to lock and secure your motorcycle and to safely store your helmet and equipment. All members of staff who ride a motorcycle to work are welcome to use the units. It is completely free and all you need is a padlock!

For more information about the MotoParking units, please contact: travel.centre@meht.nhs.uk

23rd May 2016

Gala Night for Hospital Charity


Chelmsford City Race Course was the venue on Saturday night (21st May) for Mid Essex Hospitals Charity black tie gala charity event. It was the first event for the new elected Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Patricia Hughes and her consort Mr Paul Hughes to attend as well as being the first gala ball held by the charity for many years.

With the superb back drop of this outstanding race course, over 240 guests enjoyed a sumptuous three course dinner and plenty of music and entertainment. 

A hugely popular auction and a charity raffle raising hundreds of pounds, saw many lucky guests going home with a variety of top notch prizes and gifts ranging from a flight in a vintage aeroplane to a holiday in the south of France.  All the items had been generously donated for this event and things that you could not normally buy on the high street. 

Yvonne Carter, Charities Support Officer said: “We have been overwhelmed with the response to our first gala ball for a number of years, and we are delighted to have raised over £12,000 for our Charity that supports the important work at Mid Essex Hospitals Trust.  Like all charities, we know these events aren’t possible without a great deal of support and help, so we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our guests for making the evening so much fun, and to all from companies, individuals, volunteers and helpers (you know who you are!) who helped make the event the success it was.”

If you would like to organise a fundraising event, please contact our Charity’s Office on 01245 514559, or if you wish to donate to ‘Our Charity’ you can do so by going online at: www.justgiving.com/midessexhospitals or via text donations from a mobile phone at: Message MEHT01 and the amount to 70070.

20th May 2016

International Praise for Cardiology Research Team


Congratulations to Dr Reto Gamma, Consultant Cardiologist and his research team on surpassing the key milestone of 25 patients recruited into the ISCHEMIA trial; which is currently open across 37 countries worldwide.

The ‘International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches’ (ISCHEMIA) trial is looking to determine the best management strategy for patients with stable ischemic heart disease. ISCHEMIA is a multicentre randomised control trial testing the benefits of routine cardiac catheterisation, revascularisation plus optimal medical treatment vs. optimal medical treatment alone; where catheterisation and revascularisation is reserved for patients where their ischemia becomes unstable.

The Broomfield research team are currently the top recruiting centre within the North Thames Clinical Research Network region and the 3rd highest recruiter nationally, with 26 patients having entered the study locally over the past 2 years.

Dr Gamma would like to thank all those in the Trust who support the trial. “We are very grateful for the continued support of our colleagues in the cardiac department and nuclear medicine. This team approach has enabled Broomfield to be as successful in the ISCHEMIA Trial as we have”. The ISCHEMIA Trial Coordinating Centre, based in New York, have written to Dr Gamma to congratulate the local team on the strong recruitment to this very important piece of research.