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May 2017

Face Equality Day
The Burns Unit Team.

30 May

Burns Unit Team support ‘Face Equality Day’

Staff at the Burns Unit supported the first national ‘Face Equality Day’ with a stand in the main atrium of Broomfield Hospital on Friday, May 26.

The event was to raise awareness of disfigurement and its impact on people’s daily lives as part of the face equality campaign.

The team held a cake sale for the Burns Unit, raising £155, plus leaflets, posters and other resources were available. This included posters where staff and patients pledged their commitment to challenge appearance by signing their name, which will then be presented to the charity which organises ‘Face Equality Day’ nationally, Changing Faces. As recognition of the charity’s symbol, staff wore a temporary butterfly tattoo and gave them away to visitors.

INFORMATION: For more, please contact Kate Davis, Case Manager, on 01245 516186 or catherine.davis3@nhs.net.

18 May

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust recognised as top performing stroke service in the country for ensuring that patients access the stroke unit in four hours

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust has been recognised as the top performing stroke service in the country for ensuring that patients access the stroke unit in four hours.

The data, which was sourced from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP), was featured in an independent publication that was distributed with The Times last month. The SSNAP is a nationally recognised database facilitated by the Royal College of Physicians. It indicates that 87.6 per cent of patients are admitted to the stroke unit within four hours.

MEHT was also fourth in the country for ensuring that patients receive a swallow assessment in four hours, achieving 94.2 per cent in this vital element of stroke care.

Jo Clayden, Matron for Stroke and Neurology Services, said: “I am delighted that we have a particular mention in the publication and that this data demonstrates the stroke service at Broomfield is facilitating world class stroke care.

“I could not be more proud of the team for providing this level of care to our patients. This high level service is the result of the hard work and commitment of the stroke team, who work relentlessly, offering 24/7 stroke specialist care. We now have one of the most effective nurse led services in the country and are delighted with this recognition.”

Tesco Donation to Phoenix Ward
The Tesco team donating the host of toys, games and more to Phoenix Ward.

17 May

Tesco team donates host of gifts to Phoenix Ward

The team at Tesco Express in Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, have kindly donated a host of toys, games, craft materials and equipment to Phoenix Ward.

They joined together to raise the funds with their charity champion at the store, customer adviser Beverly O’Connor, having been inspired by the care of their colleague’s son, Joshua Pells. Joshua is nine months old and has 

Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, for which he has received care at Broomfield Hospital since birth. The condition has resulted in numerous tumour growths throughout most of his organs and issues including respiratory problems and hyperinsulinism (an above normal level of insulin in the blood).

Beverly and her colleague, customer adviser Sandra Stefano, contacted the Phoenix Ward team to find out what supplies they needed – generously spending £1,046 on their wish list. The money was raised through a sponsored walk over the O2 and donations from shoppers. 

Katie Tammaro, customer adviser, said: “Bev reminded shoppers to donate all the time. The locals also donated unwanted DVDs, games, books, craft bits, and toiletries etc. that their children had outgrown or they had spare.

“The walk was led by Pam Noble, who set a really high pace for us all to follow. It was a lovely day and we all felt proud to be a part of it for the Phoenix Ward in Josh's name.”

The walk was completed by colleagues Katie Tammaro, Sandra Stefano, Amanda Galloway, Pam Noble, Melanie Rozeboom and India Lea.

Jane Giles Retirement
Jane Giles (centre) with Chris Leamey, Pharmacy Secretary (left) and Dr Ronan Fenton, Medical Director for the Mid and South Essex Success Regime.

2 May

Former Chief Pharmacist reflects on 19-year career at MEHT after retirement

Former Chief Pharmacist Jane Giles “misses the daily buzz” of working at MEHT after beginning her retirement.

Jane held the role at MEHT since 2008, also becoming Chief Pharmacist at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in June 2016. In total, she was with MEHT for 19 years.

She began her career at the Trust in 1998 as Head of Medicines Information, moving on to become Lead Oncology Pharmacist in 2002.

Prior to this, she held positions as a Community Liaison Pharmacist and Clinical Pharmacist at St John’s Hospital. Earlier in her career she worked in community pharmacies and as a hospital pharmacist in the Hertfordshire area following her qualification from London University in 1982.

She said: “I have lots of memories, nearly all very happy. The staff at MEHT, not just Pharmacy, are a really good team - we have all been through the mill together and know how to work together in very difficult circumstances. I think the work we did as an Oncology Team in the early 2000s was particularly rewarding and we put together a really top class service. That is reflected in the patient feedback that is still coming and although I haven’t been directly part of the Oncology Team for a number of years, that was still one of my happiest times.

“The other initiative that I’m really proud of was the J5 initiative at St John’s many years ago where a small team of nurses, a surgeon and I worked together to trim a large number of short stay/day cases from the waiting list - Cathy Mintern was the sister - it was a different way of working and quite revolutionary at the time. There were no junior doctors, just the surgeon and the anaesthetist and most of the care was led by me as the pharmacist and the nurses. I think there is a lot in that model that could be useful today.

“I have mixed emotions - I’m ready to retire and move on to the next phase of my life but I miss the daily buzz of meeting lots of different people.”

Jane and her husband, Alan, will now set sail on their yacht to circumnavigate most of the UK, which they expect to take a summer or two. You can follow her progress here: Moody2017.blogspot.co.uk. She is also on the staff bank and may return on an occasional basis.

Following Jane’s retirement, the Chief Pharmacist across all three sites (Broomfield, Southend and Basildon) is Evelyn Allen and the site lead at Broomfield is Alison Felton, Head of Department/Deputy Chief Pharmacist.