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October 2018

Kidney transplant

31 October

National focus on St Andrew's

Our world-renowned plastic and burns centre was in the national news this week.

With the continuing media focus on acid attacks, BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme came to St Andrew’s to see the amazing work we do to treat victims.

The programme followed the treatment of Adele Bellis, who was admitted to the unit following an acid attack set up by her ex-boyfriend. 

The centre deals not only with the surgical side of care for patients, but also the psychological trauma, providing the expert care needed from the psychology therapy service.

The programme talked about how Broomfield is “leading the way” in the treatment of burns, with former patients talking about the exceptional care they received.

The piece was then picked up by BBC television and radio news and ran throughout the day.

A big thank you to all of the teams who were filmed and interviewed for the programme.

You can see the coverage on iPlayer here: https://bbc.in/2RDm7LT

31 October

Renal unit tops the charts!

In a recent report published by the NHS Blood and Transplant service, our renal unit came out number one across the whole country for live donor kidney transplantation.

This form of transplantation is carried out on patients with end-stage kidney disease just before their own kidneys fail, sparing them from having to spend any time on dialysis. 

Much of the work is carried out before the actual operation with a team of doctors, specialist nurses and health care workers ensuring that each patient receives the correct investigations in order for them to be fully fit and safe before having their operation. 

Some facts about the unit: 

  • Top of the UK in pre-emptive kidney transplant from a living donor
  • Top 22 nationally in percentage of donor transplants received from deceased patients; higher than UK average
  • 100% one to five-year transplantation survival rate.


This national report highlights the hard work, dedication and co-operation between each member of the unit in improving the life and future of patients with end-stage kidney disease.



31 October

A blue hat for a blue day

We are preparing ourselves for the big launch on Tuesday 27 November of this year’s #givingtuesday campaign. The aim is to get people thinking of others in the run up to Christmas, be it through donating to charity, volunteering or helping someone.

Since it began in 2014 #givingtuesday has become one of the biggest charity events in the world, breaking successive Guinness World Records for the most amount of money donated online to in 24 hours.

Charlotte Jefcoate, our fundraising co-ordinator, said: 

“It is a great feeling to be part of a bigger picture; we are hoping the local community of Chelmsford will join forces with staff here at the hospital, boosting morale and creating a real buzz right across the city. Raising funds for the hospital helps us to enhance our services, over and above what government funding provides, from big technological advancements to renovating the beautiful grounds we work in. Many people use our hospital services over the festive period so supporting us is supporting the community.

“This #GivingTuesday we are asking local schools, clubs, businesses and individuals to go #Blue4Broomfield. It’s easy, just wear blue. From blue shirts to skirts, socks to frocks. Anything goes so long as it’s blue. All money raised from this campaign will go towards Broomfield Hospital.” 

In 2016, £48 million was donated online with the UK giving the second largest amount of donations. About 4.5 million people in Britain also supported a good cause on the day.

Tom Browne talks to the BBC about sustainability and re-use of equipment in the Out to Africa project
Tom Browne talks to the BBC about sustainability and re-use of equipment in the Out to Africa project

17 October

Old frames are big news

We made national headlines this week with our re-use of walking aids, frames and crutches being featured in the media.

BBC cameras were at Broomfield Hospital, getting the full story of how we have generated more than £25,000 of cost savings by re-using more than 2,000 pieces of equipment. This medical equipment is decontaminated and then issued to patients or recycled. Last year 21% of crutches issued were returned, and 61% of frames.

We also run a very successful furniture re-use scheme which is widely used by staff, and distribute unneeded equipment to local care homes or to charity where re-use is not possible.

The furniture scheme, launched in 2017, has so far saved us £61,000 by not having to order new items. We have also avoided eight tonnes of waste  and 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

All of this fits in very nicely with our long-term sustainability goals.

Garry Bardsley, our Estates and Facilities Manager, was in the spotlight this week with two radio interviews and a TV appearance. Tom Browne, Consultant Surgeon and Out to Africa charity champion, was also featured on BBC Look East, promoting the work his team do, working closely with the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia.


Hospital staff with their ambulance and CCG colleagues promote the launch of the new Red Bag scheme
Hospital staff with their ambulance and CCG colleagues promote the launch of the new Red Bag scheme

5 October

New scheme launched to support elderly patients

 A new scheme has kicked off to ensure a faster and safer transfer of care for frail older people.

We joined with our CCG and ambulance colleagues to promote the launch of the new Red Bag scheme this week. 

The Red Bags identify a patient as someone who has come to us from a care home. It comes with them to the hospital, carrying important personal information so that our staff have the right details available as soon as they arrive. Alongside the notes on their medication and medical conditions, the bag also contains personal items such as glasses, hearing aids, toiletries and clothes. 

When the patient leaves us after their care, the care home then has updated details of any treatments or medications to ensure they continue to get the right care, and all property that went in to hospital with them goes back home in the red bag. 

Dr Matthew Sweeting, a consultant for Medicine for the Elderly, said: 

“This is an excellent scheme we have now put in place, as it gives us all really good information about the patient being brought in to us from the care home. This will help staff enormously, with all the medical details and their personal items in one secure, convenient place. 

“Before they are discharged back to their care home, we make sure we update any changes to their medications whilst they are with us, so if they do need to come back again to hospital, we have the latest information available.”


Amy and Amber visit the staff who cared for them following their traumatic accident
Amy and Amber visit the staff who cared for them following their traumatic accident

1 October

Water and burns come together to acknowledge a great service

Two Essex and Suffolk Water employees visited the St Andrew's Centre this week to personally thank ward and theatre staff who cared for them after an horrific quad bike accident.

Amber Quilter and Amy Wilson were riding a quad bike over sand dunes near Dubai in 2017, when it flipped over and caught fire, leaving them trapped. Both suffered deep burns and were rushed to a hospital in Dubai, where they stayed for five days. 

Needing specialist surgery, they were flown back to England and the St Andrew's Centre. This was the beginning of a painful year-long journey involving multiple operations, skin grafts and long rehabilitation. 

Essex and Suffolk Water’s 'Make my Day' initiative celebrates both customers and people, and asks for nominations for the people or organisations that they felt deserved recognition, resulting in hundreds of suggestions. St Andrew's Centre was one of those highly nominated.  

Amy and Amber came back to the hospital to say personally thank the staff who looked after them for the care they received. 

Amy said: 

"Words are not enough as a way of saying thank you to everyone at St Andrew's who cared for us both. We came here at the lowest point in our lives, and were shown such care and affection, supporting us during our worst moments, encouraging us, laughing and crying with us. 

“We owe them all so much and this presentation of cakes and goodies to the staff is our own very small way of showing our gratitude."