Renal Unit at Basildon Hospital celebrates 20th birthday

Renal Unit at Basildon Hospital celebrates 20th birthday

Staff and patients gathered to celebrate 20 years of lifesaving treatment since the renal unit opened at Basildon University Hospital. The unit opened its doors in September 1997 and until then patients with kidney failure would have to travel into London, three times a week for dialysis. Initially the unit had just eight patients, but […]

GP numbers in Thurrock continue to decline

GP numbers in Thurrock continue to decline

OVER the last two years, we have heard this figure that Thurrock is “under-doctored”. It means there are not as many as there should be. So we asked the Thurrock Clinical Commission Group, if there had been any progress over the last year. A spokesperson said: “According to NHS Digital, Thurrock had 70 FTE GPs […]

Take precaution this summer – don’t be a statistic warns ambulance service

Take precaution this summer – don’t be a statistic warns ambulance service

THE onset of the school holidays have brought along autumnal temperatures, torrential downpours and flash floods. However, the region’s ambulance service is urging people to take practical steps to avoid a 999 call, when the weather picks up. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 135 calls to drowning or near drowning’s […]

Basildon and Thurrock Hospital charity fund tops £250K

Basildon and Thurrock Hospital charity fund tops £250K

YOUNG patients cared for at Basildon and Orsett hospitals are benefitting from better and brighter surroundings, thanks to seven years of fundraising for the Polly Parrot Appeal. At another successful annual Polly Parrot Charity Ball on Saturday 29 July, the fund- raising team, donors and guests celebrated raising a grand total of £284,674.57. Since the […]

Free health checks for Grays residents in August

Free health checks for Grays residents in August

PEOPLE in Grays will be able to have a free blood pressure and general health check at Grays Baptist Church Hall and Thameside Library this August. The checks will be done with support from College Health practices, who are offering healthcare professionals at: · Grays Baptist Church, Orsett Road, Grays – 14 August 10.30am – […]

Healthwatch Essex pleased with Basildon A and E decision

Healthwatch Essex pleased with Basildon A and E decision

HEALTHWATCH Essex – the independent charity that listens to and represents the voice of users of health and social care in Essex – has reacted to the announcement by the Success Regime that it has ‘decided to develop a revised model’. Current Engagement Manager, and soon to be Chief Executive, of Healthwatch Essex, Dr David […]

Compassionate care leads to award for Basildon Hospital department

Compassionate care leads to award for Basildon Hospital department

COMPASSIONATE care of patients has led to the endoscopy department at Basildon University Hospital receiving a prestigious quality accreditation. Staff were praised by inspectors for “the high standard of achievement and for their hard work during the accreditation process”, as the team was awarded Joint Advisory Group for GI Endoscopy (JAG) accreditation for one year. […]

Best foot forward for staff at Basildon Hospital

Best foot forward for staff at Basildon Hospital

STAFF at Basildon University Hospital powered their way through more than 52 million steps during June as part of a challenge to promote health and wellbeing at work. The month-long step challenge, organised by the occupational health and therapies teams, was open to individuals and groups of up to eight people. The team winners were […]

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