FOLLOWING the review of Mid Staffordshire hospital, there is to be a thorough review of the high mortality rates which have prevailed at Basildon. The review will be undertaken by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh. Basildon is one of fourteen hospitals which will be examined due to their unusually high death rates.
TILBURY-based hurdler, Robbie Clarricoats has been steadily blazing a trail in the athletics world for some years now. Robbie has been competing in athletics since 2008 and specialises in the sprint hurdles and competes this year in the U20 age group.
BOSSES of the newly formed Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (TCCG) have denied that any form of “gagging order” has been placed on the members of the group. The TCCG was formed on April 1st and will have responsibility for the multi-million pound NHS budget in Thurrock.
THE reforms to the NHS which healthcare workers have been working towards will finally come to fruition and GPs will take charge of commissioning health services for their patients from 1 April 2013. Primary Care Trusts remain accountable until 31 March 2013, when their functions will be taken over by the newly established NHS Commissioning Board, Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities, NHS Commissioning Support Unit and the NHS Property Company.
“At Basildon, the board clearly failed in its duty to provide effective challenge and to hold the management to account. I think that we need to give a clear indication to directors of foundation trusts that in the event of poor performance, the buck stops with the board. They are accountable and they need to accept that responsibility.”
The NHS Commissioning Board used its legal powers to force two practices in Essex to to become members of NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG and NHS Thurrock CCG – the two worst performing CCGs in the country – against their wishes.
PARALYMPIAN Sophia Warner visited the orthotic services for young people provided by the Children’s Occupational Therapy team in south west Essex, on Tuesday 5 February. Sophia, a Commonwealth gold medal sprinter and a London 2012 Team GB Paralympian, toured the therapy clinic at the John Tallack Centre, Thurrock Hospital, Long Lane, Grays, where patients are fitted with garments to aid their mobility.
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The council was told to arrange for the immediate removal of the material under licensed conditions. However, a HSE inspection in April 2010, as part of a national initiative monitoring asbestos in a number of local authority controlled schools, found that nothing had been done.This was despite school staff and contractors alike regularly entering the boiler room in the intervening six year period.
Thurrock MP Tim Janman fulfilled his election pledge of moving home to live in the borough, the first Member of Parliament to do so since the mid-1940s. Mr Janman, the first Tory MP for Thurrock since the 1930s, moved into a house in West Tilbury six months after becoming elected and had been accepted for membership of the Chadwell Workingmen’s Club.
DIGNITY is a mantra at all the Runwood Homes and it is clearly celebrated at all the homes that are part of the Kathryn Homes in Thurrock. There was an oasis of calm on a Sunday afternoon recently when YT went along to Leatherland Lodge to speak to staff about what dignity means. There was [...]
UNDER the government’s new health arrangements the Essex Clinical Commissioning Board has the responsibility to order, arrange and pay for stroke services across the county – including Thurrock. Cllr Barbara Rice, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for Health and Adult Social Care, says she is very concerned about its latest decision to downgrade the Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at Basildon.
THURROCK councillors on all sides have welcomed the news that a “vigorous inspection” is going to be held into Basildon Hospital. Barbara Rice – portfolio holder for health and chair of Thurrock Shadow Health and Wellbeing board – and Wendy Curtis, who chairs the Health and Well-being Overview and Scrutiny Committee both say they are pleased by the move.
BASILDON hospital is to be investigated in the wake of the public inquiry into failings at Stafford Hospital reports the BBC. Neglect and abuse at the Stafford hospital led to hundreds of unnecessary deaths between 2005 and 2008.
IT HAS been a journey that has taken nearly ten years but when you are a team that has vision then ten years is a single step. The award winning Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions team have been awarded the contract to provide services for people with learning difficulties.
Dr Ravi Rangasamy, Lead Stroke Consultant, added: “Every five minutes in Britain, someone has a stroke. And it is not just the patient who is affected, but also their relatives. We really need to hear about the experiences and opinions of as many of you as possible so we can do the best possible job for you.”
Pascal Bates, from the Health and Safety Executive said: “The hospital’s procedures on legionella fell “markedly short”. “The hospital had numerous warnings from regulators and consultants which weren’t followed” “The problem went to board level. The hospital had numerous warnings from regulators and consultants which weren’t followed,”
THE number of people providing unpaid care for disabled, sick or elderly relatives and loved ones continues to rise. In order to meet this challenge, Thurrock Council has appointed a new organisation to provide support, information and advice to local carers.
Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Although we did not know the exact date of the inspection the visit was expected following the passing of a dateline set by the CQC to improve standards following an earlier visit to our paediatric department in November.”
CAN you lead a consumer champion organisation for Health and Social Care services in Thurrock? If so, then an exciting new opportunity exists with the creation of the role of Chair of Healthwatch Thurrock.
GOVERNMENT watchdog, CQC are in at Basildon and Thurrock University hospital in an unannounced inspection. A large team turned up at the beleaguered hospital on Monday morning (Jan 21st).
QUALIFIED nurses are being encouraged to find out more about working at Basildon Hospital, at a special open day being held later this month.
There are positions as ward sisters, staff nurses and healthcare assistants in specialities across the hospital, including surgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics, acute medicine, elderly medicine, the renal and dialysis unit, cancer medicine, respiratory, endocrinology, endoscopy, stroke and cardiothoracic services.
PEOPLE who have suffered a stroke are being asked to come along to Basildon University Hospital to attend a “Shaping Stroke Services” event.
The Trust needs to recruit patients and carers with experience of stroke for a user group, which will help shape and improve the services we offer to stroke patients. The “Shaping Stroke Services” event will explain more about the group, what it involves and how it will be instrumental in helping redesign the services on offer for future patients. If successful, the group will work to influence services on a local, regional and possibly even a national level.
VEOILA staff have gone out of their way to tidy up a garden overlooked by patients at Basildon Hospital. Around fifty Veolia workers chose to carry out their community days at the hospital and so far have tidied the garden next to the multi-storey car park and are now sprucing up an interior courtyard overlooked by eight wards.
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