On a recent visit, Ruth May spent time with the hospital’s heads of nursing to hear more about the initiatives which have contributed to its recent ‘good’ rating from the CQC.
She was told about the impact of increased nurse staffing levels and the rigorous processes which have led to a reduction in patient falls and pressure ulcers.
Other initiatives have included putting up ‘You said…we did’ boards and performance metrics across the hospital to keep patients and visitors up to date.
Ruth said: “It’s just wonderful to see the transformation that has taken place. I first came to this hospital in 2009 and it’s now a very, very different place. It’s got superb nursing leadership, but also great depth to its nursing leadership and they are working as one team. There isn’t a weak link here.”
Diane Sarkar, Basildon Hospital’s Director of Nursing, said: “I was really proud to be able to show the chief nurse the huge changes which have taken place to nursing in our hospital. We have made great strides in recent years, making sure that our patients are at the heart of everything we do. I’m confident that the people of Basildon now have access to the best nursing care the NHS has to offer.”