Saturday, May 25, 2024

Time capsule helps celebrate 50 years of Basildon Hospital caring for patients

FIVE decades of patient care at Basildon Hospital has been celebrated by staff during a special day of events, which included the burying of a time capsule.

Part of the team burying the celebratory capsule was 8 year old Rosie Kirkman and her mum Pamela. Rosie has been coming to Basildon Hospital children’s ward since she was 6 weeks old. She has a genetic condition called KGB syndrome, which means she needs frequent stays in hospital.

Speaking about the opportunity to be part of this historic day, Rosie’s mum, Pamela said:

“It was a real privilege to be asked to be part of this special day and to see the time-capsule buried. We are so grateful to the nurses and doctors here, who are absolutely fantastic, they make our stays as pleasant as possible.”

Placed near the Renal Department, the time capsule contains historic photos, new poems written by staff, a photo of today’s Senior Leadership Team, and a collection of branded items, including a pen, lanyard and copies of the Trust’s Your Hospital magazine and Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity newsletter.

There was also reception at the hospital attended by staff and members of the local community, with a special selection of 1970s-inspired food and decorations in the paediatrics, maternity and emergency departments. Those attending included Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Cllr James Halden, Mayor of Thurrock and Alan Ursell, Chair of Basildon Hospital League of Friends.

Since the hospital welcomed its first patients in 1973, it has undergone many changes to allow it to meet the needs of its community. In 2002 the 321-bed Jubilee Wing was opened, soon followed by a dermatology centre in 2004, and the opening of the world-renowned Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in 2007. 

Today, the hospital carries out almost 400,000 outpatient appointments and delivers almost 4,000 births each year.

Fiona Ryan, Managing Director at Basildon Hospital, said: “Today was a chance for us to pause and reflect on everything that has been achieved over the last 50 years, where for half a century we have provided care to our local population, from birth through to last moments. 

“I’ve been blessed to work in many fantastic teams since joining the Radiology department in 2007, when I was first introduced to the Basildon way! Passion, commitment and a good-natured humour remain the hallmark of what I see every day.”

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