Yvonne's year in review
10 January 2019
The start of a new year, for many is a time of reflection, I wanted to look back over the past 12 months and highlight the things that have really stuck with me and, I hope, show you what a fantastic place we work in.
Last year was another fantastically busy year and, as ever,
you've all been working amazingly hard and we've all heard some
truly impressive stories that have come from you and around the
Trust, so I wanted to take a look back at some of the great things
that happened at our hospital in 2018.
Although the 70th anniversary of the NHS has been
celebrated all year, the main activities took place around 5 July.
It was wonderful to see so many staff attend the tree planting
ceremony in the Jubilee Garden and to share some birthday cake. I
also saw that a lot of you celebrated with your own NHS7Teas in
your wards and departments raising money for our charities.
It was also a real privilege to be able to accompany three of
our longest serving staff, with over 125 years' combined service,
midwife Terri Jackson, nurse Jane Kirk and volunteer Pearl Naylor,
to Westminster Abbey for a commemorative service to celebrate the
Your selfies were a lovely snapshot of your pride in the
celebrations and for me it really captures what it means to be part
of Southend Hospital. The NHS has changed a lot in those 70 years
and, as we all know, change and progress is constant in our line of
One of the big changes here this year has been TeleTracking,
which is now live and being embedded at Southend, Basildon and Mid
Essex. A huge thank you to everyone who helped with its
introduction on the wards as well as to those who made it a
possibility behind the scenes.
We were also the first NHS hospital in the south east to offer a
new procedure to treat symptoms arising from non-cancerous (benign)
prostate growth. The Urolift® operation is a short day case
procedure which only takes 15 minutes to perform, meaning patients
don't have to stay in hospital overnight.
Our brand new state-of-the-art £1 million Kitty Hubbard High
Dependency Unit opened in May, caring for both elective and
emergency patients who have had major surgery or who no
longer need intensive care but still require specialist
monitoring and require a higher level of organ support.
We were also lucky to have the temporary loan of a Mobile
Stroke Unit (MSU) for a three month period. In the same way
as other projects, the data gathered from this limited time project
will be analysed, evaluated and we look forward to seeing the
results later this year.
It is fantastic for the quality of our services to be
recognised. For example, as featured on the front of this very
issue, we received great news with the accreditation and
certification of our Radiotherapy Service by CHKS. This is a
significant achievement and means we are internationally
recognised for best practice.
We also recognised all the great work that teams and individuals
do right across the hospital as part of our annual Hospital
Heroes awards, which is always one of the real highlights of the
year for me.
Talking of awards, we were this year shortlisted for two Nursing
Times Workforce Awards and shortlisted for a Health Service
Journal Patient Safety Award for the hard work we do to support our
urology cancer patients. It's really valuable to share our
innovations and promote the great work that goes on within the
Trust, whether it's your team or department improving
clinical practice, quality and safety, or making Southend a
more attractive place for staff to come and work.
You all help make us the success we are, so thank you from me
and the senior leadership team.
Here's to more great achievements and positive stories in