Praise for Southend University Hospital from visiting minister
05 September 2013
Health minister Dr Dan Poulter heaped praise on Southend University Hospital when he visited for the second time this summer.
Dr Poulter, an NHS doctor who specialises in obstetrics and
gynaecology, was keen to see the hospital's newly-created early
pregnancy unit having seen building work taking place during his
previous visit in July.
The new facility provides a discreet and spacious environment
where women experiencing pregnancy problems can be scanned,
assessed and, where necessary, receive counselling in privacy.
Before cutting the ribbon to declare the unit officially open,
Dr Poulter paid tribute to the caring and committed staff who had
worked so hard to create a supportive and welcoming environment.
The counselling room has been named after nurse, Marion Bull, who
sadly died last year and whose family has donated £1,400 to provide
additional comforts and personal touches in her memory. The
gynaecological assessment room retains the name of highly respected
consultant Dr Philip Hagan, who died in 2008.
Dr Poulter said: "I was amazed to see how quickly the unit had
got up and running since my previous visit, which is largely due to
the obvious passion and commitment of the excellent team of staff
Dr Poulter, who was joined on the visit by Southend West MP
David Amess and Southend clinical commissioning group (CCG)
clinical chief officer Paul Husselbee, then paid an impromptu call
on Elizabeth Loury oncology ward, which has recently
undergone a £140k refurbishment to provide bright and cheerful
surroundings for cancer patients.
Escorted throughout by chief executive Jacqueline Totterdell and
chairman Alan Tobias, Dr Poulter completed his visit at the acute
stroke unit where he met consultants Drs Paul Guyler and Devesh
Sinha before touring the unit to speak to patients.
Dr Poulter was interested to hear about a number of recent
developments in the service which have put it in the finals of two
prestigious national awards (Health Service JournalandE-Health
He said: "I have been extremely impressed by everything I have
seen on my two visits to Southend Hospital.
"There is a really positive and warm atmosphere and staff are
clearly highly committed to patient care."
1.Dr Poulter (second right) opens early pregnancy unit; l to r
matron Angela Cohen; Cheryl Guinea, acting deputy manager,
Eastwood ward; chairman Alan Tobias; MP David Amess and Colleen
Begg, head of midwifery.
2. Dr Poulter (left) with MP David Amess and hospital chief
executive Jacqueline Totterdell.
3. Dr Poulter (centre) with stroke consultants Dr Devesh Sinha
and Dr Paul Guyler.