A&E petitions on social media
26 September 2016
Two petitions about proposed changes to A&E services in mid and south Essex have been receiving attention on social media.
In response to these petitions Clare Panniker, Chief Executive
of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust; and Sue Hardy, Chief
Executive of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
"We are not discussing any plans to move Southend A&E to
Basildon. Our current thinking is that there should be 24/7 A&E
services at all three hospital sites in mid and south Essex for the
majority of people who go to A&E.
"We are discussing how the three hospitals could work better
together to meet increasing demands. National guidance advises that
a population of the size we have in mid and south Essex would be
better served by a designated specialist emergency hospital for
life-threatening and 'blue light' emergencies, supported by a
network of urgent and emergency care services. This is based on
clinical evidence about improving patients' chances of survival and
a good recovery and could be any one of the present three
"Similar specialist services are already in place for some
emergencies in Essex. People with serious injuries are taken
by ambulance to London or Cambridge, people with serious burns are
taken by ambulance to Broomfield in Chelmsford and people suffering
an acute heart attack are taken by ambulance to the cardiothoracic
centre in Basildon.
"There are no proposals as yet and we are listening to local
service users as well as staff to inform potential options for
future public consultation."