Southend Hospital shortlisted for three prestigious national awards
03 March 2017
The Health Service Journal (HSJ) has published its shortlisted finalists for the annual Value in Healthcare Awards and Southend University Hospital is in two different categories.
The enhanced recovery pathway in obstetrics has been shortlisted
in the 'Obstetrics and Gynaecology' category, and our Peritoneal
Dialysis Team has been shortlisted in the category of 'The Use of
Information Technology to Drive Value in Clinical Services' at this
year's HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards. Added to this the Peritoneal
Dialysis Team have been shortlisted for another award from the
British Journal of Nursing.
The enhanced recovery pathway in obstetrics (ERPO) is led by Mr
Venkat Raman, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. The
maternity and anaesthetic teams launched the pathway in May 2015
with the aim of getting expectant mothers in excellent health
during caesarean section to facilitate speedy recovery. This
ensures that after delivery, mum and baby spend quality time in
their own home.
Mr Raman said: "The pathway has seen a reduction in
pre-operative starving times, better management of pain relief,
better prevention of nausea and vomiting following surgery, early
mobilisation minimising complications such as DVT, shortened
hospital stay and early discharge. All of this contributes to a
better patient experience."
Of being a finalist for an HSJ Award, he commented: "Just for us
to be nominated for an award is a huge honour and the team are
immensely proud of being shortlisted and we are looking forward to
attending the awards evening and being recognised as one of the
best in our field."
The Peritoneal Dialysis Team is managed by Sister Georgie
Pharro, the hospital was the first in the country to use new remote
access technology with 100% of its peritoneal dialysis
Previously a patient would visit hospital with a SIM card
containing a month's worth of data but with the new technology
nurses can access and control patients' machines and receive daily
data without the patient ever needing to leave home. It also means
potential problems can be picked up earlier and managed
Sister Pharro said: "Patients who may have been tentative of
doing dialysis themselves at home can be reassured that the nurses
have a close eye on what is happening. Our elderly and frail
patients can be monitored more closely."
Of the team being shortlisted for an HSJ Award, Sister Pharro
added: "We are a small team of three so to be in the running for a
national HSJ award is fantastic, our team has put in a lot of hard
work to make this a success for our patients and this recognition
is much deserved. It was even more amazing to hear that we'd be
nominated for a further award by the British Journal of
That is a nomination for the Renal Home Therapies Nurse of the
Year award and winners will be announced at a ceremony on 10
The HSJ shortlisted parties will make a final presentation to
judges at the end of March detailing why they should win and the
results will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House, London
on 24 May.