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Southend Hospital shortlisted for three prestigious national awards

03 March 2017

Health Care

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 patients.

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 appropriately. 

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 Nursing."

That is a nomination for the Renal Home Therapies Nurse of the Year award and winners will be announced at a ceremony on 10 March.

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.