Plans are underway to improve hospital care
17 June 2019
The three NHS trusts which provide hospital care in Southend, Basildon and mid Essex are merging to create one organisation. In a major consultation it was agreed by the public and other organisations that there are real benefits in bringing together specialist services providing 24/7 expert care.
The three NHS trusts which provide hospital care in Southend,
Basildon and mid Essex are merging to create one organisation. In a
major consultation it was agreed by the public and other
organisations that there are real benefits in bringing together
specialist services providing 24/7 expert care. Since then, Mid and
South Essex Hospitals Group has been putting plans in place to
bring about those improvements for patients.
Southend and Thurrock Councils referred the plans to bring
services together to the Secretary of State, and he has now asked
the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to give initial advice on
Chief Executive Clare Panniker said:
"We have always maintained that our plans are the right
thing for our patients, but recognise that there has been concern
expressed by two of our local authorities. This has been
frustrating for our staff who have been unable to deliver the
benefits these changes will bring to our communities.
"Due to the time it takes to bring about service changes, we
have decided to continue the mobilisation of our planned first
phase changes for vascular, urology, radiology and orthopaedic
services. We will then be in the position to implement these
changes this autumn to improve care and services for our
"The Board will then look at the detailed plan and make a
final decision on implementation in September. "
The first phase of changes will see improvements in vascular,
urological, orthopaedic and trauma care.
For example, at the moment a Southend patient needing urgent
vascular care could be transferred to Harlow, Broomfield or
Basildon for treatment. With a consolidated service, and a
dedicated vascular ward with 24/7 consultant cover and specialist
staff, they will be able to stay in mid and South Essex for expert
care at Basildon Hospital.
Similarly, by creating a centre of excellence for spinal surgery
on one site, all of the specialist staff and equipment will be
brought together on one site. Clare said: "We know that, as well as
ensuring quicker access to a spinal surgeon, that will result in
better outcomes for patients."
"We know that these changes will simplify care across our
hospitals, and enable us to dramatically improve our patients'
experience. Therefore we need to be ready to move forward as soon