Basildon Hospital rated ninth best in country for its cancer care

Echo: Basildon Hospital rated ninth best in country for its cancer care Basildon Hospital rated ninth best in country for its cancer care

A LEADING charity has praised Basildon Hospital for making huge improvements to cancer services over the past year.

Macmillan Cancer Support used research compiled by the NHS to create a league table of hospital performance in England. Basildon ranked ninth in the list, meaning cancer patients’ overall experience is now much higher than it was last year.

The table takes into account whether diagnosis and treatment options were clearly explained, if patients felt well-supported in their care and whether doctors and nurses treated them with respect. Hannah Coffey, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said: “We are pleased overall patients are happier with the cancer care they are receiving. We have invested £200,000 in a new seven-day palliative care and oncology service, including the appointment of additional specialist cancer nurses.

“Our Macmillan Info Space, the area where patients, families and carers can access information about cancer, now has a regular programme of visiting wards to ensure we are bringing the information our patients need to them.

“We recognise we have further work to do in areas such as patient information, better communication and interaction with patients and pain management and we will continue to focus our efforts on bringing about more improvements.”

Carol Fenton, regional manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, praised the hospital.

She said: “We know the support and care people receive is as important as their actual treatment. It can make all the difference between coping with cancer and finding it a real struggle.”

Basildon is the only hospital across the East of England in the top ten, with other featured trusts including Southampton, Nottingham, Oxford and East Kent.

The praise comes two months after the hospital was placed in special measures, meaning it is closely monitored by the Care Quality Commission.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt ordered the emergency action at 11 trusts across the country, in light of a damming report by Sir Bruce Keogh which identified areas in need of significant improvement at Basildon Hospital.

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9:02am Fri 6 Sep 13

supermadmax says...

Well done Basildon.

Hopefully that will quite down many of the bandwagon jumping haters who give you so much grief.
Well done Basildon. Hopefully that will quite down many of the bandwagon jumping haters who give you so much grief. supermadmax

9:38am Fri 6 Sep 13

Vange Resident says...

I am a “Band wagon hater” for a few simple reasons, I worked in this dump for 7 years and the is place run by ignorant managers who don’t care about the staff or patients, it’s all about looking like your doing your job and taking a salary not actually earning it, hence this place falling flat on its face, proven by the CQC.

I worked with some amazing people, dedicated and eager to make a difference, just a shame I/we got bullied and intimidated by the management all the way from the top.

Unless you worked in this dump you wouldn’t know. Many of the comments made have been put on this site by old doctors, nurses and non- clinical staff who have nothing to worry about once they have moved on; they can no longer be intimidated with the bullying culture that is encouraged in the Trust.

My comments all reflect that the management needs to be replaced from the top down, New Chief exec is a great start, lets get rid of the Finance director, Head of nursing, Manager in HR, Head of Purchasing, Board of directors etc
I am a “Band wagon hater” for a few simple reasons, I worked in this dump for 7 years and the is place run by ignorant managers who don’t care about the staff or patients, it’s all about looking like your doing your job and taking a salary not actually earning it, hence this place falling flat on its face, proven by the CQC. I worked with some amazing people, dedicated and eager to make a difference, just a shame I/we got bullied and intimidated by the management all the way from the top. Unless you worked in this dump you wouldn’t know. Many of the comments made have been put on this site by old doctors, nurses and non- clinical staff who have nothing to worry about once they have moved on; they can no longer be intimidated with the bullying culture that is encouraged in the Trust. My comments all reflect that the management needs to be replaced from the top down, New Chief exec is a great start, lets get rid of the Finance director, Head of nursing, Manager in HR, Head of Purchasing, Board of directors etc Vange Resident

10:11am Fri 6 Sep 13

bazza 1 says...

supermadmax wrote:
Well done Basildon.

Hopefully that will quite down many of the bandwagon jumping haters who give you so much grief.
You are right regarding the praise for this department, but totally wrong regarding the Hospitals appalling record in other respects. Great though it is that Cancer care is good, it's record is let down badly by other departments. I know personally two children who nearly died because of poor treatment at Basildon. One had the worst type of Meningitis and eventually ended up losing limbs because of poor diagnosis, and being sent home by the doctor. My knowledge is that many departments suffered because of poor management, even the lack of testing for Legionnaire's disease caused needless deaths. These tests are routine in all large companies, so should be part of normal procedures in a hospital. The list goes on and on. Staff need support from their managers, not bullying and harassment. That only turns good staff into ones that don't care.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Well done Basildon. Hopefully that will quite down many of the bandwagon jumping haters who give you so much grief.[/p][/quote]You are right regarding the praise for this department, but totally wrong regarding the Hospitals appalling record in other respects. Great though it is that Cancer care is good, it's record is let down badly by other departments. I know personally two children who nearly died because of poor treatment at Basildon. One had the worst type of Meningitis and eventually ended up losing limbs because of poor diagnosis, and being sent home by the doctor. My knowledge is that many departments suffered because of poor management, even the lack of testing for Legionnaire's disease caused needless deaths. These tests are routine in all large companies, so should be part of normal procedures in a hospital. The list goes on and on. Staff need support from their managers, not bullying and harassment. That only turns good staff into ones that don't care. bazza 1

10:51am Fri 6 Sep 13

Ineverknewthat says...

Vange Resident wrote:
I am a “Band wagon hater” for a few simple reasons, I worked in this dump for 7 years and the is place run by ignorant managers who don’t care about the staff or patients, it’s all about looking like your doing your job and taking a salary not actually earning it, hence this place falling flat on its face, proven by the CQC.

I worked with some amazing people, dedicated and eager to make a difference, just a shame I/we got bullied and intimidated by the management all the way from the top.

Unless you worked in this dump you wouldn’t know. Many of the comments made have been put on this site by old doctors, nurses and non- clinical staff who have nothing to worry about once they have moved on; they can no longer be intimidated with the bullying culture that is encouraged in the Trust.

My comments all reflect that the management needs to be replaced from the top down, New Chief exec is a great start, lets get rid of the Finance director, Head of nursing, Manager in HR, Head of Purchasing, Board of directors etc
Sounds like Sour Grapes dear boy
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: I am a “Band wagon hater” for a few simple reasons, I worked in this dump for 7 years and the is place run by ignorant managers who don’t care about the staff or patients, it’s all about looking like your doing your job and taking a salary not actually earning it, hence this place falling flat on its face, proven by the CQC. I worked with some amazing people, dedicated and eager to make a difference, just a shame I/we got bullied and intimidated by the management all the way from the top. Unless you worked in this dump you wouldn’t know. Many of the comments made have been put on this site by old doctors, nurses and non- clinical staff who have nothing to worry about once they have moved on; they can no longer be intimidated with the bullying culture that is encouraged in the Trust. My comments all reflect that the management needs to be replaced from the top down, New Chief exec is a great start, lets get rid of the Finance director, Head of nursing, Manager in HR, Head of Purchasing, Board of directors etc[/p][/quote]Sounds like Sour Grapes dear boy Ineverknewthat

12:32pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Vange Resident says...

Sour gapes… no.

My comments are based 100% on experience, as I said I worked there for a number of years and was lucky enough to get out, years of experience & training wasted as I am in a different line of work, simply because I see no future in Basildon Hospital and my career was based on the Hospital environment.

The Hospital Trust needs to be re-organised so the hospital’s reputation can be re-built so that local people like me can trust in the care they are supposed to provide.

When I phoned The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and ask them if they are part of Basildon Hospital they deny it and give there address as Dry st!!

Simply put the Trust can not be trusted!
Sour gapes… no. My comments are based 100% on experience, as I said I worked there for a number of years and was lucky enough to get out, years of experience & training wasted as I am in a different line of work, simply because I see no future in Basildon Hospital and my career was based on the Hospital environment. The Hospital Trust needs to be re-organised so the hospital’s reputation can be re-built so that local people like me can trust in the care they are supposed to provide. When I phoned The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and ask them if they are part of Basildon Hospital they deny it and give there address as Dry st!! Simply put the Trust can not be trusted! Vange Resident

7:23pm Fri 6 Sep 13

runwellian says...

Vange Resident wrote:
Sour gapes… no.

My comments are based 100% on experience, as I said I worked there for a number of years and was lucky enough to get out, years of experience & training wasted as I am in a different line of work, simply because I see no future in Basildon Hospital and my career was based on the Hospital environment.

The Hospital Trust needs to be re-organised so the hospital’s reputation can be re-built so that local people like me can trust in the care they are supposed to provide.

When I phoned The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and ask them if they are part of Basildon Hospital they deny it and give there address as Dry st!!

Simply put the Trust can not be trusted!
So you worked at the hospital you criticise so greatly, so it must be folk like you responsible fro the claims to poor care?
The hospital is just a building, it is the folk that work their that are responsible for poor care if that claim is true!

I choose to go to Basildon hospital rather than my own local seaside hospital in walking distance from my home.
I have been to basildon since it first opened in the 70's, yes it has its faults, but so do all the other hospitals in the area, hospitals that are filthy, that serve hot food on cardboard plates, that don't have enough bedding so roll up blankets to make pillows, where patients 'fall' out of windows and consultants make serious medication errors, that has five 'never events' in as many months!

Before you criticise Basildon hospital, you need to think about what you are comparing it with!

I have nothing but the best of care, including major surgery, it is my hospital of choice and whilst it may have it s faults, it is far better than my local hospital!
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: Sour gapes… no. My comments are based 100% on experience, as I said I worked there for a number of years and was lucky enough to get out, years of experience & training wasted as I am in a different line of work, simply because I see no future in Basildon Hospital and my career was based on the Hospital environment. The Hospital Trust needs to be re-organised so the hospital’s reputation can be re-built so that local people like me can trust in the care they are supposed to provide. When I phoned The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and ask them if they are part of Basildon Hospital they deny it and give there address as Dry st!! Simply put the Trust can not be trusted![/p][/quote]So you worked at the hospital you criticise so greatly, so it must be folk like you responsible fro the claims to poor care? The hospital is just a building, it is the folk that work their that are responsible for poor care if that claim is true! I choose to go to Basildon hospital rather than my own local seaside hospital in walking distance from my home. I have been to basildon since it first opened in the 70's, yes it has its faults, but so do all the other hospitals in the area, hospitals that are filthy, that serve hot food on cardboard plates, that don't have enough bedding so roll up blankets to make pillows, where patients 'fall' out of windows and consultants make serious medication errors, that has five 'never events' in as many months! Before you criticise Basildon hospital, you need to think about what you are comparing it with! I have nothing but the best of care, including major surgery, it is my hospital of choice and whilst it may have it s faults, it is far better than my local hospital! runwellian

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