Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation trust have announced the go ahead for the MSE reconfigeration.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has accepted the Independent Reconfiguration Panel’s recommendation.
The changes for patients include; Consolidation of emergency vascular surgery at Basildon Hospital from both Broomfield and Southend Hospitals. The transfer of spinal surgery from Basildon Hospital to Southend Hospital. Patients at Basildon and Southend hospitals waiting for a hip or knee operation will have the option of being treated at Braintree Community Hospital so that they can be seen more quickly. Emergency out-of-hours interventional radiology services to be consolidated at a hub based at Basildon Hospital.
A spokesperson from the Hospitals trust said: “Our plan to reconfigure hospital services will improve care and outcomes for over 1.2 million people who live in mid and south Essex, so I am delighted that the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has advised that we should press ahead with our plans.
“We know that making the changes will improve patient outcomes and help us achieve compliance with national service standards and we can now plan for implementation of our first stage of changes this autumn with confidence.
“The excellent work from our staff from every discipline over the past years has assured new sustainable and high quality clinical services for the people of mid and south Essex. We are on track to deliver phase one of the reconfiguration this autumn. We are also expecting to merge our three Trusts next year. It will put us amongst the biggest NHS organisations in the country, meaning more support for staff, a stronger financial position and excellent outcomes for patients.”