Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare for people in the south west Essex, in the East of England. There are two hospitals in the trust, a specialist cardiothoracic centre and one clinical centre: Basildon Hospital, Orsett Hospital, The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre [1] and Billericay St. Andrew's Centre. It became a Foundation Trust in 2004.

The trust had a 3 star rating in 2006 [2] and in 2005 its budget was £146 million and it treated 55,000 patients.[3] In 2013/14 the Trust budget was £288 million and it treated 77,500 inpatients and day cases, 300,000 outpatients and 103,000 A&E consultations. [4] The Trust uses the Single Transferable Vote voting system to elect its Council of Governors.[5]

In November 2009, the Care Quality Commission found some places in Basildon Hospital to have stained floors and curtains, blood-splattered trays, badly soiled mattresses, equipment still used after the use-by date, and so on. The CQC have said they are going to send an "expert taskforce" into the hospital, to improve the cleanliness and drive rapid improvements in patient care.[6] The latest CQC inspection of Basildon Hospital in March 2014 found significant improvements. Services were described as effective, caring, responsive and well-led with seven out of eight areas rated as good or outstanding. [7]

On 28 March 2012, Ian Luder was announced as the new chair of the Trust. He took up the post on 1 July that year. In January 2015 he stepped down after being selected as the UKIP candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock[8]

In July 2013 as a result of the Keogh Review the Trust was put into special measures by Monitor[9] In October 2013 the Trust was put into the highest risk category by the Care Quality Commission.[10] It was put into a buddying arrangement with Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.[11] In June 2014 it was the first trust to come out of special measures after what the health secretary described as a “remarkable turnaround”.[12]

A joint pathology venture with Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Integrated Pathology Partnerships was set up in August 2014. A new laboratory will be built at laboratory at Dobson House, in Bentalls, Basildon.[13]


Basildon Hospital is located in Basildon, to the south of the town centre at 51°33′30″N 0°27′13″E / 51.55833°N 0.45361°E / 51.55833; 0.45361. Orsett Hospital is located in Orsett. St Andrew's Centre is located in Billericay.

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  2. ^ Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Star Rating Information - NHS in England. Accessed 22 September 2006
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  5. ^ NHS Foundation Trusts using STV - STV Action. Accessed 26 July 2009
  6. ^ [1] - BBC News, retrieved 11-26-2009.
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  8. ^ "Ian Luder new UKIP candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock". BBC News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Keogh review: Hospital death rates". BBC News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "NHS Trusts put in risk categories - full list". Independent. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "‘Buddy’ trusts could double their money under bonus scheme". Health Service Journal. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Basildon removed from special measures" (9 June 2014). Health Service Journal. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Deal signed to keep pathology services local". Southend Standard. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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