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 University Hospital, Orsett Hospital, The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre[1] and Billericay St. Andrew's Centre. It became a Foundation Trust in 2004.

A merger with Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust was proposed in January 2018.[2]


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 set up an Electronic health record system in 2010, digitising all its 450,000 patient records. It hopes to save £1 million per year in reduced operating costs and £1.6m a year by improved efficiency.[5]


The Trust uses the Single Transferable Vote voting system to elect its Council of Governors.[6]

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.[7]


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from

The trust had a 3 star rating in 2006.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

In July 2013 as a result of the Keogh Review the Trust was put into special measures by Monitor[11] In October 2013 the Trust was put into the highest risk category by the Care Quality Commission.[12] It was put into a buddying arrangement with Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.[13] In June 2014 it was the first trust to come out of special measures after what the health secretary described as a "remarkable turnaround".[14]

The trust described how a radical overhaul of its corporate governance structure and risk management improved its safety record. Staff were encouraged to report near misses, raising the number of incidents reported.[15]

In 2014/5 the trust was given a loan of £10.6 million by the Department of Health which was supposed to be paid back in five years but has in fact already been repaid.[16] It spent 9.4% of its total turnover on agency staff in 2014/5.[17]

In January 2016 it was said by Monitor to be "financially unsustainable".[18]


A joint pathology venture with Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Integrated Pathology Partnerships was set up in August 2014. A new laboratory was built at laboratory at Dobson House, in Bentalls, Basildon.[19] It is expected to process more than 12 million tests per year for 250 GP surgeries as well as the two hospital trusts.[20]

Hospital Radio[edit]

Basildon Hospital has had its own Hospital Radio service since 1974. It started life in a broadcasting van outside of the hospital premises. They now operate a full 24 hour service with a full program service every evening from 7pm until late and all day at the weekends with a music jukebox playing during non-broadcasting hours.

Programs are based around specific genres like, country, 60's, jazz, charts and quiz shows. In 2014 they celebrated their 40th anniversary with the hospital departments being involved in the celebrations, local press coverage covered the birthday weekend and local MP Stephen Metcalfe (politician) joined the celebrations.

The alternative name for the station is BHR1287 and can be listened to not only in the hospital but outside on am radio 1287 locally and on various music apps nationally.


Basildon University 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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  1. ^ "Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Essex CTC". Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  2. ^ "Basildon, Southend and Broomfield hospitals back merger plans". BBC. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - About us". 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2014". Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Basildon and Thurrock NHS Trust digitises 450,000 patient records". Computer Weekly. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  6. ^ NHS Foundation Trusts using STV Archived 2011-10-08 at the Wayback Machine - STV Action. Accessed 26 July 2009
  7. ^ "Ian Luder new UKIP candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock". BBC News. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  8. ^ Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Star Rating Information[permanent dead link] - NHS in England. Accessed 22 September 2006
  9. ^ [1] - BBC News, retrieved 11-26-2009.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Keogh review: Hospital death rates". BBC News. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  12. ^ "NHS Trusts put in risk categories - full list". Independent. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  13. ^ "'Buddy' trusts could double their money under bonus scheme". Health Service Journal. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Basildon removed from special measures" (9 June 2014). Health Service Journal. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  15. ^ Thorpe, Giles (18 May 2015). "Clinical governance: The formula for a safer hospital". Health Service Journal. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  16. ^ "11 trusts whose DH bailouts were converted to loans". Health Service Journal. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Agency spending: the real picture". Health Service Journal. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Hospital trust 'financially unsustainable'". Health Service Journal. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Deal signed to keep pathology services local". Southend Standard. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Duke of Kent visits Basildon and Southend's pathology service". Yellow Advertiser. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.

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