Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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|Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust|
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Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (also known as Southend University Hospital and commonly referred to as Southend Hospital) is an NHS hospital located in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Southend University Hospital has 157 consultants providing various services, and serves a catchment area with a population of about 350,000. It has officially been designated cancer centre status, and has also gained NHS Foundation Trust status under the name Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
In 1887, to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, a public fund was started with the aim of building a hospital, and the site for Southend's first hospital was bought for £350 (in Warrior Square, near to Southend High Street). Built at a cost of £1,287 4s 6d, Southend Victoria Hospital was opened in May 1888. By Christmas, with eight beds and two cots, it had treated 61 patients at an average weekly cost of 4s 6d (22.5p).
Further building work began in 1930, and the new building was officially opened by the Rt. Hon Earl of Iveagh in 1932. In 1948, when the hospital was taken over by the Ministry of Health under the newly formed NHS, there were 24 consultants and 11 resident medical staff.
In December 2013, chief executive Jacqueline Totterdell announced that the hospital was considering merging some functions with other local hospitals.
In June 2014, the Trust was described as having “one of the worst performing accident and emergency departments in the country”, which “repeatedly failed to consistently meet the national target of seeing most A&E patients within four hours, and ensure most wait less than 18 weeks for operations” by Monitor (NHS).
A joint pathology venture with Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Integrated Pathology Partnerships was set up in August 2014. A new laboratory will be built at Dobson House, in Bentalls, Basildon.
The Chief Executive Officer of the hospital is Sue Hardy, the Medical Director is Neil Rothnie and Chairman of Consultant Staff Committee is Sohail Ansari.
- "Southend University Hospital history". Southend University Hospital. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Savage cuts mean hospitals may start sharing departments". Southend Standard. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- "Monitor takes further action against Southend FT". Health Service Journal. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Deal signed to keep pathology services local". Southend Standard. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.