27 Nov Basildon committee to discuss major plans to improve health services
Moving a range of hospital outpatient and diagnostic services into Basildon town centre, expanding emergency care, improving Basildon Hospital’s arrival facilities and site layout, and providing housing for hospital staff and students are all part of an exciting package of measures developed through a Memorandum of Understanding between Basildon Hospital and Basildon Council.
The package will be discussed by at Basildon Council’s Policy and Resources committee on Thursday 30 November.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Basildon Hospital and Basildon Council was approved in March enabling the two organisations to work together using their different skills, resources and assets to improve health outcomes for people across the borough. The details of the work programme to be discussed by councillors next week have been developed over recent months.
As part of the plans a range of outpatient and diagnostic services could be moved to Basildon town centre, initially on a temporary basis while a permanent facility is sought.
This will free up hospital space at the existing campus and enable the expansion of emergency care as well as improvement works to be made, including developing a distribution hub for patients, better arrival facilities, and changes to the site layout which would improve access for emergency vehicles and reduce parking pressure. Basildon Council could utilise its borrowing capability to fund the scheme.