Coronavirus update: Hospital outpatient appointments

In order to free up staff to help our response to coronavirus the hospitals in mid and south Essex (Basildon Hospital, Southend Hospital and Broomfield Hospital) are stopping all non-time critical outpatient appointments and x-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound scans and nuclear medicine from Monday 23 March. They will also be reducing the number of routine operations and procedures over the next three weeks.

They will continue to provide outpatient appointments, scans and procedures for patients who need them urgently, for example patients with suspected or confirmed cancer. They will provide these initial outpatient consultations over the phone or by video link.

They will contact all patients affected by these changes over the next two weeks, by phone or letter, to confirm what they need to do. If you have an urgent query about your appointment please contact

Changes to visiting arrangements

For the safety of patients and staff, from 24 March visitors will not be permitted to enter Southend Hospital, Basildon Hospital or Broomfield Hospital.

The only exceptions will be:

  • Where a patient is receiving end-of-life care
  • A partner accompanying a woman in labour
  • Children's wards and neonatal units, one visitor per child


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