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Essex County Hospital Transfer

Updated 22 November 2017

Background

Essex County Hospital

For many years, it has been the Trust's strategy to centralise acute services at Colchester General.

As part of plans to improve services to and facilities for patients, all of the clinical services currently provided at Essex County Hospital are being transferred to other health care sites in Colchester, mainly to Colchester General Hospital and Colchester Primary Care Centre.

Read more about this, using the menus on the left.

Any enquiries about the project can be emailed to: ECHtransfer@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk


Service by service location when services transfer

Audiology services will move to the second floor of the Primary Care Centre on Turner Road in summer 2018. Read more here.

Breast Services are moving to the Gainsborough Wing, CGH, February 2018; this is part of a redesign and refurbishment of the ground floor of Gainsborough Wing.

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services will move to the second floor of the Primary Care Centre on Turner Road in summer 2018. Read more here.

Nuclear Medicine will relocate to a new "multi-modality diagnostic imaging unit" on the Colchester General Hospital site which is being developed in partnership with Alliance Medical (AML). Construction work started in January 2017. The building is expected to be operational in early 2018.

Ophthalmology services will move into the first floor of the Primary Care Centre on Turner Road in summer 2018. Read more here.

Oral Surgery The Trust is in discussion with Mid Essex Hospitals Services NHS Trust, which will lead the new service model for oral surgery in the county, on what facilities it will require in the PCC as part of the Colchester spoke of the Essex-wide service. Read more here.

Radiation Protection We are working with the team to identify appropriate accommodation on the Colchester General Hospital site.

Radiology We are working with the team to identify appropriate accommodation to provide the Radiology service from spring/summer 2018.

Wheelchair Services We have had to reconsider the plan to relocate these services to 214 Turner Road due to the change of Pathology arrangements. We are working with the team to identify appropriate commercial accommodation in Colchester.


ECH Heritage Project

The Trust is working in partnership with the University of Essex, with support from the Colchester Medical Society and the Colchester League of Hospital Friends, on a project to help preserve the history of Essex County Hospital.

University of Essex students Deborah Wiltshire, Kyle Cameron-Symes and Amy Powis are working under the supervision of lecturer Dr Alix Green from the Department of History to accurately record materials relating to the hospital’s past. They are also looking to find ways of making this material available to the wider community.

You can read more in this Press Release and visit the ECH Heritage Website that has been created by the Students by following this link: echheritage.org/2017/07/03/the-essex-county-hospital-heritage-project

See our Press release regarding the Heritage Project


Trust collaboration with Essex County Council

In March 2017, the Trust reached an agreement with Essex County Council to work together on the future redevelopment of Essex County Hospital.

The County Council collaborates with local authorities and public sector organisations in Essex to identify unwanted buildings and land for new homes.

Read more here.


Detailed design work for the Primary Care Centre

There has been a delay to this project meaning the building works are not due to start until autumn 2017. We are currently working with Kier and their design team on agreeing a final cost plan and construction programme for the works.

The architects designing the space for our use have submitted their planning application to the local council so we can build a new lift shaft to improve access to the first and second floors.

Other moves

Enquiries

Any enquiries about the project can be emailed to: ECHtransfer@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk