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Essex County Hospital Transfer

Updated 15 August 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


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.


Service by service location when services transfer

Audiology services will move to the second floor of the Primary Care Centre on Turner Road in early 2018.

Breast Services are moving to the Gainsborough Wing, CGH, December 2017;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 spring/summer 2018.

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 spring/summer 2018.

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.

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

Radiology. The facility at the Primary Care Centre will be used 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.

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