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2006 Press Release Archive

January 2006

18th January 2006
Shoppers in Colchester invited to "Cancer Awareness Day"
A "Cancer Awareness Day" is being held at a Colchester superstore later this month (January).
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23rd January 2006
First meeting of the year for prostate cancer support group
The North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group will hold its first meeting of 2006 on Wednesday 1 February.
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26th January 2006
Plea for outpatients to help NHS trust improve services
People who have recently been hospital outpatients in North East Essex are being invited to an event in Colchester next month (February) aimed at improving services.
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27th January 2006
Hospital staff go tenpin "boweling" to beat cancer
Hospital staff from Colchester will be out in full flamboyant force on Wednesday night (1 Feb) to raise awareness of the UK's second biggest killer cancer - bowel cancer.
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February 2006

2nd February 2006
Support for young adults with cancer
A support group for young adults with cancer will be meeting in Ardleigh, near Colchester, on Monday 13 February.
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23rd February 2006
Cancer charity to be subject of talk
The cancer charity Macmillan will be the subject of talk at next week's (1 March) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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28th February 2006
Improvements to hospital's blood transfusion performance
Major improvements have been made to the way that blood is given to patients at Colchester General Hospital, according to an independent report.
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March 2006

6th March 2006
March meeting date for the Young Ones
The March meeting of Young Ones, a support group for adults between the ages of 20 and 40 with cancer, will take place at the Welshwood pub in Ardleigh, near Colchester, on Monday 13th March, starting at 7pm.
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8th March 2006
Schoolboy Matt, 15, inspires other young people with diabetes
An inspirational teenager who has overcome a diagnosis of diabetes to lead a full and active life will on Saturday (11th March) present 450 to Colchester General Hospital.
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14th March 2006
Events in Colchester and Tendring to mark Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
Specialist nurses and volunteers will be in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich next week (w/c 20 March) to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.
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27th March 2006
Guest speaker to give talk on improving cancer services
A talk called "Making a difference and improving your cancer services" will be given at next week's (5th) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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30th March 2006
PALS Awareness Week 2006
An independent and confidential service that helps people to get the most out of the NHS will be at the centre of an awareness week initiative in Colchester.
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30th March 2006
Specialist urological cancer centre for Colchester General Hospital
The decision to develop a specialist urological cancer centre in Colchester was today (Thurs) welcomed by the Chief Executive of Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust.
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April 2006

3rd April 2006
Support group for young adults with cancer
A support group for young adults with cancer will hold its next meeting near Colchester on Monday 10th April.
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25th April 2006
First patient receives renal dialysis in Colchester
A patient has become the first to receive renal dialysis at Colchester General Hospital.
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25th April 2006
A time to remember
A service of remembrance for those who have suffered the loss of their baby at any time during their pregnancy or around the time of birth takes place in Tendring next week (4th May).
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25th April 2006
Cancer specialist to give talk about radiotherapy
A cancer specialist from Essex County Hospital, Colchester, will give a talk at next week's meeting of the North East Essex Prostrate Cancer Support Group.
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28th April 2006
May meeting date for Young Ones
Next month's meeting of Young Ones, a support group for young adults with cancer, takes place near Colchester on Monday 8 May.
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May 2006

31st May 2006
Party for Hospital's unsung heroes
A special party is being held in honour of the unsung heroes who play a vital role in Colchester's two NHS hospitals.
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30th May 2006
Hospice director to be guest speaker
A director from St Helena Hospice will be the guest speaker at next week's (7 June) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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15th May 2006
Appeal for volunteers to help support NHS patients and staff
A plea has been made for more people to volunteer to become lay chaplains to support NHS patients and staff throughout North East Essex.
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11th May 2006
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust publishes details of its performance
The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital has just published information about how it performed last year against national standards.
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10th May 2006
Ward staff roll up their sleeves to help transform dayroom
A dayroom that has been completely transformed into an oasis of calm for patients and their visitors at Colchester General Hospital will be officially opened on Thursday (11th).
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June 2006

30th June 2006
July meeting date for Young Ones
The next meeting of Young Ones, a support group for young adults with cancer, will take place near Colchester on Monday 10 July.
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30th June 2006
Colchester's hospitals score highly in annual inspection
Top marks have been given to Colchester's hospitals for their cleanliness and infection control by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).
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30th June 2006
"Waynetta Rooney" to help launch new wheelchair service
A 12-year-old girl who suffered a fractured metatarsal playing football the day before the World Cup began will next week help launch a new service that will provide short-term loans of wheelchairs to people living in the Colchester postcode area.
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26th June 2006
Guest speaker will talk about diet and lifestyle
Diet and lifestyle will be the subject of a talk by the guest speaker at next week's (5 July) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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13th June 2006
Trust Board decides change of plan for hospital development
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust today announced it had withdrawn from its partnership with private sector funders on a project to centralise its services on the site of Colchester General Hospital.
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12th June 2006
New short-term wheelchair loan service about to be launched for Colchester area
A new service that will provide short-term loans of wheelchairs to people living in the Colchester postcode area will be launched early next month.
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1st June 2006
Colchester's Stroke Unit is one of the best
The Stroke Unit at Colchester General Hospital is one of the best performing in the country and is a shining example to other health organisations.
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July 2006

18th July 2006
Youngster and nurses step out in aid of Children's Ward
Youngsters under the care of the Children's Ward at Colchester General Hospital will next month (Aug) join nursing staff on a sponsored walk.
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4th July 2006
Charity and NHS trust team up to offer heart screening to people aged 14-35
A heart screening clinic for teenagers and young adults will be held later this month at Colchester General Hospital.
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4th July 2006
10m digital revolution comes to North East Essex
Colchester General Hospital has become the first hospital in Essex to replace film with digital technology as part of a 10.139m project.
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August 2006

29th August 2006
Chance for quiz teams to support Children's Ward
Nurses on the Children's Ward at Colchester General Hospital are appealing for teams of 4-6 players to take part in a fundraising quiz next month (Sept).
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29th August 2006
First meeting after summer
The North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group will hold its first meeting after the summer break in Colchester on Wednesday 6 September.
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21st August 2006
Public invited to annual meeting of Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust
The annual public meeting of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will take place early next month (Sept).
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11th August 2006
Health trust praised for its management of medicines
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust has an "excellent" record of managing its medicines according to a national report.
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8th August 2006
Hospital makes pool more widely available
More people than ever before will be able to benefit from a hydrotherapy pool at Colchester General Hospital, thanks to an idea by therapy staff.
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7th August 2006
Medical First Saves Mother's Life
A grateful mother has paid tribute to the surgeons who saved her life during a ground breaking emergency keyhole surgery operation.
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7th August 2006
Meeting date for Young Ones
Young Ones, a support group for young adults with cancer, will hold its next meeting near Colchester on Monday 14 August.
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September 2006

26th September 2006
Colchester surgeon to be guest speaker
A surgeon based at Colchester General Hospital will be the guest speaker at next week's (Wed 4 Oct) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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26th September 2006
Essex researchers issue warning about lack of funding
Researchers in Colchester today (26 Sept) warned that the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme that is now being rolled out across the country is underfunded.
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14th September 2006
Pharmacy unit - and patients - benefit from £2.6m investment
Pharmacy staff at Colchester General Hospital are making patient medication in ultra-clean conditions thanks to a £2.6m investment.
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13th September 2006
Colchester nurse plans charity yomp across Cuba
A nurse at Colchester General Hospital preparing to take part in a trek across Cuba is appealing for help to raise £1,400 for Age Concern.
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6th September 2006
Patients' views vital to drive forward service improvements
A total of 850 people from across North East Essex will next week [ie w/c 11 Sept] be invited to take part in a survey designed to improve hospital services in Colchester.
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4th September 2006
September meeting date for Young Ones
The September meeting of Young Ones, a support group for young adults with cancer, takes place near Colchester on Monday 11 September.
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4th September 2006
A service of remembrance
For the 13th consecutive year, a service of remembrance will be held in Colchester next week (12 Sept) for all those who have suffered the loss of their baby at any time during their pregnancy or around the time of birth.
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October 2006

23rd October 2006
Professor will be guest speaker
An eminent urologist who retired earlier this year will be the guest speaker at next month's (Nov) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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18th October 2006
Colchester General Hospital - centralisation plans
A one-off publication is now available as part of a consultation into plans by Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust to centralise its core services onto the site of Colchester General Hospital.
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12th October 2006
"Good" rating for quality of services at Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust
The overall quality of services provided at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital in 2005/2006 was good, says an independent report published today (Thurs).
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11th October 2006
Join local breast cancer prevention study, says Judith
Medical personal assistant, Judith Abbott, today joined researchers from Essex County Hospital, Colchester, in appealing for more women to take part in a breast cancer prevention study co-ordinated by Cancer Research UK called IBIS-2.
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6th October 2006
Ask about your medicine
Pharmacists in the Colchester area are encouraging older people to ask more about the medicines they take.
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5th October 2006
Concerts to raise funds for scanner
A blues singer who recently had her life saved in a ground-breaking operation is staging a number of gigs to raise money for a hospital scanner.
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4th October 2006
Hundreds expected at Colchester's biggest ever stoma care exhibition
An exhibition will be held in the Moot Hall at Colchester Town Hall next week (14 Oct) for people with a stoma, their families and carers.
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November 2006

28th November 2006
Festive end to the year for cancer support group
The final meeting of 2006 for the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group will take the form of a "Christmas social".
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23rd November 2006
North East Essex Wheelchair Service - a statement
Despite recent media interest, the North East Essex Wheelchair Service would like to advise ALL colleagues that we have not changed our criteria.
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16th November 2006
New surgeon strengthens leading keyhole surgery team
One of Europe's leading laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery teams has been strengthened by the recruitment of a new, highly experienced surgeon.
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16th November 2006
Hospital and ambulance trusts unite on war on waste
A plea has been made for patients requiring non-emergency transport to and from hospitals in Colchester to stop abusing the system.
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13th November 2006
Nurse calls it a day - after 40 years!
A nurse who has worked on the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Colchester for the past 27 years retires next week (21 Nov) after an NHS career spanning five decades.
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7th November 2006
Nurse welcomes conviction over hospital assault
A nurse who was hit and kicked by a patient while on duty at Colchester General Hospital has welcomed the conviction of her assailant.
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7th November 2006
Open day - See health service's unsung heroes in action
Occupational therapists are regarded as the unsung heroes of the health service for the vital role they play in rehabilitating patients after illness or accidents.
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3rd November 2006
Press statement
Measures taken by Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust to improve services and reduce debt are already paying dividends.
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3rd November 2006
New Centre Improves Patient Experience
A £140,000 centre at Colchester General Hospital has shortened the time patients spend in hospital before and after surgery.
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1st November 2006
Health chiefs take tough stance on violence
Bosses at Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust have issued a strong message that acts of verbal or physical abuse against members of staff will not be tolerated.
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1st November 2006
ERIC will help patients to get the most from their medicines
A new cartoon character called ERIC is helping to ensure that hospital patients in North East Essex are being given the medicines that best meet their needs.
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December 2006

21st December 2006
Christmas Tree Competition
Staff at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital got into the festive spirit when they took part in a Christmas Tree competition.
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21st December 2006
Senior nurse appeals for public to check on elderly during cold snap
A&E staff in Colchester today (Thurs) made an urgent plea for people to keep a caring eye on elderly relatives and neighbours during the current cold snap.
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21st December 2006
Helen Parr Appointed
The Appointments Commission appointed a new Non-Executive Director to the NHS Trust which runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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12th December 2006
Babies return to Colchester Special Care Baby Unit for Christmas party
About 60 babies who have spent at least a month in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Colchester General Hospital during 2006 have been invited back to the hospital on Sunday for a Christmas party.
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12th December 2006
Football stars bring festive joy to children's ward
Ipswich Town first team players will spread Christmas joy when they visit the children's ward at Colchester General Hospital this week.
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6th December 2006
Thousands of Essex residents to benefit from £2m telecare project
A new project using the latest technology to help 4,000 people from all over Essex maintain their health and independence will be launched in Colchester next week (11th Dec).
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