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2007 Press Release Archive

January 2007

26th January 2007
Hospital staff go tenpin "boweling" to beat cancer
Hospital staff from Colchester will be out in full flamboyant force on Thursday night (1 Feb) to raise awareness of the UK's second biggest killer cancer - bowel cancer.
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26th January 2007
Patsy Kensit gets hands on experience at Colchester General Hospital
When Patsy Kensit makes her debut in her new role as a Holby City nurse next week, it will be largely thanks to the staff at Colchester General Hospital.
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23rd January 2007
New Hospital Exercise Class
A new exercise class which could potentially help dozens of patients avoid surgery is being launched at Colchester General Hospital.
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22nd January 2007
Bertha's on her way to Braintree!
A giant four-year-old called Bertha is on her way to Braintree next week (31 Jan) and over the next eight months could help up to 7,500 women.
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11th January 2007
New consultant triggers launch of new 24-hour service
The appointment of a new specialist surgeon at Colchester General Hospital is set to benefit hundreds of patients with circulation problems.
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3rd January 2007
Create a new you in the New Year
People who are overweight or obese are being offered a free weight loss programme.
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February 2007

27th February 2007
Quality award will reassure patients with cancer
Cancer patients at Essex County Hospital in Colchester can be confident of receiving a high-quality radiotherapy service following a rigorous independent assessment.
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20th February 2007
New centre helps slice huge chunk off wheelchair waiting list
The North East Essex Wheelchair Service has reduced its waiting list by 30% in one year thanks to a move to a new centre enabling staff to put new ideas into practice.
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20th February 2007
Aggressive patients may face hospital ban
Hospital chiefs are reinforcing their firm stance against patients who are verbally or physically aggressive towards staff.
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19th February 2007
Prostate awareness evening being planned for Colchester
Organisers of an awareness evening in Colchester dedicated to a gland that only men have are stressing that it is hugely important that women attend as well.
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14th February 2007
Hospital warns public about temporary road closures
The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital is warning patients and the public that part of the road on which the hospital stands will be closed for 48 hours later this month.
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7th February 2007
Breast Unit brings in service improvement
A drop-in clinic in Colchester for women requiring a breast prosthesis has been made an appointment-only service. This is for women who have had treatment for breast cancer.
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7th February 2007
Virtual Purple kicks hairdresser's diary into the dustbin of history
Up to 25% more patients a week are being seen at a Colchester day unit after staff ditched a "hairdresser's diary" in favour of a computerised booking system.
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2nd February 2007
New clinic launched to help patients with complex wounds
A new clinic has been launched at Colchester General Hospital to improve standards of care for patients with complex wounds.
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2nd February 2007
Cancer specialist to be guest speaker
A cancer specialist will give a talk about radiotherapy at next week's (7 Feb) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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March 2007

30th March 2007
Stanway women called for vital screenings
More than 2,000 women from the Stanway area of Colchester are to be invited for NHS breast screening.
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26th March 2007
Guest speaker will be from major cancer charity
Information about the support that is available from a major charity will be the subject of a talk at next week's (Wed 4 April) meeting in Colchester of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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13th March 2007
Pharmacy shake-up will benefit patients
An initiative to make better use of the clinical skills of pharmacy staff in order to benefit patients has been announced by Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust.
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12th March 2007
Opportunity for people aged 14-35 to check out their heart
A heart screening clinic for teenagers and young adults will be held at Colchester General Hospital later this month (March).
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6th March 2007
Stella arrives to help Tendring women
Stella has made a big arrival in Dovercourt to help thousands of women across the Tendring area.
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2nd March 2007
Tree Planting
Ten new trees are to be planted next to the Gainsborough Wing at Colchester General Hospital.
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April 2007

30th April 2007
North East Essex women to benefit from appeal success
A maternity and gynaecological ultrasound scanner which detects problems in early pregnancy is to be presented to staff at Colchester General Hospital.
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25th April 2007
Halstead Road Runners Charity Marathon
Members of Halstead Road Runners will this afternoon (Wed) meet staff at the cancer unit at Essex County Hospital, Colchester, to present a cheque for £771 raised at the club's 2006 marathon.
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23rd April 2007
Chaplaincy team organises annual service of remembrance
The annual service of remembrance in Tendring for those who have suffered the loss of their baby at any time during their pregnancy or around the time of birth will take place next week (3 May).
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23rd April 2007
Cancer specialist will talk about radiotherapy
A Colchester cancer specialist will be the guest speaker at next week's (Wed 2 May) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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19th April 2007
Physiotherapy department unveils new equipment, thanks to Friends
The physiotherapy department at Colchester General Hospital has gratefully received £1,600 worth of new equipment that will improve patient care.
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18th April 2007
Women's views vital to drive service improvements
Women who gave birth in North East Essex in February are about to be invited to take part in a survey designed to improve maternity care.
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11th April 2007
Desperate nurses - and one doctor - let it all hang out!
Desperate nurses will next week (April 17/18/19) let it all hang out and bare their naked bottoms to shoppers at a Colchester superstore.
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5th April 2007
Mother of two raises money for special baby unit at London marathon - with a little help from the kids
Running 26.2 miles in the London marathon on April 22 feels like the easy bit for full time mum Karen Hopegood from Rivenhall in Essex.
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May 2007

31st May 2007
Elderly hospital patients to benefit from £12,000 scanner
Elderly patients are to benefit from a £12,000 scanner that will next week (5 June) be presented to Colchester General Hospital.
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30th May 2007
Support group to learn about the work of St. Helena Hospice
A director from Colchester's hospice will be the guest speaker at next week's (6 June) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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29th May 2007
Harwich nurse to retire after almost three decades of caring
One of the longest-serving members of nursing staff at the community hospital in Harwich is to retire this week (Thurs) after almost 29 years.
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25th May 2007
Celebrities lend an artistic hand to help Children's Ward
Ruby Wax and Noel Edmonds are among the celebrities who will next month (June) be helping to raise money for the Children's Ward at Colchester General Hospital.
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22nd May 2007
Surgeon is inspired by wife to run for Lupus UK
A 53-year-old Colchester surgeon is training to take part in a 10k run to raise money for a charity that supports people with the condition his wife was diagnosed with in 2000.
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22nd May 2007
£1,000 raised in two months - and there's more to come!
Estate agents are not generally renowned for their generosity but Adrian Parker from Clacton is helping to buck the trend.
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17th May 2007
Three Essex NHS Trusts Shortlisted for Award
Three NHS Trusts in Essex have been shortlisted for awards in the 2007 Innovation Competition organised by Health Enterprise East (HEE), the NHS innovation hub for the East of England.
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15th May 2007
Third anniversary for heart screening clinic
The next heart screening clinic for teenagers and young adults at Colchester General Hospital will be held later this month (May).
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14th May 2007
Patients benefit from telephone follow-up clinic
A telephone follow-up clinic run by a nurse at Colchester General Hospital for patients with long-term blood conditions is sparking national interest.
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8th May 2007
A&E nurse to show pre-school children how to make a sling
A nurse from Colchester General Hospital will on Thursday (10 May) help pre-school children celebrate Red Cross Appeal Week.
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8th May 2007
Boost for mums-to-be and their unborn babies
Pregnant women and their unborn babies will benefit from a major improvement that has just been introduced to midwifery services throughout North East Essex.
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3rd May 2007
Retired lorry driver makes medical history at the age of 74
A 74-year-old great-grandfather from Great Clacton has become the first patient at Colchester General Hospital to benefit from a new type of minimally invasive surgery.
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June 2007

29th June 2007
Independence Day opening for Independent Living Centre
The first Independent Living Centre (ILC) in Essex is to be officially opened in Colchester next week (4 July).
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26th June 2007
Stella moves on to help thousands more women
After a four month stay helping women in Dovercourt Stella will soon be moving on to do the same in the Manningtree area.
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26th June 2007
"Meet me, Tell me, Join me" says Trust's Chief Executive
A series of five public meetings during July has been announced by Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust in support of its application for NHS Foundation Trust status.
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25th June 2007
Diet will be on the menu at cancer group meeting
A Colchester dietitian will be the guest speaker at next week's (4 July) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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25th June 2007
England's most senior pharmacist to visit Colchester
The most senior pharmacist in England will be in Colchester on Friday (29 June) to officially open a unit that has undergone a 2.6m investment.
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21st June 2007
Nurse organises event to reduce number of falls
Health care professionals are being invited to a special event in Colchester next week (26 June) aimed at reducing the number of falls victims.
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20th June 2007
Colchester clinicians star at BAFTA performance
Two consultants and a nurse from Colchester presented workshops to a national network of bowel cancer patients in central London.
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18th June 2007
Man jailed for nurse attack
A Clacton man has been handed a 12-month prison term after he pleaded guilty to punching a nurse while receiving hospital treatment.
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13th June 2007
Consultation begins on plans to become an NHS Foundation Trust
A 12-week public consultation begins today (Wed) on plans by Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust to become an NHS Foundation Trust from April next year.
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11th June 2007
Three Essex NHS Trusts Win Awards in Innovation Competition
Three Essex NHS Trusts scooped awards in the 2007 Innovation Competition organised by Health Enterprise East (HEE), the NHS innovation hub for the East of England.
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4th June 2007
Who said there's no such thing as a free meal?!
Patients and visitors who arrive at Colchester General Hospital or Essex County Hospital on 19 June by bicycle are to be offered a free meal - and the chance to win a free holiday.
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July 2007

27th July 2007
Hospital announces new University status
Colchester General Hospital has just received a welcome boost to its NHS Foundation Trust (FT) application - it learned this week it has been awarded University Hospital status by the University of London.
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25th July 2007
New access road planned for Colchester General Hospital
A new access road is planned for Colchester General Hospital to give ambulances faster access to the Emergency department.
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17th July 2007
Places available at CRY's next heart screening clinic
A few places are still available at a heart screening clinic for teenagers and young adults being held at Colchester General Hospital next week (28 July).
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13th July 2007
Ball raises more than £11,000 for cancer research
A ball held at Le Talbooth country house hotel and restaurant in Dedham has raised £11,400 for Cancer Research UK.
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5th July 2007
Essex Rivers implement remote access for radiologists
Radiologists at the Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust are able to view PACS images remotely thanks to a new secure remote access solution from infrastructure specialists Eurodata.
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5th July 2007
Google lists wrong address for Colchester General Hospital
Some letters destined for Colchester General Hospital have been going astray.
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3rd July 2007
Eminent professor to share her research with Colchester clinicians
A professor of cancer medicine from Australia will later today (Tues 3 July) give a lecture to hospital staff in Colchester during a brief visit to her native Essex.
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3rd July 2007
William Craig reappointed
The Appointments Commission has reappointed a non-executive director to the NHS Trust which runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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August 2007

30th August 2007
Football stars back Children's Ward appeal
Captain Karl Duguid and midfield favourite Kevin Watson are among the Colchester United stars backing an appeal being launched to help sick children.
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30th August 2007
Distinguished surgeon to retire after 25 years as a consultant
One of the longest-serving consultants in Colchester retires tomorrow (Fri) after 25 years' NHS service in North East Essex.
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24th August 2007
Support group meets for first time after summer break
The North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group will meet early next month (5 Sept) after its annual summer break.
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24th August 2007
Surgeon completes run to raise thousands for charity close to his heart
A Colchester surgeon has raised more than £3,000 for a research into an incurable condition that has had a profound effect on his wife's life.
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23rd August 2007
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 next month (Sept).
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15th August 2007
Rotarians donate specialist chair to stroke unit
The Kelvedon and District Rotary Club is to donate a £2,650 specialist chair to the Stroke Unit, where its former president is currently being treated.
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8th August 2007
Hospital cyclists praised for their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint
Hospital staff who took part in the Bike2Work Challenge designed to help the environment have been praised for their efforts.
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7th August 2007
Hundreds more women called for vital breast screenings
More than a thousand women from the Lexden area of Colchester are to be invited for NHS breast screening.
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September 2007

27th September 2007
Sophie, 8, and Thomas, 3, to open new children's garden
A £50,000 children's garden is to be opened at Colchester General Hospital on Saturday (29th)
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26th September 2007
Woman joins internationally renowned "keyhole surgery" team
A pioneering woman surgeon has this month joined the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital.
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24th September 2007
Colchester urologist to be guest speaker
A consultant urologist will be the guest speaker at next week's (3 Oct) meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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18th September 2007
Life After Breast Cancer tea party 2007
An appeal is being made for people who have been treated for breast cancer to attend a "Life After Breast Cancer" tea party in Colchester.
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17th September 2007
Service of remembrance will be the 14th in Colchester
This year's service of remembrance in Colchester for those who have suffered the loss of their baby at any time during pregnancy or around the time of birth will take place next week.
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14th September 2007
Supermum Karen and young daughters donate to baby unit
A marathon runner who uses a special pushchair to take her young daughters on training runs will next week (Tues) present £316 to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Colchester General Hospital.
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10th September 2007
Plea for recruits to play key role in supporting patients and staff
A recruitment drive is under way for volunteer chaplaincy visitors to support patients and health staff across North East Essex.
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5th September 2007
Patient views vital to drive service improvements
A total of 850 patients who recently stayed in hospital in Colchester are about to be asked their views on the care they received.
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3rd September 2007
Full service resumes at Harwich maternity unit
A full service resumes today (Mon) at the maternity unit at The Fryatt Hospital in Harwich, Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust has announced.
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October 2007

30th October 2007
Early Pregnancy Unit launched at Colchester General Hospital
A new service has been launched at Colchester General Hospital for women who experience acute problems during the first five months of pregnancy.
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29th October 2007
Colchester surgeon to give talk on "Complications of prostate cancer"
"Complications of prostate cancer" will be the subject of a talk to be given at the November meeting of the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group.
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19th October 2007
Ardleigh women called for breast screening
More than a thousand women from the Ardleigh area of Colchester are to be invited for NHS breast screening.
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17th October 2007
Health watchdog says Trust provides "good quality of service to patients"
The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital continued to make progress in 2006/2007, according to performance ratings published today (Thurs).
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16th October 2007
Darts pro takes part in charity football match for Colchester hospital
A professional darts player flew in from a tournament in Ireland to help an old friend from Clacton raise more than £3,000 for Colchester General Hospital.
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11th October 2007
Nurse's appeal to help fund her passage to India
A student nurse from Colchester will on Monday (15th) take part in a 20-mile sponsored walk to raise money to fund a work placement at a hospital in India.
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11th October 2007
Roadshow to tour North East Essex to promote Infection Control Week
A roadshow will tour North East Essex next week (15-19 Oct) to increase awareness of infection control among members of the public, patients and NHS staff.
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9th October 2007
Calling All Beauty Consultants - Your Hospital Needs YOU!
Look Good Feel Better launches beauty workshops for women cancer patients at Essex County Hospital
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8th October 2007
New name provides health trust with identity
Health chiefs have approved a new name for Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust if it is successful in its bid for Foundation status.
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5th October 2007
Breast care nurse to speak at "The Pink Night" fundraising event
A Colchester breast care nurse will be the keynote speaker at "The Pink Night" next week to raise money for cancer research.
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4th October 2007
Bertha Moves to Clacton to screen thousands more women
Bertha, the larger of the two mobile units owned by the Chelmsford and Colchester Breast Screening Services, is moving back to its old site at Clacton Hospital to offer women NHS Breast Screening.
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1st October 2007
Hundreds support Trust's plans for NHS Foundation status
Nearly 1,000 people have responded to a 12-week consultation over Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust's bid for NHS Foundation status, with the overwhelming majority in favour of the plans.
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November 2007

29th November 2007
Presentation of £10,058 of Dream Appeal equipment
An appeal to raise a minimum of £30,000 for seriously ill children in Colchester is already over halfway to achieving its target just three months after it was launched.
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27th November 2007
Champion fundraiser Adrian does it again!
A charity dance organised by a Great Clacton father who is currently in remission from myeloma raised £5,000 for Colchester General Hospital.
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27th November 2007
New vascular surgeon brings extra scope to vascular unit
The appointment of consultant vascular and general surgeon Adam Howard to Essex Rivers Health NHS Trust means there is now a wider range of surgical services available at Colchester.
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27th November 2007
Folk group to entertain at the final meeting of the year
Fordham Heath folk group Pastiche will perform next week when the North East Essex Prostate Cancer Support Group meets for the final time in 2007.
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20th November 2007
Go-ahead given to £1.3m scheme to reduce hospital's carbon footprint
Colchester General Hospital is set to reduce its carbon emissions by 17 percent and shave £200,000 off its fuel bill, thanks to a government fund.
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15th November 2007
Red Devils join skydiving midwife for £3,400 presentation
A skydiving midwife who took part in a 13,000 feet, 120 mph parachute jump with The Red Devils is to present £3,400 to Colchester General Hospital.
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15th November 2007
Cancer nurse wins prize after 21-year career break
A Colchester nurse who returned to the profession after a 21-year break will next week (Wed) be presented with a prize in Chelmsford Cathedral.
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7th November 2007
Key hospital unit prepares to celebrate its 10th birthday
About 150 staff past and present will attend a party this weekend (10 Nov) to celebrate the 10th birthday of a Colchester hospital unit.
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1st November 2007
Making women aware of alternative birthing positions
Posters designed to make women more aware of their choices during childbirth are to be presented to hospitals in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich.
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December 2007

14th December 2007
Healthcare services for north east Essex Christmas 2007 and New Year holiday period
Healthcare services for north east Essex Christmas 2007 and New Year holiday period
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13th December 2007
Call for parents to make sure their children are immunised
More children in North East Essex need to be fully immunised in order to minimise the risk of future epidemics, a leading doctor has warned.
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10th December 2007
Jordan, five, presents £800 to hospital play specialists
The grateful parents of a Halstead boy who has the same kidney condition as All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu have helped to raise £800 for Colchester General Hospital.
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7th December 2007
Colchester nurse scoops prestigious national award
A dedicated Colchester nurse who has helped thousands of patients suffering with bowel cancer has received national recognition.
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6th December 2007
Trust rolls out red tabards to make drug rounds safer
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust is committed to medication safety and has initiated a red tabard scheme to further improve drug administration.
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