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2010 Press Release Archive

January 2010

29th January 2010
Regional success for dementia therapy created in Colchester
Award-winning distraction therapy devised by two Colchester nurses for patients with dementia is to be rolled out across the East of England.
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26th January 2010
Have your say on the future of renal services
Give your views at an event on 1 February at Colchester General Hospital on proposed changes to renal services in north east Essex.
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25th January 2010
Trust to hold first board meeting in public since achieving NHS foundation trust status
The board of directors of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will meet in public on Thursday (28 Jan).
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25th January 2010
England's lead nurse to visit maternity services in Colchester
Dame Christine Beasley, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England, will this afternoon (Mon) visit Colchester General Hospital.
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22nd January 2010
Support group meeting to focus on prostate cancer
A DVD about prostate cancer will be shown at next month's (Feb) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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21st January 2010
Colchester is biggest contributor in UK to international cancer drug trial
Colchester is playing a leading role in a world-wide trial of a drug which researchers think may help men with a certain type of prostate cancer.
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19th January 2010
First health talk of 2010 will focus on eye surgery
A specialist who came to Colchester last year from Moorfields Eye Hospital will later this month give a free public health talk on eye surgery.
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19th January 2010
Members' Council to consider expanding Trust's catchment area
A recommendation to expand the area from which Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust can recruit public members will be considered next week (25 Jan).
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13th January 2010
First health talk of 2010 will focus on eye surgery
A specialist who came to Colchester last year from Moorfields Eye Hospital will later this month give a free public health talk on eye surgery.
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February 2010

26th February 2010
Health promotion events in Colchester and Tendring
Members of the public are being invited to free health promotion events next month (March) in Colchester, Dovercourt and Clacton.
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26th February 2010
Transfer of services would be a "positive development for patients"
The NHS trust that runs Essex County Hospital today (Thurs) agreed in principle to transfer its acute services to Colchester General Hospital.
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25th February 2010
Public invited to meeting of Trust Members' Council
The Members' Council of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will meet in public next week (Thurs 4 March).
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25th February 2010
Survey highlights progress in outpatient care and treatment
Nineteen out of 20 outpatients (94.8%) at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust rated the overall care they received as "excellent", "very good" or "good", according to a survey published today (Thurs).
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24th February 2010
Year 11 cyclists help to give teenagers a good name!
Teenage cyclists determined to do something to give adolescents a good name have raised £200 to benefit patients at the Breast Unit at Essex County Hospital.
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22nd February 2010
Work begins on world-class laparoscopic centre in Colchester
Work has begun on a £2m project to build a world-class training and research and development centre for laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery in Colchester.
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22nd February 2010
Public invited to attend board of directors meeting
Members of the public are invited to attend the February meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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22nd February 2010
Public event in Colchester to mark Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is being marked in Colchester next week (3 March) with a "Prostate Awareness Evening" at Essex County Hospital.
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17th February 2010
A "flagship hospital" for paediatric training
Paediatric training provided at Colchester General Hospital for junior doctors has been highly praised by academics following a review.
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12th February 2010
Cashpoint machine for Colchester General Hospital
A cashpoint machine has been installed at Colchester General Hospital for use by patients, visitors and staff.
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10th February 2010
How obesity impacts on all aspects of women's health
The many and varied effects of obesity on the health of women will be the subject of a health talk to be given in Halstead this month (Feb) by a Colchester consultant.
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5th February 2010
Possibly the busiest man in Essex is nominated for award
A Colchester father-of-five who left school 21 years ago with just two grade 'C' GCSEs has been nominated for an Adult Learners' Week Award.
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5th February 2010
Singer's death may boost attendance at heart clinic
Organisers of a heart screening clinic in Colchester this month (Feb) anticipate that the tragic death of former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately might boost attendance.
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5th February 2010
Married couple among long servers
A husband and wife were this afternoon (Thurs) among the guests to attend a lunchtime reception at Colchester General Hospital for long-serving staff.
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4th February 2010
Colchester doctor returns from Haiti
I have just returned from a week in Haiti working as a volunteer doctor with a search and rescue organisation.
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3rd February 2010
Successful reminder service to be extended to day case patients
Patients with day case hospital appointments in Colchester and Clacton are about to receive telephone reminders for the first time.
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March 2010

31st March 2010
Children's Maundy Thursday will be "Chocolate Thursday"!
A hamper of Easter eggs will be shared out among children at Colchester General Hospital on Thursday afternoon.
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30th March 2010
Nurses help to establish new cancer support group
Specialist nurses at Colchester General Hospital have helped set up a new support group for people affected by gastro-intestinal cancer.
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29th March 2010
"The Mysteries of Anaesthetic"
An anaesthetist from Colchester General Hospital will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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29th March 2010
A&E consultant warns: "Don't be a Lord Finchley this Easter!"
A consultant in emergency medicine at Colchester General Hospital is calling for DIY enthusiasts to take care this Easter weekend.
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26th March 2010
Mortality rate - clarification
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has featured in recent media stories about hospital trusts in England with high death rates.
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26th March 2010
Retired Halstead nurse wins vote to become a public governor
A Halstead woman with over 40 years of nursing experience has won a by-election to become a public governor of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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22nd March 2010
Public invited to attend board of directors meeting
Members of the public are invited to attend the March meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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18th March 2010
Parkinson's disease service rates highly in patient survey
More than 95 per cent of patients in north east Essex rate the communication skills of a specialist nurse service as "excellent", "very good" or "good", a survey has revealed.
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17th March 2010
Public invited to health talk about liver disease
The diagnosis and treatment of liver disorders will be the subject of a free health talk in Colchester at the end of this month (31 March).
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10th March 2010
Ex-nurse wins by-election to represent Tendring members
A former nurse from Tendring has won a by-election to become a public governor of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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8th March 2010
Veteran nurse to retire after 25+ years' work in critical care
A nurse who has cared for critically ill patients at Colchester General Hospital ever since the hospital opened is to retire after almost 40 years' NHS service.
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4th March 2010
Baby unit again benefits from Kristian's kindness
For the second consecutive year a doting brother has donated £30 of his Christmas money to the Colchester hospital unit that saved his toddler half-sister's life.
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3rd March 2010
Nurse steps out for charity that supported her late son
A Colchester nurse who used to work on a cancer ward where her 22-year-old son died five years ago has raised £410 for the charity that supported him.
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1st March 2010
Peter Murphy to retire after six years as Chief Executive
The Chief Executive of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital has today (Monday) announced his retirement.
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1st March 2010
Colchester nurses win national recognition in Patient Safety Awards
Two Colchester nurses have achieved success in the inaugural Patient Safety Awards.
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April 2010

28th April 2010
Surgeons from China visit Colchester
Surgeons from China could soon be trained in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery at the Anglia Ruskin Colchester Hospital ICENI Centre currently being built at Colchester General Hospital.
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26th April 2010
Trust appoints expert in maternal medicine
Setting up clinics to advise women before they become pregnant is one of the ambitions of a new consultant at Colchester General Hospital.
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26th April 2010
Expert to talk to support group about radiotherapy
Radiotherapy will be the subject of a talk at next week's (5 May) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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26th April 2010
Public invited to attend board of directors meeting
Members of the public are invited to the April meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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23rd April 2010
Writtle women to be invited for routine breast screening
Almost 2,000 women from the Writtle area are to be invited for routine breast screening in Chelmsford between early May and late July.
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22nd April 2010
Trust seeks women's views of maternity care
Surveys will be sent out to 250 mothers from all over north east Essex next week (w/c 26 April) to find out what they think about the maternity care they have received.
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21st April 2010
Praise for hospitals from nursing chief
Steps being taken to improve the quality of patient care in Colchester hospitals have been praised by the chief executive of the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).
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21st April 2010
International turnout for nurses' reunion in Colchester
Nurses from as far afield as Australia and Ireland converged on Colchester for a reunion to commemorate 20 years since they started their training in the town.
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20th April 2010
Nurses use supermarket to raise cancer awareness
Specialist nurses will be at a Colchester supermarket this week to raise public awareness of three types of cancer.
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20th April 2010
An award for palliative care
A Colchester nurse has enjoyed success in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2010.
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19th April 2010
Free talk on how to enjoy good cardiovascular health
A cardiologist will give a free health talk in Clacton next week (28 April) called "Maintenance of a good heart and circulation - what can we do?"
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19th April 2010
Trust announces key appointments
The Trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital has announced the appointment of four Non-Executive Directors.
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9th April 2010
Grateful father to run London Marathon for Colchester baby unit
A grateful father is preparing to run the London Marathon for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Colchester General Hospital - despite suffering from "runners knee".
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9th April 2010
International showcase for Trust's patient safety initiatives
Patient safety initiatives developed in Colchester will be showcased later this month (20-23 April) at an international forum attended by delegates from over 70 countries.
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8th April 2010
Writer is one of the first patients to benefit from new pacemaker
A 53-year-old writer from Wix has become the first person in Essex and one of the first in the UK to be fitted with a new type of pacemaker.
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8th April 2010
Bank's "community chest" supports babies with jaundice
Bank staff will next week present nurses on the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Colchester General Hospital with a giant cheque for £250.
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6th April 2010
Tributes paid to rheumatology nurse
Tributes have been paid by colleagues of a long-serving Colchester nurse who has died following a short illness.
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1st April 2010
Sir Peter welcomes CQC announcement
Sir Peter Dixon, Chairman of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed today's announcement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to license its hospitals without conditions.
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May 2010

27th May 2010
Colchester PSU is "one of the best units in the NHS"
Top marks have been awarded to the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital by the government agency responsible for the safety and quality of medicines.
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26th May 2010
Drummer Ron is back on the beat after cancer operation
Great grandfather Ron Jocelyn is beating the drum for a cancer surgery centre at Colchester General Hospital after becoming its 200th patient.
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25th May 2010
Trust sets up heart clinic for patients from the Harwich area
For the first time ever, patients from the Harwich area who need to see a heart specialist can do so at their local hospital.
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24th May 2010
Board meeting to be held on Thursday
Members of the public are invited to the May meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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24th May 2010
How complementary therapy can help people with cancer
Colchester complementary therapist Sara Percival will be guest speaker at next week's (2 June) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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19th May 2010
Breast screening for women from the Colchester and Manningtree areas
A total of 5,468 women from the Colchester and Manningtree areas are to be invited for routine breast screening between early next month (June) and late September.
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17th May 2010
Colchester trust opens up its public membership to all of Essex and Suffolk
People from all over Essex and Suffolk can now become public members of the NHS foundation trust that runs Colchester General Hospital.
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12th May 2010
This month's health talk to be given by "blood detectives"
"Haematologists - The Blood Detectives" will be the name of a free health talk to be given in Colchester later this month (May).
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11th May 2010
Critical care nurse invited to speak at national conference
A critical care nurse will next week (19th) tell a national conference about Colchester General Hospital's success in preventing a potentially fatal condition.
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10th May 2010
Service of remembrance in Tendring
A service of remembrance will take place in Tendring next week (18 May) for those who have suffered the loss of their baby at any time during pregnancy or around the time of birth.
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10th May 2010
Tributes paid to long-serving hospital worker
Tributes have been paid to a long-serving and popular member of staff at Essex County Hospital who has died suddenly.
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7th May 2010
Event to mark centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale
Visitors and patients are invited to join in Nurses' Day celebrations at Colchester General Hospital next week (12 May).
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7th May 2010
Daughter thanks hospital staff for saving her father's life
A daughter who says staff at Colchester General Hospital gave her father an extra seven months of life will return there next week (13 May) to present a £700 sofa bed.
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6th May 2010
Public invited to meeting of Trust Members' Council
The Members' Council of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will meet in public next week (12 May).
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June 2010

30th June 2010
Neonatal Unit, Colchester General Hospital
The Neonatal Unit at Colchester General Hospital (sometimes called the "Special Care Baby Unit" or "SCBU") has been temporarily closed to new admissions.
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28th June 2010
Dietitian to give healthy eating tips to support group
A specialist dietitian will be the guest speaker at next week's (7 July) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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22nd June 2010
Nurses organise free event to help people with a stoma
An exhibition will be held in the Moot Hall at Colchester Town Hall next week (3 July) for people with a stoma, their families and carers.
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21st June 2010
Audiologists say "hear, hear" to uniform
Audiologists working for the NHS in north east Essex have just started to wear their own distinct uniform.
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18th June 2010
Keeley, 13, returns to her "second home" to present £403
In the past eight years, 13-year-old Keeley Williams has been a patient on the Children's Ward at Colchester General Hospital on 26 separate occasions.
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18th June 2010
Public invited to Trust board meeting
Members of the public are invited to the June meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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17th June 2010
Extra help for mums-to-be who want to quit smoking
New support for pregnant women who want to give up smoking will be available at Colchester General Hospital from next month (July).
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16th June 2010
What older people can do to minimise the risk of falls
The role of physical activity in reducing falls will be one of the key messages at a free public health talk in Colchester later this month (June).
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16th June 2010
University professor appointed to Trust board
A professor from the University of Essex has been appointed as a non-executive director of the Trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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15th June 2010
Open gardens event will raise funds for baby unit
Green-fingered parents are using this weekend's open gardens event in Wivenhoe to raise money for the hospital unit that cared for their premature daughter.
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15th June 2010
Trust announces appointment of new Chair
Sally Irvine was today (Tues) appointed Chair of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust at a special meeting of the Trust's Members' Council, which works closely with the Board of Directors to influence decision-making and strategic planning.
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10th June 2010
Trust holds summer tea party to thank hospital volunteers
The work of volunteers at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will be celebrated next week (Tues 15 June).
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9th June 2010
Free advice available during Nutrition & Cancer Awareness Week
Specialist dietitians are organising a week-long initiative in Colchester to support anyone whose life is currently affected by cancer.
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8th June 2010
Pam to retire after 51 years of full-time nursing
A 68-year-old ward sister who became a nurse because she liked playing with dolls as a girl retires this week (Friday 11 June) after more than 51 years of full-time work in the profession.
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3rd June 2010
Appeal for women to take part in worldwide breast cancer trial
An appeal has gone out for women from north east Essex to volunteer to take part in an international study on breast cancer prevention.
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1st June 2010
Are you as fit and healthy as you think you are?
A heart screening clinic for people between the ages of 14 and 35 will be held at Colchester General Hospital later this month (13 June).
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July 2010

26th July 2010
Fundraiser's family to open dayroom after £17k revamp
The family of a popular Colchester fundraiser will next week (Wed 28 July) officially open the hospital dayroom that has been transformed and named in his honour.
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23rd July 2010
Trust Board to meet on Thursday
Members of the public are invited to the July meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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23rd July 2010
Breast screening for women in Broomfield area
A total of 1,438 women in the Broomfield area are to be invited for routine breast screening between the beginning of next month (August) and November.
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23rd July 2010
Like all the victims of 9/11, Mathew will never be forgotten
For Michelle Winger, 9/11 will be a day that she never forgets.
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22nd July 2010
Chance to celebrate life after breast cancer
Tickets have just gone on sale for Colchester's ninth annual Life After Breast Cancer tea party.
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22nd July 2010
Trust scores top marks in 2010 PEAT inspections
Colchester's hospitals were today (Thurs) awarded the highest possible marks for standards of cleanliness, food, and privacy and dignity.
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21st July 2010
Veteran radiographer just can't keep away!
One of the longest-serving NHS employees in the UK finally retires next week (29 July) - but will soon return to her department to work as a volunteer!
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20th July 2010
Trust appoints a new Chief Executive
A doctor has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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16th July 2010
Talk will highlight benefits of new medical specialism
A new medical specialism which treats patients using minimally invasive techniques will be discussed at a free public health talk in Lawford later this month (July).
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5th July 2010
New ultrasound equipment will help improve diagnosis
Five new ultrasound scanners have just gone into service at hospitals in Colchester and Clacton following an investment of £317,000.
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5th July 2010
It's Lawford-by-the-Sea!
The seaside will be coming to the Tendring Show, thanks to the National Health Service in north east Essex.
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2nd July 2010
Colchester's role in study that could save up to 100,000 lives
Hospital patients in Colchester have taken part in a world-wide trial of a drug which researchers believe could save the lives of up to 100,000 accident victims a year.
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2nd July 2010
Nurse helps to set up glaucoma support group
A support group for people in north east Essex whose lives have been touched by glaucoma will meet for the first time later this month (July).
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1st July 2010
Neonatal Unit reopens
Please note that the Neonatal Unit at Colchester General Hospital reopened fully at 3pm today and that the hospital is now providing a full range of maternity services with immediate effect.
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August 2010

31st August 2010
Rodney returns with Rotary colleagues - and new equipment!
A stroke victim who made a full recovery has inspired Rotary Club colleagues to support the Colchester hospital that helped him.
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31st August 2010
Tips on how to live with a diagnosis of diabetes
The rising prevalence of diabetes in Essex will be discussed at a free public health talk in West Mersea next month (13 Sept).
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27th August 2010
Heart transplant boy meets hospital staff who saved his life
A Clacton toddler who last year became the youngest boy in the UK to have a heart transplant is to be reunited with the Colchester hospital staff who saved his life.
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27th August 2010
Vall appointed to new post to make hospitals greener
An expert has been appointed to a new post to help Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital to become greener and more sustainable.
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24th August 2010
First alcohol nurse specialist appointed at town's hospitals
Help is at hand for patients at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital who may have a problem with alcohol.
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24th August 2010
New model of care helps patients to recover sooner
A surgeon from Colchester General Hospital will speak at an international conference next month about how he and his colleagues help to accelerate patients' recovery.
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23rd August 2010
Cancer support group to meet after summer break
The North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group will meet for the first time after its summer break on Wednesday 1 September.
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23rd August 2010
Colchester chosen to play key role in national cancer project
Hospitals in Colchester have been chosen to play a leading role in a national project to improve the quality of written information provided to cancer patients.
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17th August 2010
RCP survey says Colchester Stroke Unit is one of the best
The Stroke Unit at Colchester General Hospital is one of the best in the country, according to a survey published today (19 Aug) by the Royal College of Physicians.
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12th August 2010
Dressage display will help raise funds for Breast Unit
A garden party will be held later this month (August) at the Writtle home of an international dressage rider to raise funds for the Breast Unit at Essex County Hospital, Colchester.
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10th August 2010
Childbirth DVD helps to plug information gap for parents-to-be
A DVD about childbirth that was filmed on location at Colchester General Hospital has just gone on sale.
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September 2010

28th September 2010
Surgery and clinical trials
Two Colchester urologists will be the guest speaker at next month's (Oct) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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24th September 2010
Cancer survivor Kevin gives research fund a shot in the arm
A cancer survivor who works at a shooting school will next week (28 Sept) present money raised at a clay pigeon shoot to the Colchester hospital that saved his life.
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23rd September 2010
Skydiving granny and U's striker team up to launch charity
A skydiving grandmother and a Colchester Utd striker will team up next week (Mon 27 Sept) to help launch the Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC).
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20th September 2010
Patient views vital to drive service improvements
Surveys will be sent out next week (w/c 27 Sept) to ask patients about the care they received at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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15th September 2010
Screening programme picks up 94 cancer cases
The work of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will be the subject of a free public health talk in Colchester later this month (29 Sept).
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14th September 2010
Help us to help you!
The public is being given the chance to help improve the service for future patients at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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13th September 2010
Service of remembrance in Colchester
A 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 later this month.
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9th September 2010
First study day organised by Colchester child allergy experts
About 100 health professionals are due at a study day in Colchester later this month (20 Sept) to learn about life-threatening child allergies.
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7th September 2010
Trust launches clinic for travellers going overseas
A new service for members of the public has been launched by the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital.
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3rd September 2010
Parish hall will be venue for Trust board meeting
Myland Parish Hall will be the venue for next week's (8 Sept) meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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3rd September 2010
Public invited to Annual Members' Meeting
The second annual members' meeting of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will take place next week (9 Sept).
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2nd September 2010
Breast screening invitation to women from Clacton area
Almost 14,000 women in the Clacton area are to be invited for routine breast screening in the 12-month period beginning tomorrow (3 Sept).
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2nd September 2010
Optometrist in training to represent his country
An eye specialist at Essex County Hospital will fly to Australia later this month (Sept) to represent his country in the Commonwealth Fencing Championships.
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1st September 2010
Matron and husband to renew vows in her hospital's chapel
The Matron of Essex County Hospital and her husband are to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in the hospital's chapel.
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October 2010

27th October 2010
All in a good 'claus' Colchester Hospitals Charity 3km Santa Fun Run!
Festive fun in aid of a good 'claus' is coming to Colchester's Castle Park next month. (December)
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22nd October 2010
How radioactive seeds are used to treat prostate cancer
Brachytherapy will be the subject of the guest speaker's talk at next month's (Nov) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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22nd October 2010
Appeal for help to recover "missing" £300k
A fundraising expert is appealing for the public to claim an estimated £300,000 of Gift Aid for the charity that supports the work of Colchester's hospitals.
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22nd October 2010
Becky appointed to new cancer nurse post
A Colchester hospital has become the first in the region to appoint a specialist nurse to support breast cancer patients where the disease has spread to other organs.
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20th October 2010
Cancer patients help to appoint specialist nurses
Patients who have had cancer surgery have played a major role in the appointment of specialist nurses at Colchester General Hospital.
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19th October 2010
Eight members of the same family work at hospital
Working at Colchester General Hospital is very much a family affair for instrument technician Martyn Rayner.
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14th October 2010
Nurse Heather to star in "Spot The Gaffe" competition
Patients and visitors at Colchester General Hospital will be invited to take part in a Spot The Gaffe competition to mark the beginning of Infection Control Week.
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13th October 2010
Trust teams up with charity for health talk
A neurological condition that directly affects almost 500,000 people in the UK will be the subject of a free public health talk in Colchester later this month (27 Oct).
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12th October 2010
How donated bangers can make a difference for patients
People wanting to help the charity that supports the work of Colchester's hospitals can now do so by donating unwanted cars.
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11th October 2010
New nurse consultant will champion older people
A former matron with 20 years of nursing experience has been appointed to the new post of "Nurse Consultant for Older People" at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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8th October 2010
Public invited to Trust's board meeting
Members of the public are invited to the October meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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8th October 2010
Screening begins for 1,500+ women from Colchester area
More than 1,500 women from the Colchester area are to be invited for routine breast screening in a two-month period beginning on Monday (12 Oct).
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4th October 2010
Nurse helps create course for broadcaster's cancer charity
A Colchester cancer nurse has helped to write a training programme for a charity founded and chaired by broadcaster James Whale.
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November 2010

30th November 2010
First organ donation nurse takes up her post in Colchester
An experienced nurse has been appointed to a new post to work closely with critical care and A&E staff at Colchester General Hospital to identify potential organ donors.
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29th November 2010
Virtual reality technology to be used to train surgeons
A Colchester keyhole surgeon is pioneering a new technique for training bowel surgeons that uses state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) technology.
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26th November 2010
Surgeon named as Essex lead for bowel cancer pilot
A Colchester surgeon has been appointed as the Essex lead for a regional trial that has been designed to reduce the number of deaths from bowel cancer.
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25th November 2010
Double world champion is an "inspiration to us all"
As "inspiration to us all" is how a Colchester cancer specialist describes a Dovercourt businessman who is a double world champion - despite having prostate cancer.
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23rd November 2010
Women to be invited to new breast unit for routine screening
Almost 3,000 women from the Chelmsford and Braintree area are to be invited for routine breast screening at a new breast unit from Friday (26 Nov).
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22nd November 2010
New service can help patients to a better life
A new nurse-led service has been launched to help and support patients at Colchester General Hospital who have a diagnosis of heart failure.
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22nd November 2010
Festive end to the year for cancer support group
Fordham Heath folk group Pastiche will perform next week (1 Dec) when the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group meets for the final time in 2010.
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19th November 2010
Five charities to benefit from £5,000 from caring consultants
Flood victims, servicemen and children will be among the people to benefit from the generosity of consultants at Colchester's hospitals.
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18th November 2010
Nephew skydives for hospital that saved his aunt's life
A former Colchester PE teacher will next week (23 Nov) present the £1,006.91 proceeds of a 10,000 feet skydive to the hospital that saved his aunt's life.
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17th November 2010
Breast screening invitation to women from Danbury area
Almost 1,400 women in the Danbury area are to be invited for routine breast screening in a two-month period beginning on Monday (22 Nov).
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16th November 2010
Cards for cash boost for breast cancer appeal
A breast cancer survivor from Colchester has raised almost £1,000 for hospital equipment by making and selling greetings cards.
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15th November 2010
Quality award for outpatient services in north east Essex
The quality of outpatient services at five hospitals across north east Essex has received international recognition.
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15th November 2010
Event at hospital to mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day
Patients, visitors and staff at Colchester General Hospital are today (Mon) being urged to use and prescribe antibiotics in the right way.
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12th November 2010
Public invited to meeting of Trust Members' Council
The Members' Council of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will meet in public next week (Thurs).
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11th November 2010
Quest begins for new ways to diagnose prostate cancer
A two-year research project is underway in Colchester to identify new ways of diagnosing the most common cancer in men.
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10th November 2010
How hospitals have made medication safer
Information about how the number of prescribing errors at Colchester's hospitals have been slashed will be included in a free public health talk this month (24 Nov).
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9th November 2010
Line dancers step in for cancer patients
Chemotherapy patients at two Colchester hospitals are to benefit from the successful fundraising efforts of a Tendring line dancing group.
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8th November 2010
Public invited to hospitals' board meeting
Members of the public are invited to the November meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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4th November 2010
Bowled over by Neonatal Unit
Tenpin, one of the biggest chain of bowling centres in the UK, has chosen the Neonatal Unit at Colchester General Hospital to donate money to, following the fabulous experience one of their staff members had at the unit.
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December 2010

24th December 2010
Digital revolution begins at breast screening unit
The first fully digital mammography machine in Colchester has just gone into service following a £470,000 investment at Essex County Hospital.
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23rd December 2010
Panto magic brings end-of-Christmas cheer to children's unit
Aladdin, Widow Twankey and Princess Jasmine will be among the visitors to the new children's unit at Colchester General Hospital on 4 January.
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20th December 2010
A&E consultant urges: "Remember the vulnerable"
An A&E consultant today said it was important to remember the needs of friends, elderly relatives and neighbours who could be at risk in the current conditions.
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20th December 2010
£20m extension opens at Colchester General Hospital
A £20m extension at Colchester General Hospital, which includes a new children's unit, is now fully open.
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17th December 2010
Screening for women in central Colchester
Women from central Colchester are being invited for routine breast screening over an eight-month period that started earlier this month.
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17th December 2010
U's players prepare to make annual Christmas visit to hospital
Footballers from Colchester United FC will next week (Tues) deliver presents to the children's unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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16th December 2010
Eighth annual Christmas visit to children's unit by referees
The Colchester Referees' Society will next week (20th) visit Colchester General Hospital for the eighth consecutive year to hand out Christmas presents to children.
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15th December 2010
Cancer patients benefit from extra drug funding
Fourteen drugs are now available for use by cancer patients in north east Essex thanks to an extra £50m in funding being made available nationally.
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13th December 2010
Ipswich footballers pay Christmas visit to children's unit
Footballers from Ipswich Town Football Club will pay their annual Christmas visit to the children's unit at Colchester General Hospital on Thursday (16 Dec).
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10th December 2010
Orthopaedic surgeon will give final health talk of 2010
Hip and knee replacement surgery will be the subject of the final health talk of 2010 to be given by staff from Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
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10th December 2010
Trust hosts Christmas party as a thank you to its volunteers
A Christmas party is being held on Monday (13th) to thank volunteers who give up their time to support patients and staff at Colchester's hospitals.
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9th December 2010
Yo ho ho! Let's go! Santas prepare for festive fundraising run
About 150 Santas of all shapes, sizes and ages will take part in a 3km fun run on Sunday (12 Dec) in aid of the Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC).
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8th December 2010
First anniversary for cancer support group
A celebration will be held in Colchester next week (16th) to mark the first anniversary of a support group for people affected by gastro-intestinal cancer.
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7th December 2010
"Exceptionally strong appointments"
The Trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital has announced the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors.
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6th December 2010
Final board meeting of 2010
Members of the public are invited to the December meeting of the board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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3rd December 2010
Scarlett creates a tiny piece of history for the Juno Suite!
Jewellery designer Wendy Pickard has given birth to the 200th baby to be born at Colchester's midwifery-led unit - just five days before the first anniversary of its opening.
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3rd December 2010
New book to help people with tinnitus
A Colchester doctor has co-authored a book that aims to help people living with a condition that at any one time is experienced by an estimated one in ten Britons.
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2nd December 2010
Nurses help to set up "Breath of Hope"
Specialist nurses in Colchester have helped to establish a support group for anyone whose live has been affected by the UK's second most common cancer.
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2nd December 2010
Mums praise postnatal care in north east Essex
Postnatal hospital care in north east Essex is among the best in England, according to a national survey published today (Thurs).
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