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2011 Press Release Archive

January 2011

31st January 2011
Mobile police station to start visiting hospital
A mobile police station will be calling at Colchester General Hospital every Friday, beginning this week (4 Feb).
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27th January 2011
Charity dance to celebrate five years of being cancer-free
A Colchester woman who made medical history has helped to organise a successful fundraising evening to celebrate five years of being cancer-free.
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25th January 2011
Football-crazy Tom to be VIP guest at Colchester Utd
Football-mad Tom Hills is to be a VIP guest at Colchester Utd's next home game after being nominated by the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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24th January 2011
National award goes to a Colchester nurse - again!
For the second time in three years, a nurse from Colchester General Hospital has won an award from a national charity.
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24th January 2011
Infection control and chemotherapy
Nurses will talk about infection control and chemotherapy at next week's (2 Feb) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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21st January 2011
Colchester scores highly in national cancer patient survey
Hospital cancer services in Colchester scored highly in the first National Cancer Patient Experience Survey that was published today (Fri)
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11th January 2011
Countdown begins to governor elections
Preparations are under way for elections to 20 governor posts at the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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10th January 2011
First board meeting of 2011
The board of directors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet for the first time this year on Thursday (13 Jan).
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7th January 2011
Oliver gets on his bike to support A & E
When eight-year-old Oliver Cobbin decided to help the hospital which treated him after he broke his wrist, he knew just what to do - he got on his bike!
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February 2011

24th February 2011
New day unit transforms the experience of patients
A new facility for haematology patients who require day treatment has just opened at Colchester General Hospital.
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21st February 2011
Find out about urological cancers
A public awareness evening devoted to some of the commonest cancers in the UK is being held in Colchester next week.
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18th February 2011
Barbara's bread pudding will help grieving families
A Holland-on-Sea grandmother whose daughter has given birth to three stillborn babies has donated £460 to a bereavement suite at Colchester General Hospital.
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16th February 2011
Spread of successful scheme to prevent falls
A successful trial which has helped to reduce patient falls at Colchester General Hospital is to be widened out to more wards.
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9th February 2011
Health Talk: Tiptree Box reaches out across the world
A condition that is the UK's biggest fear ahead of cancer according to research published today (Wed) is to be the subject of a free public talk in Clacton.
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9th February 2011
Valentine's Day meeting of Trust's board of governors
The public is invited to a meeting next week (14 Feb) of the board of governors of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
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8th February 2011
Breast screening starts for South Woodham Ferrers women
More than 3,000 women from the South Woodham Ferrers area are being invited for routine breast screening over the next four months.
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7th February 2011
Trust staff to take the plunge for hospitals' charity
Having worked as a flight attendant for six years, nursing student Ian Heasley is used to planes - but not jumping out of them.
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7th February 2011
Invitation to the public to attend Trust board meeting
Members of the public are invited to 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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3rd February 2011
Neil and Bec defy the odds to welcome Poppy into the world
A Wivenhoe man diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 27 has become a father - despite being told he was unlikely ever to be a parent without IVF.
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2nd February 2011
New consultants to work all over north east Essex
Two new consultant urologists have joined Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
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1st February 2011
Zach's back to help present SCBU with £1,000+
A toddler who two years ago helped to launch a successful public appeal for a children's scanner is returning to Colchester General Hospital to present £1,057.50.
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March 2011

31st March 2011
Exercise Aquarius
Colchester General Hospital will this morning (Thurs) take part in an emergency training exercise to test its decontamination plans and procedures.
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31st March 2011
Children's authors and peer to open £18.75m development
An £18.75m extension to the main building at Colchester General Hospital will be officially opened on Monday (4 April).
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30th March 2011
Skydiving staff raise thousands of pounds
Daredevil staff have raised thousands of pounds by taking part in a skydive for the charity that supports Colchester's hospitals.
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28th March 2011
The Mysteries of Anaesthetic
"The Mysteries of Anaesthetic" will be the title of a talk at next week's (6 April) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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21st March 2011
Successful visit to Children's Unit
Members of a Colchester band and the President of Colchester Rugby Football Club visited the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital on Saturday.
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17th March 2011
Regular supporters return to hospital's Children's Unit
Committed supporters of Colchester General Hospital will on Saturday (19 March) visit its Children's Unit to see how their donations of more than £2,500 are making a difference.
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16th March 2011
Public invited to meeting of Trust's board of governors
The public is invited to a meeting next week (22 March) of the board of governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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16th March 2011
Free health talk about IBD - not to be confused with IBS!
A chronic disease that affects about one person in every 250 in the UK will be the subject of a free public talk in Colchester later this month (March).
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14th March 2011
CUFC helps to kick off Macmillan Information Centre
Colchester United's assistant manager Joe Dunne will next week (Tues 15th) kick off a new information service at Essex County Hospital in Colchester.
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9th March 2011
Colchester chosen to take part in national vascular surgery trial
Vascular surgeons from Colchester have been chosen to take part in a national trial which could result in fewer patients dying as a result of a burst aneurysm.
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9th March 2011
Patients will benefit from April 1 tomfoolery
A music and comedy party is being held at Colchester United's football stadium on 1 April to raise funds for the Stroke Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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9th March 2011
Ash Wednesday launch for smoking survey
The trust that runs Colchester's two main hospitals today - national No Smoking Day and Ash Wednesday - announced it is considering a complete ban on smoking on its property.
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7th March 2011
Trust board meeting
Members of the public are invited to 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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7th March 2011
Invitation to create "birth art exhibition"
The public is being invited to create an exhibition of birth-inspired art to display at Colchester General Hospital.
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2nd March 2011
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in Colchester to open The ICENI Centre
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will visit Colchester tomorrow (Thurs 3 March) to open a state-of-the-art training and research and development centre for laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery.
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April 2011

28th April 2011
Hypnobirthing classes to begin in north east Essex
The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital is about to become only the second in the UK to offer hypnobirthing classes.
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26th April 2011
Carbon Saver Gold Standard Award
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the Carbon Saver Gold Standard.
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26th April 2011
Speaking debut for new consultant
Colchester's newest consultant urologist will be the guest speaker at next week's (4 May) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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21st April 2011
Out of Africa
A nurse has returned to Colchester after working at a hospital which lost many staff in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.
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20th April 2011
Broken hip patients benefit from success of rehab pilot
A successful pilot means that patients who have undergone emergency hip replacement surgery are spending six days less in Colchester General Hospital.
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14th April 2011
Apology from Daily Gazette: "Don't call 999"
You may have seen the front page lead in today's Daily Gazette
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13th April 2011
Colorectal cancer surgery survival rates - media statement
Data has been published today (12 April) on the poor survival rates at CGH from colorectal cancer surgery between 1998 and 2006.
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11th April 2011
Public invited to Trust board 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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8th April 2011
Easter Bunny to make early delivery to Children's Unit
The Easter Bunny will arrive 10 days early this year at the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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8th April 2011
An evening to champion the work of Trust scientists
Staff who are involved in the diagnosis of infections like MRSA and Clostridium difficile will give a free health talk in Colchester later this month (April).
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6th April 2011
Trust Chair welcomes outcome of elections
The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital today (Wed) announced the results of its elections to 20 governor posts.
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6th April 2011
Red is the colour
A new system has been introduced at Colchester General Hospital to ensure that all the nutritional requirements of elderly patients are fully met.
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5th April 2011
Patients invited to step into "In Your Shoes" sessions
An ambitious 12-month project is being launched later this month (April) to help patients benefit from a gold standard experience at Colchester's hospitals.
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1st April 2011
Walkers get set to step out in memory of Jane
About 40 walkers will step out on Monday (4 April) to raise money for a Colchester hospital unit in memory of one of its former patients.
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May 2011

31st May 2011
Rosie the Westie joins explosion in volunteer numbers
The number of volunteers working at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital has almost tripled in the past 12 months.
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27th May 2011
Experience the secret world of your unborn baby
A new service for parents-to-be who would like a DVD of their unborn baby or babies begins at Colchester General Hospital next weekend (Sat 4 June).
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25th May 2011
Families make poignant return to Colchester cancer ward
Staff at Essex County Hospital will on Friday (27th) host an event to thank some of the people who have helped to pay for a £5,000 scanner for cancer patients.
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24th May 2011
Breast screening for women living on Essex/Suffolk border
Almost 6,000 women from both sides of the Essex and Suffolk border are to be invited for routine breast screening over a seven-month period beginning on 9 June.
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24th May 2011
Veteran consultant to retire after 33 years
The longest-serving hospital consultant in Colchester is about to retire at the age of 68 after almost 33 years in post.
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23rd May 2011
Hospital Radio hopes for bumper bank holiday crowds
Final preparations are underway for Hospital Radio Colchester's annual Fun Day, which this year takes place on Monday 30th May in Lower Castle Park, Colchester.
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23rd May 2011
Volunteers provide a new service for eye clinic patients
A new service has been established for outpatients attending eye clinics at Essex County Hospital, Colchester.
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23rd May 2011
Complementary therapist to be guest speaker at cancer meeting
A complementary therapist from Colchester's St Helena's Hospice will be the guest speaker at the June meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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20th May 2011
Patients and Trust benefit from new ultrasound service
Colchester General Hospital has become one of only a handful of hospitals in the UK to use a new type of ultrasound machine to assess patients on its wards who have become poorly.
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18th May 2011
Chance to learn more about IBD
Healthcare professionals will speak at a public meeting in Colchester early next month (4 June) for anyone with an interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
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17th May 2011
Daughter inspires her father to tackle Africa's highest peak
A senior manager at Colchester General Hospital will set off later this month to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world in memory of his daughter.
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12th May 2011
Colchester's success in national hospital awards
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, has been named as one of the 40 best-performing hospital trusts in the UK in the CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2011.
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12th May 2011
How "Think Glucose"is benefiting patients
How Colchester's hospitals have used a national programme to improve the care of patients with diabetes will be the subject of a free public health talk later this month.
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12th May 2011
Public invited to meeting of Trust governors in Clacton
Clacton will be the venue next week (17 May) for a meeting of the board of governors of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
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11th May 2011
Taz, a hospital volunteer with a difference, joins the team
A new volunteer has just started work at Colchester General Hospital - a yellow Labrador called Taz.
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10th May 2011
Big Nurses' Day celebration planned for Colchester hospital
Many of the 1,000+ hospital nurses in Colchester will take part in events to mark Nurses' Day on Thursday (12 May).
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9th May 2011
Trust board to meet in public on 12 May
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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9th May 2011
Service of remembrance
A service of remembrance will take place in Tendring next week (17 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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6th May 2011
Free writing workshops for people affected by cancer
Free places are available on writing workshops in Colchester next month (June) for people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
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3rd May 2011
Chief executive lends a hand to global health initiative
The Trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will later this week hold a series of events to mark a global health initiative.
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June 2011

29th June 2011
"What are you waiting for?"
Former nurse George Akid is urging people to spend some time this National Transplant Week considering adding their name to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
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28th June 2011
One of Colchester's first Caribbean nurses to return
One of the first Caribbean nurses to work in Colchester will later this week (Friday) visit the town's Essex County Hospital for the first time in 49 years.
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27th June 2011
Free food to be passed round at cancer meeting
The subject of the guest speaker's talk at the July meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group will be Diet and Cancer.
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17th June 2011
Trial could improve the patient experience
Doctors at Colchester General Hospital are taking part in a pilot study that could spare patients the inconvenience of going to hospital to see a specialist.
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16th June 2011
District's maternity services achieve Baby Friendly standards
Maternity services throughout north east Essex have been honoured by a worldwide programme which aims to promote and support breastfeeding and its benefits.
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15th June 2011
How do I know if I have breast cancer?
The most common cancer in the UK - breast cancer - will be the subject of a free health talk in Colchester later this month.
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15th June 2011
Picnic in the Park
Midwives are organising a "Picnic in the Park" event in Colchester this Sunday (19 June) to help give pregnant women and mums the confidence to breastfeed their babies in public.
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9th June 2011
NHS Mid Essex Board accepts radiotherapy recommendation
NHS Mid Essex Board accepts radiotherapy recommendation for the expansion of the existing radiotherapy centres in Colchester and Southend.
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8th June 2011
Junior doctors rise to the Three Peaks Challenge - just
A team of nine doctors completed the Three Peaks Challenge to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours - with one minute to spare!
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6th June 2011
Trust board to meet in public
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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3rd June 2011
Learning how to live with type 1 diabetes
An open evening about a free course in Clacton, Colchester and Harwich for people with type 1 diabetes is to be held later this month (June).
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2nd June 2011
Myeloma group to meet at home of Colchester United
A support group for people whose lives have been affected by myeloma will meet at Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium later this month.
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1st June 2011
Successful first year for Cancer Exercise Group
An exercise group at Colchester General Hospital which has helped to transform the lives of some patients with cancer is about to celebrate its first anniversary.
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July 2011

27th July 2011
Quiz night to raise funds for tea party
A quiz night is being held next month (Aug) to raise money for Colchester's 10th annual Life After Breast Cancer tea party.
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26th July 2011
Consultant to visit Halstead to give free weight loss talk
The Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead will be the venue for a free health talk next month (Aug) entitled "Having problems losing weight?"
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25th July 2011
Trust chosen to pilot charity's patient journal
Colchester General Hospital is one of only four hospitals in the UK to pilot a patient journal on behalf of a national charity.
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22nd July 2011
Tributes paid to popular hospitals' chaplain
The funeral will take place on Monday (25 July) of Father Richard Smith who worked as a hospital chaplain in Colchester for the past 26 years.
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21st July 2011
Free beauty workshop for women with cancer
Places are still available on a free skincare and make-up workshop being held at a Colchester hospital on Tuesday (26 July) for women with a diagnosis of any cancer.
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20th July 2011
1,000+ mile walk is an inspiration to others
A former assistant head teacher who has completed a 1,008 mile walk hopes her example will be an inspiration to women with breast cancer.
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19th July 2011
Village venue for surgeon's health talk
The village hall in Nayland will be the venue for a free health talk next week (27 July) on the subject of "Arthritis and Joint Replacement Surgery".
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18th July 2011
Sisters sign up to take part in breast cancer trial
Two sisters have been inspired to take part in one of the first worldwide breast cancer prevention trials by their younger sister who has been diagnosed with the disease on three occasions.
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15th July 2011
RAF Medical Reserve receives a commendation
RAF Medical Reserve receives a commendation for saving an Afghan boy's life
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14th July 2011
CQC review finds "mixed experiences"
On 14 July, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a report into our Trust, looking at whether older people are treated with respect and how they are helped with food and drink when they need it.
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14th July 2011
Huge expansion in Palliative Care Team
The appointment of a second consultant marks the end of a year-long expansion of the Palliative Care Team at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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13th July 2011
Revving up for the Mary Barron Suite
Lorry driver James Cowie is planning to convert miles into pounds when he takes part in a 3,000 mile drive in 11 countries in nine days for a Colchester hospital.
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11th July 2011
Dovercourt to be venue for Trust board meeting
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public in Dovercourt on Thursday (14 July).
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7th July 2011
Seaside comes to children's A&E waiting area - as a mural!
A dreary wall inside the children's waiting area in A&E at Colchester General Hospital has been transformed by a generous Holland-on-Sea artist.
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1st July 2011
Women urged to accept potentially life-saving invitation
Almost 1,500 women living near Chelmsford are to be invited for routine breast screening over a seven-week period beginning later this month (July).
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1st July 2011
Patient views essential to improving outpatient services
A total of 850 adults who had a hospital outpatient appointment in Clacton, Colchester, Halstead or Harwich in May are about to be asked for their views.
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August 2011

30th August 2011
Annual meeting with a difference
BBC Essex presenter Sadie Nine will host a Question Time event at the annual meeting of the NHS trust that runs Colchester's acute hospitals.
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26th August 2011
Chance to learn more about Macmillan Information Centre
Information about the Macmillan Information Centre at Essex County Hospital will be given at a cancer support group meeting early next month.
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26th August 2011
Free heart screening clinic for young people
Places are still available at a special free heart screening clinic at Colchester General Hospital next month (Sept) for teenagers and young people.
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16th August 2011
From newborns to centenarians - audiologists care for them all!
A hospital department that cares for patients between the ages of nought and 107 will be the subject of a free health talk in Colchester later this month (August).
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12th August 2011
Trust's future capital developments
A presentation detailing the Trust's future capital developments was given at a joint meeting of the Board of Directors and Members' Council yesterday.
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9th August 2011
Work begins on new £5m decontamination unit
Work began today (9 Aug) on a £5m project to build a state-of-the-art unit to sterilise surgical instruments at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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8th August 2011
Public invited to joint meeting of Trust directors and governors
Directors and governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public this week (11 Aug).
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5th August 2011
Pacemaker fitted to patient aged 106
Doctors at Colchester General Hospital have today (Fri) implanted a pacemaker in a patient aged 106.
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September 2011

30th September 2011
From working on the wards to modelling on the catwalk!
Thirty-two hospital staff, such as porters, a matron, sister, consultant and pharmacist, will take to the catwalk at Colchester's new Firstsite Visual Arts Centre to raise money for cancer patients.
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28th September 2011
Hospital hosts meeting of IBD group
The annual general meeting of a group for people with an interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) will be held in Colchester next month (Oct).
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27th September 2011
Bishop to preach at public service for hospital chaplain
A thanksgiving service will be held in Colchester next month (Oct) to celebrate the life of a long-serving hospital chaplain.
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27th September 2011
Hospital's Neonatal Unit is in the frame for donations
A photographer and designer has produced a book as a way of thanking hospital staff in Colchester for the care they gave his newborn son.
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26th September 2011
Talk will focus on surgery
A Colchester surgeon will be the guest speaker at next week's meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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21st September 2011
Trust names its new Medical Director
A consultant anaesthetist has been named as the new Medical Director of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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21st September 2011
Trust staff go the extra mile for hospitals' charity
Hot-footed hospital staff are in the final stages of training for running events next month (Oct) to raise money for the Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoC).
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21st September 2011
Donations give patients a voice
Patients have been given a voice thanks to the generosity of the friends and family of a well-known Colchester shopkeeper.
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16th September 2011
New director joins Trust board
A new Non-Executive Director (NED) has joined the board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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14th September 2011
Breast cancer widower takes part in "Brest or Bust" challenge
A widower will next week (Mon) set off on a 1,000 mile drive from Essex County Hospital in his 1973 Triumph Stag to raise money for breast cancer research.
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14th September 2011
Free health talk in Clacton
Heart trouble will be the subject of a free public health talk in Clacton later this month (Sept).
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12th September 2011
Annual service of remembrance
A service of remembrance for those who have suffered the loss of their baby at any time during pregnancy or around the time of birth will be held in Colchester later this month.
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8th September 2011
Special screenings to raise money for cancer research
Oscar winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman will later this month help to raise funds for research at a Colchester hospital into ovarian cancer.
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7th September 2011
"Time for Tea" pilot to be run by Parkinson's nurses
A national support and research charity has chosen Colchester General Hospital to run a regional trial designed to improve the care provided for patients with Parkinson's.
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6th September 2011
Places available on free beauty workshop
Places are available on a free skincare and make-up workshop being held later this month at a Colchester hospital for women with a diagnosis of any cancer.
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6th September 2011
Cycling fiancés do it on bikes!
Cancer patients are set to benefit from the pedal-pushing efforts of an engaged couple who both work for the pharmacy department at Colchester General Hospital.
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5th September 2011
Public invited to meeting of Trust's board of directors
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public on Thursday (8 Sept).
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2nd September 2011
World's best keyhole surgeons prepare to converge on Essex
The ICENI Centre at Colchester General Hospital will next week play a key role in an event that will see 150 of the world's leading keyhole surgeons converge on Essex.
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1st September 2011
Colchester's role in national myeloma trials
The Colchester Myeloma Support Group will meet later this month (Sept) at Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium.
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October 2011

26th October 2011
Staff who work with cancer patients to launch Santa Fun Run
Staff who look after cancer patients at Essex County Hospital will next week (1 Nov) launch the Colchester Hospitals Charity's (CoHoC) second Santa Fun Run.
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25th October 2011
It's a health record - Pat to retire after 40 years!
The longest-serving employee at the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital retires on Wednesday (26 Oct) after 40 years' continuous service.
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24th October 2011
Cancer doctor will be guest speaker at her own hospital
A cancer specialist will be the guest speaker at next week's (2 Nov) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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20th October 2011
New procedure for heart patients
Doctors in Colchester have for the first time implanted potentially life-saving defibrillators into patients that shock abnormal fast heart rhythms back to normal.
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13th October 2011
CQC report
Action taken by the Trust since the CQC report (published in July) following an inspection in April.
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11th October 2011
Breast cancer check for Chelmsford women
Women living in Chelmsford are being invited to the breast unit at Broomfield Hospital for routine mammograms as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
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10th October 2011
October meeting of Trust board
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public on Thursday (13 October).
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4th October 2011
Nigel is the best in the UK!
A former City financial analyst who changed career to join the Health Service has won a national prize from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
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3rd October 2011
Colchester and Ipswich clinicians ask for your views
Consultant vascular surgeons at Colchester General and Ipswich hospitals want to hear your views about reconfiguring some services.
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3rd October 2011
Witham to be venue for Breast Screening Programme
Almost 6,000 women are to be invited for routine breast screening in Witham over a four-month period beginning on Wednesday (5 Oct).
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3rd October 2011
Patients invited to take part in national survey
A total of 850 people who spent at least one night in Colchester General Hospital or Essex County Hospital in August are about to be asked about their care.
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November 2011

29th November 2011
Great-grandmother proves there's a first time for everything!
A great-grandmother will on Thursday (1 Dec) have her first tattoo to help raise money for the Colchester hospital that helped her after she was diagnosed with cancer last year.
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28th November 2011
The festive season starts here!
There will be a festive theme next week (7 Dec) when the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group meets for the final time in 2011.
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25th November 2011
Hospital is first in UK to take part in global chemo drug trial
A Colchester hospital has become the first in the UK to recruit cancer patients to take part in a global trial of a new chemotherapy drug.
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22nd November 2011
First meeting of brain tumour support group
A new support group is being set up for patients and carers in north and mid Essex who have been affected by brain tumours.
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21st November 2011
Gutsy Mandy overcomes pain barrier to help cancer patients
A Colchester nurse used painkillers to overcome a cracked rib to complete a gruelling off-road 6km "Guts N' Glory" run for a cancer support group.
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21st November 2011
Critical care patients take part in Wii-habilitation study
Patients on the Critical Care Unit at Colchester General Hospital are playing Nintendo Wii games as part of a physiotherapy project to accelerate their recovery.
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17th November 2011
Rehab project wins national prize
A project that accelerates the recovery of orthopaedic patients at Colchester General Hospital has won a prestigious national award.
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16th November 2011
Free talk on kidney health
Organ donation will be one the subjects covered in a free public health talk about kidneys in Colchester later this month (Nov).
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15th November 2011
Invention to protect unborn babies wins international award
An e-learning team led by a Colchester consultant has developed a training tool that could help midwives and doctors to save the lives of unborn babies.
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9th November 2011
Hospital trust joins Man Utd at top of the league!
The NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital has finished first out of more than 2,000 organisations in an energy efficiency performance league table.
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7th November 2011
Joint meeting of Trust directors and governors
Directors and governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public this week (10 Nov).
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7th November 2011
November meeting of myeloma support group
The Colchester Myeloma Support Group will meet next week at Colchester United's Weston Homes Community Stadium.
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December 2011

29th December 2011
Chemo initiative wins nurse £1,000 bursary
An initiative that helps chemotherapy patients in Colchester led to a nurse joining 30,000 delegates at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology.
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28th December 2011
January - the most depressing month? Oh no it isn't!
Actors from the Beauty and the Beast pantomime at Colchester's Mercury Theatre will next week visit the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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20th December 2011
Trust on target for 400k bonus after reducing falls
The Trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital is on target to receive a £400,000 bonus.
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19th December 2011
Christmas visit will help the memory of Kieran to live on
The Colchester Referees' Society will on Wednesday (21st) visit the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital to hand out Christmas presents.
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16th December 2011
U's players to hand out Christmas presents on Children's Unit
Six players from Colchester United FC and club mascot Eddie the Eagle will next week (Tues) visit the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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12th December 2011
Footballers' visit to Children's Unit will lift the Blues!
Five first team players from Ipswich Town will on Thursday (15th) pay the club's traditional Christmas visit to the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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12th December 2011
US audience learns about improved care in Colchester
A nurse has just returned from a visit to the United States where she told clinicians how a new invention is helping critical care patients in Colchester.
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8th December 2011
The show goes on, thanks to kind-hearted schoolchildren
Pupils at Colchester's biggest primary school will on Monday (12 Dec) hand over a cheque for £1,524 to the Children's Ward at Colchester General Hospital.
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7th December 2011
Fantastic response to CoHoC's second Santa Fun Run
More than 400 Santas of all shapes, sizes and ages will on Sunday (11th Dec) take part in the second Colchester Hospitals Charity (COHOC) Santa Fun Run in Colchester's Castle Park - almost four times the number that participated last year.
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6th December 2011
The Co-op - good with food (and drinks), say cancer patients
Patients undergoing chemotherapy at a Colchester hospital are enjoying free refreshments, thanks to support from the East of England Co-operative Society.
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6th December 2011
Party to thank hospital volunteers - human and canine!
A total of 150 volunteers who give up their time to support patients and staff at Colchester's hospitals have been invited to the volunteers' annual Christmas party.
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5th December 2011
New £450,000 scanner to be opened at Essex County Hospital
A former radiotherapy patient will later this week return to Essex County Hospital to officially open a new £450,000 scanner.
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1st December 2011
Grateful brother and sister give £1k in memory of their mother
On what would have been her 83rd birthday, a grateful brother and sister will next week (Tues) present £1,000 to staff at Colchester General Hospital who cared for their mother for three years.
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1st December 2011
Extra cancer specialist joins the Trust
An extra specialist has joined Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust to help provide care for the growing number of patients with cancer.
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