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2012 Press Release Archive

January 2012

31st January 2012
Support CoHoC in Make a Will Month
Members of the public are being invited to take part in Colchester Hospitals Charity's (CoHoC) Make a Will Month which begins tomorrow (1 Feb).
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30th January 2012
Hospital takes on extra A&E consultant
An additional consultant has this month joined the team at the accident & emergency department at Colchester General Hospital.
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26th January 2012
Catalyst's grant helps patients in Colchester
Patients and pregnant women are benefiting after a successful application by the Colchester Hospitals Charity for money to buy equipment.
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25th January 2012
Patients benefit from expanded EAU
Patients in one of the busiest parts of Colchester General Hospital are benefiting from a major re-organisation.
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23rd January 2012
New venue for cancer support group meetings
Colchester General Hospital will be the new venue for all future meetings of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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18th January 2012
Invitation to take part in cancer survey
More than 1,000 patients who were treated for cancer in Colchester and Clacton late last year are to be asked about their care.
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16th January 2012
Colchester nurse through to final of national awards
A specialist nurse based at Colchester General Hospital has been shortlisted in the final five of a national nursing awards competition.
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16th January 2012
Hospital governors to hold first meeting of 2012
The board of governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet for the first time in 2012 on Thursday (19 Jan).
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13th January 2012
Trust project wins national award
A prestigious national competition has been won by staff at Colchester General Hospital for a project that speeds up the recovery of orthopaedic patients.
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12th January 2012
Trust rated highly for quality and safety by CQC
The Care Quality Commission has published a positive report following an unannounced visit to Colchester General Hospital.
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11th January 2012
First health talk of 2012
A sudden and devastating illness that strikes every five minutes will be the subject of the first free public health talk of 2012 in Colchester.
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10th January 2012
CHAIN maintains strong links with Children's Ward
A fundraising group set up after the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 has donated £9,000 worth of equipment to the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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5th January 2012
Trust's "zero tolerance" approach yields results
There has been an almost 45% reduction in the number of the most serious pressure ulcers acquired at Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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4th January 2012
Public asked about major trauma care plans
Right time, right place - public asked about plans for major trauma care.
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February 2012

29th February 2012
World Kidney Day event in Colchester
Most people these days know about the importance of having a healthy heart but far fewer are aware of the importance of healthy kidneys.
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29th February 2012
Patients spared 80-mile round trip
Hundreds of heart patients in north east Essex will no longer have to travel to Basildon following the introduction of a new diagnostic procedure in Colchester.
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28th February 2012
£2.5m investment in new equipment
Equipment used to produce 4,500,000 patient test results a year has been replaced in a £2.5m programme by the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital.
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23rd February 2012
In like a leopard and rabbit, out like a leopard and rabbit...
It is said that March "comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb". But at one Colchester baby shop it will come in - and out - like a leopard and rabbit!
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22nd February 2012
Why knowing about urology cancer is not a load of balls!
A testicular cancer campaigner from Clacton will take part in a "Urology Cancer Awareness Evening" at Colchester General Hospital early next month (March).
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22nd February 2012
Colchester meeting of new brain tumour support group
A new support group for patients and carers affected by brain tumours is to meet in Colchester early next month (March) for only the second time.
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21st February 2012
Still alive and kicking after 40 years' service!
A nurse who is so dedicated that she finished her shift after breaking her ankle at work has just celebrated 40 years of full-time service in Colchester.
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16th February 2012
Maternity Services - Have Your Say
Have your say about the future of maternity services in NE Essex.
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16th February 2012
By-election to fill governor vacancy
A vacancy has arisen for a public governor at the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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15th February 2012
Bowels and Bottoms!
A Colchester surgeon will back England's first ever national bowel cancer awareness campaign when she gives a free health talk later this month (29 Feb).
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14th February 2012
CQC reports a solid performance by Trust
Outpatient services in north east Essex scored highly in a national report published today (14th) for treating patients with respect and dignity.
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13th February 2012
Invitation to attend Trust board meeting
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public on Thursday (16 Feb).
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8th February 2012
Colchester consultant strikes gold!
A national project led by a Colchester doctor that could save the lives of unborn babies has won a second award.
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3rd February 2012
Hospital's Macmillan centre appeals for more volunteers
More volunteers are needed at the Macmillan Information Centre at Essex County Hospital in Colchester.
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1st February 2012
Patients will remain our No.1 priority, pledge NHS leaders
NHS leaders in North Essex have agreed that the key focus for the Health Service should continue to be on improving health and driving up quality.
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March 2012

30th March 2012
RMP give chocolate-stuffed hamper escort to Children's Unit
An Easter hamper of chocolate will next week (Tues) be given a Royal Military Police escort on its journey to the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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30th March 2012
Grateful patient returns to Stroke Unit to present equipment
A pensioner who suffered a stroke while undergoing chemotherapy for cancer will on Monday (2 April) present Colchester's Stroke Unit with equipment worth £1,650.
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30th March 2012
Theatres project helps cut cancelled ops by 50%
Staff at Colchester General Hospital are celebrating the first anniversary of a project designed to improve the performance of its 15 operating theatres.
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29th March 2012
Olympic torch honour for hospital volunteer
A student from Colchester who works as a volunteer at Essex County Hospital has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch.
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29th March 2012
National conference to be held at Firstsite
Doctors from all over the UK are to converge on Colchester for a national conference of the country's largest and most influential body of women doctors.
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28th March 2012
Start of nine-month screening programme
Screening begins tomorrow (Thurs) of the first of more than 5,000 women who are to be invited for routine breast x-rays in Colchester over the next nine months.
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27th March 2012
Physio to take part in Olympic ceremonies
A Colchester physiotherapist who put her name forward "for a laugh" has been picked to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
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26th March 2012
Leading GP to discuss impact of NHS shake-up
The Government's controversial health reforms will be discussed by the guest speaker at the April meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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23rd March 2012
New cancer treatment to begin in Colchester
A new type of radiotherapy for patients with cancer will begin at Essex County Hospital on Monday (26 March).
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22nd March 2012
"Bionic arm" used to help patients recover from stroke
Patients who have lost the use of an arm and hand following a stroke are benefiting from a new upper limb rehabilitation service at Colchester General Hospital.
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21st March 2012
A&E department is in good health!
The A&E department at Colchester General Hospital has taken huge strides forward since the introduction of new national quality indicators, the latest data shows.
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20th March 2012
Survey shows that Trust is a better place to work
Staff employed by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust are more satisfied and more motivated than before, according to a survey out today (Tues).
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16th March 2012
Trust security advisor welcomes convictions
Colchester magistrates have convicted two people of separate offences that took place within four weeks of each other against the same nurse in A&E.
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15th March 2012
New cancer clinic begins in Colchester
A new clinic has started in Colchester for patients with the same type of cancer that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and snooker player Paul Hunter were diagnosed with.
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14th March 2012
Grateful mum to hold fundraising quiz night
A grateful Colchester mum who gave birth 14 weeks early is organising a fundraising event to be held two days after what should have been her delivery date.
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14th March 2012
First health talk of 2012 in Clacton
Improvements in the care of hospital patients with diabetes will be the subject of a free public health talk in Clacton later this month.
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6th March 2012
How writing can be a healing tool
Places are available on two free writing workshops in Colchester later this month (March) for people whose lives have been affected by cancer.
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6th March 2012
Dietitians use celebrity recipes to tackle malnutrition
Celebrities Lorraine Kelly and Gino D'Acampo have given dietitians permission to use their recipes when working with some of the most vulnerable people in north east Essex.
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2nd March 2012
Colchester nurse wins national nursing award
A Colchester nurse has been named as the overall winner of the national Crohn's and Colitis UK IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Nursing Awards 2012.
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2nd March 2012
Lives saved as more than 14 million patients are screened for Blood Clots
Patients are now almost twice as likely to be screened in hospital for venous thromboembolism (VTE) than in 2010, Health Minister Simon Burns today announced.
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1st March 2012
Health Minister praises Trust on eve of Colchester visit
Health Minister Simon Burns will visit Colchester General Hospital tomorrow (Fri) to learn more about its work to prevent avoidable blood clots.
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April 2012

30th April 2012
School invites community to charity coffee morning
A charity coffee morning will be held at a Colchester junior school on Friday (4 May) in memory of a teacher's mother who died earlier this year from cancer, aged 51.
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30th April 2012
Patients to benefit from deputy sister's fundraising
An award-winning Colchester nurse has presented her ward with almost £1,300 of equipment that was paid for from a fundraising evening she organised.
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27th April 2012
May Day donation will be a welcome tonic for heart patients
Two cardiac nurses will on Tuesday (1st) be presented with equipment by the Take Heart Cardiac Support Group.
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26th April 2012
Boost for neonatal ventilator fund
The owner and two staff from a Colchester baby shop will next week (Mon 30 April) visit the town's Neonatal Unit to present staff with a cheque for £530.
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24th April 2012
Trust has made major progress, say patients
Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital have made huge progress in the care they provide for inpatients, according to a national survey published today (Tues).
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23rd April 2012
New developments in urology cancer surgery
A consultant urological surgeon will be the guest speaker at the May meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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23rd April 2012
Trust's governors to meet in public
The board of governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet on Thursday (April 26).
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18th April 2012
Staff pedal power will benefit breast patients
A peloton of 14 cyclists are in training to complete a 25-mile ride between the breast units in Colchester and Chelmsford.
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16th April 2012
BTN project results in better patient transfers
The transfer of patients between hospitals in Colchester and care homes in north east Essex - and vice versa - has improved thanks to a unique project.
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12th April 2012
Chance to learn more about IBD
Anyone with an interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is invited to a meeting in Colchester later this month.
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11th April 2012
Thanksgiving service to be held for surgeon
A service of thanksgiving is to be held next month (May) for an eminent surgeon who escorted the Queen around Colchester General Hospital when she opened it in 1985.
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11th April 2012
Free talk on joint replacement surgery
The Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead will be the venue later this month (25 April) for a free health talk.
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10th April 2012
Bowel cancer - don't sit on your symptoms!
Free fruit will be available at a Sainsbury's store in Colchester next week (17th-19th) as part of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Month initiative.
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May 2012

31st May 2012
Physios organise Diamond Jubilee knees-up for falls patients
Diamond Jubilee celebrations will extend to a third day at Colchester General Hospital next week with a party for falls patients.
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29th May 2012
Bike Week boost for hospitals' charity
A series of events is being held during Bike Week next month (June) to promote cycling to thousands of hospital staff in Colchester.
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28th May 2012
Hairy Monks do their bit for cancer patients
Scout leaders in Lawford are organising a fundraising evening for the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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28th May 2012
Lily and Rita prove that volunteering can be a dog's life
Two dogs will be among about 40 guests at a party in Colchester on Friday (1 June) to celebrate the work of hospital volunteers.
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25th May 2012
Trust chief executive will be guest speaker
Dr Gordon Coutts, Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, will be the guest speaker at next month's meeting of a cancer support group.
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24th May 2012
Equipment donated in memory of colleague
Specialist equipment costing £5,000 has been donated to Colchester General Hospital by the parents of a former member of staff.
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23rd May 2012
Nurse Kim prepares to help Olympic spectators
An experienced nurse from Colchester General Hospital has been chosen to be a medical first responder at the London Olympics.
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17th May 2012
Free talk will focus on eyes
A consultant who trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital will describe the full range of hospital eye services available in Colchester at a free health talk later this month.
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15th May 2012
Patients encouraged to take part in A&E survey
Surveys are being sent out next week (w/c 21 May) to ask patients for their views on the care they received at Colchester's A&E department.
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14th May 2012
Invitation to attend Trust board meeting
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet in public on Thursday (17 May).
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14th May 2012
Tendring service of remembrance
A service of remembrance will take place in Tendring next week (22 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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1st May 2012
Nurse returns as guest speaker
A nurse from a leading cancer charity will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Colchester Myeloma Support Group.
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June 2012

28th June 2012
Chairs! Trust thanks Friends for equipment worth £8,000
An award-winning initiative that speeds up the recovery of orthopaedic patients at Colchester General Hospital has been given an £8,000 boost.
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26th June 2012
Meeting of Essex NET Patients Support Group
A Colchester consultant will be a speaker next month (July) when the only local patients support group of its kind in the UK meets near Chelmsford.
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26th June 2012
Colchester volunteer to be presented with Macmillan award
A volunteer at Essex County Hospital will on Friday (29 June) be presented with a prestigious award from the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
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25th June 2012
Breastfeeding campaign targets high-risk women
Women with high-risk pregnancies will be the target of an initiative in Colchester during National Breastfeeding Week (24-30 June).
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25th June 2012
First vascular patient treated in Trust's new £1.5m theatre
A 76-year-old grandfather has become the first vascular patient to have surgery in a new £1.5m operating theatre at Colchester General Hospital.
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25th June 2012
Hospital's major role in "landmark" cancer study
A Colchester hospital has played a major role in a "landmark study" that is giving new hope to patients with advanced bladder cancer.
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22nd June 2012
Focus on kidney cancer
Kidney cancer will be the subject of a talk at next month's (4 July) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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22nd June 2012
I'm A Carer - Get Me In There!
Carers of people living with a diagnosis of cancer are being offered a free chance to experience the great outdoors with a Colchester survival expert.
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19th June 2012
New specialist vascular service begins next month
A new service for major vascular surgery for the 750,000 population of east Suffolk, north east Essex and the Colne Valley begins next month (from Monday 9 July).
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18th June 2012
Practical advice on the menopause
Practical advice will be available next week (27 June) when a Colchester doctor gives a free public health talk called "Midlife and the menopause".
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18th June 2012
Grateful husband to attempt 1,000 miles in 24 hours for unit
A motorcyclist will this weekend (23rd/24th) attempt to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for the critical care unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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12th June 2012
£170,000 refurbishment of day unit to begin soon
Works begins early next month on a major £170,000 project to refurbish the day unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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1st June 2012
Patients still benefit from nurse Sarah - even after her death
Even almost two years after her death, patients at Colchester General Hospital are still benefiting from the care of a dedicated nurse who died at the age of 30.
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1st June 2012
Bike father, bike son . . .
A Manningtree father and son who had not ridden bikes for about 10 years will this month (June) attempt a fundraising cycle ride from London to Paris.
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1st June 2012
Magician to visit Children's Unit to celebrate Volunteers' Week
A magician who turned himself into a senior NHS manager will celebrate Volunteers' Week by performing magic for children at Colchester General Hospital.
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July 2012

27th July 2012
Colchester Matron to host a visit by Japanese nurses
A group of eight nurses from Japan will next week (Tues) spend two hours visiting Essex County Hospital.
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26th July 2012
"The Blood Runners"
A Colchester-based charity known as "The Blood Runners" has just started to deliver blood free of charge to Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
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25th July 2012
£814,000 investment in digital screening units
A total of £814,000 has been invested in three new digital mobile screening units for the Chelmsford & Colchester NHS Breast Screening Service.
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20th July 2012
Family fun day for Neonatal Unit
A family fun day is being held at a Colchester pub next month to raise money for the town's neonatal unit.
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13th July 2012
Essex Young Farmers muck in for Stroke Unit
A 26-year-old Tollesbury farmer who suffered a massive stroke has presented more than £6,000 to staff from the Colchester hospital unit that cared for him.
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12th July 2012
Donor's sister and MPs back National Transplant Week
A Californian whose seven-year-old brother was shot dead by highway robbers will show her support for National Transplant Week at the Tendring Show on Saturday.
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11th July 2012
How to reduce the risk of heart disease
Halstead will be the venue this month (25 July) for a free talk about a disease which causes one death every six seconds in the UK.
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9th July 2012
Working together to improve services
Colchester's hospitals have shown their commitment to people with a learning disability by giving their backing to Mencap's "Getting it right charter".
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9th July 2012
Trust's governors to meet in public
The board of governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet on Thursday (12 July).
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6th July 2012
Colchester surgeon performs pioneering op
A Colchester surgeon has successfully performed what he believes is the first cancer operation of its kind in the UK.
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5th July 2012
County Hospital eye specialist nominated for national award
For the second year in a row an eye specialist from Colchester has been nominated for a national award after outstanding patient praise.
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4th July 2012
Chance to learn more about diabetes
A diabetologist will give a free public health talk in Colchester later this month (18 July).
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3rd July 2012
Diagnostic services are "open all hours"!
More weekend and evening appointments are to be held at Colchester General Hospital for patients who need diagnostic tests.
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2nd July 2012
Patients start to benefit from wireless revolution
A trial is taking place at Colchester General Hospital to use wireless technology to track the whereabouts of valuable and potentially lifesaving clinical equipment.
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August 2012

28th August 2012
First meeting after summer break
A presentation about chemotherapy will be given at next week's meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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14th August 2012
Annual Members Meeting 4 September 2012
This year, the annual members meeting of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will start with a difference - with a turf-cutting ceremony for the new radiotherapy centre to be built at Colchester General Hospital.
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14th August 2012
Colchester meeting of brain tumour support group
A support group for patients and carers affected by brain tumours is to meet in Colchester early next month (September).
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14th August 2012
Lisa gets on her bike to thank chemotherapy unit
A radiographer at West Suffolk Hospital will next month (Sept) take part in a cycle ride to raise funds for the Colchester hospital that treated her for breast cancer.
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10th August 2012
Invitation to attend Trust board meeting
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will next week meet in public.
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10th August 2012
Approval given for radiotherapy centre
Colchester Borough Council has given planning permission for a £25m state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre to be built at Colchester General Hospital.
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10th August 2012
Twenty-one years on, Brian has never forgotten
A grateful Boxted father has presented £1,650 to the NHS trust which cared for his newborn son in 1991 and also another close family member four years ago.
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9th August 2012
Myeloma support group to meet in early September
The next meeting of the Colchester Myeloma Support Group will be held on Thursday 6 September.
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6th August 2012
PM gives his support to malnutrition project
Prime Minister David Cameron has given dietitians a recipe for one of his favourite dishes to use in a newsletter they produce for care homes in north east Essex.
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3rd August 2012
Children in hospital given a chance to carry Olympic Torch
Staff on the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital anticipate an outbreak of "Games fever" next week when the Olympic Torch visits.
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2nd August 2012
Golden couple support critical care department
A Colchester couple have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by donating £775 to the hospital that saved their son's life.
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September 2012

28th September 2012
Meet the governors!
Two drop-in sessions have been arranged in October and November for members to come and meet governors and see what they do.
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26th September 2012
Have you been affected by a stay in Intensive or Critical Care?
Our Critical Care Follow-up Sister has organised a drop-in session next week for anyone affected by a stay in Intensive or Critical Care, whether as a patient, relative or friend.
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25th September 2012
Stroke nurse says au revoir - but not goodbye!
A whole Christmas at home is one of the experiences a Colchester nurse is most looking forward to at the end of a nursing career stretching back almost 42 years.
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24th September 2012
Screening begins for Burnham women
Radiographers on a brand-new digital mobile unit today (Mon) started screening women from Burnham-on-Crouch for breast cancer.
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24th September 2012
Consultant to give talk about urology surgery
Urology surgery will be the subject of a talk at next week's (3 Oct) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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24th September 2012
Colchester Cancer Team goes the extra 13.1 miles for patients!
Nine colleagues who treat and care for cancer patients will early next month (Oct) run a half marathon to raise money for Colchester's £25m radiotherapy centre.
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18th September 2012
Stoptober
During October, thousands of people across England are taking part in Stoptober - a new, exciting 28 day challenge to stop smoking.
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17th September 2012
New course gives HOPE
A free seven-week course aimed at building the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer will begin in Colchester next month (Oct).
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14th September 2012
Turner Road to close for road works in September
Roadworks later this month are expected to increase travel time to and from Colchester General Hospital, particularly at peak periods.
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13th September 2012
Nurse off to Brazil for world championships
A Colchester nurse who will vice-captain England in this autumn's roller hockey world championships in Brazil is appealing for sponsorship.
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12th September 2012
Talk will increase awareness of delirium
A condition that affects about one in three acute hospital patients will be the subject of a free health talk in Colchester later this month.
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11th September 2012
Colchester surgeon is front page news in India
A "medical marvel" is how a national newspaper in India described an operation carried out there by a Colchester breast surgeon.
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10th September 2012
Colchester service of remembrance
A service of remembrance will take place in Colchester this month 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 September 2012
Breast Friends make double appeal
A double appeal is being made by the organisers of a party in Colchester to celebrate improving breast cancer survival rates.
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5th September 2012
Recruitment drive for volunteer lay chaplains
An appeal has been made for more volunteer lay chaplains to work with hospital patients in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich and their relatives, friends and staff.
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October 2012

31st October 2012
Hospital hosts AGM 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 (Nov).
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29th October 2012
Cancer nurse to give presentation
A cancer nurse will give a presentation about chemotherapy at next week's meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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26th October 2012
Three local diabetes projects win national awards
Three projects which are improving diabetes care to patients across north east Essex have scooped national awards.
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26th October 2012
Screening for women from Braintree area and Colchester
Almost 15,000 women from the Braintree area and part of Colchester are to be invited for routine breast x-rays under the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
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23rd October 2012
Can modified Pilates help a distressing condition which affects 5 million women in UK?
The University of Essex and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust are joining forces to conduct a special study into ways of improving a distressing condition which affects millions of women.
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22nd October 2012
Expect severe disruption at Clacton Hospital
Essential drainage repairs work will cause severe disruption to vehicle and pedestrian access at Clacton Hospital from 27 October for at least 13 weeks.
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17th October 2012
Cheque takes YFC total to over £11,000
Maldon Young Farmers Club (YFC) has presented £4,500 to the Colchester stroke unit which cared for a member who suffered a life-changing stroke at the age of 25.
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16th October 2012
Ex-Garrison Commander appointed to Trust Board
A former Commander of Colchester Garrison has joined the board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital.
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15th October 2012
Extension of breast screening programme
The age range of women invited for routine breast screening in north and mid Essex has been extended from 50-70 to 47-73.
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9th October 2012
Screening venue needed in Braintree
A warning was given today that Braintree women will need to travel further for routine breast screening if a location cannot be found in the town for a mobile screening unit.
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8th October 2012
New operation provided by centre of excellence
A retired bus-driver from Clacton has become the first patient to benefit from a new type of life-saving surgery now being performed at Colchester General Hospital.
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5th October 2012
Trust's governors to meet in public
The board of governors of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will meet on Thursday (11 Oct).
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4th October 2012
New arrangement for Gainsborough Clinic
Colchester General Hospital has announced that a new arrangement will begin on Monday (8th Oct) for patients with appointments at Gainsborough Clinic.
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4th October 2012
New nurse to support urology cancer patients
A national charity has stepped in to help Colchester General Hospital support the growing number of patients with urology cancer.
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3rd October 2012
Surgeon to give free health talk in Clacton
Clacton will be the venue later this month for a free health talk by an orthopaedic surgeon.
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3rd October 2012
AAA screening programme launches in Five Rivers area
A national screening programme that aims to detect a potentially life-threatening condition has been rolled out to the 750,000 population of east Suffolk, north east Essex and the Colne Valley.
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2nd October 2012
500+ Trust staff given flu vaccine in one day
A total of 472 frontline staff at Colchester General Hospital were vaccinated on the first day of a national NHS staff flu vaccination campaign.
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2nd October 2012
Colchester prepares to welcome nurses from Czech Republic
A group of 12 critical care nurses arrive in Essex tomorrow (Wed) to spend two days learning from their counterparts at Colchester General Hospital.
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1st October 2012
Get away from it all ....on Mersea Island!
Cooking over an open fire and archery will be among the activities available at a free "Autumn Outdoor Experience" day in Colchester later this month (Oct).
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November 2012

28th November 2012
Presentation of £3,000 to chemo unit will be a family affair!
Three generations of the same family will go to the chemotherapy unit of a Colchester hospital on Friday (30th) to present staff there with £3,000.
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27th November 2012
Fond farewell to "face of the hospital"
A receptionist, who for the past 15 years has been the "face of Colchester General Hospital", retires this week.
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27th November 2012
Co-op steps in to replace stolen TV and DVD player
The East of England Co-operative Society has stepped in to replace a TV and DVD player which were stolen from the day room of a cancer ward at Essex County Hospital.
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26th November 2012
"Christmas social" to round off the year
A folk group will play festive music at next week's (5 Dec) meeting of the North East Essex Urology Cancer Support Group.
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22nd November 2012
Matron appalled by theft from cancer ward
A flatscreen digital TV and a DVD player have been stolen from a cancer ward at Essex County Hospital.
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22nd November 2012
Retired consultants return to open £5m Sterile Services Unit
Retired surgeons and anaesthetists will return to Colchester General Hospital next week to open its state-of-the-art £5m Sterile Services Unit (SSU).
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20th November 2012
"Beer goggles" to feature in Alcohol Awareness Week event
"Beer goggles" will be worn by patients, visitors and staff during an Alcohol Awareness Week initiative at Colchester General Hospital on Thursday (22 Nov).
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16th November 2012
Last meeting of 2012 for myeloma support group
Colchester Myeloma Support Group's final meeting of the year will take place on Thursday 6 December.
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14th November 2012
How cancer screening programme saves lives
A life-saving screening programme which picks up cancer at an early stage will be the subject of a free health talk in Colchester later this month (Nov).
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13th November 2012
Restored children's ward decorations are back after 28 years!
More than half a century after they were first installed, four beautiful etched glass panels have been restored and returned to Colchester's children's ward.
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12th November 2012
Trust's board of directors to meet in public
The board of the NHS trust that runs Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital will this week meet in public.
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7th November 2012
Sixty-four Santas to launch Colchester's Santa Fun Run 2012
Prefects at a Colchester secondary school will next week (12 Nov) launch the Colchester Hospitals Charity's (CoHoC) third Santa Fun Run.
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6th November 2012
Diamond Jubilee donation to hospital
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee has resulted in a charity donating a £600 porters wheelchair to the radiology (x-ray) department at Colchester General Hospital.
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December 2012

24th December 2012
Additional consultants for Emergency Assessment Unit
Two extra consultants have joined the team at one of the busiest departments at Colchester General Hospital - the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU).
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24th December 2012
Panto actors round off the festive season on Children's Unit
The curtain will rise on the New Year on the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital with a visit from pantomime characters from the town's Mercury Theatre.
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21st December 2012
Screening to start in new year in Harwich
Almost 3,000 women from the Harwich area are to be invited for routine breast x-rays, starting on Wednesday 9 January.
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20th December 2012
First op of its kind anywhere in the world
Colchester General Hospital is believed to be the first hospital in the world to have carried out a new type of life-saving laparoscopic (keyhole) vascular operation.
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19th December 2012
Venue found for breast screening in Braintree
Routine breast screening for women from the Braintree area will begin at Freeport on Thursday 3 January.
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18th December 2012
Looking forward to 2013 - thanks to new service!
A Harwich grandfather is looking forward to a better year in 2013 thanks to a new service that has been set up to help patients in north east Essex with diabetes who need surgery.
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17th December 2012
Widow returns to open OT kitchen on Colchester's Stroke Unit
The widow of a former patient will return to Colchester General Hospital tomorrow (Tues) to open a refurbished occupational therapy (OT) kitchen that has been dedicated to his memory.
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17th December 2012
Children - and staff! - look forward to CUFC Christmas visit
Manager Joe Dunne will on Wednesday (19th) lead some of his players out onto the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital for a Christmas visit.
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13th December 2012
No red cards for Children's Unit - only presents!
Colchester Referees' Society will on Monday visit the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital to hand out Christmas presents.
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12th December 2012
Breast screening goes fully digital
The breast screening service at Essex County Hospital has gone fully digital following an investment of £162,000.
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11th December 2012
A herd of reindeer set to star in Operation Twinkle
Three real reindeer will this evening (Tues) pay an early Christmas visit to the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital.
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10th December 2012
Blue is the colour, Christmas is the game
A hat-trick of football-related Christmas visits to the Children's Unit at Colchester General Hospital will kick off on Thursday (13th) with Ipswich Town.
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5th December 2012
Colchester Stroke Unit is the best in the county
Colchester's stroke unit is the best in Essex and among the top 10% nationally, according to an audit published today (5th) by the Royal College of Physicians.
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3rd December 2012
Young patients benefit from scorchingly successful fun day
A ward clerk who helped to organise a family fun day at a Colchester pub will on Wednesday (5 Dec) present the £1,100 it raised to the hospital where she works.
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