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Radiology Services

Updated 4 October 2017

These pages provide information to patients who are required to attend the radiology department. Please click on the relevant link on the left to access further information.

To find out more about this patient service you can contact PALS.

GP referrals for general x-rays

Your GP may refer you for a general x-ray. The types of examinations this will be are: hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, spine, hips, knees, feet, ankles, chest, abdomen or pelvis.

What preparation do I need to do?
Chest x-rays - Please remove all necklaces before your examination.

Pelvis/Hip x-rays - To avoid having to get changed into a hospital gown please wear elastic waist clothing.( avoid zips and buttons)

Knee x-rays - To avoid having to get changed into a hospital gown please wear clothing that can be rolled above your knees.


Where can I have my x-ray taken?
A combination of walk-in and appointment only services are provided to patients referred by their GP for a general x-ray. The following information tells you what hospital you can attend and the opening times:

Clacton Hospital:
Walk-In
Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays
8.00am-12noon
2pm-5.15pm
Appointments are encouraged to avoid long waits, please call 01255 201682
Appointments are available at weekends 10:30am to 3:30pm. Please call on a weekday to make an appointment on 01255 201682

Essex County Hospital:
Walk-In
Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays
8.00am-12noon
2pm-5.15pm
If more convenient for you, we will offer you an appointment, please call 01206 744474

Harwich Hospital:
Walk-In
Monday - Friday
9am-12.30pm, excluding Bank Holidays
If more convenient for you, we will offer you an appointment, please call 01255 201227

Halstead Hospital:
By appointment only. Your GP will send the request to Halstead X-ray or you may drop the card in personally at Halstead hospital and an appointment will be sent to you.

Colchester General Hospital : Beta Suite
Beta Suite is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5.15pm.
Due to the busy outpatient clinics at Colchester General Hospital we strongly suggest you attend one of the above hospitals for all GP referrals for X-rays. Should you choose to attend Colchester General Hospital Beta Suite for your x-ray, clinic patients will always be given priority. If you have been sent an appointment that states that the x-ray will be performed in Beta Suite, we will endeavour to see you at your allocated time.

For any appointments at Colchester General Hospital please contact 01206 742727 between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Outside of these hours there is an answerphone to leave a message.

How long will I have to wait for my x-ray?
If you use the walk-in service you may experience a long wait during periods of high demand. If you have an appointment we will endeavour to see you at your allocated time.

Can I take my children along with me?
We strongly advise that you do not bring your children with you when you attend for an x-ray. There are not any child care facilities available and they will not be able to come into the x-ray room with you.

How do I get my results?
It takes approximately 10-12 days for the results of your x-ray to get back to the GP. Please ring your GP for the results not the x-ray department.