Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

01206 747474 Colchester General Hospital, Turner Road , Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JL

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Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has two main sites:Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital. The Trust provides healthcare services to around 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex.

Colchester General Hospital opened in 1984. There are 562 inpatient beds (general and anaesthetic), 44 maternity beds (including at Clacton and Harwich hospitals) and 13 critical care beds. (This doesn't include cots or A&E.)

Essex County Hospital was opened in 1820 and until October 2014 had two inpatient wards used for oncology (cancer) patients. It has long been the strategy of this Trust and our predecessor organisations to centralise acute services at Colchester General Hospital. In April 2014 the Board of Directors announced its intention to transfer all services and departments off the Essex County Hospitalsite. Chemotherapy had already moved to the General in October 2013 and the Radiotherapy Department relocated in June 2014 to a brand-new £25m Radiotherapy Centre. Rhys Lewis and Jefferson wards moved to the newly-refurbished and extended West Bergholt Ward at the General site in October 2014.

Scientific staff are based at the Severalls Hospital site and in the microbiology department near Colchester General Hospital.

Although it is our strategy to centralise acute services at Colchester General Hospital, we also provide some services - such as outpatient and maternity services - at the community hospitals in Clacton and Harwich (run by Anglian Community Enterprise, or ACE) and Halstead Hospital (run by Provide, formerly Central Essex Community Services).

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Latest reviews of this trust

Excellent caring doctor

I took an elderly friend (aged93) to the General Surgery outpatients clinic this afternoon. The doctor who saw her gave her their full at...

2 June 2017

Colchester maternity.

I think triage are absolutely disgusting. I had a bad experience with them when I was pregnant in 2015 and now my sister is 35 weeks preg...

26 April 2017

Excellent staff, great Hospital, can not fault experience

Very satisfied with with my experience at the hospital with my treatment by reception and medical staff, i found them to be very professi...

20 April 2017

Saved my sons life :-)

My son (2) was admitted by A&E, from the word go the staff were amazing! Doing one every couple of minutes, which then lead to my son...

10 April 2017

Eye leaflet

I was referred to eye clinic by the walk in centre and offered an appointment in the afternoon, Although I was seen almost 90 minutes l...

17 March 2017

Quality of service at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Registration with the Care Quality Commission

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Last updated on 31 January 2017.

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