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

D'Arcy ward

Thank you so so much for the care my nan received while on D'Arcy ward, through out the 4 week stay she was treated with respect, dignity...

8 February 2017

Experience of Clacton Opthamology & Elmstead day unit

I have just had two procedures in two days under the care of CHUFT and cannot fault the experience. My first minor operation was performe...

4 January 2017

Poor basic care & no communication!

My elderly dad had a stroke in November 2016 and whilst being cared for on the stroke unit he was treated relatively well, until the stro...

4 January 2017

Consistently excellent care

After suffering significant pain for three days at home and visiting my GP I reluctantly went to A&E early in the morning hoping To b...

14 December 2016

Patient registration interview

My interview with a nurse checking me in for a Gastroscopy. They were aware that I was very nervous but I found their whole manner was ki...

16 November 2016

Quality of service at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Registration with the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission regulates this organisation

Last updated on 31 January 2017.

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