NHS bosses face headache over how to accommodate patients after Essex County Hospital closure

Essex County Standard: NHS bosses face headache over how to accommodate patients after Essex County Hospital closure NHS bosses face headache over how to accommodate patients after Essex County Hospital closure

HEALTH bosses still need to work out how to accommodate thousands more patients at Colchester General Hospital when Essex County Hospital closes next year.

The board that runs the two hospitals agreed yesterday to proceed with moving services out of the Lexden Road site over the next 12 months.

Ian O’Connor, Colchester Hospitals University NHS Trust’s interim finance director, said detailed talks about how and where the services and 350 staff would be transferred would be held in the next few months.

He admitted the trust had to find an answer to concerns about parking at Colchester General Hospital, which is already a problem at peak times.

He said: “We need to find a solution. There will be lots of options and we’ll develop the one that makes sense. It’s time now to start the more detailed planning about how services will move.”

See this week's Essex County Standard for a special report.

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12:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

"There will be lots of options and we’ll develop the one that makes sense"

That would be to keep it open until you've actually planned where everything is going? Typical cart before the horse planning no doubt dictated by the bean counters.
"There will be lots of options and we’ll develop the one that makes sense" That would be to keep it open until you've actually planned where everything is going? Typical cart before the horse planning no doubt dictated by the bean counters. hughie-s
  • Score: 13

12:44pm Sat 12 Apr 14

SoundSense says...

Anyone wondered why the fire alarm system was replaced at enormous expense when they knew they would be closing the hospital?
Anyone wondered why the fire alarm system was replaced at enormous expense when they knew they would be closing the hospital? SoundSense
  • Score: 9

1:22pm Sat 12 Apr 14

hughie-s says...

SoundSense wrote:
Anyone wondered why the fire alarm system was replaced at enormous expense when they knew they would be closing the hospital?
I guess it will be needed once it's closed;)
[quote][p][bold]SoundSense[/bold] wrote: Anyone wondered why the fire alarm system was replaced at enormous expense when they knew they would be closing the hospital?[/p][/quote]I guess it will be needed once it's closed;) hughie-s
  • Score: 8

9:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

A simple way to get rid of your headache!
Leave the place open?
Ditch your company cars and your fancy expense accounts, roll your sleeves up and do some real work, in finding a way to keep the place open.
But you will not, will you and we all know why?
A simple way to get rid of your headache! Leave the place open? Ditch your company cars and your fancy expense accounts, roll your sleeves up and do some real work, in finding a way to keep the place open. But you will not, will you and we all know why? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 10

1:17pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Scoot says...

Obviously the Trust hasn't heard of Prior Planning Prevents P*£s Poor Performance. One wonders whether the decision to close was made at the end of a long boardroom lunch after many M&S prawn sandwiches and gallons of Chardonnay because it obviously hasn't been thought out. It may seem radical but if they want to reduce the numbers of patients/visitors to the General why don't they start by keeping the maternity units open at Clacton and Harwich ?
Obviously the Trust hasn't heard of Prior Planning Prevents P*£s Poor Performance. One wonders whether the decision to close was made at the end of a long boardroom lunch after many M&S prawn sandwiches and gallons of Chardonnay because it obviously hasn't been thought out. It may seem radical but if they want to reduce the numbers of patients/visitors to the General why don't they start by keeping the maternity units open at Clacton and Harwich ? Scoot
  • Score: 3

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