Move from Essex County Hospital to Colchester General Hospital is one step closer

Move from Essex County Hospital to Colchester General Hospital is one step closer

Move from Essex County Hospital to Colchester General Hospital is one step closer

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THE trust which runs Colchester’s hospitals will invest £1.1million to help transfer services from Essex County Hospital to Colchester General Hospital.

The cash will be spent on extending the main outpatients department at the Turner Road hospital in preparation for the dermatology and plastic surgery specialties being moved.

Services at the Lexden Road hospital site are due to be transferred in July 2015.

The trust has also agreed to lease the x-ray suite on the ground floor of the Colchester Primary Care Centre, near to Colchester General Hospital as well as investing £516,000 in redeveloping 66 High Street, Colchester, for its Contraceptive and Sexual Health Services.

The trust has been developing the plans since it announced the move in April.

Some services will be relocated into the community.

Nick Chatten, project director, said: “We have made good and rapid progress since April and are aiming to have relocated all of the services by July 2015.

“We’re continuing to work closely with our clinical teams and all of the staff at Essex County Hospital on what is a very complex and detailed project.

“We’re still investigating possible new locations for some of the services currently provided on the Lexden Road site but our announcement today shows we have made significant progress.”

No decision has been made on where the chronic pain service will be moved to, but it does not need to be located at a hospital.

Some 245 new parking spaces will also be created at Colchester General Hospital.

A planning application will be submitted to Colchester Council.

The Lexden Road site will be marketed from October.

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9:02pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Boris says...

"THE trust which runs Colchester’s hospitals will invest £1.1million". Invest? Squander, more like.
Keep the services at Essex County Hospital, which is where people can get to them easily.
"THE trust which runs Colchester’s hospitals will invest £1.1million". Invest? Squander, more like. Keep the services at Essex County Hospital, which is where people can get to them easily. Boris
  • Score: 12

9:56pm Thu 24 Jul 14

sam vines says...

Now only if we have any sort of elected person who could perhaps listen to our concerns...But we don't because the County isn't a listed building or privately owned so it not important.

But half a mil on a new clap clinic on the high street that will draw the punters in to a nice discrete location.
Now only if we have any sort of elected person who could perhaps listen to our concerns...But we don't because the County isn't a listed building or privately owned so it not important. But half a mil on a new clap clinic on the high street that will draw the punters in to a nice discrete location. sam vines
  • Score: 9

11:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

William George says...

Boris wrote:
"THE trust which runs Colchester’s hospitals will invest £1.1million". Invest? Squander, more like.
Keep the services at Essex County Hospital, which is where people can get to them easily.
Interest by Trust continues but they show less of that interest for the hospital problems they already have. They should be the priority to solve them first instead.
If a squander is made and it shows a less importance by the Trust to solve those problems that now exists. A non essentials by them they may choose.
More of the right priorities should be made by them instead.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: "THE trust which runs Colchester’s hospitals will invest £1.1million". Invest? Squander, more like. Keep the services at Essex County Hospital, which is where people can get to them easily.[/p][/quote]Interest by Trust continues but they show less of that interest for the hospital problems they already have. They should be the priority to solve them first instead. If a squander is made and it shows a less importance by the Trust to solve those problems that now exists. A non essentials by them they may choose. More of the right priorities should be made by them instead. William George
  • Score: 4

12:46am Fri 25 Jul 14

Boris says...

sam vines wrote:
Now only if we have any sort of elected person who could perhaps listen to our concerns...But we don't because the County isn't a listed building or privately owned so it not important.

But half a mil on a new clap clinic on the high street that will draw the punters in to a nice discrete location.
The main building at ECH is listed, as I understand.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Now only if we have any sort of elected person who could perhaps listen to our concerns...But we don't because the County isn't a listed building or privately owned so it not important. But half a mil on a new clap clinic on the high street that will draw the punters in to a nice discrete location.[/p][/quote]The main building at ECH is listed, as I understand. Boris
  • Score: 4

4:28am Fri 25 Jul 14

karen martham says...

the above article says they are working closely with ALL the staff at Essex County - as a member of that staff I can tell you that is not the case, we had one meeting which we had to ask for we have never been invited to any of the meetings that have taken place although we have been offered to attend a 'drop off clinic' where when you attend they don't really inform you of anything, oh and lets not forget the monthly newsletter that is now available, the most recent came out this week - frankly I have learnt more in this article than from the newsletter!!!! presumably if they are listening to the staff we will see at least some of the things that have been requested to help us to improve our jobs for the better for the patients ...............I doubt it very much, lets wait and see!!!
the above article says they are working closely with ALL the staff at Essex County - as a member of that staff I can tell you that is not the case, we had one meeting which we had to ask for we have never been invited to any of the meetings that have taken place although we have been offered to attend a 'drop off clinic' where when you attend they don't really inform you of anything, oh and lets not forget the monthly newsletter that is now available, the most recent came out this week - frankly I have learnt more in this article than from the newsletter!!!! presumably if they are listening to the staff we will see at least some of the things that have been requested to help us to improve our jobs for the better for the patients ...............I doubt it very much, lets wait and see!!! karen martham
  • Score: 7

10:48am Fri 25 Jul 14

Snowthorne says...

So far nothing seems to have been decided where the
Eye Clinics will be located.
I have to attend the Amd clinic & my Grandson attends
the Childrens Dept.
Has anyone heard where these will eventually be located?
Really do not like the idea of trying to find my way round
the General.Its bad enough now but as my sight gets worse
so finding my way around a huge strange place where everyone
Is in a mad rush will also be worse
Then i can always do whta those of us over 60 seem to be expected
to do, curl up somewhere,die & stop being a drain on services.
Logans Run for sure!
So far nothing seems to have been decided where the Eye Clinics will be located. I have to attend the Amd clinic & my Grandson attends the Childrens Dept. Has anyone heard where these will eventually be located? Really do not like the idea of trying to find my way round the General.Its bad enough now but as my sight gets worse so finding my way around a huge strange place where everyone Is in a mad rush will also be worse Then i can always do whta those of us over 60 seem to be expected to do, curl up somewhere,die & stop being a drain on services. Logans Run for sure! Snowthorne
  • Score: 3

11:42am Fri 25 Jul 14

cynicalsubber says...

Driving along Turner Road will be even more of a challenge with the queues of cars waiting to get into the car park getting longer and longer... I've been told that the extra spaces don't even cover all of the staff due to move!
Driving along Turner Road will be even more of a challenge with the queues of cars waiting to get into the car park getting longer and longer... I've been told that the extra spaces don't even cover all of the staff due to move! cynicalsubber
  • Score: 4

12:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Checkout says...

Since it seems absolutely clear that only a few of the services currently provided in Essex County Hospital are moving to Colchester General Hospital. Can anyone please tell us exactly where all the services will be located? Please do so in a timely fashion (if you decide to do so).
Is anyone ever going to sort out this seemingly shambolic NHS Trust? We need some assurances about what exactly is happening to to safeguard our local health services.
Since it seems absolutely clear that only a few of the services currently provided in Essex County Hospital are moving to Colchester General Hospital. Can anyone please tell us exactly where all the services will be located? Please do so in a timely fashion (if you decide to do so). Is anyone ever going to sort out this seemingly shambolic NHS Trust? We need some assurances about what exactly is happening to to safeguard our local health services. Checkout
  • Score: 7

2:15pm Fri 25 Jul 14

William George says...

The Trust want's us to be confident of them since the scandal and errors came to light. If that is a true wish by the Trust that should be made more convincing too.
Their plans to closing the ECH departments are very far from convincing us when they are intending to do that.
We are now already seeing the Trust's preferences to be their intentions of choice, to plant departments in almost anywhere. instead they should have them where more correctly; in Essex County Hospital, some are already there and more of them can be added there if when essential.
The Trust want's us to be confident of them since the scandal and errors came to light. If that is a true wish by the Trust that should be made more convincing too. Their plans to closing the ECH departments are very far from convincing us when they are intending to do that. We are now already seeing the Trust's preferences to be their intentions of choice, to plant departments in almost anywhere. instead they should have them where more correctly; in Essex County Hospital, some are already there and more of them can be added there if when essential. William George
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Boris says...

Checkout wrote:
Since it seems absolutely clear that only a few of the services currently provided in Essex County Hospital are moving to Colchester General Hospital. Can anyone please tell us exactly where all the services will be located? Please do so in a timely fashion (if you decide to do so).
Is anyone ever going to sort out this seemingly shambolic NHS Trust? We need some assurances about what exactly is happening to to safeguard our local health services.
If you read the article again you will see that they are still looking for locations for various of the services. From this we can conclude that they haven't a clue yet where they will put them.
The top management may change, but the ineptitude continues. As Karen says, they can't even tell their staff what is supposed to be happening.
[quote][p][bold]Checkout[/bold] wrote: Since it seems absolutely clear that only a few of the services currently provided in Essex County Hospital are moving to Colchester General Hospital. Can anyone please tell us exactly where all the services will be located? Please do so in a timely fashion (if you decide to do so). Is anyone ever going to sort out this seemingly shambolic NHS Trust? We need some assurances about what exactly is happening to to safeguard our local health services.[/p][/quote]If you read the article again you will see that they are still looking for locations for various of the services. From this we can conclude that they haven't a clue yet where they will put them. The top management may change, but the ineptitude continues. As Karen says, they can't even tell their staff what is supposed to be happening. Boris
  • Score: 4

11:32am Sat 26 Jul 14

Checkout says...

I did read the article carefully Boris and came to the conclusion that the Trust do not have a coherent plan for this re-organisation. There are, as you know, several large departments in ECH which will not fit into any NHS property in Colchester. My concern is that we will find ourselves in a Watton" situation where surplus patients will simply be cast to the winds or the Oaks if they have the means.
I detect expert guidance from Mr Hunt's ministry as a major contributory factor in the continuance of this fiasco. I sincerely hope I'm wrong but somehow I doubt that.
I did read the article carefully Boris and came to the conclusion that the Trust do not have a coherent plan for this re-organisation. There are, as you know, several large departments in ECH which will not fit into any NHS property in Colchester. My concern is that we will find ourselves in a Watton" situation where surplus patients will simply be cast to the winds or the Oaks if they have the means. I detect expert guidance from Mr Hunt's ministry as a major contributory factor in the continuance of this fiasco. I sincerely hope I'm wrong but somehow I doubt that. Checkout
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Sat 26 Jul 14

William George says...

Checkout wrote:
I did read the article carefully Boris and came to the conclusion that the Trust do not have a coherent plan for this re-organisation. There are, as you know, several large departments in ECH which will not fit into any NHS property in Colchester. My concern is that we will find ourselves in a Watton" situation where surplus patients will simply be cast to the winds or the Oaks if they have the means.
I detect expert guidance from Mr Hunt's ministry as a major contributory factor in the continuance of this fiasco. I sincerely hope I'm wrong but somehow I doubt that.
Most of your views in your comment already are happening by the Trust.

You mentioned what happens to the surplus patients and they already are existing now. Other patients and not just the surplus ones people know are being fed into other hospitals.

Colchester General Hospital is a general hospital feed their patients to some hospitals that specialize in particular illnesses. The reason of that would be understandable. Which means a further reason for our ECH not to be closed down but kept open and saved.
[quote][p][bold]Checkout[/bold] wrote: I did read the article carefully Boris and came to the conclusion that the Trust do not have a coherent plan for this re-organisation. There are, as you know, several large departments in ECH which will not fit into any NHS property in Colchester. My concern is that we will find ourselves in a Watton" situation where surplus patients will simply be cast to the winds or the Oaks if they have the means. I detect expert guidance from Mr Hunt's ministry as a major contributory factor in the continuance of this fiasco. I sincerely hope I'm wrong but somehow I doubt that.[/p][/quote]Most of your views in your comment already are happening by the Trust. You mentioned what happens to the surplus patients and they already are existing now. Other patients and not just the surplus ones people know are being fed into other hospitals. Colchester General Hospital is a general hospital feed their patients to some hospitals that specialize in particular illnesses. The reason of that would be understandable. Which means a further reason for our ECH not to be closed down but kept open and saved. William George
  • Score: 3

9:57pm Sat 26 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

They should have built one super hospital at Severalls years ago!
They should have built one super hospital at Severalls years ago! totallyfootball
  • Score: 1

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