£25 million Colchester General Hospital centre unveiled

Gazette: £25 million Colchester General Hospital centre unveiled £25 million Colchester General Hospital centre unveiled

COLCHESTER'S new £25 million state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre has opened.

The centre, first mooted nearly 25 years ago, is the most modern in the country and is the biggest single capital investment in the health service in Colchester since the hospital opened nearly 30 years ago.

It will enable staff at Colchester General Hospital to treat cancer patients using radiotherapy with pinpoint accuracy.

The centre features five radiotherapy treatment suites of which four have already been fitted with linear accelerators costing £1.8 million each.

The first seven patients underwent treatment today and by the end of August, all cancer patients will be treated at the Turner Road hospital.

For a special report, see Tuesday's Gazette

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7:35pm Mon 9 Jun 14

suzyn says...

Great, wonderful.....
AND where are these patients, their families, friends & support network of people going to park?

Sounds like typical farcical colchester general hospital.
This is all going to end in tears.
Great, wonderful..... AND where are these patients, their families, friends & support network of people going to park? Sounds like typical farcical colchester general hospital. This is all going to end in tears. suzyn
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7:57pm Mon 9 Jun 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I can see why Essex County has been forced to close.
The new Head of the NHS last week clearly said that he advocated smaller more cottage hospitals doing their stuff.
I have been saying for years we need smaller units the size and quality of the Oaks dotted around the borough doing their own specialist field of expertise.
The comfort, welcome and facilities, of a multitude of Oaks style hospitals around the community is far batter than the overgrown, corporate white elephant dinosaur, we have cultivated and inherited.
This is the boss of the NHS talking not me.
Great minds think alike. AVPG:
I can see why Essex County has been forced to close. The new Head of the NHS last week clearly said that he advocated smaller more cottage hospitals doing their stuff. I have been saying for years we need smaller units the size and quality of the Oaks dotted around the borough doing their own specialist field of expertise. The comfort, welcome and facilities, of a multitude of Oaks style hospitals around the community is far batter than the overgrown, corporate white elephant dinosaur, we have cultivated and inherited. This is the boss of the NHS talking not me. Great minds think alike. AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 3

11:57pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Boris says...

It would be good to bring back Heath Hospital, Black Notley Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, the Military Hospital and so on, but it is not going to happen.
But closing Essex County Hospital to concentrate everything at CGH is absurd, for the reason given by Suzyn. Essex County is ideally located for outpatient treatment and it has eight wards for inpatients, which could so easily be used. Everyone - except the inept empire-builders who run Colchester General Hospital - knows that you should not put all your eggs in one basket.
It would be good to bring back Heath Hospital, Black Notley Hospital, St Mary's Hospital, the Military Hospital and so on, but it is not going to happen. But closing Essex County Hospital to concentrate everything at CGH is absurd, for the reason given by Suzyn. Essex County is ideally located for outpatient treatment and it has eight wards for inpatients, which could so easily be used. Everyone - except the inept empire-builders who run Colchester General Hospital - knows that you should not put all your eggs in one basket. Boris
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2:17pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Hamiltonandy says...

As Boris says it is all down to empire builders. Colchester Hospital has become a monstrous sprawling mixture of buildings as it tries to do everything on one site. Unfortunately the bus user finds the buses stop outside in one direction and you have to be fit to get to the wards! Would it really cost more to operate specialist units on several sites?
As Boris says it is all down to empire builders. Colchester Hospital has become a monstrous sprawling mixture of buildings as it tries to do everything on one site. Unfortunately the bus user finds the buses stop outside in one direction and you have to be fit to get to the wards! Would it really cost more to operate specialist units on several sites? Hamiltonandy
  • Score: -1

9:35am Thu 12 Jun 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
As Boris says it is all down to empire builders. Colchester Hospital has become a monstrous sprawling mixture of buildings as it tries to do everything on one site. Unfortunately the bus user finds the buses stop outside in one direction and you have to be fit to get to the wards! Would it really cost more to operate specialist units on several sites?
No each Oaks Style hospital unit, can be done for between £5 to £10 Million depending on the current market climate and negotiating skills.
The Turner Road White Elephant Monstrosity has costs literally Billions at the last count Labour put in about 1.2 or more, during their term.
Each hospital would have its own management team, one head, one deputy, clerical staff, then the operational team.
The decision to Close Essex County needs to be reversed and the start of an initiative such as this should be implemented.
Turner road should have been an extended Accident & Emergency Facility, with some additional medical service enhancements.
Should it continue to grow, It will end up very much like Severalls Hospital and become an over engorged antiquated dinosaur.
Sending the maternity unit to the general was another mistake. The building at Lexden road should have been demolished and a purpose built new premises should have been created there.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: As Boris says it is all down to empire builders. Colchester Hospital has become a monstrous sprawling mixture of buildings as it tries to do everything on one site. Unfortunately the bus user finds the buses stop outside in one direction and you have to be fit to get to the wards! Would it really cost more to operate specialist units on several sites?[/p][/quote]No each Oaks Style hospital unit, can be done for between £5 to £10 Million depending on the current market climate and negotiating skills. The Turner Road White Elephant Monstrosity has costs literally Billions at the last count Labour put in about 1.2 or more, during their term. Each hospital would have its own management team, one head, one deputy, clerical staff, then the operational team. The decision to Close Essex County needs to be reversed and the start of an initiative such as this should be implemented. Turner road should have been an extended Accident & Emergency Facility, with some additional medical service enhancements. Should it continue to grow, It will end up very much like Severalls Hospital and become an over engorged antiquated dinosaur. Sending the maternity unit to the general was another mistake. The building at Lexden road should have been demolished and a purpose built new premises should have been created there. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -2

12:12am Sun 15 Jun 14

Dmax95 says...

What a heartless and cynical band of critics you are. It's clear from your comments that none of you give a thought or a care for the benefits this new department will bring to those who are unfortunate enough to need treatment for cancer. We should be proud that this region will now have 'state of the art' technology that will allow more advanced techniques to be delivered to a wider range of tumour sites. For those that suffer from this terrible disease, this investment holds greater promise of curative treatment and the Trust should be commended for their heavy investment into this long awaited department. Cancer rates are increasing with more complex cancers affecting a younger population. Advances in technology have seen radiotherapy become a mainstay of curative treatment but it comes at a cost. It is not possible to equip small units with such specialised equipment and staff and your comments clearly show a lack of understanding in this respect. I hope none of you have need of this new department but for those who will, I am sure the benefits from the advanced technologies will outweigh any parking issues!!
What a heartless and cynical band of critics you are. It's clear from your comments that none of you give a thought or a care for the benefits this new department will bring to those who are unfortunate enough to need treatment for cancer. We should be proud that this region will now have 'state of the art' technology that will allow more advanced techniques to be delivered to a wider range of tumour sites. For those that suffer from this terrible disease, this investment holds greater promise of curative treatment and the Trust should be commended for their heavy investment into this long awaited department. Cancer rates are increasing with more complex cancers affecting a younger population. Advances in technology have seen radiotherapy become a mainstay of curative treatment but it comes at a cost. It is not possible to equip small units with such specialised equipment and staff and your comments clearly show a lack of understanding in this respect. I hope none of you have need of this new department but for those who will, I am sure the benefits from the advanced technologies will outweigh any parking issues!! Dmax95
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