Essex County Hospital to shut

Essex County Hospital to shut

Essex County Hospital to shut

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COLCHESTER’S Essex County Hospital will shut in 12 months.

All 350 staff and services will be transferred to Colchester General Hospital or other medical centres.

Hospital bosses say parts of the site are outdated and it is better to deal with patients at one site.

The future for the Lexden Road site, which opened as a hospital in 1820, has not been resolved, but it is likely to be sold for housing.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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12:42pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Taj says...

As much as this makes sense it is a shame to see the place close it has served us well.
I hope they sort the parking out at the District General otherwise all of this will be a waste of time with an inadequate bus service a very poor and expensive chaotic parking system where it is almost impossible to park and if you do succeed, getting in and out of the car is at best a struggle.
I am sure there will be even more cancelled appointments and more frustration heaped on patients ,visitors and local residents.
As much as this makes sense it is a shame to see the place close it has served us well. I hope they sort the parking out at the District General otherwise all of this will be a waste of time with an inadequate bus service a very poor and expensive chaotic parking system where it is almost impossible to park and if you do succeed, getting in and out of the car is at best a struggle. I am sure there will be even more cancelled appointments and more frustration heaped on patients ,visitors and local residents. Taj
  • Score: 28

12:49pm Mon 7 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Taj wrote:
As much as this makes sense it is a shame to see the place close it has served us well.
I hope they sort the parking out at the District General otherwise all of this will be a waste of time with an inadequate bus service a very poor and expensive chaotic parking system where it is almost impossible to park and if you do succeed, getting in and out of the car is at best a struggle.
I am sure there will be even more cancelled appointments and more frustration heaped on patients ,visitors and local residents.
The General is the pits, this hospital will be sadly missed, even the staff are miles better than that other place!
[quote][p][bold]Taj[/bold] wrote: As much as this makes sense it is a shame to see the place close it has served us well. I hope they sort the parking out at the District General otherwise all of this will be a waste of time with an inadequate bus service a very poor and expensive chaotic parking system where it is almost impossible to park and if you do succeed, getting in and out of the car is at best a struggle. I am sure there will be even more cancelled appointments and more frustration heaped on patients ,visitors and local residents.[/p][/quote]The General is the pits, this hospital will be sadly missed, even the staff are miles better than that other place! totallyfootball
  • Score: 13

2:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Monkey1980 says...

Why can't it be turned into a nice Mosque??
Why can't it be turned into a nice Mosque?? Monkey1980
  • Score: -37

2:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Biggus Davus says...

Why can't it be turned into an NHS walk in centre seeing as it's actually within walking distance of much of the town centre?

It's be a shame if such a distinctive old building was lost, only to be replaced by another anodyne and characterless housing development.
Why can't it be turned into an NHS walk in centre seeing as it's actually within walking distance of much of the town centre? It's be a shame if such a distinctive old building was lost, only to be replaced by another anodyne and characterless housing development. Biggus Davus
  • Score: 48

2:52pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Monkey1980 says...

Anyone would think the people of Colchester don't like muslims??
Anyone would think the people of Colchester don't like muslims?? Monkey1980
  • Score: -19

3:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

SAndrewss says...

Part of the building is listed and the site as a whole is locally listed, so one would presume that the site would be the subject of a conversion to residential rather than it being knocked down, or maybe a little bit of both.
Part of the building is listed and the site as a whole is locally listed, so one would presume that the site would be the subject of a conversion to residential rather than it being knocked down, or maybe a little bit of both. SAndrewss
  • Score: 6

3:56pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Scoot says...

Would it be beyond the realms of sanity to hope that whatever the trust makes out of the sale of the site that they invest it in providing proper parking facilities throughout their remaining sites. Not only is it a nightmare at the district general but there are times when theres a large proportion of staff parked in the car park at Clacton
Would it be beyond the realms of sanity to hope that whatever the trust makes out of the sale of the site that they invest it in providing proper parking facilities throughout their remaining sites. Not only is it a nightmare at the district general but there are times when theres a large proportion of staff parked in the car park at Clacton Scoot
  • Score: 5

4:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

gizabreak says...

This has been on the cards for years . So it's been great to see that the powers that be have ensured that there is easy access to the general hospital, plea ty easy parking and that the nearby roads pose no problems of gridlock when this finally takes place, After all as they say it's been on the cards for years. Couldn't organise a p*$$ up in a brewery . God help us they can't even make a proper access for ambulances only route off the NAR which goes straight to A& E without having to negotiate traffic in the actual hospital grounds !!!
This has been on the cards for years . So it's been great to see that the powers that be have ensured that there is easy access to the general hospital, plea ty easy parking and that the nearby roads pose no problems of gridlock when this finally takes place, After all as they say it's been on the cards for years. Couldn't organise a p*$$ up in a brewery . God help us they can't even make a proper access for ambulances only route off the NAR which goes straight to A& E without having to negotiate traffic in the actual hospital grounds !!! gizabreak
  • Score: 10

4:21pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Heinz says...

SAndrewss wrote:
Part of the building is listed and the site as a whole is locally listed, so one would presume that the site would be the subject of a conversion to residential rather than it being knocked down, or maybe a little bit of both.
However, backhanders are likely to decide and listing or partial listing will conveniently be forgotten!
[quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: Part of the building is listed and the site as a whole is locally listed, so one would presume that the site would be the subject of a conversion to residential rather than it being knocked down, or maybe a little bit of both.[/p][/quote]However, backhanders are likely to decide and listing or partial listing will conveniently be forgotten! Heinz
  • Score: 13

8:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Council Man says...

Heinz wrote:
SAndrewss wrote:
Part of the building is listed and the site as a whole is locally listed, so one would presume that the site would be the subject of a conversion to residential rather than it being knocked down, or maybe a little bit of both.
However, backhanders are likely to decide and listing or partial listing will conveniently be forgotten!
Allegedly Heinz, allegedly, unless of course you are an MP!
[quote][p][bold]Heinz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAndrewss[/bold] wrote: Part of the building is listed and the site as a whole is locally listed, so one would presume that the site would be the subject of a conversion to residential rather than it being knocked down, or maybe a little bit of both.[/p][/quote]However, backhanders are likely to decide and listing or partial listing will conveniently be forgotten![/p][/quote]Allegedly Heinz, allegedly, unless of course you are an MP! Council Man
  • Score: 2

10:45pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Reginald47 says...

It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.
It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road. Reginald47
  • Score: -4

12:47am Tue 8 Apr 14

Boris says...

Reginald47 wrote:
It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.
"All", "dangerous", "illegal"? What on earth are you on about? Those queues, when they form, are orderly and pose no danger whatsoever. What law do they breach, and if there is one, why don't the police show up to do something about it?
.
The queues are of course unnecessary, which you forgot to mention. There is plenty of parking available in the streets around ECH, except at lunch time. But a lot of people from outside town are not aware of that.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.[/p][/quote]"All", "dangerous", "illegal"? What on earth are you on about? Those queues, when they form, are orderly and pose no danger whatsoever. What law do they breach, and if there is one, why don't the police show up to do something about it? . The queues are of course unnecessary, which you forgot to mention. There is plenty of parking available in the streets around ECH, except at lunch time. But a lot of people from outside town are not aware of that. Boris
  • Score: 5

12:52am Tue 8 Apr 14

Boris says...

Taj wrote:
As much as this makes sense it is a shame to see the place close it has served us well.
I hope they sort the parking out at the District General otherwise all of this will be a waste of time with an inadequate bus service a very poor and expensive chaotic parking system where it is almost impossible to park and if you do succeed, getting in and out of the car is at best a struggle.
I am sure there will be even more cancelled appointments and more frustration heaped on patients ,visitors and local residents.
It actually makes no sense at all, Taj, for the reasons you enumerate. We all know that the management at CGH have no intention of doing anything to improve parking for patients, nor to improve bus services to their monstrous and grandiose carbuncle. They will of course fight all comers to ensure that all senior managers at the hospital retain ample car parking for themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Taj[/bold] wrote: As much as this makes sense it is a shame to see the place close it has served us well. I hope they sort the parking out at the District General otherwise all of this will be a waste of time with an inadequate bus service a very poor and expensive chaotic parking system where it is almost impossible to park and if you do succeed, getting in and out of the car is at best a struggle. I am sure there will be even more cancelled appointments and more frustration heaped on patients ,visitors and local residents.[/p][/quote]It actually makes no sense at all, Taj, for the reasons you enumerate. We all know that the management at CGH have no intention of doing anything to improve parking for patients, nor to improve bus services to their monstrous and grandiose carbuncle. They will of course fight all comers to ensure that all senior managers at the hospital retain ample car parking for themselves. Boris
  • Score: 4

12:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

Boris says...

Biggus Davus wrote:
Why can't it be turned into an NHS walk in centre seeing as it's actually within walking distance of much of the town centre?

It's be a shame if such a distinctive old building was lost, only to be replaced by another anodyne and characterless housing development.
This of course makes a lot of sense. Far too much sense for it to be considered by the imbeciles who run the NHS locally.
Of course they cannot demolish a listed building without going through a lot of hoops.
[quote][p][bold]Biggus Davus[/bold] wrote: Why can't it be turned into an NHS walk in centre seeing as it's actually within walking distance of much of the town centre? It's be a shame if such a distinctive old building was lost, only to be replaced by another anodyne and characterless housing development.[/p][/quote]This of course makes a lot of sense. Far too much sense for it to be considered by the imbeciles who run the NHS locally. Of course they cannot demolish a listed building without going through a lot of hoops. Boris
  • Score: 8

8:48am Tue 8 Apr 14

Monkey1980 says...

Boris wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.
"All", "dangerous", "illegal"? What on earth are you on about? Those queues, when they form, are orderly and pose no danger whatsoever. What law do they breach, and if there is one, why don't the police show up to do something about it?
.
The queues are of course unnecessary, which you forgot to mention. There is plenty of parking available in the streets around ECH, except at lunch time. But a lot of people from outside town are not aware of that.
Actually Boris, all the parking spaces around the ECH a residential spaces only. The queueing traffic on the Lexden Road certainly is dangerous I personally have witnessed an accident caused by the traffic there!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.[/p][/quote]"All", "dangerous", "illegal"? What on earth are you on about? Those queues, when they form, are orderly and pose no danger whatsoever. What law do they breach, and if there is one, why don't the police show up to do something about it? . The queues are of course unnecessary, which you forgot to mention. There is plenty of parking available in the streets around ECH, except at lunch time. But a lot of people from outside town are not aware of that.[/p][/quote]Actually Boris, all the parking spaces around the ECH a residential spaces only. The queueing traffic on the Lexden Road certainly is dangerous I personally have witnessed an accident caused by the traffic there! Monkey1980
  • Score: -6

2:19pm Tue 8 Apr 14

William George says...

Biggus Davus wrote:
Why can't it be turned into an NHS walk in centre seeing as it's actually within walking distance of much of the town centre?

It's be a shame if such a distinctive old building was lost, only to be replaced by another anodyne and characterless housing development.
The suggestion to Convert the Essex County Hospital into a NHS. Walk-In Centre instead of demolishing the hospital is the best idea..
For the sensible reasons as mentioned in these comments by Biggus Davus and Boris. They couldn't have been made better ideas than that.

It would also help the NHS in Colchester General Hospital's A & E have a reduction of it's pressures that it's already having to have also is continuing to have.
The pressure that will show to get worse increasing if no improvements and sensible ideas are decided and made.
[quote][p][bold]Biggus Davus[/bold] wrote: Why can't it be turned into an NHS walk in centre seeing as it's actually within walking distance of much of the town centre? It's be a shame if such a distinctive old building was lost, only to be replaced by another anodyne and characterless housing development.[/p][/quote]The suggestion to Convert the Essex County Hospital into a NHS. Walk-In Centre instead of demolishing the hospital is the best idea.. For the sensible reasons as mentioned in these comments by Biggus Davus and Boris. They couldn't have been made better ideas than that. It would also help the NHS in Colchester General Hospital's A & E have a reduction of it's pressures that it's already having to have also is continuing to have. The pressure that will show to get worse increasing if no improvements and sensible ideas are decided and made. William George
  • Score: 5

6:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Checkout says...

You are wrong Monkey1980 and Boris is correct. There are a large number of parking spaces around the ECH site which are only restricted at lunch time.
You are wrong Monkey1980 and Boris is correct. There are a large number of parking spaces around the ECH site which are only restricted at lunch time. Checkout
  • Score: 5

7:42pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Jon-Vencato says...

I spent months in ECH at 4 1/2 years old in 1965 with 30% burns all over me. I was in there for a long time. I had to go back after an infection for another long period and re-grafting.
The place has always had a soft spot for me.
The parking issue is relative, in that drivers should not be waiting in the ziz zag area run ups to the hospital entrance. I used to push my dad in his wheelchair from Creffield road in the 1230 to 1.45 spots or victoria and Cambridge road in the 3 to 4 pm spots.
There is free parking there at the moment all day outside of those hours of sorts.
Is it not rather strange that the parking in this ward is under review, then there is this announcement that the hospital is closing?
Using the place as a potential walk in centre is ideal and an excellent idea.
However this will not happen too much has been invested in Turner Road and there is more in the offing to move the centre to the the General, how that will work I do not know.
Essex County is a prime spot that has had eyes on it for some time.
It is the beginning of the end, of old Colchester as some know it.
I spent months in ECH at 4 1/2 years old in 1965 with 30% burns all over me. I was in there for a long time. I had to go back after an infection for another long period and re-grafting. The place has always had a soft spot for me. The parking issue is relative, in that drivers should not be waiting in the ziz zag area run ups to the hospital entrance. I used to push my dad in his wheelchair from Creffield road in the 1230 to 1.45 spots or victoria and Cambridge road in the 3 to 4 pm spots. There is free parking there at the moment all day outside of those hours of sorts. Is it not rather strange that the parking in this ward is under review, then there is this announcement that the hospital is closing? Using the place as a potential walk in centre is ideal and an excellent idea. However this will not happen too much has been invested in Turner Road and there is more in the offing to move the centre to the the General, how that will work I do not know. Essex County is a prime spot that has had eyes on it for some time. It is the beginning of the end, of old Colchester as some know it. Jon-Vencato
  • Score: 9

8:00am Wed 9 Apr 14

Monkey1980 says...

Checkout wrote:
You are wrong Monkey1980 and Boris is correct. There are a large number of parking spaces around the ECH site which are only restricted at lunch time.
And the question of the traffic outside the place?
[quote][p][bold]Checkout[/bold] wrote: You are wrong Monkey1980 and Boris is correct. There are a large number of parking spaces around the ECH site which are only restricted at lunch time.[/p][/quote]And the question of the traffic outside the place? Monkey1980
  • Score: -9

3:26pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Monkey1980 says...

What a Clique some of you belong to! I can only assume that you are all of pensionable age, living in large houses in the Lexden area. Genuinely away from anything that could possibly harm your white bread, privet hedge world.
Truly sad :(
What a Clique some of you belong to! I can only assume that you are all of pensionable age, living in large houses in the Lexden area. Genuinely away from anything that could possibly harm your white bread, privet hedge world. Truly sad :( Monkey1980
  • Score: -8

5:15pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Reginald47 says...

Boris wrote:
Reginald47 wrote: It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.
"All", "dangerous", "illegal"? What on earth are you on about? Those queues, when they form, are orderly and pose no danger whatsoever. What law do they breach, and if there is one, why don't the police show up to do something about it? . The queues are of course unnecessary, which you forgot to mention. There is plenty of parking available in the streets around ECH, except at lunch time. But a lot of people from outside town are not aware of that.
The queues are dangerousand technically illegal when they stretch right across the pedestrian crossing zig-zags as they frequently do. And the police have got better things to do .. at least they have if you can find one.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: It will be great to see all the dangerous and illegal traffic queues disappear from Lexden Road.[/p][/quote]"All", "dangerous", "illegal"? What on earth are you on about? Those queues, when they form, are orderly and pose no danger whatsoever. What law do they breach, and if there is one, why don't the police show up to do something about it? . The queues are of course unnecessary, which you forgot to mention. There is plenty of parking available in the streets around ECH, except at lunch time. But a lot of people from outside town are not aware of that.[/p][/quote]The queues are dangerousand technically illegal when they stretch right across the pedestrian crossing zig-zags as they frequently do. And the police have got better things to do .. at least they have if you can find one. Reginald47
  • Score: -4

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