Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget £257 million
Chair Dr Sally Irvine
Chief Executive
Website Colchester Hospital
Care Quality Commission reports CQC
Monitor Monitor

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare services to around 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex, England. In addition it provides radiotherapy and oncology services to a wider population of about 670,000 across north and mid-Essex. Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, authorised Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust[1] to become an NHS foundation trust from 1 May 2008.


In 2007/08 the Trust employed 3,383 people, 86% of them directly involved in patient care.

Hospital sites[edit]

The Trust's main acute hospital site, which was opened in 1984, is Colchester General Hospital. The Trust also owns Essex County Hospital in Colchester, which was opened in 1820 and has two wards used for oncology (cancer) patients. The Trust also provides services at Halstead Hospital. At Harwich and Clacton community hospitals, both managed by NHS North East Essex (the PCT), the Trust provides maternity, minor injury and outpatient services.[2]


In 2009 the Chair of the Trust, Richard W. Bourne, was removed by Monitor because it was failing to meet clinical targets.[3]

In November 2013 the Care Quality Commission reported that it had found discrepancies between the hospital's cancer waiting time records and the information contained in patients' individual medical records. 22 out of 61 records showed people had been put "at risk of receiving care that was unsafe or not effective, due to delays in receiving appointments or treatment".[4] In November 2013 the Trust was placed in special measures by Monitor.[5] Gordon Coutts, the chief executive, who had been on sick leave announced on 18 December 2013 that he would not be returning to the post.[6]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Colchester hospital boss sacked for poor performance". BBC News. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hospital faces claim of cancer care cover-up". The Guardian. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Colchester hospital placed in special measures". BBC News. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Colchester chief executive resigns". Health Service Journal. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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