Colchester General Hospital

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Colchester General Hospital
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Colchester General Hospital.jpg
Main entrance
Location Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, England
Care system NHS England
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university
Emergency department Yes
Beds 763
Helipad Yes
Founded 1985

Colchester General Hospital is a district general hospital located in Colchester, Essex. It is part of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.


The hospital, then named Colchester District General Hospital, was opened by Elizabeth II on 17 May 1985, at a cost of £16 million. At the time, it had nine wards and 283 beds, built in groups around landscaped courtyards.[1][2]


The hospital has been expanded a number of times since its opening, and several new buildings have been added. This includes the Gainsborough wing, which opened in 2000.[3]

In 2014, the trust announced that the nearby Essex County Hospital was due to close, and that some services currently provided there would transfer to Colchester General Hospital, including breast services and nuclear medicine. In preparation for this, construction began on a new diagnostic imaging centre, which opened in 2018, in time for the transfer of services. It houses three MRI scanners, one of which is wide bore, as well a PET-CT scanner, which will also be used by patients from the Ipswich and Chelmsford areas.[4][5]


The hospital has a helipad, used by air ambulances and for military training.[6]


  1. ^ "Mainstream" (PDF). Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Hospitals | British History Online". Retrieved 2018-03-24.
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  4. ^ "Colchester Hospital University - Essex County Transfer of Services". Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  5. ^ Lodge, Will. "Work to begin on diagnostic centre at Colchester General Hospital this week". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  6. ^ "Rotor Aircraft Landing Facilities : Light / Medium Aircraft Report" (PDF). Retrieved 5 July 2018.