Essex County Hospital, Colchester

updated on 17 August 2019

Opening Times

07:00 – 20:00
07:00 – 20:00
07:00 – 20:00
07:00 – 20:00
07:00 – 20:00
07:00 – 20:00
07:00 – 20:00
Opens in  3 h 36 min.
3 h 36 min


Colchester General Hospital opened in 1984. There are 596 inpatient beds (general and anaesthetic), 44 maternity beds (including at Clacton and Harwich hospitals) and 12 critical care beds. (This doesn't include cots or A&E.)

Essex County Hospital was opened in 1820 and until October 2014 had two inpatient wards used for oncology (cancer) patients. It has long been the strategy of this Trust and our predecessor organisations to centralise acute services at Colchester General Hospital. In April 2014 the Board of Directors announced its intention to transfer all services and departments off the Essex County Hospital site in 2015. Chemotherapy had already moved to the General in October 2013 and the Radiotherapy Department relocated in June 2014 to a brand-new £25m Radiotherapy Centre. Rhys Lewis and Jefferson wards moved to the newly-refurbished and extended West Bergholt Ward at the General site in October 2014.

Company description
The Trust was informed in December 2008 that Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council (the highway authority) are due to carry out a review of the waiting and parking restrictions in the roads around Essex County Hospital.

Colchester Borough Council's advice is that car drivers must look at the relevant roadside signing to see what times the restrictions apply, but on the side that they are parking, not on the opposite side of the road where the times of the restriction may be different.

Drivers need to be aware that they can park at the unrestricted times, and in most cases this means that they can park until 12.30pm and again after 1.45pm in the marked bays.

The exceptions to those times are that only permit holders can park in Wellesley Road between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday and the Hospital permit bays in Oxford Road, again 8am to 6pm, but Monday to Friday.
Hospital, Associations, Bereavement, Emergency Services, Cancer Support, Sexual Health Services, Public Charities, Contraception Services, Breast Screening Service, Cardiorespiratory
Children's & Adolescent Services, Dietetics, Dermatology, Diagnostic Physiological Measurement, ORL, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Plastic surgery, Surgery - Breast, Breast Surgery, Medical Services, Bowel Cancer Screening
Braille translation service, Disabled parking, Disabled WC, Signing service available, Wheelchair access, Translation services, Prayer area, On-site chapel, Cafe, Car Parking
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