23/02/2023 | Big Builds, Press releases

Large crane brought in as big build begins

A large crane will arrive at Colchester Hospital on Monday 27 February to lift into place the first sections of the £64 million elective orthopaedic centre (EOC). The EOC is being built at East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT)’s Colchester Hospital site .

During the week, the crane will move the first 37 of 289 pre-built modules. The modules will come by truck, so the roads close to the building site on the hospital grounds may be busy at times. Contractors will be working hard to keep any disruption to a minimum.

The elective orthopaedic centre will cater for patients from Essex and Suffolk who need hip and knee replacement operations. As the surgery will take place in a dedicated unit, it will mean fewer cancelled operations and shorter waiting times for patients.

The EOC is due to open to patients next year. It will be named after the late Dame Clare Marx. Dame Clare was an orthopaedic surgeon at Ipswich Hospital. She was the first female president of the British Orthopaedic Association, and of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She was chair of the General Medical Council.

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