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A proposal to build a new centre for planned orthopaedic surgery at Colchester Hospital

Artist's impression orthopaedic surgery centre

Artist’s impression of the proposed planned orthopaedic surgery centre at Colchester Hospital


Share your views and help us build for better care

 The NHS in Suffolk and Essex is inviting people to share their views on a proposal to create an elective care centre in Colchester for patients who need planned orthopaedic surgery such as hip and knee replacements.

The centre would be built on the Colchester Hospital site on Turner Road. Its benefits would include:

  • a better experience for patients and carers
  • fewer cancelled operations, as beds would be dedicated for planned orthopaedic surgery and could not be used by emergency patients
  • shorter waits for surgery
  • new and exciting ways of working, in turn helping to retain existing staff and attract new talent to our Trust
  • increased capacity to treat all local people into the future

If the proposal goes ahead, the centre would have at least 48 inpatient beds and up to six specialist operating theatres, and would be expected to open by 2024. Every patient would stay at the centre in Colchester while having their surgery. All other care before and after the operation – such as x-rays, pre-assessments and physiotherapy – would be provided at either Colchester or Ipswich hospital, depending on which is closest to their home.

The consultation runs until 5pm on Wednesday 1 April.  You can view our consultation document and supporting information below.

We have also developed answers to frequently asked questions. You can read these by clicking on the page on the left hand side here.

Tell us what you think

There are a number of ways you can give us feedback on our proposals


VIDEO – FAQs answered here

Consultation documentation

Click on the links below to see and download all our documents

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