About this service

Children’s elective care unit

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Find contact details, visiting times and ward information.

Colchester Hospital

Please follow the instructions in your child’s admission letter and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We have a dedicated children’s department at Colchester Hospital – the entrance is to the left of the main entrance.

Children who are coming for a pre-admission appointment at Colchester Hospital can watch this video to learn about what will happen.

How to get here

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Staying in hospital

Ward contact information

  • Children’s Ward: 01206 747 474
  • Children’s Elective Care: 01206 744 237

Ipswich Hospital

Please follow the instructions in your child’s admission letter and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Your child will be asked to attend one of these locations:

  • Bergholt Ward
  • Boxford Ward
  • Raedwald day surgery unit
  • Paediatric investigations unit

How to get here

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Staying in hospital

Ward contact information

  • Bergholt Ward: 01473 702 194
  • Raedwald Day Surgery Unit: 01473 702 705

Who comes to the CECU?

You will bring your child to CECU at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals when they need to attend hospital for a medical or surgical procedure.

Your child may be admitted for a “day case” operation (they should go home the same day), or they may be admitted for surgery and need to stay in hospital.

Our hospitals have dedicated areas for the care of child patients and there are indoor and outdoor play areas.

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