About this service

Community Services

Community services provide care for children and adults closer to home.

These services are provided by nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist clinicians and technicians.

You may receive treatment at  the community hospitals, in clinics held at GP surgeries, in your home or in the care home where you live.

How to get to Clacton Hospital

How to get to Harwich Hospital

Care in your home

This service is provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about this service on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Chest and lungs

This service is provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about this service on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Children's health services

There are two community children’s health consultants and you can find out about them and the services they offer here.

Many children’s health services are provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about these services on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Heart conditions

This service is provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about this service on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Older people's services

Attend Anywhere clinics

Our ESNEFT consultants hold Attend Anywhere virtual clinics with people in their own homes and the residents of 21 care homes in the Colchester and Tendring area.  The service is run in partnership with Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE).

We may invite you to this clinic if you:

  • have had a recent admission to hospital
  • are requiring increasing input from your GP
  • are starting to fall or having an increase in falls
  • have reduced mobility
  • are on several medications
  • are experiencing unexplained weight loss and/or loss of appetite
  • are experiencing cognitive impairment – new or existing – and low mood.

The ACE community physiotherapist goes in person to the care homes and helps to set up the Attend Anywhere video link to the hospital consultant. The consultant and the physiotherapist are then able to carry out a full assessment of you and, hopefully, avoid admitting you to hospital.

This team is also able to offer this service to older people who live in their own homes, for example if you are are housebound or find it extremely difficult to travel and do not have computer access.

There are also Attend Anywhere virtual clinics for older people who live in their own homes and use computers, or have a friend or relative who can help set up the Attend Anywhere link to the consultant and so do not need the physiotherapist to attend in person.

You will be referred to our services by:

  • your GP
  • the Frailty Team at the hospital following emergency admission
  • community physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • care home staff
Physiotherapy and hand therapy

This service is provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about this service on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Speech and language therapy

This service is provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about this service on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Stroke rehabilitation

This service is provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).

You can find out about this service on the North East Essex Community Services website.

Other community services

Many community services are provided by North East Essex Community Services, a collaboration with a number of providers (including ESNEFT).  You can find out about these services on the North East Essex Community Services website.

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