Urgent Treatment Centres in Essex


There are Urgent Treatment Centres at:

  • Colchester Hospital
  • Clacton Hospital
  • Harwich Hospital (Booking system to be introduced, please click HERE for more information)

Before attending any Urgent Treatment Centre please contact NHS 111.  They will give you the best advice – whether it is to attend a UTC, a Pharmacy or to go to an Emergency Department (A&E).

The Urgent Treatment Centre at Colchester Hospital is next to the Emergency Department (A&E).  It replaces the Walk-in Centre in Turner Road.

The Urgent Treatment Centre at Clacton Hospital has replaced the Minor Injuries Unit, it is on the same site.

The Urgent Treatment Centre (minor injuries only) at Fryatt Hospital, Harwich, is on the same site as the previous Minor Injuries Unit.

What to expect at the UTC

First you will be seen by a nurse practitioner who will assess your condition and direct you to the appropriate service. This could be the Emergency Department, back to your own GP or to a pharmacy. If they assess that you need to be seen in the UTC then you may be triaged or asked to take a seat in the waiting area. You will then be seen by either a doctor or nurse practitioner.

The Urgent Treatment Centre in Colchester is a GP-led service.

The centre is open between 7am and 2am every day.

We treat patients for many minor injuries and conditions including:

  • trauma wounds
  • burns and scalds
  • strains and sprains
  • bites and stings
  • suspected fractures
  • foreign bodies
  • coughs and chest infections
  • ear, nose and throat infections
  • skin problems and rashes
  • emergency contraception
  • stomach problems
  • urinary infections
  • eye infections

The UTC at Colchester Hospital does not offer a walk-in blood test service.  To access blood tests, please contact your own GP.


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