New look for ward at Colchester Hospital


Patients are benefiting from a £350,000 refurbishment of a Trauma Orthopaedic ward at Colchester Hospital after it was given a complete overhaul.

Fordham Ward cares for patients 16 and over with bone and joint conditions. The brighter and more modern surroundings are intended to make their hospital stay less stressful.

Rossa Baker, Senior Matron for the Musculoskeletal Division at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), and Chris Tweddle, ward sister, have welcomed the improvements, which have also been well supported by the Therapy team.

Rossa said: “It’s made such a big difference.  It’s freed up a lot of space in the middle of the ward so those patients who can and need to get moving have room to go for a walk.”


Debbie Allen, Capital Projects Officer at ESNEFT, said the colour scheme was chosen for the ward by following dementia guidelines to help patients with the condition or cognitive impairments after surgery.

The entrances to the bays are painted in bright colours and themed with flowers. There are also dementia friendly handrails and new clocks in each of the bays.

Other improvements to the ward, which is on Constable Wing and took around eight weeks to complete, include:

  • A new reception desk and doctors’ observation area
  • New showers, toilets and basins
  • New flooring and hygiene cladding on the walls
  • Bigger storage rooms
  • Redecoration throughout
  • New energy efficient lighting  and over bed side lamps
  • New nurse call system and intercom security