Colchester residents urged to have their say over hospital merger plans

Residents in Colchester, North Essex and East Suffolk are being urged to drop-in and catch-up about the upcoming merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

The public sessions across the region later this month will present the latest information on the merger. The public will be encouraged to share any comments or questions they have.

Nick Hulme, chief executive for both trusts, said: “The merger is good news for the residents we serve. With over ten thousand staff, our combined strength will help us to see our patients at the right time, provide the best treatments locally and attract new staff.

“Merging will mean we can spend less money on overheads and duplication, and more money on our services to improve care for our patients.

“We are really keen that local residents are kept up-to-speed on progress with the merger and have the opportunity to give their views on our plans.

“We are not planning any major changes, but there is a lot we can do to make services run more smoothly and free up time for our patients and staff.”

A merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals, announced last year, will create the biggest NHS organisation in East Anglia.

Sessions will run from 10am – 2pm at the following locations:

  • 13th February – Ipswich Corn Exchange
  • 15th February – Clacton Library
  • 19th February – Colchester Library
  • 22nd February – Felixstowe Library

Alternatively, residents are being reminded they can complete an online survey on the trusts’ merger website.