Braintree - (01376) 320110
Coggeshall - (01376) 561318
Colchester - (01206) 549809
Clacton - (01255) 422337
Witham - (01376) 551221
Health: Complaints about the NHS:
POhWER: The Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) offers a free, independent and confidential service to help people who wish to make a complaint about the NHS.
Essex POhWER ICAS, Unit 14-15, 33 Noble Square, Basildon, Essex, SS13 1LT
Helpline: 0845 456 1083
Health: Complementary Medicines:
Frinton - (01255) 675256
Brightlingsea - (01206) 305581
Clacton - (01255) 431265
Lt Bromley (Manningtree) - (01206) 396559
Colchester - (01206) 764083
Colchester - (01206) 763800
Wivenhoe - (01206) 827355
Colchester - Chinese Medical Centre, 60 Head St - (01206) 763800
Health: Complementary Therapies:
CHARMS: Chelmsford Action for Relief of Multiple Sclerosis
Their Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Centre is at:
20 Grafton Place, Montrose Road, Springfield Dukes Industrial Estate, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6TG.
Tel: (01245) 461212
The clinics listed below should be contacted to find out what facilities they offer. These may vary from time to time. Some are only day care centres.
Coggeshall Road - (01376) 320110
Clacton Hospital, Tower Road - (01255) 201717
Community Mental Health Centre, Thoroughgood Rd - (01255) 220226
Community Mental Health Centre, 190 High St - (01255) 207400
New Road (01206) 392858
407 Main Road (01255) 506451
Health: Community Dietician:
Your GP, specialist or nurse will put you in touch with the community dietician who is based at a clinic, surgery or hospital near you.
Health: Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs):
Homer Court, Essex Street, off Headgate, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3BT
Tel: (01206) 287270
Oyster Court, St Helen's Lane, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1ST
Tel: (01206) 287220
Mayfield Chambers, 93 Station Road,Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1TX
Tel: (01255) 207021
32 Thoroughgood Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 6DD
Tel: (01255) 207000
All Saints House, 413 Main Road, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 4ET
Tel: (01255) 207400
Health: Continence Adviser:
As we get older, even those in good general health can begin to suffer from incontinence. The added burden of illness increases the likelihood of this occurring. The Continence Adviser based at Colchester will give confidential advice on how to cope with this problem that all too often people suffer alone for fear of embarrassment.
Colchester - (01206) 742338
Halstead - (01787) 291022
For details of your nearest dentist please contact your PCT or Care Trust. See separate entries in our miscellaneous section. You can also find a comprehensive list in the Yellow Pages Telephone Directory.
Health: District Nurse:
First contact with the District Nurse must be made through the GP of the person who is ill. He or she will not only care for the needs of the person but will instruct the carer on the best way to go about looking after the "cared for". The District Nurse can also advise on other services that are available and recommend suitable courses of action.
For details of your nearest doctor please contact your PCT or care Trust.
Health: Essex Strategic Health Authority:
Swift House, Hedgerows Business Park, Colchester Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5PF
Tel: (01245) 397600
The above address is head office of the local Health Authority.
Health: First Aid Training:
F.A.C.E.T.S. - Heartstart - First aid advice and health training.
British Heart Foundation, 14 Fitzharding St, London, W1H 4DH
Tel: (020) 7935-0185
National website: http://www.bhf.org.uk/
Health: Health Service, GPs etc. Complaints:
Contact the Community Health Council on (01206) 766599
Health: Health Visitors:
Can offer a wealth of advice, information and support for carers.
Children with special needs:
Colchester - (01206) 579411
Halstead - (01376) 291034
The Children's Hospice for the Eastern Region
Milton, Cambridge, CM4 6AB
Tel: (01223) 860306
Care and support for families who are exhausted by the physical and emotional stress of caring for a sick child under 18.
Broomfield Hospital - (01245) 514478
Chelmsford & Essex Hospital - (01245) 491149
Clacton & Dist. Hospital - (01255) 201717
Clacton Maternity Hospital - (01255) 421235
Colchester General Hospital - (01206) 747474
(Ear, nose & throat surgery, general medicine, orthopaedics, general surgery, paediatrics, day surgery, general out- patients, ITU, private, accident & emergency)
Colchester Maternity Hospital - (01206) 747474
(Maternity, special baby unit)
Essex County Hospital - (01206) 747474
(Gynaecology, dental surgery, dermatology, radiotherapy, urinary medicine, orthodontics, ophthalmology
Harwich & Dist. Hospital - (01255) 201200
St Johns Hospital, Chelmsford - (01245) 491149
St Michaels, Braintree - (01376) 551221
St Peters Hospital, Maldon - (01376) 551221
WJ Courtauld Hospital - (01376) 551221
Health: Hospital League of Friends:
Braintree Hospital League of Friends - (01376) 321795
Halstead Hospital League of Friends - (01787) 477560
Health: Marie Curie Nurses - (01206) 838267
Health: Macmillan Nurses
15 / 19 Britten Street, London, SW3 3TZ
Tel: (020) 7351-7811
Work with doctors and other nurses to meet the needs of cancer
patients and to ensure the best possible quality of life for them
and their families.
National website: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/
Health: National Health Service (NHS)
Visit their website for detailed searchable information:
Health: NHS DIRECT:
Health:North Essex Mental Health Partnership Trust:
NEMHPT Headquarters, Cuton Hall Lane, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5PX
Tel: (01245) 318400
Health: Nutrition and Dietetic Department:
Colchester General Hospital, Turner Rd., Colchester
Tel: (01206) 742166
Health: Occupational Therapy:
Occupational therapy involves activities that will help somebody stay mobile and fit or re-learn how to do everyday things such as washing, dressing, eating and cooking. This is done by teaching and/or recommending special aids to help. This service is only available after referral from a consultant or, in the first instance, your GP. A patient leaving hospital after a debilitating illness is often referred to an occupational therapist to help them return to a normal life. Those who have suffered a milder illness but feel the service could be beneficial, should consult their GP.
Colchester General Hospital, Turner Rd., Colchester, CO4 5JL
Tel: (01206) 747474
Healthcall Mobile Optical Service:
A mobile service for elderly people. It will visit Day Centres, Residential Homes, Clubs, etc.
Tel: (01702) 470805
Health: PATIENT and PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT in health (PPI):
Each PCT (Primary Care Trust) area has a PPI group of representatives who are ready to hear you views on the Health Service in your area. They can look at any issue that involves the public with the delivery of health services. The PPIs took over from the Community Health Councils. Check with your PCT office or Colchester CVS (01206) 505250 to find out who sits on your PPI and can represent your views.
Health: Weight Watchers:
At the Columbine Centre, Walton - (01255) 851680