World class cancer facilities for our community

Cancer Centre Campaign

Our vision for a place where our patients and their loved ones are supported and cared for by experts throughout their cancer journey at Colchester Hospital has been realised.

All cancer services are now centralised in a single complex so we can care for everyone, regardless of cancer type, severity or prognosis. Chemotherapy, haematology and radiotherapy have been brought together under one roof for the first time in an environment which is welcoming, comfortable and efficient. To complete our holistic approach, we have also built a unique Cancer Wellbeing Centre which provides complementary therapies, counselling, advice and support for patients and their loved ones.

The Collingwood Centre

This is the name of the new chemotherapy and haematology suite which welcomed it’s first patients on 11 November 2019.

The Collingwood Centre is not just bricks and mortar. It is about the people who use it and the care given to patients and their families. We know people don’t want to come to hospital, but we want their experience to be as good as it possibly can. At its core, the centre will be somewhere that combines first-class, multi-disciplinary NHS treatments in a therapeutic environment.

Cancer Wellbeing Centre

The Cancer Wellbeing Centre at Colchester Hospital is a purpose built hub for knowledge, comfort and support. It provides vital support and information to anyone affected by cancer. Whether you are a patient, family member or carer, the centre is here to help you. Our tailored approach will help patients and their families cope with their diagnosis and treatments, as well as preparing them for life after cancer.

The centre is set in a peaceful location beside the lake and is easily accessible for all patients. It is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm.

The services provided by the centre include:

  • specialist information and advice
  • counselling services
  • complementary therapies
  • physical activity services
  • hair and skincare advice
  • dietary advice
  • practical support
  • benefits advice and signposting
  • a venue for self help and support groups

For some services you will need to book and appointment, other are operated on a drop in basis.

The centre’s friendly staff and volunteers are on hand to book an appointments, answer your questions and help in any way they can.

Telephone: 01206 745347

Together with East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, we are proudly working in partnership with other charities to provide these services. Our partners are:

  • Macmillan Cancer Support – counselling service, information and support and the HOPE course
  • Helen Rollason Cancer Charity – complementary therapies
  • Breast Cancer Now – Moving Forward course for people diagnosed with primary breast cancer
  • Look Good Feel Better – confidence boosting workshops
  • Frobishers Wigs – wig and headwear suppliers

There are also a range of regular support groups that meet at the Cancer Wellbeing Centre or other venues that you can attend.

We still need your help

Without your generosity, these pioneering cancer facilities would not exist. The Cancer Centre Campaign was entirely funded by the community which is a monumental achievement. But the work doesn’t stop there. We want to continually develop and improve The Collingwood Centre and the Cancer Wellbeing Centre, and need your ongoing support to do so.

There are many ways that you can help. What will you choose to do?


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If the fundraising target is not reached or is exceeded, funds raised to date will be used to improve facilities and services for chemotherapy and haematology patients at Colchester Hospital in line with the aims and ambitions of the fundraising appeal. Should you have any concerns, please contact us.