NEE CCG helps fund Hospital Hopper

A COMMUNITY bus service which helps people attend hospital appointments throughout the area has received £20,000 in funding from the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG).


The transport scheme offers residents of all ages across parts of north east Essex a wheelchair accessible door-to-door service.  Last year (2017/2018), the Tendring Community Transport - a charity which includes the Hospital Hopper, Dial-a-Ride and Community Transport for Groups services - completed 145,709 journeys.


The Hospital Hopper regularly picks people up from Holland-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Clacton, Little Clacton, St. Osyth, Gt. Bentley Village Hall and Colchester before dropping them off at the hospital they require.


The Tendring Hospital Hopper - which is free for those with a concessionary bus pass after 09:00am - operates from Monday to Sunday, with the last bus leaving Colchester General Hospital at 20:20pm (Monday – Friday) and 17:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.


“Funding for services such as the Tendring Community Transport and with it the Hospital Hopper is vital if we are to help the residents of north east Essex attend hospital appointments,” said Chris Howlett, Programme Director for NEE CCG.


“Access to affordable and reliable transport services is particularly important for people who live in rural communities and for those who are less mobile or with a disability. Consequently the CCG will continue to work with local authorities, Essex County Council and the voluntary sector to find ways of improving transport services for our patients and their families.”


Pauline Mann, CEO at Tendring Community Transport, said: “The funding is great news. It means the hopper service, which is heavily relied upon by Tendring residents, can continue for another year.


“I am grateful for the support we received in securing this funding from Tendring District Council, Community Voluntary Services Tendring and the North East Essex Health Forum.”


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Pictured: Hospital Hopper driver Harvey Cohen.



Residents Reminded Of Changes To Waste Collection Days Over Easter Break

Residents in Tendring are being reminded of changes to their waste collection days during the Easter break.

Collections which would usually be made on Friday, April 19 (Good Friday) will instead be collected on Saturday, April 20.

The following week’s collections will all be made a day later than normal, so with those usually collected on Monday, April 22 (Bank Holiday) collected on Tuesday, April 23, and so on.

Collections which would ordinarily be made on Friday, April 26 will be made on Saturday, April 27.

More information can be found at


Public invited to attend Local Health Matters meetings

Members of the public are invited to attend the next Local Health Matters meetings which are taking place across Colchester and Tending. These public meetings, which are arranged by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group’s Health Forum, usually comprise one or more presentations that relate to local health and care issues. The dates, times and venues for the meetings in April are:


Tendring - Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 2pm to 4pm

Weeley Village Hall, Clacton Road, Weeley, CO16 9DH


Colchester - Wednesday 24th April 2019 – 2pm to 4pm

Stillwaters Centre, House Heath Business Park, Whitehall Road, Colchester, CO2 8GU (next to Bannatyne’s Gym)


On this month’s agenda are presentations relating to the following:


Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)

Getting People Active Locally

NEECCG Equality & Diversity Policy

Seasonal Pressures facing Colchester Hospital (Colchester meeting only)

Agendas are distributed to all Health Forum Members, Patient Participation Groups, Parish Councils and local libraries in advance of each meeting. They are also publicised in local press and uploaded to the CCG’s website at


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