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Yesterday, 19:35
Some of the drugs were stolen from Ipswich Hospital

Health workers have been caught stealing controlled drugs from some of the region’s hospitals, it can be revealed.

Yesterday, 08:16
Stock image of a dementia sufferer at a care home

Safety failings have been highlighted at a Suffolk care home where three people died after choking.

Thu, 12:00
Highcliffe House Nursing Home, Felixstowe.

A nursing home where an elderly man fell to his death has been put into special measures after inspectors gave it an overall rating of “inadequate”.

A delivery room at Harwich's Fryatt Hospital when it was opened in 2005. Photograph: James Fletcher

Harwich hospital will not deliver babies from April next year after chiefs approved plans to shut down the birthing unit in a bid to cut costs.

Wed, 15:04
Three generations: June Jones, son Nicholas and daughter Julia, and Edith Maud and Jack Jones, at Christmas, 1958

My view, for what it’s worth, is that the Government should issue Julia Jones’s book to every household, so we all learn to understand dementia – the frustration, the exhaustion, the bewilderment and, yes, the tender moments to treasure, writes Steven Russell.

Tue, 18:34
Hannah Wynne who opposes proposed cuts to IVF treatment

Suffolk couples seeking help conceiving face an anxious wait after health chiefs today deferred a decision on the future of fertility treatment in the county.

Tue, 12:14
Ipswich Hospital

Decisions on whether to reduce access to IVF treatment and re-focus services delivered to vulnerable adults were deferred today.

Mon, 15:55
Sir Anthony Seldon

A leading contemporary historian, political author and expert on happiness will be one of the speakers at a spiritual leadership conference in Suffolk next month.

Mon, 10:00
Pictured on their first day at Colchester General Hospital are physician associates (from left to right) Ghulam Akbar, Tara Gharti Magar, Harbans Sandhu and Sarah Khan.

Four new physician associates (PAs) have begun working at Colchester General Hospital – the first time the hospital has had anyone in the role.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Laxfield Primary School children have made a greenhouse out of recycled bottles.

Produce from a Suffolk primary school’s garden will be served to parents and invited guests as part of a popular food and drink festival next week.

Friday, September 23, 2016
From left to right: Brandon Finch, Essex Air Ambulance critical care paramedic Phil Almond and Amy Williams

A Clacton teenager who performed CPR on his girlfriend when she collapsed in the street has been told his efforts helped to save her life.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tracey and Andy Woolnough with Scarlett

A mother who gave birth at the closure-threatened Harwich birthing unit has urged hospital bosses to keep the facility open.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Rats. Stock image. Credit: PA

An allotments site in east Suffolk is said to have descended into “anarchy” with a rat infestation that is feared to be affecting nearby homes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
E-cigarettes. Pic: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Suffolk County Council (SCC) was last night facing increased demands to divest its £30m-plus pension funds from tobacco companies after smoking rates fell to a historic low.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tracey Loynds

Today (September 21) is World Alzheimer’s Day, with millions of people around the globe raising awareness about the condition.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Norman Lamb MP speaks at the Liberal Democrats Autumn conference in Brighton, Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 17, 2016. See PA story POLITICS LibDems. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Mental health may not be put on an equal footing in the NHS without compromising other services, a cross-party group of MPs has concluded.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge laugh as they arrive at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

The Duke of Cambridge Prince William has told of the “sad, dark moments” he has encountered as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance – but hailed the strong team bond with his colleagues and the rewarding nature of the job.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
WARNING: Embargoed for publication until: 29/07/2014 - Programme Name: The Great British Bake Off - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. 1) - Picture Shows:  Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

The chief executive of Ipswich Hospital has called for people to show the same passion about saving the NHS as they have for keeping the Great British Bake Off on the BBC.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
James Cartlidge on Lavenham Church roof

A Suffolk MP has backed calls for a review into how free prescriptions are administered by the NHS after one of the county’s GPs said more people should pay for their medication.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Beechlawn Residential Home in Ipswich.

An Ipswich residential home has come out of special measures after a new inspection by the health regulator found significant improvements.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Focus12's Chief Executive Lisa Grove.

A Suffolk charity which counts Russell Brand, Davina McCall, Joe Pasquale and Boy George among its patrons says it will improve following criticisms by a health watchdog.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Jack Cardy

Jack Cardy brings his latest HIIT workout to Ipswich Town Hall

Monday, September 19, 2016
The NHS in Suffolk spent more than £1 million prescribing paracetamol last year

A Suffolk doctor is calling for most free NHS prescriptions to be scrapped to discourage waste and save money for the cash-strapped service.

Monday, September 19, 2016
Colchester General Hospital

NHS services in Essex can now be rated using a ‘Trip Advisor’-style feedback service.

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ipswich Half Marathon on Sunday from Christchurch Mansion, Christchurch Park.

Hundreds of runners crossed the Ipswich Half Marathon finish line in Christchurch Park today – rounding off what became a record-breaking race.

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Early starters: Cyclists gathering at the AFC Sudbury football stadium on Sunday morning for the Sudbury Women on Wheels event

Women on wheels tackled five, 10 and 20-mile cycling tracks at the AFC Sudbury stadium this weekend to help raise thousands of pounds for St Nicholas Hospice.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
CQC Logo 2

Concerns over an Essex care home’s dirty kitchen, poor hygiene procedures and infection management have forced inspectors rank it ‘inadequate’ for the second time in six months.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Charlotte Lockwood

A contraceptive pill prescribed to an autistic teenager did not play a part in her death, a coroner has ruled.

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Tim Passmore

Current conviction rates for serious sexual offences in Suffolk are “appallingly low”, the director of the county’s rape crisis charity has said.

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