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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Community leaders and concerned patients have raised fears for the future of a Suffolk hospital.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

An investigation into the “concerning” financial position of West Suffolk Hospital has now been closed.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cancer survival rates for those living in west Suffolk are the best in the East of England, new figures reveal.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Colchester General Hospital.

More patients could be treated at Colchester General Hospital in a bid to increase income for the trust that runs it.

Friday, March 27, 2015
Health minister and Suffolk MP Dan Poulter last night labelled the move a step in the right direction, saying it will hugely benefit patients.

Evening and weekend GP services could return to Suffolk as early as this summer, it can be revealed today, but a reduction in the anticipated funding means just one centre will initially open to patients.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
The search and rescue operation off the coast of Felixstowe.

Two illegal immigrants plunged to their deaths in north-east Essex after desperately jumping from a ship in an attempt to swim to shore after a failed attempt to smuggle themselves in to the UK, an inquest has heard.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Harriet Doe's baby, Baby Ivory-Wood, was delivered by her mum Penny Doe. The trio are pictured with Steed Doe

As licensee at The Bell Inn in Castle Hedingham, Penny Doe is far more used to pulling pints than performing emergency midwifery.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
From left to right, Sam Willson, Christine Atkinson and Tracy Williams

An Ipswich woman who will take on this year’s St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk in memory of her husband has spoken of her determination to raise as much money as possible for the cause.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
EEAST are failing to meet targets

Handover delays at hospitals in Cambridge and Colchester have left west Suffolk with an ambulance shortage.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
George Docker with Mum Andrea and brothers Bradley and Sam

Like many boys of his age, George Docker is football mad – sharing loyalties between Man Utd, Ipswich Town and the local teams his brothers line up for each weekend.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Resident Dot Ridgeway (centre) cuts the ribbon at the new Prince George House care home with (L-R) day club manager Magda Kurdziel, Suffolk County Councillor Alan Murray, cabinet member for health and adult care, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, resident Charlie Brock and home manager Katherine Foley.

A new care home for older people living with nursing and dementia needs was officially unveiled in Ipswich today.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Buzz Seager from Live Well Suffolk (right) will be running the new course and offering CO monitor tests to help people track their progress

Smokers in Felixstowe are being offered the chance to take part in an innovative group which aims to help people stop smoking using e-cigarettes.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
(from left) Chris Potts, Steve Fursse, Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell, Eve Potts

A Colchester man whose life was saved when quick-thinking colleagues used a defibrillator is backing a new campaign from the ambulance service.

A GP's Diagnosis

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Health officials heard yesterday how the pressure is being felt by GPs on the frontline and that it is vital systems are put in place to boost numbers in the county.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Community health includes district nurses and community hospitals.

In six months’ time a new provider will have to be chosen to take over the community services contract, responsible for all the services in the community from district nurses to cottage hospitals.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Patient talking with doctor

Doctors locum agencies are charging up to £800 per day for cover work in Suffolk after general practices reported a “crisis” in recruitment in the county.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Suffolk GP Federation is proposing a significant number of strategically-placed centres, which will be made available out of hours, to give patients better access to urgent services.

Health officials in Suffolk have thrown their support behind a £10million funding bid to help improve access to primary care services in the county during evenings and at weekends.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Dr John Havard

While the New Year is a traditional time for resolutions, it is also a time for reflection and taking stock before the year ahead.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Annie Topping, chief executive of Healthwatch Suffolk

Difficulty in booking appointments and problematic opening times at GP services in Suffolk are among the issues raised in a new report by a health watchdog, as the group looks to open up the debate on general practice.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Suffolk has been described as a ‘desert’, with potential doctors preferring to practice in London and Cambridge.

BMI news

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming 10,000 lives a year, but it seems that many men are still not getting tested for prostate cancer.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Once, it was the exclusive preserve of movie stars and millionaires – but today people from all walks of life are considering cosmetic surgery.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Get on your bike

Cycling has been never been so popular in Britain.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Hospitals under pressure

With more people than ever before looking to pay for treatments outside the NHS, most of the UK’s major private hospital groups are now offering flexible finance options.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Coffee cups will be raised throughout the UK this month as millions of people take part in the Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee 

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Matt Bunn

Health correspondent

Email | 01473 324738

Matt's job involves monitoring the progress of health care providers in Suffolk and Essex, including Ipswich, Colchester and West Suffolk hospitals, the ambulance service and mental health trusts.

Matt also raises awareness of health campaigns, lesser-known conditions and health success stories.

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