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Yesterday, 10:22
Ipswich Hospital

Missed appointments at the region’s three main hospitals have cost the taxpayer almost £30million in the last three years, we can today reveal.

Yesterday, 18:07
Emma Young, assistant nurse at St Helena Hospice in Colchester.

The hospice star who moved staff and patients to tears with a beautiful Adele rendition which has gone viral has said she would relish the chance to release a Christmas song for the charity.

Yesterday, 14:09
The Sole Bay Health Centre, in Reydon.

Patients of a health centre in east Suffolk have been asked to share their views on the potential closure of two GP clinics in the area.

Yesterday, 13:40
A keen dancer, Julia is now fully recovered

“If I can’t be the best dancer, at least I can be the skinniest”.

Yesterday, 16:23
Eve Edwards, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust's new voluntary services manager

The region’s mental health trust plans to significantly increase its use of volunteers over coming years to perform roles ranging from companions to complementary therapists.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
St Helena Hospice assistant nurse Emma Young reduced staff and patients to tears in Colchester after performing Adele's Make You Feel My Love. Pic: St Helena Hospice.

A video of an assistant nurse performing an Adele song at a Colchester hospice has gone viral.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Philip Lee, with Fair Access to Colchester, Will Quince MP and Emily Papaleo, with RNIB, take a walk in Colchester to show the MP the sort of obstacles blind and deafblind people meet with while walking on the High Street.

Will Quince took part in a blindfold walk around the town centre yesterday to highlight the challenges blind and partially sighted people face on a daily basis.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Colchester United's Weston Community Home Stadium.

Overweight men are being invited to play football at Colchester United – not to shore-up the squad, but in a new weight-loss scheme.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Staff at St Elizabeth Hospice celebrate raising £200,000 from the Midnight Walk.

Record crowds of glow-in-the-dark walkers have helped a Suffolk hospice raise more than £200,000 – and cash is continuing to roll in.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Temperatures have soared in the last few days, with highs of 30C. Picture taken at Frinton Beach

A surge in 999 calls has been reported this week as Suffolk and north Essex continue to bask in scorching temperatures.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Cara and Stewart Miller with baby Adam

Health commissioners considering cuts to fertility treatment in Suffolk have been urged not to treat parenthood “as a luxury”.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The wellbeing service helps people with depression

The region’s mental health trust has assured staff that proposed changes to its wellbeing service in Suffolk will not result in redundancies.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hope for Tomorrow Founder Christine Mills and Liz Burton, sister of Maureen Dore who the new mobile chemotherapy unit was named after, cuts the ribbon on the unit at Colchester General Hospital.

A state-of-the-art mobile chemotherapy unit has opened at Colchester General Hospital.

Monday, July 18, 2016
Colchester Hospital.

The damning report into Colchester General Hospital has been described as “a real concern” by the leader of Tendring District Council.

Monday, July 18, 2016
Official opening of Forget-Me-Not Walk at West Suffolk Hospital. Doing the ribbon cutting is Joyce Dainty and Nicci Gerrard

Months and months of fundraising and hour upon hour of trawling through and identifying photographs have culminated in the opening of the iconic Memory Walk at West Suffolk Hospital.

Friday, July 15, 2016
Mental Health - patient doctor

A record number of patients are dying unexpectedly each month while in the care of the region’s troubled mental health trust, despite years of reassurances and reviews into the problem.

Friday, July 15, 2016
St Elizabeth Hospice provide care and support for patients and their families

At the end of the summer the brightly coloured pigs which have adorned the town for the past few weeks will go under the hammer.

Friday, July 15, 2016
Day Lewis Pharmacy in Bury St Edmunds.

A much-needed pharmacy could be under threat in Bury St Edmunds after a residents’ association chairman raised fears it would be scrapped as part of government cuts later this year.

Friday, July 15, 2016
Colchester General Hospital

Colchester General Hospital’s new chief executive has issued a “heartfelt apology” to patients and the community as the latest damning inspection report is published today – revealing inspectors had to order immediate action during their visit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Jason Goulding, who graduated on Monday after seven years

Imagine missing your graduation ceremony after being struck down by a “horrific” bout of swine flu.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
A reception teacher saved Bailey Smith Woods life by using the skills she'd learnt at St John Ambulance training

A reception teacher who stepped in to save a five-year-old boy who choked on a strawberry has been hailed a hero by his mother.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Christopher Winning

One of the first patients to receive treatment with a revolutionary new laser at West Suffolk Hospital has praised the care he received - and the speed of his recovery.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Framlingham College

A Suffolk parent has recruited mental health professionals to lead an event on “mindfulness and well-being” for school-age children.

Monday, July 11, 2016
Stuart Clarke - development & portfolio manager at Apollo, Dr Jonathan Knight, Mark Hart - construction director at Barnes Construction and Ben Gummer MP.

An innovative £6million medical facility combining GP surgeries and minor surgery services in Ipswich opens its doors today.

Monday, July 11, 2016
Ipswich Crown Court.

A Suffolk builder who faked his own cancer diagnosis has been sentenced to 45 months in jail after pleading guilty to 18 offences relating to contract fraud.

Saturday, July 9, 2016
A third of patients feel they are waiting too long a doctor's appointment. Library image.

A third of patients say they have to wait too long to see their GP in north Essex.

Friday, July 8, 2016
The support group with their new handbook. Rachel Alexander is in the centre.

Patients who are referred to a Suffolk hospital with skin cancer will soon be offered an essential guide in the form of a new handbook.

Friday, July 8, 2016
Honey Rose

An eye expert accused of gross negligence by failing to spot serious abnormalities in the eyes of an eight-year-old Ipswich schoolboy who later died told police she had not seen photographic images of his eyes which revealed he had a serious problem.

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Lady Colin Campbell, second left, in green, opens Beauty at The Byes House, a salon owned by Holly Dyer, left, wife of former Ipswich Town and England star Kieron Dyer. Photo: LUCY TAYLOR

Lady Colin Campbell, the well-know writer, television and radio personality was in Essex at the weekend to open a new beauty salon in West Bergholt, owned and run by Holly Dyer, wife of former Ipswich and England footballer, Kieron Dyer.

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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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