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There were 7,365 admissions to Suffolks two main hospitals in 2014/15 where obesity was the main reason for a person being admitted or was a secondary factor. Photo: PA.

Obesity levels are worse in Suffolk than every London borough, a new report revealing the growing challenges facing the county’s health chiefs has shown.

Yesterday, 12:02
Stock image of a baby drinking milk from a bottle. Photo: PA.

New figures have today been released showing that breastfeeding rates in Suffolk are below the national average.

Yesterday, 11:54
Ipswich Hospital

Concerns were raised last night over the effect a partnership between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals will have on the Suffolk trust.

Yesterday, 09:59
Colchester General Hospital could now join a partnership with Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital bosses look set to play a major role in the running of ailing Colchester General Hospital as part of a dramatic bid to turn around the fortunes of the trust, it can be revealed today.

Wed, 17:31
Junior doctors on strike at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

With 55,000 junior doctors on strike nationally over the past two days it was feared that the pressure put on hospitals would effect the quality and care of those admitted.

Wed, 13:59
Oliver Bales, the winner of Slimming World's 2016 'Greatest Loser' award, holds a cardboard cutout of his former self. Pic: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

An Ipswich man has said he feels “normal” for the first time in his life after losing 25 stone and dropping 30 inches from his waistline.

Wed, 10:00
Staff at Haven Power, who have become the latest volunteer recruits for the Brickmakers’ Wood Project, run by the Eden-Rose Coppice Trust

A project to transform a neglected area of woodland into a haven for people living with cancer and additional needs is to get a volunteer boost thanks to an Ipswich-based company.

Junior doctors strike outside Ipswich Hospital.

Junior doctors believe they are winning the public’s support amid an historic NHS strike against the Government’s decision to force through a controversial contract.

Tue, 19:00
John Fuller is pushing for greater support for people with mental ill health in Suffolk.

More needs to be done to support people with mental health conditions in Suffolk.

Tue, 17:58
Junior doctors on strike at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Today 55,000 junior doctors in England staged the first-ever complete strike in the history of the NHS, leading to more than 100 oeprations being cancelled in Suffolk and hundreds of appointments being cancelled.

Tue, 17:30
Mindfulness and wellbeing conference to state and independent schools, held at Framlingham College last week

The issue of how the education system can better support the mental health of youngsters was tackled at a conference promoting mindfulness and wellbeing last week.

Tue, 15:33
Ipswich Hospital

Doctors are asking members of the public to use NHS services wisely over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May.

Tue, 12:01
Essex fundraiser Andrew Harding pictured with Group B Strep Support's chief executive Jane Plumb

An Essex grandfather will embark on a five-month trekking adventure across 2,650 miles of wild terrain to help prevent a life threatening infection, which affects hundreds of newborn babies every year.

Tue, 11:25
Junior Doctors during their last 48-hour strike at Ipswich Hospital

Patients have had operations and appointments cancelled ahead of this week’s planned strikes by junior doctors.

Tue, 09:41
Junior doctors during their last 48-hour strike at Ipswich Hospital.

Junior doctors have joined picket lines at hospitals in Suffolk and Essex as they begin the first all-out strike in the organisation’s history.

Mon, 14:47
Chrissian Residential Home in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.

Bosses of an Ipswich care home rated as under-performing by the health watchdog have criticised inspectors for not giving the new manager enough time to maintain standards.

Mon, 09:29
Modershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat - the 25m vitality pool

Sitting in a bubbling vitality pool with a glass of prosecco in hand, and surrounded by nothing but the picturesque rolling hills of Staffordshire, reality seemed but a distant memory.

Mon, 09:25
The figures showed that there were 1,788 successful quitters (48%), 1,352 who did not quit (37%) and 564 whose outcome was unknown (15%).

One in three smokers did not kick the habit despite joining NHS stop smoking schemes last year in Suffolk, new figures show.

Mon, 09:00
Ipswich Hospital

Hospitals across the region are preparing for this week’s two-day junior doctors’ strike which is set to cause major disruption tomorrow and on Wednesday.

Mon, 07:05

Did you know that as many as one in four people in Suffolk snore regularly?

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Dr Dan Poulter.

Suffolk MP and former health minister Dr Dan Poulter has joined politicians from other parties to call for a delay in the introducing controversial new doctors’ contracts.

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Chris with his four sons

A new report reveals the depths of loneliness and despair suffered by relatives of bowel cancer patients.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Mid section view of a doctor checking the blood pressure of a patient

Suffolk doctors say the county is well placed to capitalise on the multi-billion pound funding package announced this week to “get general practice back on its feet” – but warned more work needed to be done.

Friday, April 22, 2016
James Scott speaks about his experience with Parkinson's disease

An Ipswich man who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years ago has spoken about why he kept his symptoms hidden from his family and how the condition has impacted his life.

Friday, April 22, 2016
Birch Church of England Primary School

A parent has spoken out over claims a GP surgery could be allowed to operate at an Essex school, saying the move would be “unsafe” and “unhygienic” for children.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

The owner of a Suffolk kebab van has been accused of allowing his burger buns to come into contact with raw meat before they were served.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Sudbury Community Health Centre.

Members of a hospital watch group are concerned there is still no pharmacy at Sudbury’s new £10million community health centre – more than a year after it opened.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Suffolk County Council is working in partnership with Essex CC to run a 2 year Travel Training pilot scheme. This is to give students with disabilities the opportunity to learn to travel independently on public transport. 
A ‘Try a Train Day’ (TATD) took place on Wednesday 20th April ,which was an extra experience for these pupils to help them learn about using rail as a potential option.
Pupils from The Priory School with their tickets.

Pupils from schools across Suffolk took part in the Try a Train Day yesterday, as part of a pilot to help youngsters with disabilities use public transport independently.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Ipswich Town v Preston North End - Coca Cola Championship - Portman Road, Ipswich - 09/08/2008.

General view of Portman Road football stadium

Picture Ashley Pickering

An Ipswich Town fan who suffered a cardiac arrest whilst watching the Fulham game at Portman Road on Tuesday night is said to be recovering well in hospital.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Part of sample design made by Anne Schwegmann-Fielding in winning her Gift of Life commission

An artist creating a mosaic to honour organ donors in north Essex has appealed for materials for the piece.

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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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