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Yesterday, 16:26

Proposals to merge the management of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals have been given a cautious welcome – but have come with a warning that any changes for patients should be based on clinical need rather than cutting costs.

Yesterday, 00:01

Ipswich and Colchester hospitals are set to merge in a bid to create an organisation that can stand the test of time within an NHS that is at breaking point.

Wed, 16:32

A 75-year-old slimmer from Rendlesham who has been nominated for Slimming World’s Woman of the Year 2017 says losing four stone has ‘changed her life’.

Wed, 10:21

Attitudes on what should be available on prescription have radically changed, a Suffolk survey has found, with 96% of people saying they are now prepared to buy medicine for minor conditions from a pharmacy.

Wed, 08:10

Hospital staff have been dismissed and suspended for looking up patients’ confidential medical information.

Tue, 18:08

A doctors’ surgery in Ipswich has been pulled out of special measures by the health watchdog and rated ‘good’ following its latest inspection, demonstrating an “incredible turnaround” in less than a year.

Tue, 15:40

Former Ipswich Town football star John Wark has backed a new project launched in Suffolk which will use sport to tackle loneliness, depression and poor health among older people.

Tue, 12:43

A former Suffolk teacher who had to give up his job after being diagnosed with cancer is stepping back into the role that he enjoyed for 31 years by sharing his skills with fellow hospice patients.

Tue, 09:59

A former midwifery assistant from Essex has been sacked and fined for ‘letting personal curiosity get the better of her’ and illegally snooping at patient records.

Mon, 15:22

The director of a Suffolk care home has expressed her gratitude to a group of teenagers who gave up their spare time to make the centre a brighter place for residents.

Mon, 12:41

A colourful floral display has been laid out in an Ipswich park to mark 100 years since the formation of a social club for nurses.

Mon, 09:13

A general practice in Ipswich has become one of the first in England to pilot a new digital triage system in a bid to cut down patient waiting times.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

There was ducking, diving and flying through the air as adults revived playground games at Ipswich’s latest exercise group.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A young driver was last night fighting for their life in hospital after a crash in Essex.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ipswich Hospital is hiring a specialist nurse to support domestically abused families, as trust documents show staff are treating patients who have suffered physical, financial, sexual and psychological harm.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Staff across Ipswich Hospital will be given more support to identify patients who develop potentially fatal conditions such as sepsis and acute kidney injury (AKI) thanks to the introduction of a dedicated specialist role.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A patient who is receiving treatment for incurable cancer at Ipswich Hospital has thanked the “angels in uniform” for giving him “excellent” care by walking the Norfolk coastal path.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Evidence from a Suffolk watchdog has contributed to a new national report, which has found too many care homes are ‘failing to get the basics right’.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A former stray pup has become a therapy dog at a care home in Ipswich, providing residents with “life-changing” support and companionship.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Police have upped patrols in key areas of the River Gipping in Bramford and Sproughton after reports that people have been putting themselves at risk diving into the river.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Residents at retirement housing in Ipswich have been ‘trapped in their homes’ four times in six months due to the lifts in the building breaking down.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A solicitor specialising in asbestos-related disease cases says the number of school teachers, health care professionals and DIY enthusiasts making claims has risen in recent years.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Children under the age of 12 are to be banned from pregnancy scans at Norfolk’s main hospital to allow sonographers to do their job without any “potential distractions”, it has been revealed.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A family from Harwich are sharing the story of their eight-year-old son in an effort to raise awareness of children’s genetic disorders.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The NHS is now spending almost £18milllion a year on everyday medication for diabetics in Suffolk and north-east Essex, new figures reveal.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Parents and carers of people with an eating disorder are invited to a free information event being held in Ipswich.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in Suffolk have been rated highly in a national assessment, demonstrating a dramatic turn around in performance in the space of a year.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The new medical director of Ipswich Hospital has pledged to keep patient safety at the forefront while finding innovative ways to care for an aging population with complex health needs.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Social media messenger WhatsApp is set to be used by doctors and CCGs in Suffolk in the event of a future cyber attack, as part of a raft of measures revealed by health bosses.

Monday, August 7, 2017

An innovative unit at West Suffolk Hospital which offers fast paced care to seriously ill patients is expected to see a record 5,000 people during its third year, providing much-needed relief for the trust’s busy A&E staff.

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