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The new chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service, Robert Morton, has big plans for the future of the trust.

Fri, 17:11
Colchester General Hospital

A new permanent chief executive has been appointed to lead the trust running Colchester’s hospitals.

Fri, 09:00
Praise for diabetes service. Library image.

A service supporting diabetes sufferers in north Essex has been commended for its first year success.

Thu, 07:13
Justin Ballantyne and Clare BUrman at the Goals Soccer Centre, where the iFit taster session for visually impaired sports will be held

A new project has been launched in Suffolk to help visually impaired people take part in sports.

Wed, 13:57
Hospice nurse took cash donation home

The actions of a former St Nicholas Hospice nurse who dishonestly took a £1,000 donation home have been condemned by the charity’s boss.

Wed, 13:56
More than 200,000 residents across Suffolk and Essex could be putting themselves at risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes.

Figures released by Public Health England today show that 12% of Suffolk’s population, and 11.8% in Essex, could soon be living with Type 2 diabetes.

Wed, 11:00
The number of teenage pregnancies in Suffolk has reached an all time low

The number of teenage pregnancies in Suffolk is at its lowest rate since figures began, according to the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics.

Tue, 09:01
The way hospitals signpost patients to complaints teams could be improved according to the report.

A report from County Hall has recommended ways in which Essex hospitals improve the way they handle complaints.

Festival goers enjoying the sun during V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

More than 17,000 canisters of nitrous oxide were seized by police at V Festival in Chelmsford this week.

Mon, 14:05
The crowd applauds an act at Folk East in Glemham Hall.

Around 4,000 folk enthusiasts enjoyed one of the most relaxed festivals of its kind at Glemham Hall over the weekend.

A&E at Colchester General Hospital. Picture: Lucy Taylor

Health chiefs at Colchester General Hospital last night admitted “it feels as if winter started in June” after official figures showed A&E waiting times were well over the national target this summer.

Mon, 00:06
Maggie Woodhouse and Julie Fountain at the official launch of the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign in March 2014.

A fundraising campaign to enhance the support offered to patients with dementia at West Suffolk Hospital has now raised a staggering £75,000 in 18 months – three times its original target.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Dhilip Ravichandran in hospital following the collision.

A Bury St Edmunds firm has revealed its relief after raising enough money to save the life of their colleague, who worked on the other side of the world.

Window on the NHS

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

We all have to make difficult financial decisions in our daily lives.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Looking at role of carers

Across north east Essex, there are an estimated 33,920 carers, making up around 11% of the population of our district.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Hasan Chowhan

Its very obvious, not least locally, that the NHS is very stretched, says Dr Hasan Chowhan, of the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Dr Hasan Chowhan

I do hope you, dear reader, have had a healthier Easter holiday than I have so far.

A GP's Diagnosis

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a speech a couple of weeks ago in which he said that general practice will be one of the government’s top priorities during this parliament.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Having a dog can be good for your health

Ever since the NHS started there has been a fascination about medical science and how it can be relied on to fix more and more health problems.

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving hospital with Princess Charlotte.

It is great to learn that the Duchess of Cambridge has had a healthy daughter.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
File photo dated 10/09/14 of a stethoscope in a GP's practice room. The vast majority of GPs (94%) do not want their practices to open seven days a week, a major survey has revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2015. David Cameron has said the Tories will guarantee access to a GP seven days a week by 2020 if they win the election, but the British Medical Association (BMA) said it found that while half (51%) of GPs polled said they feel practices should offer some form of extended hours to patients, most are against having to open theirs every day. More than half (56%) reported working out-of-hours services makes them feel that at times their workload is having a detrimental effect on the care they provide. See PA story HEALTH GPs. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

There is a surprising measure of agreement in the healthcare sector about what direction the NHS needs to take.

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.

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.

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Matt Bunn

Health correspondent

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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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