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Yesterday, 15:14
Ipswich Hospital has bought the old Bridge School site for development.

Ipswich Hospital’s redevelopment plans have received a major boost after it bought the site of the former Bridge School on Heath Road.

Yesterday, 12:00
Mouth cancer survivor Sam Fordham with husband Neil and five-year-old daughter Molly

A woman who beat mouth cancer has said it is vital people who think they have symptoms of any form of the disease gets them checked out early.

Fri, 14:47
The Lego model of Moyses Hall Museum in Bury arrives at the museum.

Mayors get to open and unveil pretty much everything, but one ceremonial Suffolk leader is likely the first ever to reveal to the world a Lego version of himself opening a Lego version of the local museum.

Fri, 20:33
An East of England Ambulance on a blue-light call. Library image.

An ambulance crash which left a man fighting for his life has prompted two investigations.

Fri, 11:00
Radiographer Amy Long prepares Fred Evans, 62, of Earls Colnefor an X-ray using the new machine.

A new X-ray machine has been installed at Colchester General Hospital following a £151,000 investment.

Fri, 11:00
A counselling room at Survivors in Transition

Help and support services across Suffolk came together in Ipswich yesterday to help raise awareness for Sexual Abuse and Violence Awareness Week.

Fri, 10:31
Ipswich Hospital.

Ipswich Hospital is joining forces with Suffolk County Council to develop the hospital site for the future.

Fri, 06:00
Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust chief executive Frank Sims.

Government ministers had to sign off the salary for Colchester Hospital’s new chief executive after it emerged he would be paid more than the Prime Minister.

Thu, 18:48
A total of 84,825 emergency calls were made to the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST last month  an increase of 12% from 75,495 last year, the service has announced.

The region’s ambulance service experienced its busiest-ever January on record last month.

Thu, 06:00
Nichola Whymark, breast cancer survivor, has been speaking about her experience for World Cancer Day.

More people in our region are surviving cancer thanks to early diagnosis, improved treatment and research.

Wed, 13:14
Artist’s impressions which give an idea of what the new West Suffolk Hospital Bereavement Suite for parents will look like

A special bereavement suite for mothers giving birth to stillborn, miscarried or medically terminated pregancies is being built at a Suffolk hospital.

Tue, 14:59
File pic of Newmarket Racecourses.

A stud in Newmarket has closed its doors and halted breeding after an infected horse was found to have herpes.

Mon, 12:34
The village sign for Walberswick

A troubled Suffolk council at the centre of a long-running community row has been returned to working order more than eight months after a series of resignations brought it to its knees.

Window on the NHS

Dr Nirmalan (known as Nim) de Silva, who is a GP in Colchester

As some of you may be aware, it is the season for gastroenteritis – commonly known as a stomach bug.

It is flu season again and the danger of catching this highly contagious disease always increases as the winter season progresses.

Changes are proposed to NHS IVF in Essex

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

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.

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.

Dr Hasan Chowhan

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

A GP's Diagnosis

John Havard

The NHS is heading full steam ahead for the rocks and, unless a radical change of direction happens, it will all fall apart.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, has been at the centre of the seven-day working debate.

What is the background?

Jeremy Hunt

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

John Havard

The words NHS and crisis seem to be in a long term relationship. Since 1948 the NHS has tackled injustice and poverty while ensuring care was delivered according to need, not ability to pay.

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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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