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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.