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Fundraisers at Sandman 2015. This year's event has been cancelled. Image: Kevin Bell

A fundraising event which had hoped to raise tens of thousands for an Essex hospice this weekend has been cancelled.

Thu, 19:37
Campaigners protest outside the NSFT AGM at IP-City Centre in Ipswich.

Campaigners have demanded answers and greater transparency from mental health bosses over a “shocking” rise in unexpected patient deaths in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Thu, 16:06
The new Cellular Pathology lab

A disused villa at Colchester General Hospital has been brought back into use in a £1.9million project.

Thu, 12:51
District nurses are making upto 20 visits per day

District nurses in the Sudbury area are being put under increasing pressure by high case loads, according to a new report.

Wed, 11:00
Archie the penguin at Ipswich Hospital with nurses (left to right) Louise Hunt, Deborah Beeby, Sarah Smith and Jon Hassler-Hurst.

Families who have children with conditions such as diabetes and lung, heart and kidney problems are being called upon to take part in a study which could help other children to stay will in the future.

Tue, 19:57
Baby Harry, mum Monica, Tracy Baxter and Jennifer Clary at the launch Baby Box at Colchester Hospital University Foundation NHS Trust

Hospitals in north Essex are the first in the region to join the Baby Box programme.

Tue, 06:00
A woman having a blood test at the doctors. See PA Feature HEALTH Home Testing. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature HEALTH Home Testing.

A review of medical records has revealed the sheer scale of wasted blood samples returned from a laboratory to three Suffolk doctors’ surgeries.

Mon, 17:40
Quay Place Wellbeing and Heritage Centre in Ipswich is now open to the public.

From a derelict shell of a former church to a vibrant health and wellbeing centre for the community, St Mary at the Quay yesterday marked a significant step in its 700-year-plus history as it officially reopened its doors to the public.

Mon, 11:15
Dr Paul Driscoll, chairman and medical director of the Suffolk GP Federation. Pic: Pagepix Ltd.

An alliance of Suffolk surgeries has launched a campaign to prevent a ‘brain drain’ of qualified doctors leaving the county.

Mon, 10:19
Tendring is the sixth highest prescriber of type-2 diabetes drugs in England

More medicine is prescribed in Tendring to treat type-2 diabetes – associated with unhealthy lifestyle – than almost anywhere else in the country, new figures have revealed.

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Lloyd and Sue Cobbold. They married in April, 2002, at Ravenwood Hall, near Bury St Edmunds

The voicemail greeting clicks in after about half a dozen rings. “Hi. You’ve reached the Cobbolds. Please leave a message after the tone. Thank you.” Four or five seconds. That’s all.

Friday, October 14, 2016
Rob Riches is a new volunteer paramedic for the Suffolk Accident and Rescue Service (SARS)

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service’s (SARS) new volunteer critical care paramedic is qualified to work solo - so has set up his own car as a rapid response vehicle.

Friday, October 14, 2016
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

Patients parking at West Suffolk Hospital are paying some of the highest rates in the country, a study has shown.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Police are investigating the incident. Stock photo

Chiefs at Suffolk police will show their commitment to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of their staff with the signing of a pledge next week.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Before, Helen Beckham with her daughter Susie

Suffolk woman Helen Beckham sheds more than four-and-a-half stone to win title at Long Melford slimming group

Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Pathology department of Ipswich Hospital

Patients with potentially life-threatening illnesses are having to give blood on two, or even three occasions, due to tests being sent back from an Ipswich Hospital lab.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
John Havard of Saxmundham Health receives his award from Kate Wishart, the Royal College of General Practitioners' East Anglia faculty provost.

Two Suffolk health professionals have been recognised at a regional awards ceremony for creating “inspiring solutions to difficult everyday challenges”.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
St John Amulance have designed a life-saving baby grow to teach parents how to perform CPR on their baby

Parents can get their hands on a free life-saving babygrow at Tesco Extra in Martlesham tomorrow, printed with advice on what to do if their baby stops breathing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Dr Norman Rosenthal will be in the region to discuss his research into meditation

“I’ll be a long time dead before the last sceptic is converted”, says Dr Norman Rosenthal, the psychiatrist who spent years convincing the medical world to recognise seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as a type of depression.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Organisers and speakers at the mindfulness and welbing conference at Framlingham College, l-r, Lucy Flack,  Claire Kelly, Hazel Harrison and Tom Caston, deputy head at the college.

Organisers of a conference on “mindfulness and wellbeing” for school-aged children say the event proved so popular they are already planning follow-up sessions.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Artist's impression of the new medical school on the Chelmsford campus of Anglia Ruskin University

A £20million new medical school serving Essex could be built under plans unveiled yesterday by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Health bosses have said there are positive signs in the campaign to reduce childhood obesity

Almost 100,000 children were overweight or obese when starting secondary school in the last five years in the region, new figures show.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Dr Paul Driscoll, chair and medical director of the Suffolk GP Federation.

Half of GPs plan to retire in the next 10 years in Suffolk, a new survey fuelling fresh concerns over recruitment has revealed.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Safe in her mummy's arm - little battler Lydia with mum Maxine Steward.

Miracle baby Lydia is continuing to defy the odds after she was born 15 weeks early, with doctors giving her a 1% chance of survival.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Sue Armstrong, new midwife role to support bereaved parents at Colchester General Hospital

A midwife has been appointed into a specialist role to support families who lose a baby during pregnancy or birth.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Jonathan Jenkyn suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the night on August 23 last year and was revived by his wife

A man who was resuscitated by his wife after suffering a cardiac arrest while he slept last year has challenged himself to run 1,000 miles by the end of 2016.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Courtney Parker and her son Blayze

A Suffolk mother who lost her six-week-old son to a deadly infection contracted during childbirth is trying to save other families from suffering the same fate.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Start of the Ipswich Alzheimers Memory Walk 2016 at the Waterfront .

A 10-mile charity walk in Ipswich raised a staggering £18,000 to help the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Judith Morgan-Worrall, manager at Foxgrove and Maynell House, and Emma Beckett, manager at Mill Lane, Felixstowe, where all three care homes have been rated as 'good' by the CQC.

All three care homes owned and run by one company in a seaside town have been rated as “good” by independent inspectors.

Friday, October 7, 2016
Nightingale family for feature on Down's Syndrome. Left for right, Ezra, Jasmine, Julie, Jude Nightingale.

The Suffolk mother of a child with Down’s syndrome says she hopes a documentary about the condition will spark wider debate.

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