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Fri, 16:36
Showers have tested positive for Legionella bacteria at Walton-on-the-Naze lifestyles

Bosses have decided to shut an Essex leisure centre over fears a customer contracted a serious lung infection after using the showers.

Fri, 17:31
Ipswich Hospital has launched its Christmas Giving Tree appeal for December 2016. (l-r): Ethan Johnson, Sheree Will, Isabella Johnson, Kristy Will and Louis Johnson.

From children’s books and Lego, to slippers and jigsaws, let’s help give every patient at Ipswich Hospital a present this Christmas.

Fri, 13:35
Residents with their upgraded zimmer frames

Tinsel, football scarves and even fresh flowers are among glamorous decorations being added to zimmer frames at care homes across Essex.

Thu, 18:05
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. Photograph Simon Parker

Patients are set to face higher parking charges at West Suffolk Hospital, as rates go up across the board.

Thu, 12:51
Linda and Mark at their house in Wickham Market Suffolk on Sunday night at the big switch on 27/11/2016

They take six weeks to prepare, add hundreds of pounds to electricity bills and could be considered a minor feat in electrical engineering.

Thu, 09:49
Gill Orves, chairwoman of the Ipswich Hospital User Group (IHUG), won patient leader of the year. Pictured, l-r,  associate director of nursing Carole Broadbank, deputy chief executive Neill Maloney, Gill Orves, director of nursing Lisa Nobes, patient experience lead Sarah Higson.

A Suffolk health service innovator who was named “patient leader of the year” at a regional awards ceremony said it was “one of the best nights of my life”.

Wed, 16:48
Left to right, Leyla Edwards and Deni Parkes of Missing cats Anglia, which has warned motorists of the dangers of anti-freeze for cats

Vets and campaigners in Ipswich have urged motorists to use anti-freeze with bitter agents in them this winter, in a bid to stop pets being poisoned.

Wed, 12:36
A hospital. Library image

A mental health nurse based in Clacton has been struck off after posting derogatory comments about co-workers on Facebook.

Wed, 07:00
GPs admit their workloads are unmanageable

A new survey showing most GPs felt excessive workloads were risking patient safety has come as “no surprise” to Suffolk doctors.

Tue, 12:23
One of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust's new ambulances, based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 519 CDI model from Orwell Truck & Van.

Below-target ambulance response times to the most serious emergencies in Suffolk are improving in parts of the county, despite thousands more 999 calls being made.

Tue, 09:55
Suffolk County Council's Gordon Jones

Parents, charities and council chiefs have held “very positive” talks over the future of one of Suffolk’s threatened autism services.

Tue, 08:43
Stock image.

The scientific community should not give up hope of finding a drug which slows down dementia, the region’s health experts have said.

Tue, 06:57
Ipswich Hospital. Pic: Phil Morley.

A multi-million pound new urgent care centre (UCC) could be approved for Ipswich Hospital in the next “few weeks” to improve standards for patients by lowering demands on its under-pressure A&E department.

Mon, 17:33
File photo of a nurse taking blood. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A Suffolk doctor who raised concerns too many patients’ blood tests were being rejected has welcomed recent improvements in the service but said the problem had already caused a “massive waste of money”.

Mon, 16:33
Mental health nursing graduate Simon Sparrow

A mental health nursing graduate has become the first to be honoured with making the “vote of thanks speech” at Suffolk’s annual graduation ceremony.

Mon, 13:31
(l-r) Felicity Jones, Professor Stephen Hawking, Jane Hawking and Eddie Redmayne attending the UK Premiere of The Theory of Everything at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. Pic: Ian West/PA Photos.

Professor Stephen Hawking’s first wife will be one of the headline speakers at Headway Suffolk’s conference next year, it has been announced.

Mon, 13:01
Mark Shenton

Suffolk health commissioners who were considering controversial service cuts to avert a multi-million pound overspend earlier this year are now concerned they may have too much spare money.

Mon, 09:00
The opening of the minor injuries unit in Clacton in 2008. Pic: Lucy Taylor.

Closing the minor injuries units in Clacton and Harwich would cause “mayhem” and create a two-tier health service in north-east Essex, it was warned last night.

Mon, 06:01
Alicia Bradnum who was diagnosed with depession, anxiety and ADHD in January last year, with mum Cherese.

Suffolk patients are being sent more than 100 miles from home to receive mental health treatments that are not provided in the county, new figures show.

Friday, November 25, 2016
Neil and Janet Smith, of Beccles, who have given up smoking. Pic: Neil Smith.

A Suffolk man who smoked 80 cigarettes a day for 40 years has miraculously quit after signing up to a life-changing NHS stop smoking scheme.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Ipswich Hospital.

Bosses at Ipswich Hospital have vowed to tackle the issue of bed-blocking by working closer with community health services to help patients leave the ward quicker.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Relaxing by a cosy fire is definietly 'hygge'.

There has been a lot of talk lately about hygge; the lifestyle phenomenon from Denmark that is credited with the country’s reputation as one of the happiest in the world. But how do we embrace the concept in Suffolk?

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Mark Shenton

A leading doctor has said “deeds not words” are needed to ensure the major overhaul planned for Suffolk’s health and social care system is a success.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
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Health commissioners have highlighted concerns over the number of poorly-performing care homes in Suffolk, which they say could pose “major challenges” this winter.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Colchester General Hospital, the entrance to A&E.

Patients could be turned away from Colchester and Ipswich A&E departments if they could be better treated elsewhere.

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Keri Bird with her newborn daughter Phoebe Tebbit

A Bury St Edmunds mother has welcomed a review into whether birthing partners at West Suffolk Hospital should be able to stay overnight.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
A woman having a blood test at the doctors. Credit: PA

A Suffolk laboratory rejected more than 1,000 medical blood tests in just one week, forcing patients with potentially life-threatening illnesses to provide samples on as many as three occasions, according to reports.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Ipswich Hospital

Health chiefs across Suffolk are urging people across the county to do all they can to stay well this winter, in a bid to reduce demand on our hospitals.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Ambulances parked outside the emergency department at Ipswich Hospital

Ambulances are increasingly facing lengthy delays handing patients over at Ipswich Hospital, new figures show.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The launch of the Surviving Winter campaign, run by the Suffolk Community Foundation

Three Suffolk household names have united to become the public faces of this year’s Surviving Winter campaign in a bid to help people stay warm in the cold season.

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