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The region’s ambulance service is still desperately short of its target for responding to the most serious medical emergencies, it’s latest figures have shown.

Mon, 09:00
Walkers get ready for the start of the ladies midnight walk in aid of St Helena Hospice at Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom on 28-May-2016.
Picture: Steve Waller 

Hundreds of ladies illuminated the streets of Colchester this weekend — wearing their finest and brightest neon clothes and accessories for St Helena Hospice’s eighth annual Midnight Walk.

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Colchester General Hospital

An “exciting” new multi-million pound state-of-the-art department will be built at Colchester General Hospital as it becomes a regional centre for medical tests.

Friday, May 27, 2016
A rise in the older population could put strains on health services. Getty Images/iStockphoto

New estimates predicting a steep rise in the region’s older population have prompted fears for the future of health services.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Ambulances at Colchester General Hospital's A&E department.

Private paramedics have been hired by Colchester General Hospital to free up ambulance crews at busy times.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Services could move from Colchester General Hospital to Ipswich Hospital, or vice versa.

Services at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals could merge where there is “a clinical case to do so” – but neither hospital will close.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The charity has launched a final appeal for funding

Community projects aimed to improve health, well-being or the environment in Colchester can apply for up to £1,000 in funding.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Davers Court Care Home in Bury.

A care home in Bury St Edmunds where residents were seen squaring up to each other “on a very regular basis” has received a ‘requires improvement’ rating by a health watchdog.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The number of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK has risen to almost 1.5 million.

New research reveals that 60% of people caring for someone with cancer in the East of England do not receive any support at all.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Deben Collective, playing a pop-up performance in Pettaugh ahead of this year's PettaFiesta festival.

The Deben Collective will be calling on Pettaugh phone-box on bank holiday Monday for a pop-up performance announcing this year’s PettaFiesta line-up.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The East of England Ambulance Service Trust is urging people to help reduce demand this bank holiday weekend. Photograph Simon Parker

The ambulance service is urging people in Suffolk to take extra care this bank holiday weekend after calls to the service increased by 17% at the same time last year.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Resident Betty Bange and lifestyle coordinator Charlotte Golder unveil the new wishing tree at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham.

A wishing tree to show that older age and dementia are no boundaries for fulfilling wishes was unveiled at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The union representing paramedics in our region has released a video about its members’ conditions.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Colchester General Hospital

Volunteers are wanted to keep lonely patients company during their stay in hospital.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and members of the Most Active County team at University Campus Suffolk

An eleven-time Paralympic gold medallist has led calls to improve disabled access to physical activity in Suffolk.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Stationary traffic after the accident on the A14 at Stowmarket.

Cuts of almost a quarter to bus service funding in Suffolk have been blamed as a major contributor to the “health emergency” of air pollution.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Ipswich Hospital.

Health chiefs in the region have backed Nick Hulme after the Ipswich Hospital chief executive was appointed to the same position at Colchester Hospital as part of a landmark new partnership.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Maisey Dear (left) and Vanessa Mclean demonstrate sensory bands.

Twiddle muffs have been handed out to adult wards at Colchester General Hospital, as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
High levels of air pollution around Suffolk

More than 600 deaths across Suffolk and north Essex have been blamed on poor air quality, official figures show, prompting calls for faster action to tackle the deadly issue.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Nick Hulme. Pic: Colchester Hospital.

The chief executive of Ipswich Hospital last night insisted patient care will not suffer in Suffolk in the wake of his appointment to the same position at Colchester Hospital.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
placenta capsules

Coleen Rooney’s done it. So has Alicia Silverstone and Kim Kardashian.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Dilly and Bryan Tuck have been married for 56 years and are renewing their wedding vows. He has dementia. This is for dementia awareness week feature. Risby Park Nursing home.

Dilly and Bryan Tuck have tied the knot again, 56 years after they did it the first time. As the couple face all the challenges brought by dementia, Dilly tells Emma Brennan the story behind a very special occasion.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Nick Hulme. Pic: Colchester Hospital.

The boss of Ipswich Hospital has been appointed as the new chief executive of Colchester Hospital, it has been announced.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Stock image of Witham town centre.

New medical facilities providing better access to GPs in Witham would be one of the first schemes launched if a multi-million pound investment is granted, a district council has announced.

Monday, May 16, 2016
L-R Pauline Meadows, Emma Hardwick, Nisa Heys, Neill Moloney, Gill Heard, Helen Glenholmes.

It started out as a bid to refurbish the overstretched cancer ward at Ipswich Hospital in order to give patients the privacy and dignity they deserve.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Robert Morton is the Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service.

The region’s paramedics are to vote on possible strike action, UNISON announced this morning.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The gently undulating west Suffolk countryside provided the perfect backdrop for a strenuous charity challenge at the weekend.

Monday, May 16, 2016
A group from the Richmond Fellowship who took part in the Sudbury Fun Run this year to raise money for the mental health charity

Charities and organisations across west Suffolk are reminding people of the services they offer to people with mental health issues.

Monday, May 16, 2016
The launch of the £3.7m fund raising appeal for a new cancer centre at Ipswich Hospital in November 2014. Terry Hunt (second left) with colleagues from Ipswich Hospital - Emma Hardwick, Julie Fryatt, Nick Hulme and Kate Ashton.

Just 18 months after the fundraising quest was set in motion, Ipswich Hospital’s new cancer unit today opens its doors for the first time.

Sunday, May 15, 2016
SARS Paramedic Joe Dowsing demonstrates CPR at the South Suffolk Show

If someone suffers a cardiac arrest in a shop, at a busy school fete or in the seat next to you at Portman Road, would you know what to do?

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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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