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Heart-shaped cushions which are being donated to breast cancer patients are supporting them both physically and emotionally.

Yesterday, 12:49
James Rowe with his sisters, Amy and Beth

A father has spoken out about his 24-year-old son’s untimely death in a bid to prevent another “avoidable tragedy” as a result of diabetes.

Yesterday, 11:15
Members of the local tai chi group in Ufford

It may not have the high-flying kicks and karate chops of some martial arts – but the ancient Chinese technique of tai chi is proving a knockout among practitioners in Suffolk.

Yesterday, 08:04
A blood donation.

Our investigation has highlighted the many ways the region’s victims of the contaminated blood scandal continue to be failed decades on. Today investigations editor David Powles outlines the improvements needed, while the government gives its side of the story.

Yesterday, 06:00
Doctor and patient

Smokers and overweight people due to get non-emergency surgery in north Essex will be forced to get help if they want their treatment to be paid for by the NHS.

Thu, 06:21
Steve Sillett on his hospital bed

Our contaminated blood series continues with the heartbreaking story of how it has impacted a family. Investigations editor David Powles reports.

Wed, 13:00
Trudi Dunn and Nina Finlay, senior physiotherapists at West Suffolk Hospital, have both qualified as accredited health coaching trainers as part of a regional initiative spearheaded by Health Education East of England.

Health coaches at West Suffolk Hospital are supporting patients to manage long-term conditions as part of a new initiative.

Wed, 12:59
Alan and Denise Burgess look at a video on the computer regarding the blood contamination scandal of the 80's which saw Alan affected with HIV and hepatitis.

The relatives of those left with life-limiting illnesses after receiving tainted blood products in the 1970s and 80s have hit out at the lack of financial support.

Wed, 12:58

When West Suffolk Hospital launched a campaign in March 2014 to raise money to improve its facilities for patients with dementia, hopes were high that the £25,000 fundraising goal could be reached.

Tue, 15:04
The research found people aged between 20 and 24 were the worst culprits. Around one in nine (11.2%) failed to show up last year  839 patients out of 7,497.

The number of missed appointments at Ipswich Hospital has risen by more than 50% in two years – causing massive disruption to waiting times and costing the taxpayer millions of pounds, the Star can reveal.

Tue, 11:00
Community healthcare services provide vital help to around 650,000 people in Suffolk, such as community nursing, specialist nursing, community hospitals, speech and language therapy, dental services and specialist childrens services.

The NHS is set to retake control of Suffolk’s privatised community healthcare later this year, it has been announced.

Tue, 09:32
Alan and Denise Burgess look at a video regarding the blood contamination scandal of the 80's which saw Alan infected with HIV and hepatitis.

A man from Suffolk infected with the HIV virus during an NHS blood transfusion more than 30 years ago says the time has come for the Government to finally make amends.

Tue, 08:00
Kerry Thorpe and fiance Josh Nelli

Josh Nelli, the fiancé of brave Kerry Thorpe, has welcomed research indicating a “breakthrough” drug could improve and prolong the lives of those born with cystic fibrosis.

Window on the NHS

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Its very obvious, not least locally, that the NHS is very stretched, says Dr Hasan Chowhan, of the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Dr Hasan Chowhan

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

A GP's Diagnosis

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It is great to learn that the Duchess of Cambridge has had a healthy daughter.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
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.

Monday, February 16, 2015
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.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Dr John Havard

Many hands make light work” is a saying that was coined in the 16th Century and remains valid today. If we are to avert the decline of the NHS into a financial black hole, then decisive action is needed and everyone needs to play their part.

Friday, January 16, 2015
How will the election result effect local health services?

The Government is promising seven day access by 2020 while Labour is promising 8,000 new GPs but it does seem neither aspiration has been thought through beyond the ballot box.

BMI news

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming 10,000 lives a year, but it seems that many men are still not getting tested for prostate cancer.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Once, it was the exclusive preserve of movie stars and millionaires – but today people from all walks of life are considering cosmetic surgery.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Get on your bike

Cycling has been never been so popular in Britain.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Hospitals under pressure

With more people than ever before looking to pay for treatments outside the NHS, most of the UK’s major private hospital groups are now offering flexible finance options.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Coffee cups will be raised throughout the UK this month as millions of people take part in the Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee 

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Matt Bunn

Health correspondent

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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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