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Aussie flu fears leads to flu jab warning from Suffolk doctors

Doctors are urging people to get a flu jab as a severer outbreak of flu is expected this winter.

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Alfie Plumb, aged five, with his end of treatment certificate, beside the treatment bell at Addenbrooke's Hospital

Alfie’s family fund bells of hope

A Lakenheath family have raised money for two ‘end of treatment bells’ for cancer units after seeing the way they gave hope to their five-year-old grandson.

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Oakfield Surgery in Vicarage Road Newmarket 
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Newmarket’s Oakfield Surgery to move to town’s hospital site

One of Newmarket’s three GP practices has announced it is to re-locate to the town’s hospital site.

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Region’s mental health trust named among worst for out-of-area placements

Mental health patients in Suffolk and Norfolk are being forced to seek treatment away from home in higher numbers than almost anywhere else in the country, new figures have revealed.

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Some of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's long service volunteer award winners and student volunteers

West Suffolk Hospital volunteers celebrate record-breaking year

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) has thanked more than 400 volunteers who gave a record-breaking 47,358 hours of time to the hospital last year.

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West Suffolk oral patients face delays in treatment as hospital departments close

Patients needing oral surgery or orthodontic treatment face a journey to Ipswich or Cambridge following closures at West Suffolk Hospital.

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West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds

West Suffolk Hospital investigates ‘serious incidents’

West Suffolk Hospital is investigating 10 serious incidents reported in March, five relating to norovirus outbreaks, four to patient safety and one to concerns over its blood transfusion service.

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Val Woollard, nursing assistant, and Jo Hayward, assistant practitioner, at West Suffolk Hospital with an ECG machine and bladder scanner bought with legacies

Legacies help hospital give best of care

More than £500,000 left in legacies to West Suffolk Hospital last year has funded a variety of state-of-the-art equipment.

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UPDATED: West Suffolk Hospital reopens email after cyber-attack

West Suffolk Hospital’s external email system has been reopened after it was shut down on Friday to defend computers against the international cyber-attack which has hit computer systems across the NHS.

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Peter Stephenson-Wall suffered a brain injury in a cycling accident

Headway Suffolk highlights brain injury’s hidden impact

Peter Stephenson-Wall has to carry a consultant’s letter with him to explain the hidden effects of a brain injury he suffered in a cycling accident.

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The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust anaesthetic team has been shortlisted for the Anaesthesia Team of the Year in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards 2017

West Suffolk Hospital team in the running for a national award

The anaesthetic team at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) has been shortlisted for Anaesthesia Team of the Year in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) awards 2017, sponsored by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

West Suffolk Hospital praised by health secretary

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) staff have been congratulated by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, for the trust’s ‘exceptional performance’.

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Hand washing is vital to protect against the spread of norovirus.

Norovirus closes West Suffolk Hospital ward for second time

Ward G4 at West Suffolk Hospital has closed to new admissions for the second time this winter due to three cases of norovirus being confirmed.

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New number is aiming to support those who experience power cuts in their area

Vulnerable should register for extra power cut help

As Storm Doris hits electricity supplies in Suffolk, MP Matt Hancock has urged the vulnerable to sign up for special power cut help.

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More patients will have to get blood tests at West Suffolk Hospital

West Suffolk patients may have to travel further to get blood tests

Patients may have to travel further to get blood tests after a phlebotomy service to GP surgeries is scrapped.

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23,000 poultry are set to be culled at Bridge Farm near Redgrave in Suffolk, after a suspected bird flu outbreak. 

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Latest: Bird flu confirmed at poultry farm near Redgrave

Defra scientists have confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm near Redgrave.

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East of England Ambulance Trust service praised

Almost 98 per cent of patients said they were satisfied or very satisfied East of England Ambulance Trust’s service din a survey for December.

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Suffolk mental health service is reaching people ‘sooner’

People with complex mental health needs are getting the support they need to live independently sooner thanks to changes made to the Suffolk Rehabilitation and Recovery Service (SRRS).

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Drugs firms profiteer from NHS by hiking cancer drugs prices

Drugs firms profiteer from NHS by hiking cancer drugs prices

Drug companies are profiteering from the NHS to the tune of £1 billion because they have unjustifiably hiked prices of cancer medicine, experts warn.

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