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Looking after your mental wellbeing this winter
14 December 2018
With Christmas and New Year just over a week away, residents across Suffolk and North East Essex are being reminded that support and advice is available to those who may struggle to cope.
 
A lifesaver of a Christmas gift
05 December 2018

The best present you can give the NHS this Christmas is to agree to share your health record.

 
Felixstowe drop-in sessions
30 November 2018

Felixstowe residents are being given an opportunity to discuss changes to the way the town’s Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) is accessed at two public drop-in sessions next week.


 
Response to CQC inspection report on Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
28 November 2018
In its latest report the Care Quality Commission has rated the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust as ‘inadequate’.
 
Latest CCG newsletters published
23 November 2018
The latest newsletters from the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups have just been published.
 
Meetings in public - IESCCG
20 November 2018
A meeting in public of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday November 27 from 9.15 a.m.   Members of the Governing Body will be available to meet with members of the public from 9.00 a.m.
 
Learn to check your pulse and be atrial fibrillation aware
20 November 2018
Local health professionals are supporting this week’s Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (November 19 – 25) by encouraging people to remain alert to any changes in their heartbeat and to be aware of the symptoms of the condition.
 
Clinicians urge local people to be self care aware
14 November 2018
Clinicians across Suffolk and North East Essex are reminding local people about the support available to help them stay well this winter. It’s as the annual Self Care Week returns this week (12-19 November).
 
Latest newsletters published
09 November 2018
The latest newsletters from the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups have just been published.
 
Providing more care for more people
05 November 2018
Three brand-new purpose-built bedrooms have just opened at Sue Ryder The Chantry, the neurological centre based in Ipswich.  This new development will enable the centre to support people requiring specialist neurological rehabilitation, particularly those who have suffered an acquired brain injury.  
 
Helping make the right connection in Felixstowe
05 November 2018

An event is being held to explain the work of Connect Suffolk and how it is enabling closer working between health and social care organisations for the benefit of the local community.


 
Suffolk residents urged to spread the word - not the flu, this winter
01 November 2018
Suffolk County Council is reminding people to get a flu vaccination to ward off the worst effects of a potentially debilitating illness.

 
Parents urged to apply for pre-payment card
26 October 2018
Parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being urged to take advantage of a new pre-payment card.
 
Annual health checks for young people with learning disabilities
24 October 2018

Parents and carers of young people aged from 14 to 25 with learning disabilities are being encouraged to make sure they undergo an annual health check with their GP.


 
First-of-its-kind pilot takes expert help into patients’ own homes
02 October 2018

Patients who have had a suspected stroke can now be assessed by a specialist consultant in the comfort of their own home following the launch of a first-of-its-kind pilot which is using technology to improve care.

The pioneering initiative allows specially-trained paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to use a secure video conferencing app to liaise with an expert stroke consultant from Ipswich Hospital in cases where a diagnosis is not clear.


 
Extra NHS money to better support our communities
27 September 2018

The drive to prevent ill health and support our local communities through better joined-up health and social care services has been given a major cash boost.

Almost £5 million is being given to 46 individual projects run by voluntary, community and public sector organisations across east and west Suffolk.


 
It's flu vaccination season - the time to think about your winter health
18 September 2018
Even though we’ve just said goodbye to the summer holidays, now is the time to start thinking about protecting your health over winter with a flu vaccination.

Most GP practices across east and west Suffolk will soon be holding flu vaccination clinics for their registered patients - and people in at-risk groups are being encouraged to attend. Many pharmacies also provide NHS flu vaccinations for those in at-risk groups aged 18+.
 
Meetings in public - NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
14 September 2018

A meeting in public of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday September 25 from 9.00 a.m. Come along to this meeting to learn more about health services in the Ipswich and east Suffolk area. 

A meeting in public of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for east and west Suffolk will take place on Tuesday September 25 from 2.00 p.m. This committee is the decision-making group for the management of primary care (GP practices). Members of the public are welcome to come along and listen to the business of the meeting and ask questions at the end.


 
Latest local health newsletters are published
14 September 2018
The latest newsletters from NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups have just been published.

Highlights include:

- Launch of new film which highlights how those living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes could benefit from signing-up to a free NHS My Diabetes course
 
New support for those bereaved by suicide
10 September 2018

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day, Suffolk’s suicide prevention steering group has today announced it will be launching a new service to support individuals, families and others bereaved by suicide.

The 12-month pilot service will be joint funded by Suffolk County Council (SCC) Public Health and Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The total funding for the service is £30,000, with Suffolk County Council providing £22,000 and CCGs funding £8,000.


 
Remodelling services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs
07 September 2018

A series of sessions are being held this month to gather people’s views on improving speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) services for Suffolk’s children and young people.

More than 10% of children and young people have long-term SLCN, which create barriers to communication or learning in everyday life. Only 20% of pupils with SLCN gained grade 4/c or above in English and Maths at GCSE, compared with 64% of all pupils.


 
Diabetes awareness roadshow comes to Ipswich
04 September 2018
With diabetes fast becoming the biggest health threat in the UK, people are invited to attend a special roadshow event taking place at the Sailmakers Shopping Centre in Ipswich from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September.
 
You need to pay for most travel vaccinations
28 August 2018
Over the last 12 months the NHS in east and west Suffolk has spent £81,214 on providing free travel vaccinations that should have been paid for. That money could have been better used on delivering vital NHS services.
 
August bank holiday weekend
20 August 2018

GPs in east and west Suffolk are encouraging people to prepare for the August bank holiday weekend. GP practices will be closed on Monday August 27.

 
High levels of satisfaction with local GP practices
09 August 2018
People across east and west Suffolk have reported a high level of satisfaction with their local GP practice, according to the latest independent national GP Patient survey data.
 
Annual Members' Meeting
06 August 2018

The Annual Members' Meeting of GP practice members of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, to approve the CCG's annual accounts 2017/18, will take place on Thursday September 13 from 3.45 – 4.15 p.m. at:

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich IP3 8UH

This meeting is open to members of the public.

 
The Disability Forum for Suffolk
23 July 2018
Disabled people are being given the opportunity to talk with organisations that are responsible for the services which affect their daily lives this October.
 
Recognition for health commissioner staff
20 July 2018
The hard work and dedication of NHS workers in east and west Suffolk was recognised earlier this week when local health care commissioners held their annual staff awards.
 
EEAST Chief Exec labelled as “visionary and compassionate" in independent examination of leadership
20 July 2018
An independent examination of leadership and governance at the region’s ambulance trust has been welcomed.
 
A Governing Body meeting for all ages
18 July 2018

Next week’s meeting in public of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) will include a celebration of the NHS’s 70th birthday, involving younger and older members of our community.

 
Framlingham Medical Practice is set to expand
16 July 2018

Issued on behalf of Framlingham Medical Practice

Work is set to begin later this month on improved facilities at Framlingham Medical Practice in east Suffolk.

The 28-week expansion and improvement project will enable the practice to employ additional health care staff, offer extra services and meet the increasing demand for primary care services in the area.


 
East and west Suffolk CCGs are highly rated
12 July 2018

The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in east and west Suffolk have been highly rated for their performance and patient care.

In the latest annual national assessments by NHS England for 2017/18, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) has been rated ‘outstanding’ and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (WSCCG) has been rated ‘good’. 


 
Mental health services – have your say!
02 July 2018

PEOPLE living in east and west Suffolk are being urged to have their say about local mental health services as part of a unique engagement opportunity.

The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want to transform the way mental health provision is delivered across the county.


 
Celebrating the NHS at 70
29 June 2018
To mark the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service, NHS ‘Big7Tea’ events will be taking place at around 30 GP practices across east and west Suffolk during July.
 
Helping people get home as soon as possible
27 June 2018
A new service has been launched which will help prepare the homes of people who are ready to be discharged from hospital.
 
Look out for vulnerable people during hot weather
26 June 2018
Keep cool and look out for others during the hot weather. This advice comes from local health care professionals as The Met Office predicts rising temperatures over this week.
 
Success for dementia fundraising event
18 June 2018

Issued on behalf of Wickham Market Medical Centre

Local people are being thanked for supporting last week’s (June 14) National Dementia Cupcake Day event which was held at Wickham Market Medical Centre and its branch surgery at Rendlesham.

A total of £820.00 was raised for the Alzheimer’s Society from the sale of delicious cupcakes which were baked by members of the centre’s staff and Patient Participation Group, and raffle prizes which were donated by generous local businesses.


 
New diabetes guide for health professionals
15 June 2018

Healthcare professionals in Suffolk are being urged to read a new guide that has been published to help them navigate the often complex world of diabetes care and treat patients living with the disease sensitively.

The launch of Language Matters coincides with Diabetes Week (11-17 June) and this year’s theme tackles the issue of difficult conversations – aiming to make it easier for people to have tricky or awkward discussions with medical professionals, friends or family.


 
PEOPLE WITH DIABETES URGED TO LEARN MORE TO LIVE WELL
14 June 2018

A new Suffolk and North East Essex campaign ‘Learn to live well with diabetes’ has been launched in Diabetes Week (11 – 17 June) to advertise the benefits of attending free NHS courses which are run by diabetes specialist nurses and dietitians in each local area.

People living with diabetes in Suffolk and North East Essex are being urged to book themselves onto NHS courses which are essential to their diabetes care.


 
Making Woodbridge an even healthier and happier place
07 June 2018

Being well and staying well – that’s the theme of a summer health event that aims to inform and support people in Woodbridge to live a healthier life.

The event will take place at Woodbridge Library on Tuesday June 19 from 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. and is being organised by the Patient Participation Group (PPG) of the town’s Little St John’s Street GP Surgery.


 
Community comes together for dementia fundraising
29 May 2018

The Wickham Market Medical Centre will be hosting a sweet and tasty event on National Dementia Cupcake Day (June 14) to raise awareness of dementia and funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff and members of the centre’s Patient Participation Group will be baking a mouth-watering selection of cupcakes for sale on the day. Local businesses have generously donated a selection of raffle prizes, including prosecco, toiletries, cupcakes, plants and gift vouchers worth between £10 and £50.


 
All Together Now - have your say on the future of health care in east Suffolk
24 May 2018

You are invited to help shape the future of health services in east Suffolk by attending All Together Now – the annual patient partnership conference hosted by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

This third annual conference is a great opportunity get involved in the discussion and debate around local NHS services. You will be able to learn more about the role of the CCG as commissioners of many local health services and hear of its achievements over the last 12 months.


 
IESCCG - meetings in public
17 May 2018
A meeting in public of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) will take place on Tuesday May 22 from 9.15 a.m.

The Governing Body will be available to meet with members of the public from 9 a.m.

Come along to this meeting to learn more about health services in the Ipswich and east Suffolk area.
 
Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board signs Time to Change Employer Pledge during Mental Health Awarene
17 May 2018

Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board has endorsed the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of all its member organisations. 

Following this morning’s Health and Wellbeing Board meeting, representatives of the board signed up to the pledge.

 
Investment in hundreds of new staff and ambulances over three years
14 May 2018
An extra 330 staff and 160 ambulances will be sought over the next three years thanks to an increase in funding announced this week.
 
Launch of Emotional Wellbeing Hub for Young People
11 May 2018
A new Emotional Wellbeing Hub for children, young people and their families is set to officially launch as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14 -20 May).
 
More mental health support for new mothers
09 May 2018
The recently launched Suffolk Perinatal Service (SPS) has been awarded extra funding - meaning its capacity to support women with moderate to severe mental health issues will almost treble.
 
Eat well, move more, feel healthier
08 May 2018

This is the theme of a health event that aims to inform and support people in Ipswich to live a healthier life. The event will take place at Two Rivers Medical Centre on Thursday 24 May from 1.30 – 4.30 p.m. and is being organised by the practice’s Patient Participation Group.

 
Get hay fever help and advice from the pharmacist
01 May 2018

As the hay fever season begins people who suffer from the allergy are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy – rather than their GP - for help and advice.

You don’t need a prescription for hay fever tablets, eye drops or nasal sprays as these items can all be easily purchased from your local pharmacy or supermarket.

 
Bank holiday weekend health advice
30 April 2018

GPs in east and west Suffolk are encouraging people to prepare for the early May bank holiday weekend.

GP practices will be closed on Monday May 7.

 
Returning products will save NHS resources
19 April 2018
The community bladder and bowel service in Suffolk is calling on people and care staff to return unopened continence products and save the NHS thousands of pounds a year.
 
New Simple Equipment Clinic launched in Hartismere
10 April 2018

New Simple Equipment Clinic launched in Hartismere to help local people stay living at home independently.

Connect Suffolk, in collaboration with the Friends of Hartismere Health and Care launched a new Simple Equipment Clinic at Hartismere Health and Care (formerly Hartismere Hospital), Eye at a special event on 26th March.

 
Gender pay gap
29 March 2018

The NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) support the fair treatment and reward of all staff, irrespective of gender.

The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 requires all organisations employing 250 or more people to report annually on their gender pay gap.

 
Helping make Kesgrave even healthier and happier
29 March 2018
Issued on behalf of the Patient Participation Group of The Birches Medical Centre in Kesgrave

A health roadshow is set to support people from Kesgrave in accessing the right health services for their needs and help them live happy and healthy lives.
 
Patients reminded of extra doctors’ appointments over Easter weekend
29 March 2018

Patients who need to see a healthcare professional over the Easter break can access extra doctors’ appointments across East and West Suffolk. 

Suffolk GP Federation will be running its GP+ service in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Leiston, Wickham Market and Haverhill this Bank Holiday weekend.

 
You can make a difference to the NHS in east Suffolk
29 March 2018

Do you have a passion for improving healthcare services in east Suffolk?

The NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Community Engagement Partnership (CEP) is recruiting.

 
New telephone number for non-emergency patient transport bookings
23 March 2018

Issued on behalf of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney clinical commissioning groups

The telephone number to make a booking for the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) in Suffolk and the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area is changing from April 1.

 
Be prepared for the Easter holidays
23 March 2018
Now is the time to prepare and be ready for the Easter holidays.

Easter is a very busy time for the NHS and its hard working staff - so please make the effort to get prepared and know the most appropriate healthcare option if you or a family member becomes ill.

 
Trusts commit to tackling stressful NHS delays as they take decisive step towards merger
23 March 2018

The merger of Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, forming a new NHS trust, will benefit patients and staff by reducing the stress of a system where services and processes are not joined up. 

That’s according to plans published today that include a commitment to stop the things that waste valuable time for patients, families and staff.

 
Community Engagement Partnership - next meeting
08 March 2018

Come along to the next meeting of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG Community Engagement Partnership.

You are invited to attend and have your say. There is time at the end of the meeting when the committee welcomes questions from the public on any item on the agenda.

 
Patients invited to learn more about changes to appointment system
01 March 2018

A GP practice is to change the way its patients make appointments to help reduce waiting times and ensure a more responsive ‘same day’ service.

Leiston Surgery has also trained receptionist staff as ‘Care Navigators’ so that they can direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional to meet their needs.

 
Saying ‘Yes’ could save your life
26 February 2018

A hard-hitting campaign has been launched in Suffolk today (February 26) to encourage people to give consent for their patient records to be made accessible to health and care professionals in the event of an emergency.

The campaign will see adverts bearing the words ‘Your NHS needs you to share your health record – it could save your life’ – appear on digital bus shelter, petrol forecourt and supermarket displays across the county.

 
Specialist mental health service for new mums officially launches
23 February 2018
Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has today (23 February) officially launched a new specialist service which offers targeted help to new mums with severe post-natal depression and other complex mental health issues.

The Suffolk Perinatal Mental Health Service provides specialist care to women from east and west Suffolk with conditions such as serious post and ante-natal depression and psychosis. It is available to women during pregnancy, at the time of birth and up to a year following the birth of their baby.
 
More than £5000 raised for East Anglian Air Ambulance
22 February 2018

A move to shared office space with public sector colleagues has resulted in £5,335 being raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

The relocation of 150 employees of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups from Rushbrook House in Bramford to Endeavour House and 55 employees to Landmark House in Ipswich, resulted in a surplus of office furniture.

 
Award success for Wickham Market Medical Centre
15 February 2018

Staff at Wickham Market Medical Centre are celebrating their success in retaining the Investors in People (IIP) accreditation.

The practice has received the award every year since 2005 and is one of only two GP practices in the county to hold IIP accreditation.

 
Hospital merger meeting for Felixstowe residents
01 February 2018

Residents of Felixstowe are encouraged to attend an event to learn more about the proposed merger between Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

The event takes place on Tuesday February 13 at the Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe IP11 7DX from 3.00– 4.30 p.m.

 
Diabetes care rated as “outstanding”
22 January 2018

Diabetes patients from across Suffolk are receiving “outstanding” care, according to the results of an independent review.

The NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have both received the top rating for 2016/17 following an assessment by an independent panel.

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