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New Nursing Roles

20 December 1999

Patients, including those with cancer, are receiving valuable support and counselling when they are feeling at their most vulnerable thanks to appointments to two new nursing posts.

West Suffolk Hospital ready for the winter

8th December 1999

The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is ready for the anticipated boom in demand for services this winter and has plans in place for dealing with the millennium date change or so-called 'millennium bug'.

New consultant in casualty

22 November 1999

The casualty department at the West Suffolk Hospital has received a major boost with the appointment of a second Consultant in Accident and Emergency and the creation of two new staff grade doctor posts.

Changes to hospital visiting hours

2nd November 1999

Patients at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds have voted in favour of shortening visiting hours on surgical and medical wards to give them more time to rest...

Paper results have had their day

27th September 1999

The days of bits of paper carrying vital pathology test results are numbered at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. A 370,000 data handling computer system, which is currently being installed, will mean that soon doctors on wards and in GP surgeries will be able to receive ...

New non-executive directors join Trust Board

24th September 1999

Secretary of State for Health, Frank Dobson has appointed two new non-executive directors to the board of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

New X-Ray Equipment

3 August 1999

A new, state-of-the-art, digital imaging system has arrived at the West Suffolk Hospital and will be fully operational from Monday 9 August.

Telemedicine links local hospital with specialists in London

29 June 1999

A pilot scheme has been set up which will allow Consultant Paediatrician Dr David Mabin to discuss a child's heart problems with Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist Dr Rob Tulloh at Guy's Hospital without him leaving his desk or the young patient having to travel to London.

Hospital Trust to get new teaching facilities for training future doctors

23 June 1999

The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust has been chosen with the University of Cambridge to provide an innovative new course for an additional 20 graduate medical students as part of the national agreement to train 1,000 extra doctors each year.


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