News and Information Index (year 2003)
22 December 2003
During the festive period the message from West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is, have a healthy and enjoyable holiday but, if over indulgence results in a visit to hospital, please remember that violence and threatening behaviour towards staff will not be tolerated.
10 December 2003
Dermot O'Riordan, Consultant Surgeon for West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust, has been identified by independent charity The Health Foundation as a rising star within the NHS, becoming one of its first leadership fellows.
8 December 2003
Star players from Ipswich Town Football Club will visit the Rainbow Unit at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, 16th December to give out Christmas presents to children staying on the ward.
4 December 2003
The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust and Macmillan Cancer Relief are appealing for people to ‘sponsor a brick’ to help fund the development of a new Macmillan Cancer Unit in Bury St Edmunds.
24 November, 2003
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of a Nurse Specialist caring for people with Crohn’s and Colitis (inflammatory bowel disease).
21 November 2003
A campaign to inoculate people against influenza in time for winter has been hailed a success so far.
17 November 2003
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is appealing for people who want to train as a nurse to apply for nursing degree courses in Bury St Edmunds.
7 November 2003
Changes have been introduced to the Rainbow Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital so that more children can be treated in the dedicated children’s ward.
7 November 2003
A website for people with diabetes in Suffolk has been hailed a success after it received over 30,000 visits in the first year.
24 October 2003
A Consultant Paediatrician at West Suffolk Hospital is to embark on a 270-mile bike ride to raise money for a new state of the art ultrasound scanner for the hospital’s Paediatric Department.
21 October 2003
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds is donating redundant medical and office equipment to the Third World through independent charity Tools With A Mission (TWAM).
21 October 2003
A party was held at Southgate Community Centre on Friday 17th October for volunteers at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. The event was organised to recognise the magnificent contribution which the volunteers make to support services at the Hospital.
16 October 2003
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust in Bury St Edmunds has appointed a new Medical Director.
14 October 2003
Managers at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds are urging people to use the front car park when they drive to the hospital for an appointment or to visit family or friends.
13 October 2003
A new ultraclean operating theatre has opened today (Monday 13 October) at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.
26 September 2003
In a report to mark the first twelve months of the service, Richard Dewhirst, head of the service, said that 19 people were found to have ‘proliferative diabetic retinopathy’, which can result in blindness if left untreated.
25 September 2003
A special service of thanksgiving is being held in the Chapel at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. The service will start at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8th October and all are welcome to attend.
23 September 2003
The mother of a man who died in West Suffolk Hospital’s Accident & Emergency Department is presenting a range of medical equipment to the Hospital on Friday 26th September. Media are invited to attend.
16 September 2003
Members of the public are invited to attend West Suffolk Hospital’s Annual General Meeting on Friday, 26th September.
16 September 2003
The Royal Navy is coming to West Suffolk Hospital on Friday 19th September to make a donation to the Rainbow Ward, where sick children are cared for. Submariners from HMS Vengeance will present a cheque for £300 to Ann Robinson, Acting Ward Manager. Media are invited to attend.
8th September 2003
Staff from the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will be available in the main entrance of the hospital from 9.30am until 4pm on Thursday 18th September to help people who are interested in a career in healthcare.
29 August 2003
A new Dialysis Unit is opening at the West Suffolk Hospital and the media are invited to look round the unit and talk to patients benefiting from the excellent new facilities.
27 August 2003
The new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia, the Rt. Rev. Michael Evans, is visiting the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on 4th September.
1 August 2003
Veronica Worrall, Chairman at West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust, goes ‘back to the floor’ on Monday 4 August when she spends a day at the Walnuttree Hospital in Sudbury. She will be joined by non-executive director John Cullum. Media are invited to attend a photo-opportunity at 10.30am.
1 August 2003
Plans that will mean a new health and social care facility in the Sudbury area were given the go-ahead today (Thursday 31 July).
16 July 2003
Staff at the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust are celebrating regaining their three star status in the NHS star ratings which were announced today (Wednesday 16 July).
11th July 2003
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust in Bury St Edmunds has appointed a new Finance Director.
10 July 2003
Staff from the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will run a stall at Bury St Edmunds market on Wednesday 16th July to encourage people to join the NHS.
3 July 2003
Teachers from primary and upper schools in Suffolk visited West Suffolk Hospital today (3 July) to learn more about the NHS.
30 June 2003
The West Suffolk Hospital is introducing measures to improve the safety of midwives working alone in the community.
30 June 2003
Jan Bloomfield, Director of Personnel and Communications at West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust, goes ‘back to the floor’ on Wednesday 2 July when she spends a day working as a gardener. Media are invited to attend a photo-opportunity at 10.30am at the West Suffolk Hospital (report to the Facilities Department reception).
25 June 2003
Midwives from West Suffolk Hospital visited the House of Commons last week to receive an award from MPs for excellence in maternity care.
24 June 2003
Further progress has been made towards building Sudbury’s new hospital, following the completion of a stakeholder consultation exercise undertaken by the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HSCAS).
24 June 2003
West Suffolk Hospital’s partnership approach to improving outcomes for patients in its integrated care unit (ICU) has won recognition at a conference in Birmingham for NHS professionals from the Midlands and East Anglia.
24 June 2003
Car parking charges are to be increased at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. The new charges were approved by a meeting of the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust board on Friday 20 June.
19 June 2003
Terry Waite CBE will officially open West Suffolk Hospital's new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner on Tuesday, 1st July. Media are invited to attend the ceremony.
18 June 2003
The Secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn MP, has re-appointed Veronica Worrall as chairman of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.
17 June 2003
The efforts and commitment of young volunteers working at the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will be recognised on Thursday 3 July, when the Dr Damian Kershaw Award is presented for the first time. Media are invited to attend.
13 June 2003
Senior biomedical scientist Chris Bird is retiring from the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust after 39 years service. She is currently the longest serving member of staff at the hospital. A presentation will be made on Friday 27th June, to which media are invited.
13 June, 2003
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust has renamed Health Care Support Workers as Nursing Assistants after consulting with staff.
11 June 2003
A new blood re-infusion machine, called a cell-separator, has been donated to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. The machine works by sucking up the patient’s blood, cleaning it, and then returning it to the patient. Media are invited to attend the presentation of the cell-saver on Friday, 20th June.
5 June, 2003
A cheque for £15,596 will be presented to the Breast Unit of the West Suffolk Hospital on Wednesday 11th June. Media are invited to attend.
16 May, 2003
Four new consultants have joined the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.
9th May 2003
The Special Care Baby Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds is holding an Open Day on Wednesday 21st May.
6th May 2003
The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed a childcare co-ordinator to help staff to balance the pressures of work and life outside of work.
April 30, 2003
Infection control procedures in place at West Suffolk Hospital have been successful in consistently reducing the rate of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) bloodstream infection over the past year.
April 29th 2003
West Suffolk Hospital is opening its new Education Centre to members of the public in support of Adult Learners’ Week from 10 to 16 May.
April 29th, 2003
Two pharmacists from Spain have joined the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust on two-year contracts. Pau Aceves Baldo and Núria Bech Orriols, both from Barcelona, have been working at Bury St Edmunds’ busy acute hospital for the past month.
April 25th, 2003
The Maternity Unit is helping to promote the tenth National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, joining the Government’s drive to promote breastfeeding as the best form of nutrition for infants.
April 23rd, 2003
The West Suffolk Hospital earns itself a place in the record books on Friday 25th April when it becomes the first NHS Trust in the UK to receive the Department of Trade and Industry’s Work-Life Balance Standard. Andrew Foster, Director of Human Resources for the NHS, will present the certificate to Veronica Worrall, Trust chairman, on Friday 25th April. Media are welcome to attend.
April 22nd, 2003
Pregnant women in the Sudbury and Glemsford area will benefit from a midwives’ Open Day on Sunday 4th May.
April 14th, 2003
West Suffolk Hospital is appealing for people to donate bulbs for planting in a ‘Welcome Garden’ at the front of the hospital.
April 11th, 2003
A special service of ‘Remembering and Sharing for all who have lost precious babies and children’ has been organised by the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.
March 31st, 2003
Having undergone a complete refurbishment and upgrade, West Suffolk Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Department is holding an open day for staff on Wednesday 2 April to raise awareness within the hospital of its role in the rehabilitation of patients.
25th March, 2003
Nurses, midwives and Health Care Support Workers wanting the flexibility of temporary work can join a new NHS-run "bank" service from April 1st.
March 6th, 2003
Dr Sue Deakin has joined the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust in Bury St Edmunds as the seventh consultant orthopaedic surgeon. This is a new post, and the Trust will shortly be advertising for orthopaedic surgeon number eight.
February 28, 2003
The Job Shop run by staff from the West Suffolk Hospital on Friday 14th February to encourage people to join the Trust has been hailed as a great success.
February 21st, 2003
Staff from the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will be available at Bury St Edmunds Jobcentre Plus on Wednesday 5th March from 9am until 4pm to help people who are interested in a career in healthcare.
February 17th, 2003
A new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner is to be installed at the West Suffolk Hospital on Saturday, 1st March. Media are invited to photograph the scanner being dropped into place by crane. (Media invitation: 1st March, at West Suffolk Hospital)
February 14, 2003
On Monday 17th February, consultants at the West Suffolk Hospital will for the first time use a machine which breaks up kidney stones without the need for an operation. Media are invited to attend.
6 February, 2003
Managers at West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed today’s decision by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Planning Committee to give the go-ahead to plans to build an extra 250 car parking spaces at the Hospital.
February 5, 2003
The overwhelming success of an innovative approach to recruitment is to be repeated on Friday 14th February, with a re-run of a Job Shop in the foyer of the main entrance to West Suffolk Hospital.
February 4, 2003
Patients at West Suffolk Hospital are beginning to get a taste for some of the new dishes that now appear on the ward menus, following changes introduced at the end of January.
3rd February 2003
A new nursing post at West Suffolk Hospital has been developed to help save the lives of people having heart attacks.
28th January, 2003
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust¹s commitment to improving the quality of working lives for all its employees has earned it national accreditation, and a place in the record books, for being the first NHS Trust to achieve the Work-Life Balance Standard.
24 January, 2003
A new website for people with diabetes in Suffolk has been hailed a success after it received over 1400 visits in the first two months.
16th January 2003
Many West Suffolk Hospital patients benefit from the loan of medical equipment which help them manage long-term medical conditions, or support them during recovery from operations or illness.
13 January, 2003
The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust in Bury St Edmunds is asking people who have recently attended the Hospital for their views on the quality of care provided in the Outpatients and Accident & Emergency Departments.
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