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Next step taken in creation of new health services for Sudbury

22 December 2004

NHS organisations working to create new health services and facilities in Sudbury have taken the next step on the road to making their plans come to fruition

Salvation Army Brings Carols to Patients and Staff on Christmas Eve

17 December 2004

Members of the Bury St Edmunds Salvation Army will be performing carols on Dec 24th with staff and volunteers for patients who will be spending their Christmas at West Suffolk Hospital this year.

Ipswich Town Football Players to visit Children's Ward

15 December 2004

Ipswich Town football stars Kevin Horlock, Drissa Diallo, Scott Barron and former Ipswich Town player Simon Milton will visit the children¹s ward at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday (Dec 15).

Teddy Bears for Hospital Children's Ward

14 December 2004

The children's ward at West Suffolk Hospital will welcome some very special visitors on Thursday (Dec 16) - teddy bears that have been donated by housebuilders George Wimpey.

Barnes Construction Donates Hospital Welcome Sign

13 December 2004

A new welcome sign donated to West Suffolk Hospital from building company Barnes Construction will be unveiled next week.

Chief Executive to approve up to £300,000 investment in new fire safety precautions to keep Walnuttree Hospital open until 2007

10 December 2004

A two-year programme of work is being proposed to increase the safety of patients and staff at the Walnuttree Hospital.

Magician Brings Early Christmas Fun to the Rainbow Unit

9 December 2004

A magician will be entertaining children in the Rainbow Unit on Tuesday December 21st.

Macmillan Unit Completed

8 December 2004

Representatives from main building contractors Haymills will hand over the keys to the completed £2.1million Macmillan Unit to West Suffolk Hospital's NHS Trust on Wednesday (Dec 15).

St Louis Middle School Choir to Perform at Hospital Carol Service

8 December 2004

West Suffolk Hospital's annual carol service will take place on December 15 and feature the talents of St Louis Catholic Middle School Choir.

Staff Boost Cleanliness and Infection Control at Hospitals

7 December 2004

New equipment, further training, more innovative cleaning and hygiene methods and hard work from staff have all boosted cleanliness and infection control at West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

New Director of Operations Appointed

7 December 2004

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Gwen Nuttall as its new Director of Operations.

Patient Leaflets now Available Online

6 December 2004

More than 80 patient information leaflets produced by West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust are now available online.

Hospital Urges Public to Help Combat Winter Vomiting Virus

1 December 2004

West Suffolk Hospital is urging friends and family not to visit the hospital if they have symptoms of a highly infectious stomach virus.

From Bury St Edmunds to Beslan - Hospital Staff Send Children Christmas Gifts

11 November 2004

Eighty shoeboxes packed with children's Christmas presents from members of staff at West Suffolk Hospital will be distributed to children around the world.

Hospital Nursery Given Go-Ahead

4 November 2004

A nursery for the young children of staff at West Suffolk Hospital will be open by Christmas 2005 after plans were given go-ahead today (Nov 4) by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

World Radiography Day

1 November 2004

World Radiography Day will take place on November 8 and West Suffolk Hospital is taking the opportunity to look for new recruits.

Trust Announces Election Results

26 October 2004

The results of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust¹s elections to the council of members have been announced.

Volunteers Clock up 345 Years Service with Hospital

13 October 2004

Volunteers who have given their spare time to help patients, visitors and staff at West Suffolk Hospital have received long service awards.

New Posts Ensure Nurses Lead the Way in Improving Care

11 October 2004

Nurses are leading the way in improving the care and welfare of patients at West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust. Five new posts have been created at the Trust to develop nurse-led services.

Elections to Council of Members Marks Next Step in Bid to Become A NHS Foundation Trust

3 October 2004

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will be holding elections to the Council of Members in October in preparation for an announcement on whether it can become a NHS Foundation Trust.


17 September 2004

NHS staff will be on hand at a national job shop on September 23 to talk about healthcare jobs and careers available in West Suffolk.

You and Your Local Health Services - Annual Public Meeting

13 September 2004

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is holding its Annual Public Meeting on Friday September 24 (2.00 - 4.30pm in the Education Centre). Continuing its tradition of holding public meeting's with a difference, this year's theme will be the role of Clinical Support Services in the patient's journey through the hospital.

New State-of-the-art Scanner for West Suffolk Hospital

13 September 2004

A new state-of-the-art CT scanner will be installed at West Suffolk Hospital by Christmas ­ speeding up waiting times for patients and improving diagnosis of illnesses.

Chairman Appointed for Paintings in Hospitals East

13 September  2004

A spell in hospital has led to an unusual appointment for art lover Gordon Cummings.

West Suffolk Hospital seeks council members for NHS Foundation Trust

20 August 2004

The West Suffolk Hospital is inviting nominations for the Council of Members who will represent the views of the public and staff should it become a NHS Foundation Trust.

DiabeteSuffolk Website Launches Children’s Competition

2 August 2004

The West Suffolk Diabetes website – www.DiabeteSuffolk.com – is launching a competition for children, with an Apple iPOD or portable DVD player as the prize for the best entry.

West Suffolk Hospital keeps its three star status

20 July 2004

Staff at the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust were thrilled with the news that the Trust has retained its three star status in the NHS star ratings which were announced today (Wednesday 21st July).

Hospital chaplain celebrates 25 years of ministry

19 July 2004

The Chaplain at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Revd David Crawley, has celebrated 25 years of service since his ordination to the priesthood.

£100,000 for West Suffolk Hospital as Trust meets A&E targets

16 July 2004

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds is to receive an extra £100,000 in funding from the Department of Health after it achieved national targets for waiting times in A&E.

Joint Award for Hospital Volunteers

12 July 2004

Two students who give up their time to help staff in a hospital ward have been awarded the Dr Damian Kershaw Award.

Young hospital volunteers get achievement award

5 July 2004

The efforts and commitment of young volunteers working at the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will be recognised on Thursday 8 July, when the Dr Damian Kershaw Award is presented for only the second time.

West Suffolk midwives use aromatherapy and massage during labour

30 June 2004

Midwives in West Suffolk are using aromatherapy and massage to help women relax during labour.

Paintings in Hospitals open new regional branch at West Suffolk Hospital

29 June 2004

West Suffolk Hospital has become the hub of a network for the east of England, which aims to brighten up hospitals by providing paintings to decorate public areas.

Official opening of new satellite Dialysis Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital

16 June 2004

A new Dialysis Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital is being officially opened by Amanda Goodman from BBC Look East on Monday 21st June.  The media are invited to look round the unit and talk to patients benefiting from the excellent new facilities.

Non-executive director re-appointed at West Suffolk Hospital

15 June 2004

The Secretary of State for Health, John Reid MP, has re-appointed John Cullum as a non-executive director of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

Opening of Multi Faith Room at West Suffolk Hospital

25 May 2004

A new Multi Faith room at the West Suffolk Hospital is being officially Dedicated on Wednesday, 2nd June. Media and the public are welcome to attend.

Trust to appeal against planners’ nursery refusal

6 May 2004

The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust is to appeal against this week’s decision by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s planning committee to refuse permission for a nursery for the young children of hospital staff.

Help for breastfeeding mothers

27 April 2004

The Maternity Unit at the West Suffolk Hospital takes part in National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (9-15 May 2004)

Hospital holds special service of ‘Remembering and Sharing’

26 April 2004

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 Tr

New Chief Executive for West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

21 April 2004

The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed Chris Bown (correct spelling) as its new chief executive.

New Midwifery Service for Newmarket

21 April 2004

A new Midwifery service has started in Newmarket, providing a step forward in the provision of maternity care in the town.  The King Charles Midwifery Group Practice provides total care for women during pregnancy, attending the births either in the home or hospital and giving postnatal care.

learndirect courses for NHS staff

7 April 2004

NHS staff in west Suffolk can now benefit from learndirect courses delivered online via the Internet. The new initiative features a wide range of courses available to staff of all disciplines and levels.

Trust hits performance targets and patients feel the benefit

6 April 2004

The West Suffolk Hospitals NSH Trust has met its key clinical performance targets for 2003-2004.

Open evening provides follow-up care for Intensive Care Unit patients

25 March, 2004

An Open Evening for people who have been patients on West Suffolk Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit was held yesterday evening (24/3/04) in the Education Centre. The Evening was held as part of a ‘follow-up’ programme to care for patients after they are well enough to leave the unit.

Use your health service – responsibly

23 March, 2004

Staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds are calling for members of the public to use the accident and emergency service responsibly, and only attend in cases of real emergency.

Fantastic response from public in Trust’s bid for NHS Foundation Hospital status

12 March, 2004

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust has received a fantastic response from the public in its bid for NHS Foundation Hospital status. So far almost 6,000 local people have registered an interest in becoming members of the new NHS Foundation Trust.

Open evening provides prostate cancer support and advice

9 March 2004

Clinicians from the Urology Department at West Suffolk Hospital are holding an Open Evening on Wednesday, 24th March to provide information and support on aspects of prostate cancer.

A big thank you to Sally Thurling

25 February 2004

Nurse Sally Thurling is retiring after over 31 years at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. The past thirteen years of which have been spent working with children, on the paediatric ward and in outpatients.

West Suffolk Hospital launches NHS Foundation Trust consultation

19 February 2003

The West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust will be launching its bid to become one of the government’s new NHS Foundation Trusts on Saturday.

Beverley Malone to visit West Suffolk Hospital

12 February 20o04

Beverley Malone, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, will visit the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on 16th February.

Welcoming of Assistant Chaplain to West Suffolk Hospital

2 February 2004

A Welcoming and Commissioning Ceremony for Judith Gilbert, the new Assistant Chaplain at West Suffolk Hospital, will take place on Wednesday February 11th at 12 noon. Media are invited to attend.

Healthcare science careers on offer at West Suffolk Hospital Open Evening

27 January 2004

An open evening for young people interested in careers in healthcare science will take place at the New Education Centre at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, 18th February. 

First patients for West Suffolk Hospital’s new Eye Treatment Centre

27 January 2004

The new Eye Treatment Centre at West Suffolk Hospital opens for patients for the first time on Monday, 2nd February. Media are invited to visit the Centre on its opening day, see the facility, and interview the following people:

New Manager for Walnuttree Hospital in Sudbury

23 January 2004

A new manager has been appointed to Walnuttree Hospital in Sudbury. Sue Jenkins started working as manager of Walnuttree Hospital on 1st January 2004. Her previous role was Modern Matron at the Whittington Hospital in London. She has considerable experience of working in the NHS, having joined in 1986 as a Health Care Assistant. She qualified as a nurse in 1991 and went on to hold senior nursing education posts at hospitals in London.


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