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Infection Control Awareness Week – October 31 – Nov 6

31 October 2005

This week is Infection Control Awareness Week and West Suffolk Hospital has announced its newest measures to continue to improve infection control.

World Radiography Day 2005

25 October 2005

West Suffolk Hospital is using this year’s World Radiography Day to give anyone interested in pursuing a career in radiography a chance to look round the department. Hospital radiographers will be on hand on Saturday, November 5, from 10am to 1pm, to talk with anyone who is interested in training in radiography. 

Hospital Unveils New Gamma Camera

25 October

A new £215,000 state-of-the-art Gamma Camera has been installed at the West Suffolk Hospital.

Father donates environmental prize to West Suffolk Hospital

21 October 2005

A father who won an environmental award from his employer has donated the prize – an English oak tree – to West Suffolk Hospital where his children were born.

Bury St Edmunds Eye Symposium Attracts Expert Ophthalmologists

3 October 2005

Ophthalmologists from all over the country will be attending the 13th annual Bury St Edmunds Ophthalmology Symposium this week, hosted by West Suffolk Hospital’s Eye Treatment Centre team.

Tonsil Operations to be carried out as day surgery at West Suffolk Hospital

29 September 2005

From this month tonsillectomies will be carried out for the first time in the day surgery unit at West Suffolk Hospital.

WRVS Presents £10,000 for Medical Equipment to West Suffolk Hospital

21 September 2005

Members of the WRVS will present West Suffolk Hospital with a cheque for £10,000 on Thursday (Sept22) to buy a range of medical equipment.

Annual Public Meeting 2005

Talks, displays, and tours form part of West Suffolk Hospital’s annual public meeting on Friday, September 30.

Play in Hospital Week

20 September 2005

Next week (Sept 19 – 23) is "Play in Hospital Week", a national initiative which aims to highlight the therapeutic value of play for children in hospital.

National Eczema Week 17th - 24th September 2005

14 September 2005

Next week is National Eczema Week, an annual health awareness campaign organised by the National Eczema Society to raise awareness of the condition that affects one in 12 adults and one-fifth of school-age children.

Consultant Awarded Educational Teaching Prize

6 September 2005

A consultant at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has been presented with a prestigious educational teaching award from the University of Cambridge.

New Police Office Opens at West Suffolk Hospital

30 August 2005

A new police office will open at West Suffolk Hospital today which aims to provide greater security and peace of mind to staff, patients and visitors as well as an enhanced policing service to the local community.

NHS in West Suffolk Launches Public Consultation ‘Modernising Healthcare in west Suffolk’

1 August 2005

A public consultation on plans for three NHS Trusts was launched today (August 1) with the aim of modernising the health service in west Suffolk and bringing it into financial balance.

New Chairman for West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust

29 July 2005

A new Chairman of the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust has been appointed.

Star status does not reflect today’s improved hospital services

27 July 2005

West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust believes that the performance rating of one star from the Healthcare Commission, which relates to the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005, no longer reflects the improved services currently being delivered at the Bury St Edmunds hospital.

Unannounced Inspection finds Hospital Cleanliness Good

25 July 2005

A recent, unannounced inspection of West Suffolk Hospital, undertaken by the government body responsible for issuing the annual performance star ratings, assessed cleanliness in the Bury hospital as ‘good’.

West Suffolk Hospital helps to save lives across the world

25 July 2005

Medical equipment that can no longer be used by West Suffolk Hospital is being sent to help to set up a jungle hospital and to save lives in remote parts of Nigeria.

Hospital Trust Plans to Secure Future Financial Stability and Quality Patient Services

24 June 2005

Draft Financial Recovery Plans, designed to secure future financial stability and quality patient services in the west Suffolk Health system will be presented to the West Suffolk Hospital Trust Board for approval on 29 June 2005.

Patients and Visitors Get a Lesson in Hand Hygiene

22 June 2005

Ecolab, West Suffolk Hospital's provider of alcohol hand rubs, will be showing visitors to the hospital the new hand rubs that are available at patient bedsides and at the entrance to wards.

Hospital Blooms Thanks to Local Companies

21 June 2005

West Suffolk Hospital has entered this year’s Bury In Bloom competition thanks to the generosity of four local companies and the support of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

National Physiotherapy Week June 20 - June 25

21 June 2005

Next week is National Physiotherapy Week and the hospital’s physiotherapy team is inviting journalists and photographers to visit them to see them in action.

New Arts and Health Co-ordinator for Hospital-Based Charity

14 June 2005

The East of England branch of a national charity will have a new part time Arts & Health Co-ordinator based at West Suffolk Hospital.

New Non Executive Director for West Suffolk Hospital

13 June 2005

The Appointments Commission has appointed James Greenwood as a new Non-executive Director on the board of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust from 1 June 2005 to 31 May 2009.

National Diabetes Week June 11 ­ 17 - Suffolk Diabetes Website Success

11 June 2005

A website set up by a West Suffolk Hospital consultant to help his patients has become internationally renowned with 84,000 visits to the site in the last six months.

World Blood Donor Day (June 14)

10 June 2005

Patients at West Suffolk Hospital who rely upon regular blood transfusions will be available for interview along with the hospital’s transfusion nurse specialist to promote World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

Car Parking Charges

1 June 2005

Changes to the patient and visitor car parking charges at West Suffolk Hospital will be introduced on Monday June 6.

West Suffolk Hospital Joins Clean Your Hands Campaign

1 June 2005

West Suffolk Hospital has signed up to join the national Clean Your Hands Campaign. The hospital has demonstrated to the campaign organiser the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) that staff take infections seriously and are committed to keeping our patients as safe and healthy as possible.

Partnership working will help financial recovery

27 May 2005

At todays (Friday, 27 May 2005) public meeting of the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust Board members congratulated staff for identifying and successfully delivering £5.6 million worth of savings (£4.5 million recurring) during the 2004/05 financial year.

New Friends Courtyard Opens At West Suffolk Hospital

26 May 2005

A picturesque courtyard garden for patients, visitors, and staff, will be officially opened by the Friends of West Suffolk Hospital on Thursday (May26).

Art Sale in Aid of Hospital Based Charity

16 May 2005

A West Suffolk Hospital-based charity is holding its first annual sale of works of art by contemporary artists from May 23rd.

Wheelchair Amnesty Week at West Suffolk Hospital

16 May 2005

A wheelchair amnesty week is being held to try and get back more than 80 wheelchairs which have gone missing from West Suffolk Hospital.

Hospital Welcomes members of the Czech Trade Union

16 May 2005

Members of The Czech Trade Union will be visiting West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday May 24 as part of a fact-finding mission.

Sponsored Walk to Raise Funds for Hospital's Early Pregnancy Unit

10 May 2005

A sponsored walk will take place at Nowton Park on May 22 to raise funds for West Suffolk Hospital’s early pregnancy unit.

New Non-Executive Director Appointed to the Board

10 May 2005

The Appointments Commission has appointed Jane Golding as a new Non-executive Director on the board of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust from April 1 2005 to March 31 2009.

National Breastfeeding Week May 8 ­ 14
Hunt is on to Find the Most Breastfeeding Friendly Place in Bury

8 May 2005

Hospital Midwife Gerda Tooley will be visiting cafes and restaurants in Bury St Edmunds this week to find out which venues welcome breastfeeding mums.

West Suffolk Hospital’s national success for clinical care and patient safety

9 May 2005

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has attained a rigorous national standard that demonstrates its high level of clinical care and patient safety.

West Suffolk Nurse Joins Elite 100

3 May 2005

Sister Julie Peckham has become one of only 100 nurses in the UK to be an Accredited Nurse Colposcopist.

Chairman of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust Announces Retirement

29 April 2005

At the public meeting of the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust Board today (Apr 29), Veronica Worrall announced her retirement as Chairman.

Students Gain Insight into NHS

29 April 2005

Students from West Suffolk College will be gaining an insight into the NHS at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds next week.

Special Service for Those Who Have Lost Children

26 April 2005

A special service for parents who have lost babies and children will take place at West Suffolk Hospital on Sunday, May 8.

From Bury to India -  Hospital and Charity Join Forces to Help Doctors and Nurses Coping With Tsunami Aftermath

25 April 2005

Medical equipment that can no longer be used by West Suffolk Hospital will be flown out to help a hospital in India that was destroyed by the South East Asian tsunami in December.

New Award Recognises Valuable Contribution of Hospital Porters

22 April 2005

A West Suffolk Hospital porter will be awarded the Michael Williams shield for his work at the Bury St Edmunds hospital on Friday (April 22).

Special Constable to Patrol Hospital Grounds

20 April 2005

A Special Constable will start patrolling the grounds of West Suffolk Hospital this week. The constable is very familiar with the site, because he is training at the hospital to be a nurse.

Hospital Staff Take on the London Marathon

15 April 2005

Staff at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds will be running the London Marathon this weekend.

Work in Intensive Care Wins Award for West Suffolk Hospital

11 April 2005

A pioneering initiative for critically ill patients at West Suffolk Hospital has won a regional award.

Telephone Clinic Saves Arthritis Sufferers a Trip to Hospital

11 April 2005

An innovative approach to patient care is saving patients with early arthritis a trip to hospital.

Pioneering Work in Intensive Care short listed for Award

5 April 2005

A nurse working in the intensive care unit at West Suffolk Hospital has introduced a pioneering initiative for critically ill patients to aid them in their recovery. It has been so successful that it has been shortlisted in an innovation competition run by Health Enterprise East.

Paediatric Consultant Retires from West Suffolk Hospital After 26 Years

1 April 2005

Paediatrician Hilary Scott retires today (April 1 2005) after 35 years of service to the NHS, 26 years at West Suffolk Hospital.

Walnutree and St Leonard's Hospital Staff and Services Transfer to PCT

1 April 2005

Staff and the majority of services at Walnuttree and St Leonard¹s hospitals in Sudbury and the sites will today (April 1) transfer from West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust to Suffolk West Primary Care Trust.

Hospital Expresses Disappointment At NHS Foundation Trust Decision

31 March 2005

The Board of West Suffolk Hospital today expressed their disappointment that the Trust has not been granted NHS Foundation Trust status.

Hospital Launches No Smoking Zero Tolerance Policy

9 March 2005

West Suffolk Hospital's No Smoking Policy will be re-launched on National No Smoking Day (March 9) with a series of new measures to stamp out smoking.

Terry Waite CBE to Open West Suffolk Hospital's New Diabetes Centre

8 March 2005

Terry Waite CBE will open West Suffolk Hospital's new diabetes centre on Tuesday (Mar 8).

New Ward Manager for Hospital's New Macmillan Unit

7 March 2005

A nurse who has spent the last 17 years caring for cancer patients is returning to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds to become Ward Manager of the new Macmillan Unit.

Golfing Donation to Say Thank You for Cancer Care

28 February 2005

Lark Valley Golf Society will present a cheque for £1,000 to West Suffolk Hospital's new Macmillan Unit on Thursday (Mar 3).

Chief Executive goes Back to the Floor with Hospital Housekeepers

22 February 2005

Chief Executive of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust Chris Bown will go back to the floor on Thursday (Feb 24) to experience the work of the hospital’s housekeepers.

New A&E Consultants for West Suffolk Hospital

21 February 2005

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has welcomed two new A&E Consultants.

New Children’s Ward Manager at West Suffolk Hospital

19 February 2005

A nurse who has worked with children at West Suffolk Hospital for more than 20 years has been appointed the hospital’s Children’s Ward Manager.

Rainbow Unit Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

16 February 2005

West Suffolk Hospital’s Rainbow Unit will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday (Feb 19) with a party for patients and staff.

Rainbow Ward’s Five Year Celebration

7 February 2005

It is now five years since the Rainbow Appeal successfully completed the building work for the new improved Children's Ward at the hospital and to celebrate the staff are throwing a birthday party.

New Scanner Will Speed Up Waiting Times

27 January 2005

A new state-of-the-art CT scanner will be unveiled at West Suffolk Hospital on Monday (Jan 31). The new scanner will speed up waiting times for patients and improve diagnosis of illnesses.

Pilot Project Underway at West Suffolk Hospital

25 January 2005

A pilot project to provide a short stay facility for surgical patients is underway at West Suffolk Hospital.

Royal College of Nursing Fellowship Awarded to A&E Nurse

24 January 2005

A&E nurse Ann Luck has been made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing¹s Faculty of Emergency Nursing.

First Paintings Go Out On Loan

18 January 2005

The first of many works of art currently on show at West Suffolk Hospital went on loan to a Hertfordshire hospital yesterday (Jan 17).

Inside the new Macmillan Unit - Interview, photograph and filming opportunity

5 January 2005

A short tour of the new Macmillan Unit at West Suffolk Hospital will be provided for journalists, photographers and film crews on January 12th 2005.


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