21 December 2011
Patients urged to "choose well" this winter
Doctors and nurses at West Suffolk Hospital joined forces with the region's ambulance service to urge patients to go to the right place for medical help this Christmas so that A&E remains free for those most in need.
20 December 2011
Two wards close due to norovirus
Two wards at West Suffolk Hospital have closed to new admissions after several patients showed symptoms of norovirus.
19 December 2011
Generous volunteers keep courtyards spic and span
A dedicated group of volunteers are giving up their free time to help keep the courtyard gardens at West Suffolk Hospital looking spic and span for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.
14 December 2011
Hospital shows its "healthy ambitions"
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been presented with a gold "Healthy Ambitions Suffolk" business award in recognition of its commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles among its staff.
12 December 2011
Cooking up 7,000 festive favourites
Catering staff at West Suffolk Hospital are all set for Christmas after baking around 7,000 mince pies for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy over the festive season.
9 December 2011
Footballing heroes spread Christmas cheer
Players from Ipswich Town Football Club will visit West Suffolk Hospital on Tuesday (13 December) to spread some Christmas cheer and hand out presents to patients.
7 December 2011
Trust Chairman Reappointed
Roger Quince has been reappointed as chairman of the board of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust by the Appointments Commission.
1 December 2011
Foundation Trust success for West Suffolk
West Suffolk Hospital has been awarded NHS Foundation Trust status, giving it greater independence and more freedom to develop services tailored to the needs of local people.
28 November 2011
Good practice highlighted in national guide
West Suffolk Hospital has been named in a national guide after recording low mortality rates and ensuring that patients who have suffered a hip fracture receive surgery quickly.
18 November 2011
West Suffolk’s “flu fairy” picks up her prize
A dedicated nurse who has found an innovative way of encouraging more frontline staff at West Suffolk Hospital to have the seasonal flu vaccination has been given a national award in recognition of her efforts.
15 November 2011
Initiative showcased on national stage
An initiative designed to give patients undergoing major foot surgery at West Suffolk Hospital more information about their operation and recovery has been showcased as best practice at a national conference.
10 November 2011
Innovative children’s project shortlisted for award
An innovative project designed to improve the care which young patients receive when they are unwell has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
27 October 2011
MLBU celebrates first birthday
The first babies to be born in a “home away from home” unit at West Suffolk Hospital are to return to the Trust next week to join in with its first birthday celebrations.
24 October 2011
State-of-the-art upgrade for imaging department
Analogue equipment in West Suffolk Hospital’s breast imaging department is set to be replaced with state-of-the-art digital machinery as part of a major £1.2m modernisation project.
14 October 2011
WSH scoops national patient safety awards
Staff at West Suffolk Hospital are celebrating after scooping two prestigious national awards in recognition of their work to ensure patient safety.
11 October 2011
Major investment to improve hospital environment
A major refurbishment project costing more than £800,000 has begun at West Suffolk Hospital to improve and modernise facilities for patients.
27 September 2011
Doing the rounds to fight the flu
Rolling out this year’s flu fighter campaign at West Suffolk Hospital will be quicker and easier with the help of a shopping trolley from Asda.
26 September 2011
Come along to the world’s biggest coffee morning
Patients, visitors and staff at West Suffolk Hospital can enjoy a cuppa and piece of cake while raising vital funds for people with cancer at the world’s biggest coffee morning this Friday (30 September).
14 September 2011
Innovative programme to be showcased at annual public meeting
A nationally acclaimed programme which provides specially targeted care for vulnerable patients at West Suffolk Hospital will be showcased at the trust’s annual public meeting next week.
30 August 2011
High standards for patients maintained
Assessors have rated the food at West Suffolk Hospital as “excellent” and its standards of cleanliness and patient privacy and dignity as “good”.
25 August 2011
New group helps Sudbury patients to 'breathe easy'
People with lung conditions in the Sudbury area have been invited to join a new group offering information, advice and mutual support to help them manage their illness.
9 August 2011
Breast patients to benefit from £200,000 legacy
A new unit bringing assessment, imaging and diagnostic services for breast patients into one place is to be created at West Suffolk Hospital thanks to a generous legacy of nearly £200,000.
25 July 2011
Gearing up for a charity challenge
A dedicated team from West Suffolk Hospital are preparing to walk through the night during a 21 hour relay event taking place to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
22 July 2011
Better access to life-saving drugs
Stroke patients at West Suffolk Hospital can now access life-saving drugs 24 hours a day following the introduction of new technology which allows specialist doctors to assess their condition remotely.
11 July 2011
Patient honoured as local charity makes generous donation
A West Suffolk Hospital patient who has successfully managed her type 1 diabetes for 50 years is to receive a medal in recognition of her achievement.
29 June 2011
Parents invited to feedback their views
The parents of children who have received treatment for foot problems at West Suffolk Hospital will be given the chance to help improve services for future patients during a special tea party taking place on Friday.
28 June 2011
Five stars for hospital catering
West Suffolk Hospital’s catering service has been awarded five stars for meeting the highest standards of hygiene and food safety.
16 June 2011
Tackling the rugby world cup
International rugby will descend on Bury St Edmunds this Saturday (18 June) as staff from West Suffolk Hospital take part in their very own world cup.
15 June 2011
State-of-the-art units officially open
Two state-of-the-art units which have significantly improved the facilities available for patients using West Suffolk Hospital will be officially opened on Friday (17 June).
13 June 2011
Best practice showcased nationally in new NHS film
An innovative project which has improved the care which orthopaedic patients receive at West Suffolk Hospital is to be showcased nationally as best practice by the Department of Health.
13 June 2011
Vital voluntary service launches at WSH
Patients at West Suffolk Hospital are to benefit from a new partnership with a growing charity which will provide a vital out of hours service for transporting blood, platelets and other emergency medical items.
17 May 2011
National accreditation for radiology department
The radiology department at West Suffolk Hospital has become one of only five in the country and the first in the eastern region to achieve a prized national accreditation after meeting high standards for quality and safety.
16 May 2011
Hospital awarded for “exceptional performance”
Staff at West Suffolk Hospital have been presented with an award in recognition of their efforts to benefit future patients by recovering bone for donation.
12 May 2011
Generous gift to brighten corridors
A Suffolk artist who has generously donated an original piece of artwork to a charity dedicated to brightening the lives of hospital patients, visitors and staff is to unveil the painting on Tuesday.
11 May 2011
WSH named the country`s “top hospital” for quality of care
West Suffolk Hospital has been awarded a prestigious national title after being named the country’s top hospital for the quality of care it delivers to its patients.
9 May 2011
Faster treatment for young patients
More young patients at West Suffolk Hospital are being assessed, treated and discharged within just four hours following the creation of a specialist unit designed to improve care for children.
5 May 2011
Hospital staff show their colours for charity
Staff at West Suffolk Hospital will show their colours on Tuesday (10 May) when they dress in their favourite team's shirt in return for a charity donation.
28 April 2011
Revised parking charges announced at WSH
Patients and visitors at West Suffolk Hospital will be asked to pay 10p more to park for up to two hours following the annual review of car parking on the site.
27 April 2011
Innovative service wins international plaudits
A specialist service which keeps people with chronic breathing problems out of hospital and instead gives them medical support in their own home has been highlighted internationally as best practice.
26 April 2011
Talented artists bring the sights of Africa to WSH
Young patients at West Suffolk Hospital can now have their x-rays in the heart of the African savanna – thanks to a colourful new mural created by two talented artists.
20 April 2011
Porter of the Year picks up his prize
A hospital porter has been commended for his dedication, compassion and outstanding contribution to helping West Suffolk run smoothly during a special ceremony earlier today (20 April).
15 April 2011
State-of-the-art unit awarded national accreditation
West Suffolk Hospital’s endoscopy service has been awarded sought-after national accreditation after meeting the highest standards of quality, safety and training
14 April 2011
Good practice commended as hospital stays MRSA-free
Good clinical practice in place at West Suffolk Hospital has been commended after new figures showed the trust recorded no cases of MRSA bacteraemia during the past 12 months.
07 April 2011
A CRY from the heart in the run-up to the London Marathon
A West Suffolk Hospital nurse, whose younger brother died suddenly of a rare heart condition last year, is running in the London Marathon on Sunday 17 April to help to prevent other early deaths.
01 April 2011
WSH shortlisted for prestigious “top hospital” award
West Suffolk Hospital has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of the high quality of care it provides for its patients.
24 March 2011
Celebrating West Suffolk’s Shining Lights
The outstanding contribution of hospital staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver excellent services, treat people with respect and drive through new innovations will be celebrated at a special ceremony on Thursday (31 March).
24 March 2011
Gearing up for West Suffolk’s world cup
Hospital staff will get ‘up and at ‘em’ this summer when international rugby descends on Bury St Edmunds as West Suffolk hosts its very own world cup.
14 March 2011
Innovative scheme to let young patients have their say
Children using West Suffolk Hospital have been given the chance to feedback views on their care through an innovative project which will shape the way young patients across the country are surveyed in the future.
10 March 2011
A&E named country’s top performing
West Suffolk Hospital’s A&E unit has been ranked as the country’s best performing after seeing, treating and discharging 99.9% of all patients within four hours.
10 March 2011
Specialist scan for Simon’s skull
Film/ photo/ interview opportunity: 6.30pm on Wednesday 16 March at West Suffolk Hospital. Staff carry out a CT scan of Simon of Sudbury’s mummified head.
03 March 2011
Non-executive director appointed to hospital board
The Appointments Commission has appointed a new non-executive director to the board of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.
01 March 2011
New technology to tackle infections
New technology which significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to deep clean a ward following cases of infection has been introduced at West Suffolk Hospital.
01 March 2011
Stunning snaps brighten hospital corridors
Eye-catching images taken by a keen group of amateur photographers have been put on display at West Suffolk Hospital to brighten the corridors for patients, staff and visitors.
15 February 2011
More people encouraged to sign up for vital rehab scheme
Health experts who provide specialist help for respiratory patients are encouraging more people with chronic breathing problems to sign up and reap the benefits of an important rehabilitation scheme.
14 February 2011
Golfers give generous gift
Staff from West Suffolk Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit are to receive a cheque for £1,500 – thanks to generous golfers who raised the charity cash through a series of special sporting events.
11 February 2011
Patients to benefit from “pinhole” procedures
Patients can now access a greater range of “pinhole” procedures without the need for surgery following the creation of a new state-of-the art x-ray suite at West Suffolk Hospital.
08 February 2011
Trust takes top spot for staff training
West Suffolk Hospital has been named as the top trust in the country for the number of staff completing vital online training courses.
08 February 2011
New data shows death rate improvements
West Suffolk Hospital has been named as one of just five trusts from across the country to record improvements to its death rate in new data released today.
21 January 2011
Patient`s survey places WSH among countrys best
A new survey which looks in detail at the experience which cancer patients have while using NHS services has placed West Suffolk Hospital among the country’s best performing trusts in a number of key areas.
11 January 2011
Wards close due to norovirus
Two wards at West Suffolk Hospital are currently closed to new admissions after several patients showed symptoms of norovirus.
11 January 2011
New director appointed at WSH
A finance expert with a wealth of NHS experience has been appointed to West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust as executive director of resources.
04 January 2011
Non-executive director reappointed to hospital board
The Appointments Commission has reappointed Dr John Benson as a non-executive director on the board of West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.