Support Groups Within the Trust

Listed below are the support groups that are run by the West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Breast Care Unit

West Suffolk & Thetford Cancer Support Group

Meet Tuesdays at WSH, Fridays at Thetford, 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Sudbury.

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Newmarket Breast Care Support Group

Meet 2nd and 4th Thursday at Newmarket.

The Young Ones

Meets last Wednesday in the month at WSH, specifically for under 50's breast patients.

Note: All breast care groups are informal, have speakers, aromotherapists monthly, patients/friends/families attend, majority are breast patients.

Cancer Services

West Anglia Cancer Network's Patient / User Forum

Forum where patients / carers can suggest changes would wish to see made in the future, suggest improvements to current services, involvement in planning of future services.

Cardiomyopthy Association

A registered charity that provides information and support to families affected by the inherited heart muscle disease cardiomyopathy. The local contact for the East Anglia cardiomyopathy support group is Nancy Smith, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 754474. (National website and contact number:| , freephone 0800 0181 024.)

Coronary Care Unit / Cardiology

Rehabilitation support for MI Patients

Meets weekly, patients are supported through talks, guidance on medication, exercise programs.


Friendship / Support Group

For children with diabetes and their families. Meet monthly for support and chat, demonstrations of equipment and occasional talks by dietician.

Note: Diabetes Nurses are largely employed by the LHP - so other Diabetes Support Groups are run by LHP.

Medicine for the Elderly

Patient Carer Group

For inpatients and carers, meets weekly on Monday afternoons. Mainly educational on a rolling program to accommodate new inpatients. Includes speakers from DRC etc., relevant and useful information, how to cope etc.

Stroke Carer Support Group

Meets once a month on Tuesdays, forum for carers to express fears, worries and concerns, provides information on support networks and local groups.


Follow Up Clinic

Support offered to patients (and families) who have spent more than 4 days in ITU. Patients visited if consequently moved to HDU or wards weekly. Discharged patients contacted at 2, 6 and 12 months. Patients are supported through any problems, information exchanged, patients and staff  keep diaries of their time in ITU so they know what has happened to them, counselling for relatives.

Maternity & Gynaecology

MLSC (Midwifery Services Liaison Committee)

All Hospitals have these groups if they give maternity care. Members include GP, Consultant Obstetrician, Lay members, Head of Midwifery, usually an Operational Manager or similar, Health Visitor, Breastfeeding Midwife representative and usually one or 2 midwives.

Teenage Pregnancy Information Days

Provides a forum for feedback from mothers on how services can be improved.

Note: See also SCBU . Maternity & Gynaecology also have regular meetings with lay groups - National Childcare Trust, Breastfeeding Network, La Leche league etc.


West Suffolk Voluntary Service for the Blind

Available every day, they attend clinics and support patients newly registered blind or partially sighted, provide emotional and logistical support, how to cope etc.


Diabetic Friendship Support Group

Meets monthly, run by diabetic nurses.

Nicky's Way

Meetings at the hospice, for children who are bereaved.

Respiratory Medicine

Breathe Easy

Support group meets 3rd Thursday of every month, for patients with serious respiratory illness (e.g. COPD), currently undergoing restructuring, meetings are outside hospital but are run by a staff member.


Parent Support Group

Meet monthly, began October 2001 with 10 families. BLISS charity provided funding grant, launch expected early 2002. Involves group discussion on bereavement, future pregnancies, experiences on the Unit, fund-raising. Hope to arrange a coffee morning in the near future.

Last updated: 02 Feb 2010 16:22:23.083

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