Support Groups Within the Trust

Listed below are the support groups that are run in the West Suffolk Hospital.

If you would like further information about any of these groups, please contact

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 Thursday of the month at Newmarket Community Hospital.

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.


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.


Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

Available Monday – Thursday, our Eye Clinic Liaison Officer attends clinics and supports patients newly registered blind or partially sighted, providing emotional and logistical support on 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.

Last updated: 21 Apr 2015 10:25:12.433

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