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Junior doctor joins parents on team West Suffolk

It truly is a family affair at the West Suffolk Hospital as a junior doctor joins his parents in working at the Bury St Edmunds site.

Newly graduated Aneesh Ninan has followed in the footsteps of his parents Mini, a critical care nurse and Mathew, a catering assistant in working for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Mini and Mathew have worked at the Trust for a combined 35 years, including throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with Mini caring for patients with the virus and Mathew ensuring staff and patients are well-fed.

The couple are delighted that Aneesh is joining them at the hospital in his first role as a junior doctor.

Mini said: “My husband and I were thrilled to find out Aneesh successfully applied to West Suffolk Hospital. We are incredibly proud that after his six years of hard work, he decided to come to the same hospital as us.

“It has been lovely to see my son occasionally come to ITU during ward rounds or to check on his patients, but it’s odd to not hear him call me Mum!”

Aneesh, a former pupil at Hardwick Middle School and King Edward VI School, said it was an easy decision to come and work at the Trust after graduating from Imperial College London.

“When applying to different hospitals, I knew I wanted to apply somewhere that was close to friends and family and having grown up in East Anglia, it made sense to apply to West Suffolk Hospital,” he said.

“I checked the General Medical Council’s survey of training doctors and West Suffolk was ranked highly in the region. I’m delighted to continue my career journey here.”

Trust interim chief executive Craig Black said: “Both Mini and Mathew have been great assets to our Trust for many years and were both at the forefront of our efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. I want to personally wish Aneesh a very warm welcome to West Suffolk and wish him all the best as he takes the first steps in his career.

"It speaks volumes for the Trust as a friendly and welcoming place to work that people are so happy to recommend us to their families and friends."

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Critical care nurse Mini Ninan, junior doctor Aneesh Ninan, and catering assistant Matthew Ninan.

Critical care nurse Mini Ninan, junior doctor Aneesh Ninan, and catering assistant Matthew Ninan.