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Friday, 28 April 2017
Ipswich Hospital
Helping you conceive a baby

We are hosting a Meet the Fertility Experts event in June.

It will give people the chance to find out about the range of fertility services on offer in Ipswich.

The event marks the first anniversary of the hospital’s partnerships with two of the country’s leading fertility centres in Cambridge and London.

28 April 2017
Help us improve cancer services

Patients who have been treated for cancer or given the all clear at our hospital are being invited to share their views about their experiences as part of a survey designed to help further improve care.

26 April 2017
Safety first

Senior clinical staff at Ipswich Hospital have today confirmed that we comply with the latest safety standards regarding nasogastric (NG) tube placement and checking.

21 April 2017
£12,000 boost for breast cancer patients

Support for breast cancer patients at Ipswich Hospital has been given a boost thanks to a £12,000 donation which will fund special exercise classes.

13 April 2017
Changing places

Our hospital is offering safe, comfortable facilities for people with profound learning and physical disabilities after becoming one of just a handful of organisations from across Suffolk to install a special type of toilet.

10 April 2017
£180,000 upgrade for quicker ward deliveries

Doctors, nurses and their teams can now send medication and samples across our hospital faster than ever before following a £180,000 upgrade of the pneumatic ‘whoosh tube’ delivery system.

08 April 2017
Emergency team's big match

Staff from our hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) will swap bandages for boots next week when they take on a team from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) in a charity football match

06 April 2017
Fabulous FAB picks up two special awards

A team dedicated to helping frail patients to return home quickly and safely while preventing unnecessary admissions has been presented with two prestigious national awards.

30 March 2017
Team set to help even more patients to get home quickly

Our specialist admission avoidance therapy team is extending its hours after helping more than 7,000 patients within just 12 months.

30 March 2017
Twin dad reunited with Neonatal's Donna after 24 years

An assistant practitioner has seen history repeat itself after caring for newborn twin girls 24 years after she looked after their father.

Dan Southey weighed just 1lb 10oz when he was born prematurely in 1992. Among the staff who cared for him was assistant practitioner Donna Hanley-Worsfield, who is now helping Dan’s own twin newborns Evie and Emelia


27 March 2017
Abseil challenge

A grateful husband who is preparing to abseil 120 feet down our maternity block to thank staff for the care his wife received has shared his story in the hope it will encourage others to take up the challenge for charity.

15 March 2017
Spotlight on our Chaplaincy team

Every day, a team of chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers take to the wards at our hospital to comfort patients, reassure families and support staff. Find out more about their varied role and the small acts of kindness they carry out which make a real difference to people when they are at their most vulnerable.


13 March 2017
Falling over for a drink

Older people are much more vulnerable to dehydration, leading to an increased risk of falling.

13 March 2017
Patient quick to spot mini stroke symptoms

A grateful patient who describes herself as “lucky to be here today” has urged others to get medical treatment fast if they experience any of the symptoms of a mini stroke.
Christine Durrant was referred to Ipswich Hospital at the end of January after a thin see-through veil descended over her eye twice within ten days, impacting her vision.

09 March 2017
Find out more about stoma care

Stoma nurse specialists from our hospital are holding an information day next month where patients, families and carers can find out more about stoma care products and support available locally.

28 February 2017
Supporting mothers to breastfeed

Our hospital is offering private and quiet feeding rooms to support mothers to breastfeed when visiting hospital.

27 February 2017
Ready for a breath of fresh air

Our hospital is making final preparations before going tobacco-free on national No Smoking Day so that patients, staff and visitors can enjoy a breath of fresh air.

26 February 2017
Jimmy's farm pig trotters used for specialist cancer training

Doctors and nurses working in the oncology team at our hospital have received specialist training to further improve patient safety – all with the help of a batch of pig trotters kindly donated by Jimmy’s Farm.

23 February 2017
Thank you for helping to write our next chapter

Ipswich Hospital would like to thank patients and the public for sharing their rich and diverse feedback on its future plans and helping shape the way care will be delivered over the next five years.

20 February 2017
Cancer Health and Wellbeing event

People affected by cancer will be given a raft of information about the help and support available at a health and wellbeing event in March.

19 February 2017
Come along and meet our fertility experts

People will be given the chance to find out about the wide range of fertility services available at Ipswich Hospital at a special event taking place next Saturday (18 February).

08 February 2017
Midwife's second set of twins

A midwife who has helped to deliver almost a hundred babies at our hospital has also welcomed the patter of tiny feet at home after giving birth to her second set of twins.

07 February 2017
Exploring long term partnership with Colchester hospital

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT) and Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust (IHT) are looking at different ways in which the organisations can work together to improve care for patients and create a more sustainable future for both organisations.

02 February 2017
Parents chance to see baby’s life in the womb

Mums and dads-to-be are now able to see lifelike images of their baby moving in the womb after our hospital began offering a 3 and 4D imaging service.

01 February 2017
Vintage shop fronts on wards

Older patients at our hospital are being given extra help to reminisce thanks to two old-fashioned mock up shop fronts which have opened on the wards

30 January 2017
New policy promises a breath of fresh air for hospitals

People using hospitals in Ipswich and Colchester will be able to enjoy a breath of fresh air later this spring when both NHS trusts go tobacco-free on national No Smoking Day.

26 January 2017
New test to help prevent bowel cancer

A new test to help prevent bowel cancer is about to be rolled out in the Ipswich and east Suffolk area.


19 January 2017
Get arty and help future patients

Artistic youngsters with a flair for design are being invited to enter an innovative competition to create a ‘Selfie Board’ to encourage more children to take part in research at Ipswich Hospital.

11 January 2017
Spotlight on our community hospitals

Did you know the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust runs three community hospitals? Bluebird Lodge in Ipswich, Felixstowe Community Hospital and Aldeburgh Community Hospital now come under our Trust umbrella. We visited teams at the three sites to find out more.

22 December 2016
How the Sunrise Appeal has made a difference to young patients

The past two years have seen the local community take our Sunrise fundraising campaign to their hearts, raising £143,000 to further improve the care which very sick babies and children receive. We visited the neonatal unit and children’s ward to find out more about the difference your generosity has made now the appeal is drawing to a close.

16 December 2016
Healthcare options this festive season

With Christmas fast approaching, local people are being reminded of the healthcare options available over the festive season.

15 December 2016
Our hospital bags ‘Baby Friendly’ award

Our hospital has been awarded the prized ‘Baby Friendly’ award in recognition of the high standards of care which mothers receive.

14 December 2016
Innovative system boosts young patients’ care

Doctors and nurses at our hospital are now able to monitor young patients more effectively following the introduction of an electronic system which automatic alerts staff if their condition deteriorates. Our hospital has become one of the first in the country to use an electronic tool to record paediatric early warning scores.

13 December 2016
Faster diagnosis for cancer patients

Our hospital has become one of just five from across the country to take part in a pilot designed to improve cancer care by speeding up diagnosis.

02 December 2016
Beauty therapists help to “kiss it better”

Patients receiving care at our hospital have been given some extra TLC thanks to beauty therapy students who gave up their time to give hand massages and manicures.

22 November 2016
Heart patients to benefit from generous donation

Cardiology staff will receive specialist training on the very latest techniques to further improve care thanks to a generous donation from a grateful former patient.

22 November 2016
Ipswich colleagues in the running for top awards

Two colleagues from Ipswich Hospital have been shortlisted as finalists for top regional awards in recognition of the dedication they show to improving the experience which patients have when receiving care.

22 November 2016
Supporting Self Care Week 2016

GPs at NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups are supporting Self Care Week 2016, which runs from 14 - 20 November.

11 November 2016
Meet our fertility experts

Ipswich Hospital is hosting a Meet the Fertility Experts event on Saturday, 12 November.

It will give people the chance to find out about the range of fertility services now on offer in Ipswich. There will be information on health, diet and wellbeing to help fertility, plus advice for same sex couples.

08 November 2016
Extra help for patients recovering from stroke

Patients recovering from a stroke are now receiving even more specialist help to rehabilitate following the introduction of a new exercise group at our hospital.

08 November 2016
Behind the scenes in Blyth Theatres

Babies are born…cancers are removed…lives are saved. It all happens in a day at Blyth Theatres.

01 November 2016
Telephone service to reduce unnecessary visits

Patients receiving care from our Oral team will be saved unnecessary return trips into clinic thanks to a new automated telephone system.

01 November 2016
Colleagues celebrate prescribing success

Five non-medical colleagues from our hospital are now able to prescribe medication to their patients after successfully completing a specialist course at the University of Suffolk. It means they will no longer need to take drug charts to a doctor if they think medication should be changed, which will save time and move the patients treatment forward more quickly. 

28 October 2016
Thanks for saving baby George

A Suffolk couple today thanked the Ipswich Hospital doctors and nurses who helped save the life of their baby son.

27 October 2016
Fin-tastic digital aquariums help patients stay calm

Unsettled patients at our hospital are now being given extra help to stay calm during their stay thanks to three special digital aquariums.

14 October 2016
Nurses urged to join team

Nurses who want to work flexible hours which suit their lifestyles have been invited to an open evening to find out more about joining our hospital’s central bank service.

14 October 2016
Hearing aid repair and maintenance news

The free repair, maintenance and supply of batteries and other hearing aid accessories for NHS patients will, from 1 December this year, be provided by staff at the Suffolk Hearing Advisory Service.

11 October 2016
Generous Glen shows support

A former mayor whose son was born prematurely at our hospital has presented staff with a cheque for £5,640 to help other sick babies and children.

10 October 2016
Colorectal surgeon wins European award

 A consultant at our hospital has become one of the most qualified colorectal surgeons in the country.

10 October 2016
Leap of faith raises £10,000 for patients

Fearless free-fallers have raised nearly £10,000 for patients receiving care at our hospital after taking a 10,000-foot leap of faith from the Suffolk skies.

09 October 2016
New charity chief's pledge to Ipswich Hospital patients

Ipswich Hospital’s new fundraising boss has pledged to develop an exciting programme of new events so that the Trust can continue to expand its successful charity for the benefit of patients.

07 October 2016
Great Big Little Giving Day

We are having a Great Big Little Giving Day to collect gifts for patients on our adult wards, on Friday 14 October.

03 October 2016
Top prize for researcher


A diabetes expert from our hospital has picked up a top international prize in recognition of the significant contribution he has made in developing a new technique to help diagnose diabetes early and monitor nerve damage.

02 October 2016
Local fitness group charity day

Local Fitness group Airbourne Fit has raised more than £3,000 at a family fun day.

19 September 2016
New andrology lab opens

A new laboratory has opened at our hospital for biomedical scientists studying andrology (the study of men’s health). The lab is kitted out with semen analysis equipment for patients suspected of fertility problems and for post vasectomy checks.

13 September 2016
New nurses invited to recruitment open day

Newly-qualified nurses keen to start their career at a dynamic and successful NHS trust have been invited to find out more about the opportunities available at Ipswich Hospital during an open day on 23 September.

08 September 2016
Start conversations about organ donation

Um, ah, ooh or err? It doesn’t matter how you begin to talk about organ donation, it’s just really important that you do.

05 September 2016
New kit for paediatric surgery

Young patients receiving care for bladder and kidney problems at our hospital are benefitting from more comfortable and less invasive treatment thanks to the generosity of a local charity.

30 August 2016
New generation of healthcare professionals

We are opening our doors to a future generation of healthcare professionals with an open event about a new NHS career.

26 August 2016
MRI scanners installed through the roof

Two state-of-the-art MRI scanners have been installed at our hospital as part of a £3m project.

23 August 2016
New home for Hadleigh mobile breast screening

Women attending breast screening appointments in Hadleigh will benefit from greater convenience and easier parking when our mobile unit moves to a new home next month.


23 August 2016
New state of the art beds

A major programme to replace the remaining manual beds at our hospital with the latest state-of-the-art models is about to begin.

12 August 2016
Crafters help keep patients calm

Crafters from Suffolk East Federation of WIs have donated 60 fidget quilts to our hospital to help keep unsettled patients calm during their stay.

05 August 2016
Macmillan chief praises commitment to cancer care

The chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, Lynda Thomas, today praised our medical staff, volunteers and fundraisers for helping to improve cancer care locally.

01 August 2016
Better support for women as specialist midwives appointed

Pregnant women and new mums receiving care from Ipswich Hospital are now able to access better support than ever before following the appointment of three new specialist midwives.

29 July 2016
First-of-its-kind initiative takes rehabilitation into patients’ homes

Patients who have been treated for breast cancer at Ipswich Hospital are now able to continue their rehabilitation in their own homes thanks to the release of an innovative exercise DVD.

27 July 2016
Ipswich doctors take on RideLondon to save babies lives

Ed Prosser-Snelling, Rohit Sharma and Clelia La Russa will team up with doctors from across the UK next weekend to save the lives of hundreds of babies. 

27 July 2016
Buggy smooths way for critically ill patients

Critically ill patients arriving at our hospital by air ambulance now have a much smoother passage into the Emergency Department.

26 July 2016
Patient transport lounge opens

Patients who need extra help to get home after an appointment are now able to wait in brighter, more comfortable surroundings following the creation of a dedicated ambulance transport lounge.

19 July 2016
Are you a nurse looking for flexible employment?

Nurses who want to work flexible hours have been invited to an open evening to find out more about joining our central bank service (CBS).

13 July 2016
New handbook brings extra support for skin cancer patients

People referred to Ipswich Hospital with skin cancer will soon be offered essential information to guide them from diagnosis through treatment to discharge thanks to a new handbook written for patients by patients.

12 July 2016
Award for diabetes care

A project which has successfully improved Type 2 diabetes care has been awarded national recognition.

12 July 2016
Aldeburgh Hospital event

Nurses and healthcare assistants interested in working at Aldeburgh Community Hospital are invited to an open event.

05 July 2016
Trio of non-executives join the Board

Three new non-executive directors have joined The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

28 June 2016
We're among country’s best for stroke care

New data shows stroke patients at our hospital are benefitting from fast access to specialist treatment and assessment, in turn giving them a better chance of making a good recovery.

14 June 2016
Join our nursing team

Nurses who want to work flexible hours which suit their lifestyles are invited to an open day to find out more about joining Ipswich Hospital’s central bank service (CBS).

14 June 2016
Extra convenience for patients as one-stop therapy shop launches

Patients who need specialist equipment to help them recover from orthopaedic surgery or rehabilitate from a musculoskeletal problem will now be able to buy it directly from Ipswich Hospital following the launch of a one-stop therapy shop.

13 June 2016
Overnight stays help new families to bond

The partners of women who are having their babies at Ipswich Hospital are now able to stay overnight so that they can offer vital support to their partner while bonding as a family.

08 June 2016
Double award winners

Two ground-breaking projects which have helped hundreds of Ipswich Hospital patients to return home more quickly or avoid an unnecessary admission have been awarded coveted prizes at a national awards ceremony.

07 June 2016
Visit us at Suffolk Show

People going to this week’s Suffolk Show are being invited to visit our hospital’s stand and have their blood pressure checked, dress up as a doctor and find out more about the care available at their local hospital.

31 May 2016
State-of-the-art new cancer centre welcomes its first patients

Our new £4.7m cancer centre opened its doors to its first patients on Monday.

18 May 2016
Ipswich Hospital launches pledge to improve local breast cancer services

The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has recently launched a new Service Pledge for Breast Cancer – an initiative in collaboration with leading UK charity Breast Cancer Now – to ensure that services for local breast cancer patients are of the highest possible quality.

03 May 2016
Celebrating partnership

An international partnership for safer care and sharing expertise is being celebrated at our hospital.

28 April 2016
Hearts touched by generosity and kindness

The generosity and kindness of Bryan Sampson, a retired chartered surveyor, has touched the hearts of clinicians and colleagues at our hospital.

28 April 2016
Fertility open evening

Ipswich Hospital is hosting a Meet the Fertility Experts event next month.
It will give people the chance to find out about the range of fertility services now on offer in Ipswich and the opportunity to have questions answered in a relaxed environment.

13 April 2016
Endoscopy patients invited to group

The Endoscopy Patient User Group is three years old and going strong.

13 April 2016
Open day for newly qualified nurses

Our hospital is hosting a recruitment open day for newly qualified nurses on Tuesday, 3 May.

12 April 2016
Ward makeover thanks to £1.5million

A make-over of wards and treatment areas is about to begin at our hospital thanks to the generosity of Peter John Gibbons, a Suffolk landowner and resident.

11 April 2016
Sunrise Appeal hits £95k

Our £100,000 appeal for children and babies is on the final straight after today hitting the £95,000 mark. Thanks to the Saxmundham Rotary Club for a £2,000 donation.

08 April 2016
Diabetes services are a year old

Two specialist diabetes services are celebrating their first anniversary. Here, the hospital’s diabetes project manager Emma Page updates us on their success…

07 April 2016