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The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is now East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for visiting our website. As of 1 July 2018 The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is now East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. This website is no longer being updated. Please visit www.esneft.nhs.uk for more information.

30 June 2018
Ipswich and Colchester hospital trusts to merge

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health has approved the planned merger of the two trusts that run Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals. This means that from Sunday 01 July, the two trusts will be working together as the new East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

29 June 2018
How rheumatoid arthritis group could benefit you

Ipswich Hospital's rheumatoid arthritis group turned 20 years old last year.

18 June 2018
Ringing the bell on cancer treatment

Young patients who have finished chemotherapy at Ipswich Hospital can now ring a special bell to celebrate the end of their cancer treatment and mark the start of the next chapter of their lives.

15 June 2018
First flight lands at life-saving new helipad

A life-saving helipad which will allow medics to transfer critically-ill patients into Ipswich Hospital’s emergency department (ED) quickly and smoothly has welcomed its first air ambulance.

11 June 2018
NHS clinicians retire with over 80 years of service between them

Two clinicians with over 80 years’ experience in the NHS between them, took well-deserved retirements this week.

01 June 2018
Dedicated volunteer Mary giving something back to hospital that treated her

A dedicated volunteer who gives up her time to support staff and patients at Ipswich Hospital has described the enjoyment she gains from helping out and encouraged others with a few hours to spare to follow her lead.

31 May 2018
Pyjamas take pride of place at Ipswich Hospital launch

A campaign to keep patients out of their pyjamas and on their feet has been launched at Ipswich Hospital.

26 May 2018
£100,000 mortuary upgrade opens

A new-look family area, visitors’ room and garden have opened in the mortuary at Ipswich Hospital to provide relatives with a calm and reflective space in which to say goodbye.

23 May 2018
Ipswich Hospital chief executive takes on charity walk in wife’s memory

When Nick Hulme’s wife passed away last year, he vowed to help make sure he did everything he could to help those who are at the end of their life and support their families. True to his word, next month, he will embark on a fundraising walk to raise much needed money to help two causes close to his heart.


23 May 2018
Working together to improve medication advice

Patients at Ipswich and Colchester hospitals are benefitting from high quality advice on their medication while receiving consistent standards of care across both sites after the pharmacies at the two trusts began working together as a single team.


23 May 2018
Blossom Appeal hits £100k milestone

An appeal to build a new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital has passed the £100,000 mark thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.


23 May 2018
Neuroendocrine Tumour Patient Support Group

Patients from the Ipswich and Colchester areas with neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are invited to a meeting which will explore ways of looking after their emotional wellbeing

23 May 2018
Shining a spotlight on hand hygiene

Visitors to our hospital have today (22 May) been reminded of the importance of washing their hands.

22 May 2018
Life-saving kit unveiled thanks to charity cash

A specialist piece of life-saving equipment which resuscitates young babies who are struggling to breathe is now available in Ipswich Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.

20 May 2018
Shining a light on a fulfilling healthcare career

Ipswich Hospital is shining a light on the vital role played by its operating department practitioners (ODPs) during an awareness day designed to celebrate their contribution while encouraging more people to consider going into the profession.

14 May 2018
Schools urged to sign up to 'World Restart a Heart Day'

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) is urging secondary schools to sign up to a lifesaving lesson this autumn.

02 May 2018
Youngsters set to dance their way to charity cash

Nearly 200 talented young dancers are set to tap, jive and pirouette their way through a marathon danceathon to raise vital funds towards a £2.5m upgrade of Ipswich Hospital’s children’s department.

19 April 2018
New Simple Equipment Clinic will help people continue to live independently

People in rural areas can now visit a weekly clinic to collect equipment to help them stay living independently.


12 April 2018
Hospital's apprenticeship team surpasses government recruitment target

Our hospital’s newly-formed apprenticeship team hit a century in its first year, exceeding an ambitious government recruitment target.


12 April 2018
Multi-million pound investment for health and care across Suffolk and north east Essex

News of £87million of investment for local hospitals across Suffolk and North East Essex has been warmly welcomed by Nick Hulme, local health and care leader.

28 March 2018
Helping hip and knee replacement patients home sooner

Hip and knee replacement patients at or hospital are now able to return home much more quickly thanks to an innovative programme designed to get them back on their feet.

23 March 2018
Trusts commit to tackling stressful NHS delays as they take decisive step towards merger

The merger of Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, forming a new NHS trust, will benefit patients and staff by reducing the stress of a system where services and processes are not joined up.

23 March 2018
Help support Priyasma's dental mission to remote Nepal village

A junior dentist from our hospital is set to be part of the first ever dental mission to the remote Mustang region of Nepal.

22 March 2018
Patients given winter warmth packs as cold snap bites

As the cold snap continues to bite, elderly Ipswich Hospital patients have been warmly receiving hats, scarves and hot water bottles ahead of returning home.

02 March 2018
Suspected norovirus in the Trust

We have some suspected norovirus in the Trust and we would urge visitors, if they have felt unwell in the last week, to stay away for the next few days.

28 February 2018
VIDEO AND GALLERY: Team Ipswich awards 2018

The glittering Team Ipswich staff awards were held at The Hanger, at Milsoms Kesgrave, on Thursday.

23 February 2018
Help us to build a new children’s department

The Ipswich Hospital Charity is launching a fundraising appeal towards a £2.5m new-look children’s department to transform the experience of its young patients and their families.

16 February 2018
Sensory garden dream for Aldeburgh Community Hospital moves a step closer

Green-fingered volunteers will see their dreams blossom when a new dementia-friendly sensory garden opens at Aldeburgh Community Hospital.

08 February 2018
NHS trusts go on the road to hear public views ahead of merger

Residents of north Essex and east Suffolk are being urged to drop-in and catch-up about the upcoming merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals at public sessions across the region this month.

06 February 2018
Mums give thumbs up for maternity care

Mums who have their babies at Ipswich and Colchester hospitals feel staff fully involve them and their partners in decisions about their care and treat them with dignity and respect, a national survey has shown.

01 February 2018
Rheumatology consultant awarded professorship

One of our hospital's most experienced and respected consultants revealed an “inherent curiosity” for his field, as he reflected on being awarded an honorary chair at the University of East Anglia.

31 January 2018
Extra nursing support for trauma and orthopaedic patients

We've appointed a trauma and orthopaedics advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) to further improve the care our fracture patients receive.

30 January 2018
It's official - We are a 'good' hospital

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated the services provided by our Trust as 'Good' following inspections. 

18 January 2018
Help us build a new children’s department

The Ipswich Hospital Charity is launching a fundraising appeal towards a £2.5m new-look children’s department to transform the experience of its young patients and their families.


16 January 2018
New hospital team REACT launched

A new team dedicated to avoiding unnecessary admissions to Ipswich Hospital by making sure patients receive the right treatment to meet their needs in their own homes has launched today.

08 January 2018
Generous Jemma prepares for SAS charity challenge

A brave team of hardy gym-goers are gearing up for the ultimate challenge as they prepare to take on a 24km SAS selection exercise to raise money for Ipswich Hospital’s appeal for a new breast care unit.

08 January 2018
Dame Clare Marx reflects on New Year's Honour

Clare Marx, our associate medical director, has been reflecting on the Dame hood she was awarded in the New Year's Honours List for her services to surgery and the NHS.

05 January 2018
Extra support for cancer patients in our hospital

Patients receiving treatment for cancer at Ipswich Hospital can now benefit from specialist therapy and support to help them build their body confidence, improve communication and relationships and enjoy a fulfilling life.

04 January 2018
Giving Tree launched to brighten up Christmas Day for patients

Christmas Day promises to be a bit brighter for those patients that will be spending it in our hospital this year.

04 December 2017
Brantham ward reopens after extensive work

A vital assessment unit at Ipswich Hospital has reopened following an extensive project to improve its facilities and refurbish it to the highest dementia-friendly standards.

27 November 2017
Blossom Appeal: A patient's story

Nichola Whymark knows more than most the physical and psychological pain experienced after a cancer diagnosis.

23 November 2017
Blossom Appeal reaches £20,000 mark

The dream of building a new breast care centre at Ipswich Hospital has taken a big step towards becoming a reality.

23 November 2017
Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week: November 20-26

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance, affecting around one million people in the UK. It can affect adults of any age, but it becomes more common as you get older. It affects about seven in 100 people aged over 65.

20 November 2017
Red bag for care home residents gets the green light

Care home residents in east and west Suffolk are set to benefit from a new ‘Red Bag’ scheme which will help them receive quicker and more effective care should they need to go into hospital.

20 November 2017
Cardiac and respiratory rehab classes

Patients with respiratory and cardiac problems are receiving the help they need to manage their condition and improve their fitness thanks to a series of specialist rehabilitation classes taking place across Suffolk.

20 November 2017
Patients asked to cancel any non-urgent transport they no longer need

People in Ipswich and East Suffolk are being urged to cancel any non-emergency transport they no longer need.

15 November 2017
Learn crucial information about antibiotics from our staff on Friday

World Antibiotic Week is upon us and staff from our hospital will be on hand to advise the public and colleagues on ways to reduce the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

14 November 2017
Clinicians launch campaign to raise awareness of diabetes

Clinicians across Suffolk and north east Essex are launching a major public awareness campaign in order to improve awareness of diabetes.

14 November 2017
Find out about our fertility services at special event

People will be given the chance to find out about the wide range of fertility services available at Ipswich Hospital at an event on Wednesday, November 29.

13 November 2017
Physios Ali and Charlie receive Stars of Suffolk honour

Two of our paediatric physios were honoured at an emotional and inspiring Stars of Suffolk awards, on Thursday evening.

10 November 2017
Patients getting smart about medicine

Patients at Ipswich Hospital can now access the Medicines Advice Helpline for confidential information about their medication via their smart phones.

08 November 2017
Interactive reminiscence system helping dementia patients at Aldeburgh Community Hospital

Find out how staff at Aldeburgh Community Hospital are helping their elderly patients, including those with dementia, reminisce about their lives.

08 November 2017
Find out if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Staff, patients and visitors can discover if they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, at Ipswich Hospital, on World Diabetes Day (November 14, 9am-1pm).

06 November 2017
Patients are encouraged to answer hospital survey

People who were treated at Ipswich Hospital between July and August should expect to see a patient feedback survey drop on to their doormat in the coming days and weeks.


02 November 2017
Pathway for GPs can help diagnose cancer earlier

GPs in Ipswich are being encouraged to use a pilot ‘vague symptom’ pathway at our hospital so that some cancers are diagnosed earlier.

01 November 2017
Coordination centre helps our NHS run smoothly

Our Care Coordination Centre (CCC) plays a key role in the smooth running of the county’s NHS, operating around the clock to offer vital reassurance to callers, make onward referrals and arrange end of life care and nurse visits.

01 November 2017
Little Stevie Jean is Ipswich's first IVF satellite baby

Meet young Stevie Jean Hambelton-Smith – Ipswich Hospital’s first satellite IVF baby.

30 October 2017
Physio Lauren keen to give something back to department that treated her

Lauren Culley’s desire to give something back to the department she holds so dear, was her motivation for becoming a children’s physio.

30 October 2017
Breast care patient stories

Read the stories of three breast care patients supporting our new Blossom Appeal.

30 October 2017
Meet the fertility experts

People will be given the chance to find out about the wide range of fertility services available at Ipswich Hospital at an event on Wednesday, November 29.

30 October 2017
Is your child eligible for the ARCHIE study?

Researchers from Ipswich Hospital are appealing for children with conditions such as diabetes and lung, heart or kidney problems to take part in an important study which could help other young people to stay well in the future.

30 October 2017
VIDEO: Ipswich Hospital launches Blossom Appeal

Thousands of patients will benefit if the dream of a breast surgeon at Ipswich Hospital, is realised.

27 October 2017
Ipswich Hospital's ED department rated 'good' by patients

Patients treated at Ipswich Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) have rated their care as ‘good’.

20 October 2017
Ipswich Hospital User Group (IHUG) winners honoured

Outstanding colleagues were honoured at an awards ceremony at Ipswich Town Hall.

13 October 2017
First patient visits Critical Care follow-up clinic

A follow up clinic to help former critical care patients with their recovery has launched at our hospital.

12 October 2017
New nurse to focus on urgent care

We've appointed our first consultant nurse for urgent and emergency care.

12 October 2017
Hospitals consider recommendation to form a single organisation

The boards of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust will meet in public next week to make a key decision about the future of their partnership.

17 August 2017
Meet our new Medical Director

Our hospital's new Medical Director has spoken of his commitment to delivering safe, high quality services while finding innovative ways to improve patient care and help people to enjoy a better quality of life.

08 August 2017
Leading diabetes consultant appointed a professor

A senior diabetes consultant at our hospital has been appointed as an honorary professor in recognition of the major contribution he has made to diabetes research and education.

01 August 2017
Helping patients to Get Up and Go

We are encouraging patients get up, get dressed and get moving as part of a campaign designed to help them regain their independence more quickly.
The 'Get Up and Go' initiative is reminding staff of the importance of keeping all patients – especially those who are frail and elderly – active so that they do not lose strength, balance and mobility.

24 July 2017
New nurse role to help save lives

Clinical teams will be given more support to identify patients who develop potentially fatal conditions such as sepsis and acute kidney injury thanks to the introduction of a dedicated specialist role.

18 July 2017
Recognition for survivorship support

A pioneering programme run by our hospital to provide holistic care and support to people living with and beyond cancer has been shortlisted for a national award.

16 July 2017
Vital health help for mums-to-be

Mums-to-be receiving care at our hospital are being given vital information to help them protect their unborn babies on a handy wallet to carry throughout pregnancy.



10 July 2017
Dementia friendly refurbishment begins

Work has begun on an extensive refurbishment project which will see two further wards at our hospital transformed to the highest dementia-friendly standards.

26 June 2017
Improving safety for newborn babies

Mums having babies at our hospital are now getting valuable health advice and a safe place for their newborn to sleep.

19 June 2017
State-of-the-art scanner takes two images at once

More of our patients can now have their diagnosis confirmed during a single visit following a £958,000 project to install a state-of-the-art scanner which takes two types of image at once.

16 June 2017
New clinics help dermatology patients

Waiting times for hundreds of patient appointments at our hospital have been cut from 18 weeks to just two weeks thanks to a new dermatology clinic.

24 May 2017
Cancer centre celebrates first birthday

Our state-of-the-art Woolvestone Macmillan Cancer Centre is celebrating its first birthday today.

16 May 2017
Let's talk about dementia

People with dementia and their loved ones will be able to find out more about dementia, the impact a hospital stay can have and where to go for support during an open evening at our hospital.

05 May 2017
Antibiotics service helps patients get home sooner

Patients under the care of our hospital can now receive intravenous antibiotics in the comfort of their own homes thanks to a new service which has saved more than 1,750 bed days in just over five months.


04 May 2017
New partnership benefiting parents-to-be

Parents-to-be who are planning to have their babies at Ipswich Hospital are being offered greater choice about when they attend antenatal workshops thanks to a new partnership which launched earlier this month.

03 May 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
Provision of compression for lymphoedema patients

Information for GPs regarding provision of compression for lymphoedema patients.

10 July 2015