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Ongoing funding announced to support emotional wellbeing
21 December 2017
Five voluntary sector projects have been awarded ongoing grant funding due to the positive impact they have made on the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Suffolk.
Twenty two organisations were given £278,000 by the Ipswich & East Suffolk and West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in May last year.
Supporting your health this festive season
14 December 2017

Don’t let the fun and frivolity of the festive season play havoc with your mental and physical wellbeing.

That’s the message from local GPs who are encouraging people to help themselves – and the NHS - by using the most appropriate healthcare option at this very busy time of year.
Keeping well during the cold winter months
28 November 2017
With temperatures set to plummet and the prospect of cold winds, sleet and snow this week, local GPs are encouraging people to be aware of the dangers of cold weather.

The Met Office has issued a 'yellow Level 2' weather warning with a 70% probability of very cold weather. Lower temperatures can increase the health risk to vulnerable people including the elderly and those with a long-term health condition.
Easier access to more help
28 November 2017

NHS staff working within the community will soon be able to help their patients access a wide range of additional health and social care support thanks to a new system designed by the voluntary sector to make it quicker and easier to share information.

Community health services in Suffolk have signed up to the ‘Warm Handover’ online referral system. It allows staff to make multiple referrals at the click of a button to any other organisation which is enrolled with the scheme, which includes the police, Suffolk Family Carers, Age UK Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Mind.

A new nurse leadership programme will help to keep talented healthcare professionals within the coun
22 November 2017

A new nurse leadership programme will help to keep talented healthcare professionals within the county and reduce some of the pressures currently faced by general practice, those behind the project have said.

Suffolk GP Federation has launched the course to help tackle ongoing issues around recruitment and retention in primary care.

Suffolk dementia service scoops top health award
22 November 2017

A service in Suffolk which is helping and supporting people living with dementia won an award at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards in London last night. 

The Health Service Journal Awards have recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS for the last 36 years.

Suffolk launches new social prescribing pilot scheme to connect rural communities
22 November 2017

Local people joined professionals working in their community today, to celebrate the official launch of the Community Connector pilot scheme at Shotley Village Hall. 

The pilot is part of Suffolk County Council’s work to join professionals working in health and social care with voluntary groups that provide direct support to promote social prescribing.

A bagful of better care
21 November 2017

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.

The red bag contains important medical information, medication and personal items. It is packed by care home staff and handed to the ambulance staff who then pass it on to the hospital staff on arrival.

Clinicians launch campaign to raise awareness of diabetes
14 November 2017

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

Around 48,000 people across the two areas currently live with the condition, which if not managed correctly can result in serious health complications such as blindness, kidney failure, stroke and loss of limbs.

We've saved you a seat
09 November 2017

Press release issued on behalf on NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk clinical commissioning groups

A new campaign has been launched to encourage people in Suffolk and Waveney who use NHS non-emergency patient transport services (NEPTS) to cancel any booking they no longer need.
State of Suffolk Report Oct 17
02 November 2017
Healthwatch Suffolk highlights the vital need for improved wellbeing support amongst children and young people in Suffolk
New provider for patient transport services
26 October 2017

Joint press release from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups

A new provider has been selected to run patient transport services across Great Yarmouth and Waveney and Suffolk from 1 April 2018.
NSFT - CQC inspection response
13 October 2017
Dr Ed Garratt, chief officer, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups said:

“Both CCGs are committed to working with NSFT to respond to the findings of this CQC inspection report, which has identified shortcomings in specific areas and highlights that not enough improvements have not been made since the last inspection.

Don’t put off your flu vaccination
12 October 2017

Health chiefs in Suffolk are reminding people to get a flu vaccination to ward off the worst effects of a potentially debilitating illness.

Parents of 2-3-year-olds are being encouraged to take their child to have a simple nasal spray vaccination at their GP surgery, while carers are also advised not to put off their free flu jab. 

GP services among the best in the country
10 October 2017

The combined quality and safety ratings of all 40 GP practices in the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG (CCG) area are much better than the national average, according to the independent health regulator.

IESCCG - meetings in public
20 September 2017
A meeting in public of the Governing Body of the IESCCG will take place on Tuesday 26 September from 9.00 a.m.
Don't decline the offer of flu protection
20 September 2017
With an anticipated severe outbreak of flu this winter people across east and west Suffolk are being encouraged to protect their health.
National recognition for Suffolk dementia support service
14 September 2017
A community dementia service which is supporting people in east and west Suffolk to live well with the condition from its early stages until the end of life has been shortlisted for a national award.
Connect Suffolk -public partnerships on film
05 September 2017

A new short film called Connect…the story so far highlights how public sector teams are working together to help make services simpler.

IESCCG Annual Members' Meeting 2017
31 August 2017
The Annual Members' Meeting of GP practice members of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG), to approve the CCG's annual accounts 2016/17, will take place on Thursday 7 September 2017 from 3.40 – 4.00 p.m. at:

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich IP3 8UH
Bank holiday weekend health advice
21 August 2017
With the bank holiday weekend approaching GPs are reminding people that the right help is available to deal with injury and illness.

Feet on the Street
21 August 2017

It’s good to share.

That’s one of the points GPs and health staff will be making as they take to the streets of east Suffolk next week as part of the annual Feet on the Street event.

Issued on behalf of Hawthorn Drive GP Practice
15 August 2017

The Hawthorn Drive GP Practice in Ipswich has been removed from special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The practice is now rated as Good – the same rating as around 80% of GP practices in England.

East and west Suffolk CCGs among the best in England
21 July 2017
The NHS organisations responsible for commissioning health care services in Suffolk have been highly rated for their performance and patient care. In the latest annual national assessments by NHS England for 2016/17, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (IESCCG) has been rated ‘outstanding’.
Extra funding announced for local STP
21 July 2017
The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for east and west Suffolk and north east Essex has successfully secured additional Government funding worth nearly £3.8m.
Attitudes to medicine on prescription have changed
20 July 2017
A survey carried out by local health commissioners has revealed that 96% of people are prepared to purchase medicine for minor conditions from the pharmacy, rather than expect to get it on prescription.
Exceptional stroke care is being delivered in Suffolk
18 July 2017
The radical turnaround of stroke services across east and west Suffolk has been recognised with a national award.
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (the CCGs) scooped the Healthcare Transformation Award for Innovation in Improving Outcomes and Reducing Variation.
New-look service transforms care for east Suffolk patients
18 July 2017
Patients from across east Suffolk can now get faster treatment for a huge range of joint, limb, muscle and ligament problems thanks to a new service which has improved care and cut waiting times.
OneLife Suffolk health campaign
27 June 2017
How could you support your family, or the key people in your life to have a healthy BMI?
To help adults and families in Suffolk to have a better understanding of their weight and BMI’s, particularly children’s
The NHS needs your help during the hot weather
21 June 2017
Don’t turn up the heat for local hospitals and the ambulance service during the hot weather.
Specialist service for young people in Suffolk set to expand
20 June 2017
Learning Disability Week, 19 to 25 June
Children and young people from east and west Suffolk will benefit from a wider range of targeted support for learning disabilities and mental health problems when a specialist service expands this summer. 
Dementia awareness event in Woodbridge
16 June 2017
People living with dementia or are a carer or family member of someone who is, are invited to a dementia awareness event being held in Woodbridge on Tuesday 20 June.
Heatwave health advice
16 June 2017

Keep cool and safe over the next few days!

This advice comes as The Met Office has issued a Level 2 heatwave alert for the East of England. There is a 70% or more probability of heatwave conditions between 12 noon on Saturday and 8.00 a.m. on Tuesday.

New service brings specialist support for Suffolk’s mums
13 June 2017

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week - 12 to 16 June

New mothers from across Suffolk will soon be able to get targeted help for severe post-natal depression and other complex mental health issues when Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) launches its new specialist perinatal service.

Next meeting of Community Engagement Partnership
07 June 2017
The next meeting of our community engagement partnership takes place on Monday 12 June at 5pm.
Your bank holiday weekend health advice
23 May 2017
With the bank holiday weekend approaching, GPs in east and west Suffolk are reminding people that the right help is available to deal with injury and illness.
Let's unite for Dementia Awareness Week
15 May 2017
During Dementia Awareness Week 2017 (14 – 20 May), NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups and Suffolk County Council are promoting a number of events across the county to show that life doesn’t end with the diagnosis of dementia.
Thumbs up for health commissioners
08 May 2017
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have been highly rated by their local health and care partners in an annual stakeholders’ survey.
The future of the NHS in east Suffolk
26 April 2017
People in east Suffolk are being invited to debate and discuss how the challenges facing the NHS can be effectively addressed and how local people can get more involved in shaping services.
Get hay fever help and advice from your pharmacist
25 April 2017
As the hay fever season begins people who suffer from the allergy are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacy – rather than their GP - for help and advice.
Don't ignore your health over the holiday weekend
24 April 2017
GPs in east and west Suffolk are encouraging people to prepare for the early May bank holiday weekend by ensuring their repeat prescriptions are ordered in advance.
A caring hand is on offer in Felixstowe
24 April 2017
Information and advice for carers will be available at a carers information day being held at The Grove Medical Centre in Felixstowe on Friday 5 May.
Hop to your pharmacy this Easter
12 April 2017
If you’re feeling unwell this Easter, why not hop over to your local pharmacy and have a rabbit with the pharmacist? The pharmacist could offer you 'eggsactly' the help and advice you need to get better.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Week
06 April 2017
Local GP Dr Pete Holloway is the CCG's lead for cancer and to coincide with Bowel Cancer Awareness Week, he has written a blog about the importance of screening in order to catch the disease early. Read here
111 Online service piloted in Suffolk
03 April 2017
An online version of the NHS 111 service is being trialled across Suffolk as part of a study into how technology can improve patient access to non-emergency healthcare.
New mums in Suffolk encouraged to Breastfeed with the help of online Chatbot
23 March 2017
Public Health England campaign launches to improve breastfeeding rates as 52.6% of Suffolk mums do not breastfeed 6-8 weeks after birth.
Meetings in public
21 March 2017
A meeting in public of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday 28 March from 9.00 a.m.
New campaign sheds light on suicide
10 March 2017
A new countywide campaign that aims to prevent suicide in Suffolk is taking a new approach to this devastating issue. Suffolk Life Savers is a response to the estimated 60 people who take their own lives in the county every year, calling on people to play their part by pledging to support the campaign.
Suffolk residents invited to ‘come along for the stride’
09 March 2017
This year, the Suffolk Walking Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
Falling over for a drink
08 March 2017
Older people are much more vulnerable to dehydration, leading to an increased risk of falling. During National Hydration Week (13 - 19 March) older people, their families and carers are being encouraged to look out for the signs and symptoms of dehydration
Latest Engage newsletter published
24 February 2017
Our latest newsletter is packed with news and events. Take a look!
Open the bag and look inside
16 February 2017
A new campaign launched by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups is encouraging people who get prescription medicine to open their prescription bag at the pharmacy counter or in front of the delivery driver, and hand back anything they don’t need.
Dementia Together - New service to help people with dementia live well for longer
15 February 2017
People with dementia will be able to access the right information and support in the community to help them live well with the condition from its early stages until the end of life when a new specialist service launches in east and west Suffolk this spring.
Members wanted for Community Engagement Partnership
10 February 2017
Do you have a passion for improving healthcare services in east Suffolk? If you do, then you are encouraged to apply to join the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Community Engagement Partnership (CEP).
Our young people are the future
08 February 2017
Young people in east Suffolk have a fantastic opportunity this half term to talk with experts and learn more about health, wellbeing and lifestyle issues that matter to them.
Patients can play a key role in taking pressure off GP services
27 January 2017
A short film has been produced which aims to encourage people in Suffolk to do their bit to help take the strain off local NHS services by making greater use of their local pharmacies.
Decisions made on IVF and MVA services
24 January 2017
The views of local people have helped health commissioners make their decisions following a major engagement exercise over last summer.
Continued improvement at Hawthorn Drive GP Practice
19 January 2017
A GP practice in east Suffolk has committed to improve the services it provides following concerns raised in an inspection report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Meetings in public - NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG
17 January 2017
A meeting in public of the Governing Body of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will take place on Tuesday 24 January from 9.00 a.m.
Latest CCG newsletter for young people published today
16 January 2017
The latest YEAH! newsletter designed by and for young people, has been published today. It includes advice for young people about staying well in cold weather, coping with bereavement and advice about careers in the NHS. The newsletter is available on the CCG website and distributed via local secondary schools.
Latest Flood Information from Suffolk Resilience Forum
13 January 2017
The Suffolk Resilience Forum is continuing to urge residents and businesses in coastal areas of Suffolk to be prepared as severe flood warnings are issued for the east coast.
National Obesity Awareness Week
09 January 2017
This week is National Obesity Awareness Week (9 Jan - 15 Jan). In Suffolk, we have a huge problem with the incidence of obesity being higher than any borough in London. The numbers have trebled in the last 25 years and is reaching epidemic proportions. Dr Chris Rufford is a local GP in Suffolk with a special interest in diet and fitness. Read his latest blog here
Suffolk Sport launch 'Active Lunch Challenge'
06 January 2017
Suffolk Sport are inviting people across Suffolk to take part in the 'Workplace Challenge'. The aim of the programme is to promote sport, physical activity and health improvements across the UK's workplaces.
New Change4Life campaign focuses on children’s sugar intake
04 January 2017
Public Health England has unveiled its new Change4Life campaign encouraging parents to ‘Be Food Smart’, as new figures show children are consuming half their daily recommended sugar intake before they get to school in the morning. The campaign aims to give parents the opportunity to take more control of their children’s diets, and includes the launch of a new a app to highlight how much sugar, saturated fat and salt can be found in everyday food and drink.
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